James Mansfield Bell, Sr., son of the late Leroy and Ruby Hardin Bell, was born at Camden, Tenn., on Aug. 24, 1940, and died at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau on Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at the age of 64.
Mr. Bell was a resident of Bloomfield where he along with his son owned and operated Bell Well Drilling Service. He also operated Bell Fireworks in Bloomfield for several years, had worked as a cook for ACBL Barge Line, and operated Jeans Catfish Lake for several years. Mr. Bell was an avid bingo player and a published author. He had published in Fish and Game Magazine and Full Cry, a coon hunting magazine, and had served in the U.S. Marines. He was married to Elva Jean Stanfill.
Survivors include Jean Bell of Bloomfield and their children, three sons, James Bell, Jr. of Bell City, and James David Bell and Roy Bell, both of Bloomfield; two daughters, Betty Sandage and Lisa Bell, both of Bloomfield; three brothers, Bill Bell of Bloomfield, Jerry Bell of Benton and Larry Bell of Midland, Mich.; two sisters, Dorothy Vancleave of Sandburg, Tenn., and Sue Robey of Advance; 13 grandchildren.
He preceded in death by two sons and one grandchild.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at the Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Ronnie Ledbetter officiating.
Interment followed in the Gravel Hill Cemetery near Bloomfield.
Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter is in charge of arrangements.