With deep sadness, we announce the passing from this life of Mr. James Johnson Bell, 53, a resident of 131 Nook Street, Roanoke, Alabama 36274. Mr. Bell transitioned from this life on Sunday evening, April 14, 2019, at East Alabama Medical Center, Opelika, Alabama.
Public viewing and visiting hours for Mr. Bell will be observed on Friday, April 19, from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm.
Graveside Servies for Mr. Bell will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the East Roanoke Cemetery, Corner of Chemical Avenue and Avenue "A" in Roanoke. Elder Joseph Greathouse, Eulogist.
In Loving Memory Of James Bell
James Johnson Bell was born in Randolph County, Alabama on December 1, 1965 to the parentage of the late Macie (Bell) Stevenson and Alvin Stevenson. There were four (4) children born into this family; of that number, two preceded him in death: a brother, Alvin Stevenson, and his only sister, Penny Lee McClendon.
James grew up in Roanoke, where he graduated from Handley High School, after successfully participating in the high school football program. As a youth, he joined and attended First Baptist Church, Riley Street, Roanoke, where he remained a member until he transitioned.
As a young man, he learned how to work hard to earn a living, holding down several different jobs at various times during life. In addition to hiring himself out to perform house-work, James held employment at Don Gay Lumber Mill, Plantation Patterns in Wadley, and finally the City of Roanoke where he worked for several years as a sanitation worker.
James will be remembered for his positive attitude, his basic goodness, and for being the kind of friend who genuinely cared for people, and refuse to judge others.
Aside from his parents, and two siblings, James was also preceded in death by two (2) uncles: Samuel Bell and Emanuel Bell; three (3) aunts: Eva Lewis, Ella Newnan, Emma Robinson and Cora Mae Bell; and finally a nephew, Lamont Stevenson. Late Sunday evening, April 14, 2019, James reunited with his departed loved ones when he, too fell asleep in death and awakened in eternity. He was at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Alabama when he transitioned home to God's eternal care.
He leaves to cherish many fond, loving memories: his only surviving sibling, Barry Marable of Roanoke; one (1) brother-in-law, Jeffery McClendon of Auburn; two (2) nieces Crystal Hawkins (Billy) of Roanoke, and Kim McClendon of Oxford; a nephew Mark Anthony McClendon of Gadsden; one uncle, Reverend Myris Bell (Antonia) of Roanoke; ten (10) great nieces and nephews; and finally but not least a host of loving cousins, neighbors, other relatives and friends throughout the neighborhood.
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