Jerry C. Bell, 76, of Kerrville, Texas died at his home on March 5, 2010, after a two-year battle with lung cancer.
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He was born November 12, 1933 in Bastrop, the second son of Homer Earnest and Ruby Louise (Cox) Bell.
Jerry left school before graduating and in 1951, married Bebe June Parrot at the Harris Ave. Baptist Church, Bastrop, the same church he had been baptized in 1947. In 1952, he joined the US Air Force and earned his GED, going on to be an instructor for five years at Goodfellow AFB in Radio Traffic Analysis and Mobile Interception.
He served in both Korea and Vietnam, and his family accompanied him to the Island of Crete (1959-1962), Turkey (1969-1971) and state-side was based out of Goodfellow AFB. He retired in 1974 as a Senior Master Sergeant with 22 1/2 years. He was part of the Intelligence Community.
After his retirement, Jerry worked in San Angelo as a serviceman for Bob Humphrey at Concho Valley Refrigeration, Ethicon, and Angelo State University, as supervisor for Maintenance on Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning Equipment.
In 1979, he and Bebe moved to Beaver Lake in Eureka Springs, Ark., where he built their own home. He worked for Carroll-Boone Water System; was a licensed Real Estate Broker for Lakeland Realty and had volunteered for the Grassy Knob Volunteer Fire Department. Bebe died of cancer and in 1990, he married Edith Sikes and they moved to Rogers, Ark., Powell, Mo. and retired to Kerrville in September 2003.
He is predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Bebe; and his parents.
Those left to honor and cherish his memory are his wife of 19 years, Edith (Easton) Bell of Kerrville; two daughters, Sara Elizabeth "Beth" Fearing of Hunt, Texas and Diana Kay "Katie" Sewell and husband Steve, of Ingram, Texas; five grandchildren, Sgt. Chris Picken and wife Catherine, of Hunt, Theresa and husband, Lt. Col. David Stephens, of Alexandria, Va., Misty Cade and husband Josh of Uhland, Texas, Rachel Olvera of San Antonio, Texas and Bebe Fuentes of San Angelo, Texas; seven great grandchildren; three step-children, eight step grandchildren; three step-great grandchildren; a brother, Glenn Bell and his wife, Imogene, of Birmingham, Ala.; and nieces and nephews.
Visitation for family and friends was held at Kerrville Funeral Home from Monday, March 8 and will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 at Golden Funeral Home, 2016 E. Madison Ave., Bastrop followed by graveside services at Memorial Park Cemetery, Bastrop at 1:30 p.m.
The family suggests that donations in his name be made to
or The Salvation Army, Jerry and Edi's favorite charities.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home, 830.898.5111.
The family invites you to leave a message or memory at www.kerrvillefuneralhome.com by selecting "Obituaries." Select "Sign Guestbook" at the bottom of the individual memorial.
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Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise from Mar. 8 to Mar. 12, 2010