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James McNeal Bell

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Bell James McNeal Bell, "Jimmy", age 65, passed away at Grant Medical Center on Monday, March 13, 2017. He was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky February 8, 1952 to Mary Duff and the late William McNeal Bell. Jimmy was a member of Oakley Baptist Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir, and attended Linden McKinley High School. He was recognized in his youth for appearances on the Dick Clark Dance Show, and for his mastery of the trumpet, drums and guitar. He was a graduate of Wilberforce University, with a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management; and was also a Certified Chef. Predeceased by his father William McNeal Bell, stepfather Patterson Duff and brother (William) Dewayne Bell. He leaves to cherish his memories his son, Kenyatta Granderson; mother, Mary Duff; sister, Sandra (Troy) Byers; beloved aunt, Marie Young; cousin, Kevin Cole; and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Oakley Full Gospel Baptist Church, 3415 El Paso Dr., Columbus, OH 43204. The family will receive friends at the church Tuesday 10 a.m. until the start of service. Interment in Green Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to DIEHL-WHITTAKER FUNERAL SERVICE, 720 E. Long St. To extend condolences to the Bell family, please visit www.diehl-whittaker.com/obits

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 20, 2017
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