John Walton Bell, Jr.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        John W. Bell, Jr. a son of the late John W. Bell, Sr. and Jessie Walton Bell was born in Powhatan County, VA. on September 30, 1922.

        At an early age he was introduced to Christ, was converted, baptized and joined the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He was a faithful member working with the Sunday School and all other organizations of the church.

        He attended the public schools in Powhatan County. After school he moved to Long Island, NY., where he performed odd jobs. He later became self employed as a carpenter, establishing his own corporation. He built many houses and apartment buildings in North and South Jersey. John loved his work and performed it with great dignity and pride. Due to health problems he retired in 1973.

        On May 6, 1974 he was joined in wedlock to Lillie Mae McNair, who was a faithful, loving companion until the end.

        For about 18 years he has been in failing health and departed this life on July 16, 1991 at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, VA.

        He leaves to cherish fond memories his loving wife, Lillie; his children, Jessie Bell Muslin, daughter, Delphine B. Clark, Samuel W. Bell, son, John S. Morton, one step-daughter, Cleo D. Tapp, one step-son, Robert Dixon; four sisters, Eugertha Hobson, a devoted sister, Viola Venable, Celestine Hairston and Juanita Bell; one brother, Alonza Bell; three step-sisters, Mable B. Walton, Drewcilla Davis and Ophelia Watson; two granddaughters, Brenda Bell and Shaquan Roshae Bell; two step granddaughters; three step grandsons; two great grandchildren; two sons-in-law, Earl Clark and Ali N. Muslin; five sisters-in-law, Evelyn Bell, Esterine Bell, Azale Rippy, Beatrice Lester and Meggie Lou Preston; four brothers-in-law, James Venable, John Hairston, Julius Felder, Sr. and William W. Felder and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is not dead, he is just away
he wandered into an unknown land
but we know God will take his hand
and say my servant we welcome you
because you're suffering and work is through.
You finished your course
You won your fight to enter into your heavenly flight.
You're healed of all your grief and pain
but now you have so much to gain.
So sleep on now and take your rest
we love you but God loves you best.

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