Joel Nathaniel Bell

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

U.S. Veteran

        The angels called Joel (Bub) home on Thursday, February 3, 2005.

        Joel Nathaniel Bell was born July 9, 1921 in Powhatan, Virginia, the son of the late Joel Pembroke and Josephine Howell Bell. He attended Mohemico School. He is preceded in death by two sisters, Beatrice Booker and Helen Galloway, and one grandson Shondale James.

        Joel became a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church at an early age. His membership has been served faithfully as an usher and a trustee, until his declining health. He was a member of the building committee during the time the new edition was built. He helped organize the Mt. Zion Inspirational Choir in October 1979. The choir is still going on in his honor, He coached the Mt. Zion/Hollywood Church softball league. He was a member of the Cedar Tree Hunt Club and enjoyed fox hunting.

        Joel served in the United States Army from December 1942 until May 1946. During his tour he served in World War II; he received an honorable discharge from the United States Army. He also received several metals such as European Africa Middle Eastern Service Ribbon and World War II Victory Ribbon. Upon returning home, Joel became a member of the NAACP and a dependable participant in the Civil Rights movement during the 50's and 60's. He helped to bring justice and equality in the County, State and Nation by doing this. He made many sacrifices for the cause of freedom, and continued throughout his life encouraging people to vote. He had great love for his family trade, carpentry. He encouraged many young men with a talent for carpentry to pursue the trade. His work can still be admired throughout Powhatan and surrounding counties as well as the Bell Family Pavilion. In later years he became an employee of the U. S. Federal Government in Richmond, Virginia until his retirement in 1986.

        He Wed Audrey Juanita Jackson, of Powhatan, Virginia. They became the proud parents of two children and five stepchildren.

        He leaves to cherish fond memories: his loving and devoted caregiver, his wife, Jaunita; his children, Lisa Thompson (Edward), Christopher Bell, Richard Jackson (Eva), Blondene Sharpe (Herbert), Elaine James, Ann Jackson and Linwood Jackson; two brothers, Wallace Bell and James Bell; one sister, Mabel Gilliam; five brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law, Joseph Galloway, Howard Jackson (Rebecca), Chauncey Jackson, Cannon McFarley, Alexander Jackson (Mary), Cardell Barnes and Mary Alice Jackson; fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and a loving friend, Linda Jouridine.

"A Prayer for My Family"

Once again, death is among us,
Our souls are instilled with sorrow,
A loved one is gone, his destiny to you, Lord
And we're here waiting for our turn.
We have questions,
Lord, that only you csn answer,
The first is why do our tears
Symbolize mourning rather than joy?
We're living in a sinful world, Lord
And with you is purity and peace.
Our loved one is in the best hands of all,
Yours Lord.
Lord, can you change this pain we're feeling
Back into unconditional love?
Can you change these tears we cry?
Back into smiles of joy
Can you change our non-ability to eat?
Into hunger for your words,
Which, we shall follow
Lord help us find that internal strength that we all possess,
So we can accomplish our mission on earth,
Then our soul can too rest.

Written by your Son,


The family wishes to acknowledge with sincere thanks and
deep appreciation the beautiful expressions of love and
sympathy shown to us during our time of bereavement.
May God bless each and every one of you.
reprinted by permission