Dateline: November 13, 2008
died Thursday, October 16, 2008, in Dallas.
services will be held at noon on November 15, 2008, in the First Assembly
of God in Clarendon with Rev. Matthew Stidham, Pastor, officiating. An
additional memorial service will be held on November 30, 2008, at 4:00 pm
at Westlake Community Church, 29295 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills, CA 91301
with a reception following at the home of Maggie Boring. Inurnment will be
held at Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon on the Bell Family Lot. Services
were under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.
Walter Robert Bell was born in Clarendon, the son of Mitchell Edward and
Tillie Nelson Bell. Walter’s father was a “JA Cowboy” when he met
Walter’s mother and married her in 1895. Shortly after they were
married, they moved to Battle Creek near Clarendon; and then in 1907, the
Bells moved into Clarendon so the kids could get a better education.
Walter was the fifth of six children and one of five boys. Having survived
the Great Depression pumping gas at a Clarendon filling station and
helping his family grow food on their farm for not only themselves but for
many other families less fortunate, Walter met Zella Griegsby of Hedley
and married her on October 15, 1940. Walter spent 40 years working for The
Bendix Corporation, most recently as a Product Manager. He retired in
1978. During Walter’s retirement years, he spent many hours each week
volunteering for Food Share, the Ventura County Food Bank in Camarillo,
Calif., until his eyesight gave out. He also loved volunteering at the
local hospital. Walter was a Mason and member of Ventura Council No. 15
Cryptic Masons in Ventura, Calif. He was also a member of Christian Church
of the Hills in Agoura, Calif. where he was very active and had many close
friends. One of Walter’s greatest pleasures in his later years was
bowling. Although he was blind due to macular degeneration, his average
was 118. He used to say that it wasn’t about the score, it was about the
people. Although Walter suffered much sadness during his 95 years, he
always had a positive outlook and a kind, gentle word for anyone who
needed it. His generosity was overflowing. To know Walter was to love him,
and he loved back with affection and sincerity. Walter’s last years were
such a blessing to those he chose to care for him. He was never a burden;
just a sweet, sweet darling man adored by all. He will be terribly missed.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Zella; and their two children:
Walter R. (Butch) Bell who died in 1989, and Susan Margo who died in 2001.
Walter is survived by two grandchildren, Jennifer Albaeck and husband
Trent of Newbury Park, Calif., and Adam Bell Carlson of Houston; two
great-grandchildren, Conner and Delanie Albaeck of Newbury Park, Calif.; a
daughter-in-law, Phyllis Bell, of Newbury Park; a son-in-law, Ken Carlson
and wife Deborah Muse of Dallas who had the privilege of caring for Walter
the three years before his recent death.