Ivory Elton Bell

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        Ivory Elton Bell, Sr., 78, of Powhatan, Virginia departed this life Sunday, November 10, 1996 at approximately 1:40 p.m. at Stuart Circle Hospital in Richmond. He was born May 24, 1918 to the late George Bell and Nannie Johnson. As a young boy, he joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church and attended Sunday School regularly.

        He grew up in Powhatan and attended Powhatan School. He learned his trade as a carpenter at St. Emma Military Academy of Powhatan. He built his home himself by the time he was twenty-one years old. As part of a family contracting business, he helped build Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He was also a skilled fisherman, hunter and farmer. He earned almost yearly awards from the Cedar Tree Hunt Club. Also, he gained county attention for his successful gardening techniques. He taught his skills to his children, stepchildren, grandchildren, friends and neighbors. Ivory "Bunny" Bell, was a man who tried his best at all that he did.

        Ivory Elton Bell, Sr. is survived by his wife Kathleen A. Bell. He was preceded in death by his daughter Patricia Wilds. He leaves behind six children; Barbara Bailey and Jean Monroe of New York, Dorthea Taylor, Ivory Bell, Jr. and Harold Bell of Powhatan, Angela Bell of Wisconsin and seven stepchildren. he leaves two son-in-laws, Jim Bailey and Maurice Monroe of New York. He leaves behind five brothers; Irvin Bell, Paul Bell, Velon Bell and Webster Bell of Powhatan, and George Bell of Petersburg; five sisters; Helen B. Laws of Manasquan, New Jersey, Alma Goodman, Leah Morris, Josephine Bell and Elizabeth Bell of Powhatan; three brothers-in-law and seven sisters-in-law. He also leaves behind twenty devoted grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


By Ella Harris

Papa's gone fishing
pole swung
over one shoulder
slowly walking
down the path
to the pond.

Papa's gone hunting
standing for hours
in blaze orange
and coveralls
waiting patiently

Papa's in the garden
planting vegetables
for the neighborhood
cultivating corn,
tomatoes and watermelon

Papa's in his room
spending time
with his children
Playing, teasing and

Papa's down the road
visiting the neighbors,
friends, brothers and

Papa's been fishing, hunting,
gardening, and raising children all his life;
sowing for a harvest
that has come

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