Carl Allen "Tuttie" Bell Sr.

Carl Allen "Tuttie" Bell Sr., born Nov. 2, 1932, departed this life on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He was a native and resident of Head of Island and a former resident of Paulina and St. Amant. Preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Elaine Poché Bell; wife, Janell Braud Bell; parents, John Bell and Marie May Bell; brothers, John "J.C." Bell, Julius Bell, Merlin Bell, and Robert "Bobby" Bell. Survived by his five sons and six daughters, Carl Bell Jr., of Virginia Beach, Va., Valerie and spouse Mike Sexton, of Lake Jackson, Texas, Lynne and spouse Gregg Triche, and Tammy and spouse Dean Gendron, all of LaPlace, Pam and spouse David Gilreath, Pasadena, Texas, Vonda and spouse Dave Hannaman, of Baton Rouge, Ryan and spouse Chadna Bell, of LaPlace, Sherry and spouse Lance Luquette, of Gramercy, Kerry Bell, of Alexandria, John "J.B." Bell, and Keith and spouse Cindy Bell, all of Baton Rouge; 23 grandchildren, Carlos and Michael Bell, Janee' and Sarah Sexton, Jeremy Vicknair and Jacob Triche, Corey, Scott and Charlotte Hibbard, Stephen Sahr, Chase and Danielle Gilreath, Derek and Matthew Hannaman, Tyler Gauthier Bell, Clarissa and Christopher Bell, Jerrod Palmer, Matthew Bell, Bailey and Bry Bell, Brittany and Katelyn Kelley; as well as 11 great-grandchildren. Also survived by his sisters, Gloria Lambert and Settie Calhoun; and brother, Ricky Bell. Visitation at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulina, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the church on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Graveside military honors at St. Joseph Mausoleum with the Rev. Mark Beard officiating. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954 and was a veteran of the Korean War. During his service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with a bronze service star and a Meritorious Unit Commendation. He held a corporal ranking until his honorable discharge in 1954. Over and above serving his country, he was a loving father to his 11 children, and a loving grandfather. He had a special relationship with each and every one of us. What made him happy was to see his family together. Always think of him when you pass the Bell home at Head of Island, you could always find him sitting on the front porch. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home, Lutcher. Friends and family may send their condolences and thoughts to www.hcalexanderfh.com.

Funeral Home

H.C. Alexander Funeral Home
2208 Jefferson Highway Lutcher, LA 70071
(225) 869-5553

Published in TheAdvocate.com on Aug. 11, 2009