Otis James Pell, 87, died Wednesday, March 3, 2010.
Visitation will be held on Saturday March 6, between 5 and 8 pm at Strong Hope Baptist Church, Wesson. Funeral service will be held Sunday March 7, 2 pm at the Strong Hope Baptist Church, Wesson, with interment in Strong Hope Cemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Services in Hazlehurst is handling arrangements.
He was born in Wesson, in the Strong Hope Community on March 21, 1922. Mr. Pell was a U.S. Navy “Seabee” Veteran of WW II stationed in the Aleutian Islands and Okinawa. He spent 39 years working in the LP Gas Industry for Amoco Oil Co. as a Division Manager and Regional Sales Manager in Port Gibson, Victoria, TX, and Augusta, GA. He attended Victoria College, was a licensed pilot, and was a licensed Real Estate Agent in Georgia. He retired to the Pell Family Farm in Strong Hope Community in 1984 where he devoted his life to family and the community. As an active member of the Strong Hope Baptist Church, he served in many offices including Deacon and Sunday School Teacher for many years. For over 62 years as a Mason and a current member of the J.M. Wesson Lodge #317 and with the Wahabi Shrine Temple in Jackson, one of his joys was assisting crippled children in being admitted to the Shriner’s Childrens Hospital in Shreveport, La. He was an active member of the Scottish Rite Masons and received Letters of Appreciation from Senators Trent Lott and Chip Pickering for his work with Dyslexia Education in Copiah, Lincoln, and Lawrence County Schools. He was also a Representative for the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Mason of China (Taiwan) in 1989. Mr. Pell was a founding member and the driving force of the Strong Hope Vol. Fire Department.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert James and May Baily Pell; beloved wife of 57 years, Elouise Howe Pell, sisters Effie Pell and Winnie Pell Carsley.
Survivors include: son, David Charles Pell and wife, Shawn and granddaughter, Sara Pell of Forest; daughter Susan Poole and husband, Max of Orlando, Fla; and grandson and wife Aaron and Kelly Poole of Tampa, Fla. He is also survived by sisters Nelma Pell and Ann Pell Simonson of Strong Hope, Eldene Pell Pettit of Clinton, Opal Pell Pickett of Jackson; and brother, Robert Pell of Port Gibson.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Strong Hope Baptist Church @ 1144 King Rd, Wesson, Ms 39191; The Strong Hope Volunteer Fire Department @ 4078 Monticello Road, Wesson, Ms. 39191; or the Shiner’s Children’s Hospital in Shreveport, La.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Strong Hope Baptist Church @ 1144 King Rd, Wesson, Ms 39191; The Strong Hope Volunteer Fire Department @ 4078 Monticello Road, Wesson, Ms. 39191; or the Shiner’s Children’s Hospital in Shreveport, La.