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George W. Bell

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

George W. Bell, 84, Brazil, passed away Oct. 19, 2011, at 12:30 a.m., at the Waters in Greencastle. He had fought a battle with cancer for the past three years and had only been at the Waters for one day. He was born Feb. 27, 1927, in Clay County, the son of George F. Bell and Martha Muncie Bell. He attended Brazil High School until his senior year. His cousin had been killed in WWII and George quit school to join the U.S. Navy. He proudly served his country in the Pacific Theater aboard the U.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier and the Hospital ship, The USS Sanctuary and was Honorably Discharged in July of 1946.

On Nov. 9, 1947, he married Norma J. Stewart Bell. She preceded him in death in November of 1972. He later married Betty Wilder Salladay. She preceded him in death in March of 1991. George was a life-long member of the Union United Methodist Church and recently attended Prairie City UMC.

In George's work career he was a carpenter by trade. He worked for over 30 years with his good friend, Hugh Hunt, building grain bins. He also worked with Tom Henderson, Ted Slack and for Wilder Lumber Mill, Brazil. He had also been a mentor to Carver Rose and others in learning building trades.

George was a member of the Brazil Elks Lodge for over 35 years and had served as Past Exalted Ruler; Centennial Lodge #541 for over 62 years; Scottish Rite Valley, Terre Haute for 54 years; VFW Post #1127. George also was active in the Clay County Historical Society and with The WILL Center, sight-loss group which met in Brazil.

Survivors include his son Steve Bell and his wife Michelle, Brazil; daughter Kathleen Bell-Walker and husband Tim, Terre Haute; grandchildren, Geoff Bell and Carlee Bell; step-granddaughter Audrey Walker; special friend, Ruth Miller; step-daughters Lynn Boyce (Terry), Melissa Salladay, Kelly Salladay; step-granddaughter Holly Loughmiller (Darrin); brother Bob Bell and wife Gerty and sister Gynelle Stearley and husband Richard, Brazil; nieces and nephews and extended family.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., at Union United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Loft officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m., at Lawson-Miller Chapel with Elks Memorial Service to be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will be Saturday one hour prior to services. Memorial contributions in memory of George may be made to the Union or Prairie City UMC; the Clay County Historical Society or to The WILL Center, 4312 S. 7th Street, Terre Haute, Ind., 47802. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.