Jack Laverne Bell, 69, of Taylorville, IL died at 12:19 pm Friday, May 17, 2013 at his residence.

He was born May 26, 1943 in DeQuincy, LA the son of Johnnie and Beulah Welch Bell. In January 1986 he married Delores “Dodie” Bass in Taylorville.  Mr. Bell was a lineman and backhoe operator with Local 965 in Springfield.  He retired in 1998 due to health reasons after 40 years of work.  Jack was a hardworking man all his life.  He and his wife Delores spent over 27 years of marriage together.  He loved his wife, all three of his kids, and all five of his grandkids were the light of his life.

Surviving is his wife: Delores “Dodie” Bell of Taylorville; children: Amber Bell and companion Arthur McClain, Jr. and Jeff Bell and wife Angela all of Taylorville, and Jason Bell and wife Kaysha of Vian, OK. Grandchildren: Dalton Bell, Bryan Bell, Ben Bell, Jacqueline Bell, and Katelyn Bell.  2 Sisters: Velma Streams and Marion Whittington both of DeQuincy, LA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Brothers: Huey Shirley and Gerald Bell, and Sisters: Versie Belle and Marie Ragel.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at McClure Funeral Home with Pastor Philip Neumann officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday at McClure Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Bell Family, C/O McClure Funeral Home, 302 W. Poplar, Taylorville, IL 62568

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