James M. Bell Jr. (1924 - 2014)

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James Milton Bell Jr., 89, of Westminster, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House.

Born Sep. 15, 1924, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late James Milton Bell Sr. and Miriam Muir Bell. He was the husband of Dorothy Pitt Bell, his wife of 66 years.

He served in the Army Air Force during World War II as a B-17 pilot. He flew 36 combat missions in the European Theater. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in November 1944.

Following his service, he graduated from John Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Science in engineering and later earned a Master of Business Administration from Loyola College. He worked as a general manager at Koppers Company.

He served on the board of the Washington Village Medical Group, as president of Forest Hill Swim Club and as director, Division III, of the Maryland Interclub Seniors Golf Association. He was a charter member of Hobbits Glen Golf Club, a former member of Seabrook Island and Patuxent Greens Golf clubs, and was a member of Waynesboro Country Club. He scored three holes-in-one during his golfing career.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughters Linda Hart and husband Bill, of Westminster, Patricia Coward and husband Wilson, of Florence, S.C., Karen Bell, of Olney, Ill., and Barbara Cook and husband Giles, of St. Augustine, Fla.; brother Bob Bell and wife Doris, of Cooksville; grandchildren Jamie Coward and wife Traci, of Florence, Sandy Long and husband Tim, of Hampstead, Brandon Coward, of Florence, Ian Fowble, of Ellicott City, Jessie Fowble, of Jacksonville, Giles Cook and Charles Cook, both of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Katarina Cook, of Boston; great-granddaughters Caroline and Courtney Coward, and Madelyn Long; sisters-in-law Betty Feroli and husband John, and Sue Spangenberg; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of memorial service, 11 a.m. Saturday at Krug Chapel Auditorium at Carroll Lutheran Village, 300 St. Luke Circle, Westminster.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Hospice's Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157; or to Carroll Lutheran Village Resident Assistance Fund, 300 St. Luke Circle, Westminster, MD 21158.

Online condolences may be offered at www.prittsfuneralhome.com.

Sign this guest book online at www.carrollcountytimes.com.


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Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Feb. 27, 2014
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