Carl Richard BellSpringdale, AR, 1940 - 2020 0comment
Carl Richard Bell, age 79, of Springdale, Ark., entered the gates of Heaven on Sunday, February 16, 2020. He was born on March 11, 1940, in Van Buren, Ark., to Fletcher and Mary Elizabeth (Jamison) Bell.
Carl was an all-around athlete (except football because his daddy said no) excelling in track, basketball, baseball, and golf. He also refereed and later in life took up fishing (Annie was always better). Just out of high school, he attended spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates and many years later was invited to play on the senior pro golf tour but turned it down. He achieved 11 hole-in-ones (that's not a typo and that's not miniature golf) during his life!
His mad math skills morphed into computer programming where he wrote computer code like no one's business. He worked his way up in data processing with Tyson's and Wal-Mart. He became the Data Processing Manager for both Hudson Foods and George's, from where he retired. He could hold up those old manila hole-punch cards and tell you what it meant and what it would do.
Carl loved the Lord, having served as a Deacon, and was a member of Elmdale Baptist Church in Springdale.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 42 years, Donna Lou (Briley) Bell, and brothers Jimmy and Johnnie Bell.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Annie (Rice) Bell, children Kevin (Lisa) Bell, Jeff Bell, Carla (Todd) Phillips, and Simone (Derrel) Brock; grandchildren Ashley (Aaron) Peeples, Matthew (Haley) Phillips, Madison Phillips, and Lane Brock; great-grandchildren Morgan, Carson, and Hudson; and sister Mary Beth Coble and brother Gene Bell.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 19, at 2 p.m., at Elmdale Baptist Church with visitation beginning at noon. Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery. Arrangements are by Nelson Berna Funeral Home. Memorials may be made in Carl's memory to Elmdale Baptist Church, 1700 W. Huntsville Ave., Springdale, Ark., 72762. To place an online tribute, visit www.nelsonberna.com.
Published February 17, 2020
OBITUARY SUBMITTED BY:
Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Crematory
4520 North Crossover Road, P.O. Box 8982, Fayetteville, AR