Funeral services for Mrs. Ira Dell Bell, age 97, of Centerville and formerly of the Flo Community of Leon County, were held at 10 AM, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Walters Funeral Home in Centerville. Rev. Phil Smith, grandson, officiated and burial was in the Parker Cemetery. A visitation was held on Tuesday evening from 6 PM until 8 PM at the funeral home. Walters Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ira Dell Bell was born in Ninevah, Texas on April 3, 1919 and was a lifelong resident of Leon County. She married the love of her life, Cecil Woodrow Bell, and they had 52 years together before his death in 1991. She was a homemaker in every sense of the word and made a wonderful home for her family. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She loved nothing better than for her family to be gathered near her. Ira Dell was an excellent cook. Ira Dell enjoyed gardening and watching the birds, especially the hummingbirds. She loved the beach. She loved to attend the young ones’ sports events. She was a Baptist by faith. Ira Dell passed away on February 25, 2017 in Centerville.
Ira Dell was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Maggie (McKee) Newsom, husband, Woodrow Bell, grandson, Peyton Smith, granddaughter, Lana Lee, great-granddaughter, Maci Smith, daughter-in-law, Suzette Bell and ten of her brothers and sisters. Surviving family includes two sons, Cecil Bell (wife, Annie) of Seattle, Washington and Gary Bell (wife, Pat) of the Flo Community; four daughters, Maxine Lee of Buffalo, June Cantrell (husband, Marlin) of Flo, Sandra Reeder (husband, Mark) of Spring and Janet Bell of Centerville; one brother, Mack Newsom of Houston; a sister, Jackie Franks of Centerville; twenty-one grandchildren; forty-one great-grandchildren and nineteen great-great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were (grandsons) Keith Lee, Eric Bell, Brad Reeder, Patrick Smith, “Bubba” Bell, Ray Bell and Steven Goolsby. Honorary pallbearers were the great-grandsons and the great-great grandsons.
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