Homegoing Celebration of Rev. Willie Lee Bell - Manager of The Bell Singers

It is with a saddened and a happy heart that we announce the Homegoing of our Father and Manager, Rev. Willie Lee Bell. We are saddened because we will certainly miss him, but we are also happy because he is with the Lord and is in no more pain! Hallelujah!!! Our father and manager departed this life on, Monday, April 23 around 11:00 p.m. at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The arrangements were as follows: Funeral Home in Charge: M.J. Edwards Funeral Home 1165 Airways Boulevard Memphis, TN 38114 901-327-9360 Visitation Friday, April 27, 2007 - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Christian United Baptist Church 2421 Frayser Blvd Memphis, TN 38127 Rev. J.L. Armstrong, Pastor Homegoing Celebration for Rev. Willie Lee Bell Saturday, April 28, 2007 - 12:00 Noon Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon Will not be viewed again The Services will took place at: Union Grove Baptist Church 905 Ayers Memphis, TN 38107 Rev. Bobby G. Jones, Pastor Repast was in the Fellowship Hall at Union Grove after Burial Burial in Paradise Garden in Edmondson, AR ********************************************************** Celebration of Life Rev. Willie Lee Bell Man moves through three stages as he completes: birth, lifespan and death. Willie Lee Bell was born to the late Willie and Marie Brown-Bell on August 12, 1924. His life was filled with much happiness when he was united in holy matrimony to Dora Brown-Bell. God Blessed this marriage with 13 children, 4 preceded him in death. He became a Christian at an early age and was affiliated with the Christian United M. B. Church, under the leadership of Rev. J. L. Armstrong. At one time, Rev. Bell was the former Pastor of the St. Peter M.B. Church in Earle, AR. Rev. Bell retired from Impala Motors after many years of dedicated service. He was the great manager of The Bell Singers for 33 years and during the many years that he brought them to the floor, he would ask the musicians “Are You Ready?” and if they still were not ready he would say “Yall Ain’t Ready” and would give us that smile that everyone loved and everyone would just fall out laughing. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Dora Bell; four daughters; Shirley Wofford (Charles), Stella Alexander, Linda Ellis, Patricia Artison (Willie) all of Memphis, TN; six sons; Earl Bell (Juanita) of Conway, AR; David Bell (Veola), Willie Bell, Jr. (Joyce) both of Little Rock, AR; Larry Bell (Sandra), Rev. Danny Bell (Regina) both of Memphis, TN; and Lawrence Bell (Debra) of Benton Harbor, MI; A sister-in-law, Betty Groves (David) of Danville, IL; and a host of nieces, nephews, LOTS of Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, cousins and friends who will miss him dearly. He also leaves an extended family in The Bell Singers: Toiann Leach, Rev. Manuel Somerville, Joetta Watkins, Thomas Watkins III and Billie Whitmore. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Thanks to all of you who attended, prayed, offered condolences, sent flowers, brought food - whatever you did for us doing the passing of our beloved father and manager - Rev. Willie Lee Bell. It was truly a HOMEGOING CELEBRATION!!! Everyone who played a part in the services really helped to send Daddy home in a big way! The singing by the Union Grove Choir mixed with Quartet Singers and lead by Bell Singer Joetta Watkins was excellent, Mary Lincoln-Mackey, The Mighty Kings of Harmony, Rev. Roney Strong, The Memphis Harmonizers, thanks to all of you for giving it all you had in your singing. Thanks to the ones who were on program for expressions: Willie Artison, James Carter, James Clay, Jackie Johnson and Angela Shegog (Granddaughters) and to my very own brother, (Daddy's son) Rev. Danny Bell who did the Eulogy in a mighty way! And closed it out with "You Got To Go Through"! Thank you Bell Singers Booster Club (Peggy, Deborah, Quitta, Tywana, Helen, Nearlean, Wanda and Minister James Branch for being right there in our time of need! Thank you Tina and Niecy (Daddy's Granddaughters) for the Beautiful programs and bookmarks with Daddy's picture on them! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who helped ease the pain during our growing through, there will still be some dark days but we know that God is Still in Charge! Hallelujah!!! Love you all! The Bell Singers ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Rev. Willie Bell, born August 12th, was the Manager of the Bell Singers for 33 years. He passed away on April 23, 2007. (He will be GREATLY missed). He was a member of the Christian United M.B. Church in Memphis, Tennessee where Rev. J.L. Armstrong is Pastor. He and Mrs. Dora Bell were married 64 years, they had 14 children together and there are 9 children living today. His hobbies and interests were Auto Repair and Reading the Bible.