Born 9-8-1921 -- Died 10-16-2006
Howard Aaron Bell, died Oct. 16, 2006,.
He was born in New Liberty community north of Alton on Sept. 8, 1921, the son of Samuel Wesley Bell and Lura Edith Albert Bell. He attended rural schools in Oregon County until his family moved to Alton, where he enjoyed playing on a winning basketball team and where he met his future wife, Frances Orr. He graduated from Alton High School in 1941.
He was drafted into the Army and served in the 442nd Anti Aircraft Artillery in North Africa and the 99th Chemical Company Battalion in Italy and France.
On Dec. 10, 1944, he was injured in action in France and received a Purple Heart for his service.
On March 13, 1943, he married Frances Orr and they made their home in the Royal Oak community for their two children, Sandra Frances Bell Henderson and Stanley Howard Bell.
He was a deacon and faithful member of the Royal Oak Freewill Baptist Church, and worked at the Western Auto, and Simpson Supply and retired in 1985 after working for many years as a rural letter carrier. He was a lifetime member of the Alton VFW Post 1014.
Survivors include his son, Stan Bell and wife Brenda of Thomasville, Mo.; his daughter, Sandra Henderson and husband Tom of Columbia, Mo.; his grandchildren, Scott Henderson and wife Emily, Susan Moore and husband Richard, Amy Bell, Alice Combs and husband Brian, Aaron Bell and wife Amy; three great-grandchildren, Elise and Olivia Henderson and Tucker Combs; one sister, Wilma Miles; one half-brother, Sam Bell; a brother-in-law, John Barton; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frances; sisters, Hazel Barton, Marie Stairs and Opal Jones; and a brother, Garnet Paul.
The funeral services were held Oct. 18 at the Clary Chapel with Bro. Bob Wiggs officiating. Interment followed in the Smith Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Alton.