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Jesse Jordan Bell, Jr.

Jesse Jordan Bell, Jr.
August 4, 1933 – December 16, 2023

Long time Wilcox County resident Jesse Jordan Bell, Jr, passed away Saturday, December 16, at the age of 90.
Born in Goodway, Alabama, August 4, 1933, J.J. was the son of Jesse Jordan Bell, Sr and Rosa Lee Bell. J.J. was one of 7 siblings. On April 5th, 1957, he married Shirley Ikner Bell, who passed away October 5, 2017, the year they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Affectionately known by many as Daddy Bell, his greatest joy in life was his 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. His love and support for his family was second to none and apparent by all who knew him.
J.J. partnered with his wife, both personally and professionally throughout his life. Together, they operated Camden Gin Company, Tuscaloosa Feed and Seed, and in later years they started a business, Northport Feed and Seed. In 2003, they retired to their hometown of Camden to be closer to their family.
J.J., served as a deacon of Camden Baptist Church, where he was a faithful member since 1971. He loved being part of this extended family, attending long after most would not have, and after he couldn’t attend, would participate in the service online. Along with this, J.J. was a veteran of the U.S. Army, served as a board member of Wilcox Academy, was a member of Gideons International, and a member of the local American Legion organization.
Funeral services for J.J. were held Wednesday, December 20th, at Camden Baptist Church with Pastor Justin Nelson officiating, and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home, directing. Burial followed at the Camden City Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughters Tanya Bell Dunnam (Wayne, deceased) of Camden and Kay Bell Heimann (Kenny) of Rotonda, Florida, sons Jesse Jordan Bell, III (Ginger) of Camden and Jason Lee Bell of Prattville. “Daddy Bell” is also survived by 13 grandchildren, William Jordan Dunnam (Emily) of Camden, Jessica Bell Anderson (Matt) of Montgomery, Karon Dunnam vonCannon (Scott) of Birmingham, Justin Owens Harris (Laura) of Monroeville, Lauren Bell Dumas (Tyler) of Camden, Cecil Wayne Dunnam, Jr. (Margaret) of Camden, Marshall Carey Harris (Hannah) of Camden, Tanya Nicole Heimann of Boca Grande, FL, Rachel Morgan Bell of Birmingham, Taylor Heimann Buchanan (Tom), of Riverview Florida, Wayne Kenneth Heimann, III of Rotonda, FL, Samantha LeeAnne Bell of Prattville, and Colton Lee Bell of Prattville. He is also survived by Fifteen great-grandchildren, Cecile vonCannon, Thomas Harris, and Charles Dumas, Olivia Dumas, Creel Anderson, Weston Harris, William Dunnam, Mac Harris, Jackson Dumas, Wayne Dunnam, Sellers Anderson, Logan Dunnam, Silas Swartzendruber, Tyler Dunnam, and Wes Dunnam. J.J. also leaves behind a host of friends he held dear.
Pallbearers include family members: Matt Anderson, Colton Bell, Tom Buchanan, Tyler Dumas, Bo Dunnam, Jordan Dunnam, Justin Harris, Marshall Harris, Trey Heimann, and Scott vonCannon. Honorary pallbearers are Eugene Odem, Johnny Webb and his BYKOTA Sunday School Class Members.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Gideons International (www.gideons.org), P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251. The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), P. O. Box 1640, Hagerstown, MD 21741.
The family would like to thank everyone for all their prayers, cards, calls, and visits during this time. We are truly touched by every act of kindness.

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