WILMINGTON — William L. Bell, 73, was born on July 13, 1947, in Wilmington to the late Joseph M. Bell and Mattie P. Bell. He departed this life Thursday, June 24, 2021, after a long illness. William graduated from Williston High School in Wilmington.
William is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jeanette Bailey Bell; son, Jonathan William Bell of the home; sister, Florence Logan of Hyattsville, Maryland; niece, Natalie Mitchell (William Mitchell) of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; nephew, Michael Logan (Jamila) of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Two siblings preceded him in death, Eleanor Grimes and Joseph Winfred Bell.
William and Jeanette, met the summer of 1973 in the Bronx, New York. William was there to attend a District Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Yankee Stadium. They married the next year. They had one son, Jonathan William Bell. William was a very good husband and father. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, William was very concerned about getting his family to the Kingdom Hall for meetings, to district assemblies and in the field ministry on a regular basis.
William did not mind hard work. After high school, he worked for Timme Corp., then the Pepsi Company for a while. William decided to work for himself. He took up house painting and floor maintenance, which he did for many years, training his son and some of his younger spiritual brothers how to strip, clean and maintain commercial floors.
William and Jeanette shared a wonderful sense of humor and could always find a good laugh in good or bad circumstances. He also had a great singing voice, but he had to be urged to show it off most of the time.
William was very grateful to have served as an elder in the Cape Fear Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for many years, and to have shared the good news of God’s Kingdom with many people, acquaintances, workmates, etc.
He will be greatly missed by Jeanette, Jonathan and his extended surviving family. As well as very many spiritual brothers and sisters who have come to know and love him over the years.
Rest in peace, William, as we await the call of our Lord Jesus Christ at his appointed time. John 5:28, 29.
Jeanette, Jonathan and family want to thank each one of you for your cards, kind words, gifts and the love you have shown to us during our bereavement. Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.
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