John Waddy Bell Sr.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

Life's race well run,
    Life's work well done,
     Life's crown well won,
and now he rests ----

        Our beloved husband and father, son of the late Tyler and Ellen Bell, was born in Powhatan, Virginia, July 28, 1893 and returned to his creator November 14, 1979 in Chippenham Hospital, Richmond, Virginia.

        At an early age he became a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and remained an active member until his death.

        He was a devout Christian worker, who was always ready and willing to give assistance where needed. His many religious and community activities includes such things as, Superintendent of Sunday School for many years, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Secretary, Clerk of the Church, Chairman of the Building Committee of this church, Secretary of the Sunday School Convention, Member of the Old Folk Building Committee, Member of the Board of Directors of the Sunday School Aid Society, Treasurer of the James River Association Executive Board, Member of the Fair Executive Board and Ground Committee, Member and Treasurer of the Senior Citizens Group, Secretary of the Mohemenco Farmer's Club, Secretary of the Fair Association, Secretary of the Masonic Lodge, President of the Fair Association, Trustee of the Elk Lodge, Secretary and Clerk of the Mohemenco Mercantile Business.

        He was married to the late Jessie Walton Bell until 1940. To this union were born eleven children.

        In 1966, he married Jennie P. Taylor.

        He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jennie Bell; two sons, John Jr. and Alonzo Bell; five daughters, Eugertha Hobson, viola Venable, Hattie West, Celestine Hairston, and Juanita Bell; three step-daughters, one brother, George Bell, Sr.; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Josephine Bell, three brothers-in-law, 26 Grandchildren, 21 Great-Grandchildren, 3 sons-in-law, 3 daughters-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

To travel on without you
will be lonely, but as we
think of the many happy
years, we thank God and
pray that he will give us
courage to carry on.

reprinted by permission
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