John R. Bell

John Ray “Bud” Bell, 77 of Huddleston passed from death into everlasting life on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 surrounded by his family. He was born on Sunday, Feb. 24, 1935 in Lynchburg, a son of the late Odell Bell and Evelyn Bell High. He was also preceded in death by a son, Rusty Bell, a grandson, Jacob Anderson, and a granddaughter, Grace Ann. Bud served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and was a member of Staunton Baptist Church in Huddleston. In addition, he worked in the foundry and printing business for over twenty years. Bud realized his dream of owning his own business when he opened the Sportsmen’s Inn Restaurant on Smith Mountain Lake in 1976 until he retired in 1998. Bud touched many lives with his caring heart, quick wit, great sense of humor and magnetic personality. Bud loved the outdoors and he enjoyed golfing and playing with his grandkids in their swimming pool. The family would like to thank the wonderful, caring nurses of Bedford Hospice Care for their quality care. Surviving is the love of his life, his wife of fifty-eight years, Fay Dean Holland Bell; three sons, J.R. Bell & wife, Julie, Rickey Owen Bell & wife, Wendi, Cliff Bell & wife, Michelle; a daughter, Hannah Lynn Jenks & husband, Tim; a brother, Clarence Odell “CO” Bell, twelve AMAZING grandchildren and five PRECIOUS great grandchildren, who lovingly referred to him as “Pappie”. A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Staunton Baptist Church with Dr. John Reale & Rev. Sonny Moon officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huddleston. God is so good.

Published in Bedford Bulletin from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2013