George Irdell Bell was born April 3, 1925, in New Pairs, Ohio, to Ora E. Bell and Nellis Smart Bell.
George was a member of the "greatest generation." He grew up during the great depression. Young George joined the United States Navy at age 17 where he served on the fast attack aircraft carrier, USS Beileau Wood and destroyer USS Harden under Admiral "Bull" Halsey in the Pacific during World War II.
George was also a veteran of the Korean Conflict where he served on the USS Sperry.
After the wars, he served as a policeman for the city of Richmond, Ind., for 14 years. George left the police force to answer a call to the ministry in 1962. He was ordained by the Southern Baptist Church. George served in several rural churches across Indiana, including Edinburgh, Bluffton, Liberty Center, Cowan, New Mount Pleasant, Brazil, Richmond and Hagerstown. George and his wife Nonalee spent 48 years in ministerial work. Additionally, he worked various jobs to support his family including factory work, delivery routes and farming.
George and Nona Harris Bell were married March 24, 1955, and were married more than 55 years. Their son Ed Bell and his family live in Hagerstown, Ind. George's other children are Jerry Bell, Economy, Ind., Judy Hall, Centerville, Ind., George "Bud" Schmock, Fruita, Colo., and Kathy McCloskey, Atlanta, Ga. George has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
George Bell has been preceded in death by his father Ora, mother Nellie and sister Irene Bell Robertson.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church, New Castle, Ind., Hagerstown Masonic Lodge No. 49, and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Friends and family may call Thursday, June 17, between 5-8 p.m., with funeral services Friday, June 18, at 10 a.m., all at the Chicago Corner Church, approximately three miles west of Hagerstown, Ind., on State Road 38. Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Hagerstown.
Culberson Funeral Home in Hagerstown, Ind., is in charge of the arrangements.
The video tribute and online guest book will be available at www.culbersonfh.com.