Webster Edward Bell

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        God saw the road was getting rough

        The hills were hard to climb

        He gently closed those eyes

        And whispered "Peace be thine".

        The weary hours, the days of pain

        The sleepless nights are passed.

        The ever patient worn out frame

        Has found sweet rest at last.

        Webster Edward Bell, son of the late Dea. George W. and Nannie Johnson Bell was born July 4, 1928 in Powhatan County, Virginia. He departed this life on Friday, June 27, 1997, at Johnston Willis Hospital, Richmond, Virginia.

        As a young boy he joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and he attended the public schools in Powhatan County.

        Webster was a carpenter, painter and brick mason by trade and gave many free hours of labor on his church.

        He met and married Hazel Nash Bell who predeceased him in 1979. From this union three children were born. His brother Ivory Bell predeceased him in 1996.

        He loved the good earth and enjoyed raising vegetables and sharing them with his family, neighbors and friends. He also found great pleasure in hunting and fishing.

        He leaves to cherish his fond memories: one daughter, Shirley Nash of Richmond, Virginia; two sons, Leon Bell (Nick) of Rutherford, New Jersey and Enoth Bell; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; devoted daughter-in-law Joyce Bell of Rutherford, New Jersey; five sisters, Helen B. Laws of Manasquan, New Jersey, Alma Goodman, Leah Morris, Josephine Bell and Elizabeth Bell, of Powhatan, Virginia; four brothers, Irvin Bell, Paul Bell, Velon Bell, of Powhatan, and George E. Bell of Petersburg, Virginia; one grandson-in-law; nine sisters-in-law; five brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Loving memories never die
As the years roll on and the days go by,
In our hearts a memory is kept
Of the one we loved and will never forget.
The Family

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