John Henry Bell, Jr., of Bonne Terre, Missouri, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2006, at St. Joe Manor at the age of 80 years.
He was born July 4, 1925, in Harmony to the late John and Ethel Mae Bell (nee Bell). He is also preceded in death by his first wife Louise Bell (nee Miller), one son, John David Bell and one sister who died in infancy.
Mr. Bell served his country proudly in the United States Navy during World War II.
Survivors include his daughters, Rita J. and husband Lind Latour of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Alicia Murray and husband George of Bonne Terre and Patricia J. Neier and husband Randy of Brazil; one stepson, Robert Earl Danks of Grover Beach, California; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and nephews, cousins and many dear friends also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2006, at Shearin Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Bernie Rauch officiating. Graveside services will be Thursday 2 p.m. at Calcutta Cemetery with Pastor Dennis Alstott officiating. French Funeral Home assisted with local arrangements. If desired, the family would appreciate memorials to the American Heart Association.