Death of Jefferson Wyndham Bell

Jefferson Wyndham Bell, 92, of Parkersburg, W.Va., passed away Aug. 12, 2011, at his residence.

Jefferson was born April 3, 1919, in Elizabeth, W.Va., a son of the late James W. and Lelia (Ruble) Bell Fought.

He was a proud World War II Navy veteran, seeing action in the Philippines. He served six years in active duty achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st class and 16 years in the Naval Reserves. Upon returning to Parkersburg after his service, he went to work at the former Viscose plant of Parkersburg. He later became employed at Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where he was an aircraft mechanic. He returned home again to work at the former Amax Metal Co. of Washington, W.Va., as a mechanic and was a member of Parkersburg Millwright Union 1755 for many years.

He was a member of Parkersburg Masonic Lodge 169 since 1948 and was very proud to have served as past master and was a member of American Legion Post 15 of Parkersburg.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Juanita (Howell) Bell; daughters, Karen Tackett of Parkersburg and Rebecca Bell of Thornville, Ohio; brother, Torrence Bell (Gladnalene) of Walker, W.Va.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren, all of Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Harold and Bakley Bell of Parkersburg and Louis Bell of Ripley, W.Va.; along with one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with the Reverend L. Norman Butler officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery with full Masonic rites conducted by Parkersburg Masonic Lodge 169. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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