Nina Kay Bennet Bell, age 86, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2023, following a brief illness. A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, February 18, at 12 p.m., at Swainsboro City Auditorium with Rev. Dr. Alfred Cason officiating. Interment followed at Swainsboro City Cemetery.
Nina Kay Davis was born on January 24, 1937, in Emanuel County, to the late Carlos and Bessie Davis. She was reared in a Christian home and accepted Christ at an early age. In July 1950, Nina Kay joined Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where she served faithfully until her death. She sang in the choir and also serv ed as the choir president for over 45 years. Nina Kay was also a member of the Jethro Council Benevolence Society, and the St. Phillip Church #114, Order of the Easter Star. In 1958, Nina Kay married her high school sweetheart, Willie S. Bennett, Jr. To this union, two children were born; Sandra Kay Bennett (1960) and Timothy Ervin Bennett (11965). Later in life, she was united in marriage to Elex Bell, Jr. Nina Kay had an impeccable work ethic and it showed. At the age of 14, she began her entrepreneur journey of fixing hair. At age 18, Nina Kay became a master cosmetologist and worked at this craft for 70+ years. People came from near and far to get their hair done at Kay’s Beauty Shop. Some even traveled by Greyhound from other counties. She has also done hair and make-up for Pughsley-Tapley Mortuary and Mosley Funeral Home. In addition to her parents. Ms. Nina Kay Davis is preceded in death by her husbands, Willie S. bennet, Jr. and Elex Bell, Jr.; and granddaughter, Krystal Faith Swinney.
Ms. Bell leaves a legacy of cherished and loving memories with her daughter, Sandra Kay Bennett Swinney; son, Rev. Timothy Ervin Bennett, SR. (Angela); sister, Minister Annie Vaughn Godfrey (James); brothers, Jesse A. Davis (Bernetta) and Desse E. Davis; grandchildren, Precious Kay Swinney, Virgil Ree Swinney, Jr., Alia Siera Bennett, Timera Angela Bennett, and Timothy Ervin Bennett, Jr.; adopted sister, Doris Curry; devoted friends, Gloria Mincey and Joanne Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.