Saturday, March 14, 2009


I just found out that Brother Sammy passed away yesterday. I've known him my entire life and he's just always been around...he was the preacher at my grandparents church. He married Josh and I. I will NEVER forget what he said during our wedding ceremony. When it came time to place the ring on Josh's finger he said to me, "Place this ring on his finger, I mean wrist!" Josh has a size 13 finger and his ring was huge! He was such a sweet man. His wife died several years ago and the few times I've seen him since then you could just tell that something was missing. So, I guess I'm not sad because he is EXACTLY where he wants to be! And I swear I just heard him say Amen!

Rev. Sammy B. Bell
TUSCALOOSA Rev. Sammy B. Bell, age 66, of Tuscaloosa, died March 13, 2009, at Hospice of West Alabama. Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South with Rev. Charles E. Herron officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South directing. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Bell, his father, Chester K. Bell, Sr., his stepfather, Robert Jones, and his mother, Mary Catherine Bell Jones.Survivors include two daughters, April Hodo (David) and Mandi Canty (Terry); five grandsons, Rhen Glover (Haley Miles), Rhett Glover (Mary Beth Hindman), Sam Hodo, Neal Hodo, and Tripp Canty; three granddaughters, Tyler Lancaster (Andrew), Faith Hughes, and Ashlyn Canty; his sister, Annie Lou Herron (Charles); and his brother, Chester K. Bell, Jr. (Sylvia). Diane Walsh was the person to whom he gave his heart for the past 2-½ years.Thirty-five years ago, Sammy was called to preach, and he was called to preach peace. He loved the Lord, and he lived the word of God. He said shalom and went home to be with his Lord.Pallbearers will be Rhen Glover, Rhett Glover, Keith Herron, Kevin Herron, Preston Lagrown, Andrew Lancaster, and Tim Bell.Honorary pallbearers are his spiritual family at West End Methodist Church, his golf buddies, D.L. Ryan, Mel Whitley, Paul Morrison, Darryl Evans, Charles Herron, Paul Gartmon, Jo Jones, Paul Summer, A.G. Bridges, Tom Colvin, John Gray, Dr. Anne Lewis, Dr. John Chandler (to us), Dr. Perry Lovely, Dr. Steve Lovelady, Rev. Neal Hodo, Hank and Lil Zaiontz, and Travis and Sonja Franklin.

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