It is with deep sadness that the Jones family of Roanoke, announce the passing from this life of their sister, aunt, and great-aunt, Ms. Lera Jean Bell, 77, a resident of Country Club Road. Ms. Bell transitioned from this life on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at her residence.
In Loving Memory Of Ms. Lera Jean Bell
Lera Jean Bell was a precious gift to her family, born on May 25, 1944, in Chambers County, Alabama to the parentage of the late Emerson and Mable (Whatley) Bell. This was a large loving family of nine (10) siblings, seven (7) of whom preceded Lera to eternity: Lillie Mae Almond, Clarence Bell, Beulah Gilder, Jim Bell, Jannie Jones, Edna Harvey and Leroy Bell.
"Lera Jean" as she was called by all who knew her, grew up in Roanoke where she remained throughout her life. She was a life-long member of Wehadkee Baptist Church, where she was faithful in attendance for as long as health and strength allowed. Lera enjoyed singing, and was a faithful member of the Choir at Wehadkee. She attended the historic Randolph County Training School (RCTS) in Roanoke, and she also attended the Randolph County Learning Center, where she made many friends, and which greatly enhanced her life.
Lera was a very outgoing and warm-hearted person. She always wore a friendly smile whenever you saw her; and she was also predictable to those who knew her well and could be depended on to voice her favorite expressions: "There go a snake", "Boo!", What that is?", "What your name?" "Are you married?", "What you do if somebody hit you?", and "Hellooo There!". She loved her sports — football and basketball; and her favorite TV shows: Family Feud, In The Heat Of The Night, and "Walker Texas Ranger". Her hobbies were fishing, cutting grass and going to church. These are the things that made her happy and elevated her enjoyment of life.
Today, we, her family rejoice in our trust that Lera did some things right while here on earth, receiving God's promise of long life... 77 years, 8 months, and 29 days — many years beyond the promised three-score and ten. On Thursday, February 24, 2022, her mortal life ended with her return to God's loving arms. With deepest feelings of loss and shattered by her absence, we reluctantly release her back into his care. On Lera's behalf, we remain eternally grateful for the kind support she has received from The Randolph County Learning Center, and Compassus Hospice.
Many fond, beautiful and cherished memories linger with her sisters: Betty Richardson of Atlanta, GA, and Carrie Jones of Roanoke; along with her many special nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews near and far; other relatives and friends.
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