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John Clifford Bell Jr.

John Clifford Bell Jr., died Dec. 27, 2019 at G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson. Mr. Bell was born Oct. 9, 1924 in Crystal Springs to John Clifford Bell Sr. and Fannie Lee Hinson Bell. A World War II veteran, he was drafted into the Army in 1943 and was part of the Normandy Invasion at Omaha Beach on June 6,1944. He served with the 29th Infantry Division (116th RTC) Company L. He was wounded three times while he served. He was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and French Medal of Honor. He worked several jobs in his life but loved being a truck driver. Later in life he worked still in transportation as a truck dispatcher. Whatever he did he did to the fullest. Caring for his family was his greatest joy. He married his sweetheart Jan. 8, 1943. They were married 52 years. Mr. Bell was preceded in death by his wife, Mamie Nell Bradley Barlow Bell; his parents, and his sisters, Johnnye Bell Marsalis and Vivian Bell Miller Funeral services for Mr. Bell were held at 2 p.m. Dec. 30 at Stringer Family Funeral Services Chapel in Crystal Springs. Burial was in Harmony Cemetery, Crystal Springs. Visitation was Dec. 30 from noon until 2 p.m. at Stringer Family Funeral Services in Crystal Springs. He is survived by his sons, Larry Douglas Bell (Mary Kate) and Thomas Earl Bell (Caren); grandchildren, Emilee Grace Epperson (Adam), Mark Douglas Bell (Kerry) and John Thomas Bell; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Anne, Kathryn Grace and Meredith Joy Epperson; niece, Carolyn Marsalis Morris and nephew, Denny Marsalis. Pallbearers were Ron Saul, Billy McDonald, Wayne Sojourner, Johnny Johnson, Jeff Moore and Leigh Hust. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 300 South Jackson Street, Crystal Springs, MS 39059 or Harmony Cemetery Fund, C/O Wayne Sojourner, 2126 Sandy Yarn Road, Crystal Springs, MS 39059.

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