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We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life.  Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Cathy Vandivier

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Eric MD Bell, CFSP

Eric MD Bell, CFSP

Funeral Director and Owner

Eric M.D. Bell, CFSP, Licensed Funeral Director, earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Marian University in Indianapolis and an associate’s degree of Funeral Service from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Ind.

Eric began a career in funeral service at an early age. His earliest experience was working for Goodwin Funeral Home in his boyhood town of Frankfort, Ind. He then served as manager for Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers in Carmel and Broad Ripple for more than five years before becoming partner of Bussell Family Funerals in Carmel in July 2011. The company was renamed Bussell and Bell Family Funerals in March 2012, this partnership was cordially dissolved in September 2013. In a desire to better serve the community of Carmel and Indianapolis, Eric accepted the opportunity to Manage the Leppert Mortuary Smith-Carmel Chapel beginning October 2013. In 2017 to be closer to family Eric acquired the ownership opportunity of The historic David A. Hall Mortuary in Pittsboro, IN.

Eric is a current member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Danville, IN Rotary Club and the past president of the Westfield Rotary Club. He is proud to have served as a member of the board of directors of the Rotary Club of Westfield, the Carmel Clay Historical Society and Janus Developmental services. He has also previously served on the board of the Westfield Chamber of Commerce and as a committee member for the Carmel Chamber of Commerce.

Eric lives in the Hendricks County area with his beloved wife Erin, who is the director of Medical Physics and Radiation Safety Officer of the Community Hospitals system, and their daughter, Evelyn Clare. In their free time, they enjoy traveling, music and touring in their classic 1955 Buick Roadmaster, and Jeep Grand Wagoneer.

Eric is an avid trumpet player, performing at many weddings and concerts and performing taps at all military funerals associated with the funeral home and community ceremonies.


Janet Walker

Janet Walker

Service Assistant



Ruth Rutledge

Ruth Rutledge

Service Assistant



Bobby Smock

Bobby Smock

Funeral Director



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