Major Wendell J. Bell, 55
by Whitley Clifton | January 31, 2019 11:26 am
Funeral services for Wendell J. Bell, 55, of Swainsboro will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Swainsboro City Auditorium with Ministers Joe Cephus and Comaneci Walker and Pastor James Middleton officiating. Interment will follow in Swainsboro City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, February 1, at Chapman Funeral Home. He passed away Friday, January 25, 2019 surrounded by family and friends at Emanuel Medical Center following an extended battle with cancer.
Major Wendell J. Bell was born on November 5, 1963 in Emanuel County to the late Elex Bell Jr. and Marie Smith Bell. He was one of seven children. As a child, he attended Emanuel County Schools and, like many kids, he was very mischievous. His ways changed once he reached high school. Bell became a very good athlete and was helpful and quiet to his peers. He graduated from Swainsboro High School and went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps in 1982 for four years.
Once Bell completed his tour of duty, he did brick mason work and drove a school bus for a short period of time. He decided to continue to serve humanity by working for the Swainsboro Police Department, Wadley Police Department, Stillmore Police Department, and East Georgia State College Police Department.
“Bell,” as he was lovingly called, was honored with many awards for his extraordinary duty to protect and serve. He had many hobbies, one of which was driving trucks. Bell became owner and sole proprietor of W. Bell Transportation L.L.C. During his early years, he married and to that union a son was born, Brandon J. Bell. Later in life, he met and married the love of his life, Debra Paynes. Bell loved her and he gained another son and two daughters of which he helped to raise as his own. His love for his wife and children spread to his grandchildren and other extended family.
God chose Bell to serve his fellow man in many ways, as a son, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, Godfather, Mason member, and friend during his life’s journey.
After retiring, due to an illness he was battling, Bell took time to manage his health and enjoy life with Debra.
Bell will be fondly remembered by his loving and devoted wife, Debra N. Bell; two sons, Brandon Bell and Stephen Paynes; two daughters, Kimberly Troupe and Ebony (Comaneci) Walker; one Goddaughter, D’Naria Lovett; four brothers, Matthew (Paula) Bell, Mark (Diana) Bell, Alexander Bell and Wille (Marcie) Bell; two sisters, Teresa (Victor) Bennett and Carrie Scott; 10 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Pallbearers are Wesley Lewis, Darien Cato, Gene Brown, Paul Jordan, Willie Williams, and David Way. Honorary pallbearers Swainsboro Police Department, Wadley Police Department, Stillmore Police Department, and East Georgia State College Police Department.
Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro is in charge of the arrangements.