Joye T. Bell
Mrs. Joye T. Bell, age 86, died peacefully in her sleep at her home on Saturday, January 14, 2017. She was a retired teacher of 30 years from the former Memphis City Schools. Mrs. Bell taught Business Education for most of her career at George Washington Carver High School. Her father, the late Elihu Alonzo Teague, was the Assistant Principal at Manassas High School; her mother, the late Bennie Wymns Teague, was a renowned singer and pianist in Memphis and the surrounding area.
According to a former Carver student, Billy Gist, Jr, Mrs. Bell had "eyes in the back of her head and would hit your knuckles with a ruler if you dared to look at your fingers while typing."
Her daughter, Mrs. Joye Bell Jackson, a retired teacher of Las Vegas, attributed her classroom management style to her mother's no-nonsense, "the-bell-does-not-dismiss-you" approach.
Her son, Stan Bell, WDIA and V101 radio personality, offers that the "Daily Words of Wisdom" he conveys on his radio show are inspired by his beloved mother.
Mrs. Bell leaves to mourn her transition from this life, two children: Joye Bell Jackson (Gregory) of Las Vegas, and Stanley Alonzo Bell (Carla); five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; a sister, Bennie Kelley (Augustus) of Beavercreek, OH; a step-daughter, Patricia Agnew; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and her spiritual family at St. John Baptist Church (Vance).
Visitation will be held Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 9:00 am – 10:55 am, immediately followed by the celebration services; both services will be held at St. John Baptist Church (Vance).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made in her name, in the form of contributions to St. John Baptist Church (640 Vance Avenue): Benevolence Fund.
E.H. Ford Mortuary
Published in The Commercial Appeal from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2017.