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02/21/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Henry Bell

Henry Lee Bell
(1922 - 19 Feb 2016)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   The sad news continues today.
      Henry Bell, father of Joe Bell ('65) of VA, passed away in Surry County on Friday, February 19, 2016 at the age of 93.

From The Daily Press - 02/21/16:

           Henry Lee Bell
    SURRY COUNTY - Henry Lee Bell, 93, passed away Friday, February 19, 2016 with his family at his side.

Born in Elberon, VA, he was the son of the late William Perry and Lottie Jones Bell. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy N. Wells Bell, brother, Nick Bell, and sister, Laura Bell Carroll. He lived in Newport News, VA and retired to Isle of Wight County.

An Army veteran of WWII, Henry received the Purple Heart Medal, for meritorious service. He then returned to Newport News Shipbuilding, retiring in 1984 as a foreman in MI Dept., after 43 years of service.

Henry will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and a devoted Christian. In his young years, he grew up in Mill Swamp Baptist Church, and later was a member of Parkview Baptist Church, Newport News and Faith Baptist Church, Hampton.

He leaves to cherish his memory his son, Joseph "Joe" H. Bell and wife, Carolyn of Seaford, VA; sisters, Hattie B. Vaughan, Helen B. Minton, and Mary Bell; brother, Charles Lee Bell (Linda); granddaughters, Wendy Bell Ray (Victor), Crystal Bell Truselo (Tom) and great grandchildren, Austin and Riley Ray and Thomas and Joseph Truselo; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Henry Bell
Family and friends will gather for visitation from 1-2pm, Tuesday, February 23, 2016 in Colonial Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a service celebrating Henry's life at 2 pm with Pastor Frank Earwood and Pastor Larry Soblotme officiating.

Burial will follow in Mill Swamp Church Cemetery with military honors.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Peninsula School for Autism Lower Elementary School, 11790 Jefferson Ave., Suite 300 Newport News, VA 23606.

Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, Smithfield, Isle of Wight and the surrounding communities. Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on February 21, 2016.
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February 21, 2016

He was a wonderful man and a lifelong friend of my parents. The Bells often traveled with my parents to visit me in various places I lived, so I have fond memories of going to Knoxville World Fair, Disney World and the NC State Fair. He will be missed by his family and friends! I extend my deepest sympathy to all. Mom sends her sympathy also.

~ Jeanette Mason, Raleigh, North Carolina

February 21, 2016
Henry was a dear friend to our entire family, no matter when you met him in your life's walk, you felt like you had known him your whole life.
There were no strangers in the Bell household, only new friends come to call. When Henry stepped into glory and met His Savior Jesus, the next thing he would want to see is Dorothy...and then he probably asked for a warm oatmeal raisin cookie. We will miss your wonderful smile and warm friendship, but we do not grieve, for our parting is only temporary and we shall see you again in that home not made by man's hand, but by God!

James Smith, Yorktown, Virginia

uary 21, 2016

Saddened today to see my old Sunday School teacher Mr. Bell has passed away. I've many good memories of sitting in his classroom there at Parkview Baptist Church back in the early 70's. I look back, laugh and wonder how he ever put up with the likes of Tal Ambrose, Walter Saunders, me, and a host of other young rascals. He kept us squared away and in line (must have been his military experience) and taught us many a good Godly lesson. I remember well his opening his home to us there on Clinton Drive and we boys enjoying some of Mrs. Bell's wonderful country cooking. I moved away in the late 70's and lost touch with the Bell's. After entering the shipyard in the fall of 1984, I saw where Mr. Bell had left his mark there in the X-43 Department. I remember many fellas there speaking highly of Henry Bell, as he was a man who lived his faith 7 days a week. I am very thankful that God allowed me to be blessed by life of such a good man, Henry Bell. My prayers go out to his entire family, and I am sure they are blessed by the legacy he leaves behind.

~ Scott Campbell, New Kent, Virginia

February 21, 2016

Joe, Carolyn, and Family,

Your daddy was my Sunday school teacher at Parkview when I was in the Youth Department. We have missed him for the 28 years that he has been gone.

Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Mark Waggoner, Hampton, Virginia

February 22, 2016  
I worked with Henry from 1967 and took his job as foreman in April of 1984. Henry was a fine person, dedicated to his job, and a great mentor. May he rest in peace.

~ Bruce Woodson

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Joe and Mr. Bell's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

 Onward Christian Soldiers

Words by Sabine Baring Gould in Church Times, 1865

Music (St. Gertrude) by Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871

Onward Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See His banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!

2. At the sign of triumph
Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell's foundation quiver
At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!

3. Like a mighty army
Moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
All one body we
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

4. Onward, then, ye people,
Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and Honor,
Unto Christ the King;
This thro' countless ages
Men and angels sing.

"Onward Christian Soldiers" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/16/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Purple Heart image courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/04/04
Thanks, Joe!

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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