AIKEN, S.C. - Robert Morrall Bell entered into eternal rest after a long and brave battle with cancer on Thursday, August 20, 2009 at his home in Aiken, S. C. He was born in Graniteville, S. C. on February 15, 1936 to Jonathan and Ruby Carpenter Bell. He was married to the late Cecelia Coker Bell. He is survived by four brothers: George Bell, Walter Bell, Jack Bell and Jesse Bell all of Graniteville and nieces and nephews. Additional survivors include his loving companion of 30 years, Judy S. Elliott, her son, Rev. Rod Elliott and wife, Tina of Hartsville, S. C. He was 'PaPa' to Seth Robert, Mark McCall, John Thomas and Sarah Michelle Elliott. Although having no children of his own, he was a father to Rod and Grandfather to Seth, Mark, John and Sarah; all whom he adored, and they adored him. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, three sisters and six brothers. He was a retired lawyer and had served as Aiken County Attorney for 25 years. He graduated from Leavelle McCampbell High School in Graniteville, S. C. and University of South Carolina School of Law. He had worked with Watkins, Vandiver, Kirven & Long Law Firm in Anderson, S. C.; Senior Law Clerk to Chief Judge in the U. S. Disctirct Court of S. C. in Greenville; member of Abram, Bowen & Townes in Greenville; Bell, Surasky & Brown in Langley; Senior Partner l976-2003; and from 2004-2007 had his own privated practice in Graniteville, S. C. He had been a member of the S. C. Highway Commission, which honored him by naming a portion of Road 118 'Robert M. Bell Parkway'; the S. C. Democratic State Executive Committee; the S. C. Board of Chiropractic Examiners; the Aiken County Planning Commission; the Aiken County Transportation Committee; the Board of Directors of Aiken County Cripple Children Society; and Past President and member of the Gregg/Graniteville Foundation. He had also served as a delegate to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church. He was a member of ABA, TLA, Aiken County Bar Association, S. C. Bar Association, S. C. Trial Lawyers Association, Masons, Shriners, American Legion, Beech Island Agriculture Club, Kappa Sigma Kappa, Tau Kappa Alpha and Phi Delta Phi Chi Psi, and also served with the USAR. He was a member of St. John United Methodist Church in Graniteville. He was highly respected, southern gentleman who will be missed tremendously by all whose lives he touched. Friends may call at Napier Funeral Home on Saturday evening, August 22nd from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, or immediately following the burial at Graniteville Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 3:00 PM at St. John United Methodist Church in Graniteville with Rev. Alan Quarles and Rev. Rod Elliott officiating. The Pallbearers will be John White, Dr. John Austell, Joe Knight, Stephen Surasky, Lawrence Brown, Brian Johnson and Steve Bell. The Paul Burnette Sunday School Class will serve as Honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to St. John United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 38, Graniteville, S. C. 29829, First Baptist Church of Graniteville, P. O. Box 119, Graniteville, S. C. 29829 or Regency Hospice, 105 Summerwood Way, Suite D, Aiken, S. C. 29803. Mr. Bell will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service. Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main St., Graniteville, S. C. is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
The Augusta Chronicle-August 22, 2009