Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 18, 2013

Billy Jack Bell

The Athens Review

Athens — Athens – Funeral services for Bill Bell, of Athens were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at the Sand Springs Baptist Church in Athens, with the Rev. Eric Graham officiating.

Mr. Bell passed away in Palestine on Feb. 15, 2013.

Billy Jack Bell was born the son of Harry and Cornelia Pearce Bell on Oct. 16, 1929 in Athens.

He was a member of the Sand Springs Baptist Church, and was a man with a strong work ethic, and lived his life farming and working cattle. 

He enjoyed reading and spending time with his family.  He was a loving father, brother and great-grandfather, and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Betty Jean Sipkins Bell, and his parents.

Bill leaves behind: his children, two daughters, Sheryl Bonner of Allen, Lisa Garza of Athens,  two sons; Scott and wife Julie Bell of Palestine and Wes and wife Adria of McKinney; two sisters, Dorothy and husband Kenneth Hensley of Mabank, Ann Costello of Forney, one brother, Tom Bell of Chandler, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren

In lieu of flowers, the family would like for donations to be made to: Sand Springs Baptist Church, 1212 FM 1616, Athens, TX 75751. Phone: 903-675-4387.

Arrangements were entrusted to Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.

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