George Washington Bell

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

"Just a prayer from us who love you; just a memory, sound and true in our hearts, you'll live forever because we thought the world of you."

        George Washington Bell, a good father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed through life's last door on November 26, 1979 at the age of 92. He was born December 30, 1886, to the late Tyler and Ellen Bell. He joined the Mt. Zion Baptist Church at an early age and remained a faithful worker until death. He loved his family, church, and fellowman and was always willing to do whatever he could to advance the cause of Christianity. He served as a Sunday teacher for many years in Mt. Zion Sunday School, and on the Deacon Board for over 55 years. He was married to the late Nannie Johnson Bell, to this union were born eleven children.

        The memories of his gentle, friendly and understanding manner will long be remembered by those who knew and loved him.

        The mourners who share this final tribute of respect are numerous. Included are his eleven children: Mrs. Helen B. Laws, of Manasquan, New Jersey, Mrs. Alma Goodman, Mrs. Leah Morris, Miss Josephine Bell and Miss Elizabeth Bell, of Powhatan, Irvin, Ivory, Paul, Velon, and Webster Bell, of Powhatan, and George E. Bell, of Petersburg. Thirty-two grandchildren, forty-three great-grandchildren, four daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law, three sisters-in-law; Mrs. Josephine Bell, Mrs. Jennie P, Bell, and Mrs. Sarah Johnson, two brothers-in-law; Ernest and Elmo Johnson and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

        We thank God for allowing us to have had him as long as we did, and will cherish his memories forever.

Now the laborer's task is over
Now the battle day is past
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyager at last
Father, in thy gracious keeping
leave we now thy servant sleeping.
The Family

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