Fred G. Bell
Fred G. Bell, age 85, departed this life to meet his Savior, on Jan. 31, 2007, in Yellville, Ark. Fred first became a farmer in Bell County, Texas. In the 1930″s and 1940″s he was a manager for the Allright Parking Co., in Houston, Texas. During World War II, he was a welder and helped build “Liberty Ships” at Pasadena, Texas. After the war Fred purchased his own truck and b
egan hauling gravel, including working on a highway building project at Hamilton, Texas. He was a great mechanic and worked for his brother in law, and never “had a return.” He fixed it right the first time. In fact Fred could fix anything, and he could design unique ways to fix things. In 1948 he left the farm to work for Champion Paper and Fiber Company, where he worked as a welder for sixteen and a half years until June 1964. In 1964 he returned to his first love, farming. He purchased a place at Red Rock, Texas where he farmed and ranched for thirty-six and a half years until the year 2000. After Mayme, his wife of 61 years died, he married her sister, Blanche Bell. He decided to retire and they moved to Arkansas, Dec. 12, 2000. They were married seven years.
Fred was preceded in death by three brothers, one sister, and a number of infant siblings; his parents, his wife, Mayme, and one daughter, Georgie Corinne.
He is survived by his wife, Blanche, his children, Freddy and Joyce, Lee and Kathy, Linda and Bob, and by Blanche”s children, Peggy, Karen, Rick and Larry; by his 10 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, and by Blanche”s eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Fred was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a fine Christian man and a soul winner. Fred was a prayer warrior and when he prayed many of his prayers were answered. He was a Deacon for many years at Allendale Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and more than 36 years at McMahan Baptist Church. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Yellville, Ark., until his death. He taught Sunday School to 9 and 10 year old boys for over 30 years. He had the privilege of leading most of those boys to the Lord.
Fred had a sense of humor and loved to tell stories and laugh at himself. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and always included his family. He was so special to many people and will be greatly missed.
The visitation was held at Eeds Funeral Home, 408 South Main Street, Lockhart, Texas 78644, on Feb. 3, 2007, from noon – 1 p.m. The funeral followed immediately after the visitation, starting at 1 p.m. Burial followed at the Bateman Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Fred”s grandsons, Lonnie Bell, Donnie Bell, Tommy Bell, Johnny Bell, Brian Bell, Michael Annas and Mark Annas. Honorary pallbearers were Blanche”s grandson, David Rivera and the deacons from McMahan Baptist Church.