Omer Clayton Bell passed peacefully the morning of June 30, 2012 at Twin Cities Hospital surrounded by family and friends. He was born April 18, 1922 in Octavia, Okla. Omer had a successful career as a Lt. Commander in the United States Navy and retired July 1, 1970 after serving 29 years. He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was one of few people to actually witness the "mushroom cloud" from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Omer excelled as a pilot and went on to fly for Petroleum Helicopters (PHI) Inc., ARAMCO oil in Saudi Arabia and had his own crop-dusting business with his twin brother, Odie Bell. After WW II the brothers followed this successful business with a flight instruction school and charter flight operation in Pensacola. Omer was a passionate man who had many adventures and interests. He never lost his love for flying and all things farm and ranch related. Omer was a very positive person who loved to laugh, reminisce and spend time with family and friends. He will be well missed and fondly remembered by all those blessed to have known him.
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He was predeceased by his father, Edgar Houston Bell; mother, Willie Mathus Bell; five brothers, one sister and his son, Omer Clayton Bell, Jr.
He is survived by his twin brother, Odie Gordon Bell; daughters, Amanda Bell, Melinda Bell Hagan, Donna Battin, Vickie Henline, and Sherry Robinson; grandchildren, Houston Wright, Austin Battin, Shannon Robinson, Cole Bell, Isabelle Hagan, Ava Hagan and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside Services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 6, 2012 at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, with full military honors with the Rev. Lonnie Wright officiating. For those unable to attend the family has requested that you send condolences to Amanda Bell at 920 Ten Lake Drive; DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Christian Church; 4342 US Highway 90 West; DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435. Memorialization was by cremation. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. The family wishes to thank the professional staff and caregivers at the Twin Cities Hospital for the wonderful and compassionate care Omer received during his illness.
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on July 11, 2012