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Simeon Simmie Louis Bell of Athens, Georgia, formerly of Adel, Georgia, passed away on January 2, 2018. He was born December 20th, 1927, in Burke County to the late John Wesley Bell, Sr., and Dora Almond Bell. He attended North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Georgia; University of Georgia; and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where he obtained an associates degree in agriculture. He served in the United States Army at the end of World War II and was stationed in Korea until the end of his service where he served as chief baker in the hospital.

Mr. Bell became a teacher in the Veterans Farming Program in Adel until the Veterans Program ended. He worked in construction at the Savannah River Plant for Dupont as an engineering technician. For his career he worked for the US Soil Conservation Service for over 30 years, retiring as soil conservationist for Cook, Berrien, and Lanier counties for 15 of those years.

He enjoyed farming, camping, being with family, playing practical jokes, and believed in using his hands more than his mouth. He was a member of the Young Farmers Association of Cook County; United Methodist Men; served as director of Cook County Farm Bureau; Masons, where he was Grand Mason for more than 50 years; and Shriners. He was a member of United Methodist Church of Adel, serving as head usher for many years, with an affiliate membership at Winterville United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty Fulwood Bell; daughters Karen Bell Griffin and husband, Doug Griffin, of Athens, Sybil Bell Coody and husband, Tim Coody, of Augusta, and son Greg Bell and wife, Andrea Bell, of Gainesville, Georgia; brother Rev. Grover Bell and Deanie Bell of Savannah; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Bell and sister, Betty Jean Schweitzer.

The family will receive family and friends Friday, January 5, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Boone Funeral Home South (1804 S. Hutchinson Ave.; Adel, GA 31620) with the service to be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 6th at the Adel United Methodist Church with Rev. Bruce Merriman and Rev. Grover Bell officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.boonefunerals.com. --Boone Funeral Home of Adel has been entrusted with all arrangements.
Published on January 4, 2018
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