James Ronald Bell, called "Ron," died April 28, 2014 at age 78. He was the son of Alice Tumblin and John L. Bell of New Smyrna. Ron was a faithful altar boy at St. Paul's and an active Boy Scout. After graduating from Live Oak High School in 1954, he attended Florida State. There he earned bachelor's and master's degrees and played in the marching band. Afterwards he served in the U.S. Army. Ron taught briefly in Leon and Volusia counties before spending his career teaching gifted children in Dade County. Continuing his scout leadership there, he also became a ham radio enthusiast. He loved involving his students in these activities and in his hobby of finishing precious stones. Never marrying, Ron called his ham call sign WN4L "wish not for love." But Ron received much love from his students, nieces, and nephews. He loved taking his niece and nephews in the North Carolina mountains on gem hunting excursions. His several boats in Florida he named "Becky B" to honor a niece. Ever an avid fisherman, Ron knew well the waters of the Indian River, Homestead Bay, Caesar's Creek, and Biscayne Bay. Poor health in later years kept him from the fishing and boating he loved. In retirement Ron developed new interests. These included researching family history, playing poker. and making jewelry. Upon his move from Dade County to Edgewater in 2005, he became involved in the Tomoka Gem and Mineral Society and the Florida Society of Goldsmiths. Ron's was a life well lived. Surviving relatives include a sister, Laverna McGinnis of Edgewater and a brother, John L. Bell, Jr., of Cullowhee, NC. Laverna's children are William McGinnis of Edgewater and Rebecca McGinnis of New York City. John Bell's children are Anna Lynn Bell of Harrison-burg, VA, Kenneth Bell of Piano, TX, and Daniel Bell of Richmond, VA. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on May 4, 2014