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John Wesley Bell

January 28, 1948 ~ July 7, 2020 (age 72)

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It is with our deepest and heartfelt sympathy that we inform you of the passing from this life of our long-time neighbor and friend, Mr. John Wesley Bell, age 72, a resident of 383 Borders Street, Roanoke, Alabama.  Mr. Bell transitioned from this life on Monday, July 6, 2020 at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia.

John Wesley Bell was born January 28, 1948 to the parentage of the late Clarence and Erma Maude (Heath) Bell in Roanoke, Randolph County, Alabama.  He was a life-long member of the New Harmony Baptist Church, where he served as a Trustee and faithful worker until declining health limited his activities.  

John grew up in Roanoke and attended school at the historic Randolph County Training School.   John enlisted in the service on November 8, 1967 at Montgomery, Alabama.  He served our grateful nation in the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam Era.   His Military Decorations included the National Defense Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster; Vietnam Service Medal with 3 bronze service stars; Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device 1960 and 2 O/S Bars; and finally Marksman (Rifle).  He ended his 2-year military career with an honorable discharge on November 7, 1973 at Montgomery, Alabama.  After his active service years, he worked in the textile industry at Handley Mills for a short time.  

After a brief period of employment in the textile industry, John became one of the first black police officers employed by the City Of Roanoke.  He served on the Police force until he retired as a Sergeant. 

John was preceded in death by both his parents, a sister, Rosie Mae Bell, and a nephew Kenneth DeShun Bell.  He reunited wtih his loved ones on Monday, July 6, 2020 at Well Star West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia.

In these difficult hours, our sincere sympathy and condolences are extended to his wife, Mrs. Cynthia E. Bell; sister, Mrs. Dollie Ruth Morgan; special nephew, Demetrius Winston and special niece, Kathy Morgan, all of Roanoke, AL; and his entire extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, other loving relatives and many neighbors and friends throughout East Roanoke. 

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Services for Mr. Bell are pending and will be announced.

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Services

Viewing For The Public
Friday
July 10, 2020

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Clark Memorial Funeral Service
252 LaFayette Highway
Roanoke, AL 36274

Celebration At Graveside
Saturday
July 11, 2020

1:00 PM
Skyview Memorial Gardens
31171 U.S. Highway 431 South
Five Points, AL 36855

Video is available for this event


Military Honors Following the Funeral
Saturday
July 11, 2020

Skyview Memorial Gardens
31171 U.S. Highway 431 South
Five Points, AL 36855

Committal Service Following the Funeral
Saturday
July 11, 2020

Skyview Memorial Gardens
31171 U.S. Highway 431 South
Five Points, AL 36855

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
July 11, 2020

Skyview Memorial Gardens
31171 U.S. Highway 431 South
Five Points, AL 36855

Please note
Officiating will be John's pastor, Reverend Doug Jones, of New Harmony Baptist Church, LaFayette, Alabama; other ministers sharing the roster include Reverend Aaron Winston, Bishop Lathonia J. Wright, Elder Keith Nolan, and Reverend Calvin Trammell.
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