Josephine Inez Bell

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

Just as birth is the dawn of manís earthly existence
Death is the night that must follow
For everything there is a seasonÖÖÖ
A time to be born and a time to die.

         Josephine Inez Bell was born September 28, 1920 in Powhatan County, Virginia to the late George W. and Nannie Johnson Bell, and died May 9, 2000 at Johnson Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. She was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

        She received her education in Powhatan County.

        Josephine accepted Christ as her personal savior at an early age and was baptized into fellowship of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where her membership remained. She was a member of Mt. Zion Willing Workers Club.

        Josephine lived in New Jersey for a number of years with her sister Helen, and was employed as a seamstress in Manasquan. She loved sewing.

         While living in Manasquan, NJ, she became active in Shiloh Baptist Church and served on the Usher Board for many years. After returning to Powhatan, she shared her home with her father and sister Elizabeth. She was a quiet kind and loving person and was blessed with family and friends who cared deeply for her.

        Josephine also had another family; the Senior Citizens Group. She enjoyed the fellowship of this organization and notwithstanding the fact that her health was declining rapidly, god gave her the strength to let her be with the seniors six days before her death. They meant so much to her. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

        She leaves to cherish her memory: a sister Helen B. Laws of Manasquan, NJ; four brothers, Irvin, Paul and Velon Bell of Powhatan, George Bell of Petersburg, Va.; one brother-in-law, Otis Goodman; five sisters-in-law, Willie Sue, Bernice, Ruth, Florine and Kathleen Bell and a number of nieces, one devoted, Karen Bell, who was with her to the end, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Grant, O Lord, to Josephine eternal
Rest and peace and let thy eternal
Light perpetually shine upon her.

The Family

I Am Free

Donít grieve for me for now Iím free,
Iím following the path God has laid you see.

I took His hands when I heard His call,
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work, or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way, Iíve found the peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, ah yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My lifeís been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, and a loved oneís touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief, donít lengthen it with undue grief,
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee, God wanted me now, He set me free.


The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to everyone
for remembering us kindly through your prayers,
cards, flowers and other acts of kindness.
May God bless you all.

reprinted by permission