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John Henry Bell Jr.

John Henry Bell Jr.

John Henry Bell Jr., born on March 29, 1936, in Harlem, New York, entered eternal peace on June 25, 2018 at the tender age of 82 after a long term illness at his home in Urbanna. John was the son of the late John Henry Bell and Margaret Alease Pride of Meherrin, where he was raised.

John was a retired Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force where he served for over 20 years. He served during both the Korean and Vietnam wars and was honorably discharged in 1972. He then moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and worked for Omaha Public Power District until 1977. He then worked for Gilbert Associates/ERC in Quality Control before starting his own company, Bell Associates in Roanoke. John loved to read, follow politics, had a passion for cars and loved to travel.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Whitehead.

He is survived by a loving wife, Maria Donna Bell (Major) of Water View; his son, John Henry Bell III of Water View; his son and daughter-in-law, Michael R. Bell and Sylvina Bell (Moise) of Roanoke; and his daughter and son-in-law, Sandra A. Tenney and James Arthur Tenney of Richmond. He is also survived by two grandsons, Marcus James Tenney and Derrick John Tenney; one granddaughter, Makayla Marie Bell; and a sister, Shirley Rhoades of Baltimore, Md. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.  

The funeral service was held on Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, Center Cross. Apostle Dr. Russell B. Smith was the pastor. The interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be announced at a future date. Services of comfort provided by Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock.

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posted 07.04.2018

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