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Harold Ray BELL



BELL, Harold RayAge 76 of Waverly, TN, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Ray was born May 14, 1937 in Humphreys County, TN to Bert and Gertrude Bell. Ray's life was full of accomplishments. He was educated in the Waverly school system and started his long string of life achievements as an outstanding athlete by being a member of Waverly's 1955 undefeated football team, which propelled him to an athletic scholarship at Middle Tennessee University where he excelled in football and track. Upon graduation, he became a football coach and teacher and was employed for a few years in the school systems in Hartsville, TN and Ocoee, Florida before returning to his beloved Waverly to coach. He progressed from coaching and teaching to academic administration by serving as the Waverly Junior High School principal for a number of years. Later, accepting a position with the State Farm Insurance Agency, Ray served the insurance needs of the people of Humphreys County for 35 years until his retirement in 2006. Concurrent with his State Farm duties, Ray was elected and served with distinction as mayor of Waverly from 1979-1986. Throughout his life, Ray was an avid and accomplished golfer and true to his athletic prowess won many golf tournaments and still holds the Waverly Country Club course record. Ray was a faithful and loving husband to Sue, his wife of 53 years; a dedicated father to his children, a loyal brother to his siblings, and a steadfast friend to all that knew him. He instilled confidence in people and treated all with a calm and steady demeanor. His pleasing countenance showed through to the very end. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Laura; brothers, Billy, Gene and Phil Bell. He is survived by his wife, Sue (Pace) Bell; daughters, Cindy (Brad) Story, Renee (Doug) Muha; grandchildren, Katie and Jack Story, and Benjamin Muha; brother, Dennis Bell; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation for Ray Bell will be Thursday, August 22nd from 2 to 8 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, August 23rd prior to the services at 1 p.m., at the Luff-Bowen Funeral Home, with Samuel Bumpus officiating. Interment will be at Richlawn Cemetery. LUFF-BOWEN FUNERAL HOME, 2400 Hwy. 13 North, Waverly, TN (931) 296-2437.

Published in The Tennessean on Aug. 23, 2013
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