Thomasville Times Enterprise

March 27, 2014

Sampson Bell Jr.


THOMASVILLE — Services for Sampson Bell Jr. are at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Bethlehem African Methodist Episcopal Church, 412 2nd St., SW, Cairo. The Rev. Dr. Deborah Knight, pastor Presiding Elder Jacqueline Smith, officiating, and interment is to follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo. Pallbearers are Bowling Aces of Georgia. Mr. Bell died March 23, at Elberta Health Care Center in Warner Robins. Born Nov. 27, 1927, in Whigham, Ga., he was the son of the late Sampson Bell Sr. and Lula Jordan Bell. He was married to the late Lillian Smart Bell. He attended public schools in Cairo. He obtained a job with W.B. Roddenbery Company, at an early age, and worked for 51 years and 14 days for a total of 18,640 days. He was a member of Bethlehem AME Church in Cairo where he served as a treasurer, a member of the steward board, trustee board, the gospel choir and senior usher board. He served as a member of Cairo City Council for four years. He served faithfully until his health failed him and was confined. Survivors include daughter, Virginia Bell Kinchen of Warner Robins; son-in-law, James Henry Kinchen of Warner Robins; sisters, Elouise Bell Mills of Cairo, Lessie Powell of Cincinnati, Ohio; nephews, the Rev. Jeff (Sophia) Mills of Cairo, Samuel (Grace) Mills of Albany; sisters-in-law, Bertha Smart Dockett of Atlanta, Claretha Smart Vicks of Camilla; and friend, Hattie Horton of Moultrie. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Smart Bell; and son, Clifton Davis. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., today at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cloudfuneral — Cloud Funeral Home