Jennie Parker Bell

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        Mrs. Jennie Parker Bell, the daughter of Junius and Maria Parker, was born in Cumberland County, VA. on August 4, 1902. She departed this life at the Lucy Corr Nursing Home in Chesterfield County, VA on Friday, September 30, 1988 at 12:45 a.m.

        Mrs. Bell attended schools in Cumberland County, VA and was graduated from Virginia State Normal Institute, now Virginia State University, in Petersburg, VA.

        She was baptized in the fellowship of the Rising Zion Baptist Church of Cumberland County at an early age.

        After her marriage to Fred Brown of Powhatan County she was united with the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she was an active member, served in various clubs, and was the organist for many years. After the tragic death of her husband, Fred Brown, and two sons, she was left with five children to rear. She was then married to Moses Taylor and was united with the Greenbrier Baptist Church. Here she served as organist, served with various church clubs and was "Mother of the Church". For fourteen years she was married to the now deceased John W. Bell, Sr.

        She taught school in Cumberland and Powhatan Counties and was instrumental in providing instructions on techniques of canning in both of these counties.

        Over the years her spiritual strenght, courage, and love have been transferred to the members of her family. After the loss of her mother she assisted her father in caring for four brothers.

        Her favorite hymn was "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," which she loved to sing.

        Mrs. Bell was held in high esteem by her family and everyone who knew her. We know her qualities of spiritual strenght, love, and kindness will always be reflected in our lives. In the silent moments of her long illness she was in the hands of the Lord who would take care of her.

        She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Mabel Walton, Mrs. Ophelia Watson, Mrs Drusilla Davis; five step sons, eight step daughters; one brother, Benjamin Parker; one step sister, Mrs. Josephine Fields; two sons-in-law, Paul Watson and Bernard Davis; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Violet Brown; three sisters-in-law; eleven grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; step grandchildren and great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Looking back with tenderness
Along the path we trod
We bless the days we spend with you
And leave the rest to God.


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