Ecclesiastes 3:2 says, “ to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose
under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is
planted. “ So nothing is out of order here today; life and death are continuing
cycles that are common to life. Join us now as we bear witness to the planting and
harvesting of Our husband, our father, our grandfather, our great grandfather,
our brother, our uncle, our cousin, our friend; Frank Johnson Bell.
Frank was born September 3, 1945 in Lyndhurst, Virginia to Frank J Bell and
Gurdurda Brown Bell. He was the youngest child of nine children which included
five boys and four girls. He received his early education in Lyndhurst and after
finishing Central High School; he attended a Vocational School to learn the trade
of welding. Frank moved to Maryland (Easton) in the late seventies. For the past
thirty years plus, Frank has been employed by Chesapeake Center Inc. in Easton
as a Transportation Supervisor. His co-workers remember him as a warm, friendly
and diligent worker.
Frank’s family was firmly rooted in the church. It was then, and still is riddled with
Minsters, Elders, Missionaries, Evangelists, and long-haul workers for GOD. Frank
himself, joined the church in Virginia at the tender age of 11. After coming to
Maryland, Elder Bell joined the Monument of Love-Church of God and Christ, then
located on Dover Road in Easton. When in 1988, the congregation moved to a
new location in Vienna, Md., Frank willingly followed. There, under the
mentorship of his esteemed friend and pastor, the late Rev. Benjamin Van Zandt,
he became a steadfast pillar of his church family through joyful hard work and
legendary generosity. Just a few of his works include: Sunday School
Superintendent for over thirty years; the Trustee Board; Men’s Fellowship
Coordinator; the Pastor’s Anniversary Celebration committee; and the
Coordinator of the Youth Scholarship Fund. One of his church members is quoted
as saying,” it will take three men to do the work that Frank did! “ Frank was fond
of telling people both young and old that “when you give God your Best, God will
give you the Best.” As a member of the Eastern Shore Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of
Maryland Church of God in Church, Frank lived by that creed.
In 1983 Frank built a new home and moved to Queen Anne, Md. with his then
wife, Ada Wilmer Bell. Over the years, Frank took much pride in puttering around
in his house and garage while maintaining his large property. Everyone on Fox
Meadow Rd. “knew “Frank and respected him for how well he kept his residence.
In 2012, Frank, tired of being a widower, decided it was not too late to “jump the
broom” again. He thereafter, in order to enhance his golden years, exchanged
marital vows one last time with “the love of his life”, Myrtle Young Bell.
Frank Bell had many interests. He loved spending time with family and friends.
Nothing pleased him more than large family gatherings at his home or in Virginia.
He thoroughly enjoyed getting a good barbecue going, or a big bushel of crabs for
a “pick-around”, or pounds and pounds of fish for an old fashion community fish
fry. Frank was a smiling, out-going man who loved to talk. If the audience was big,
the more fun he would have, telling his storehouse of “tales of ole” that always
seem to end with an unexpected twist of good humor. He had a wonderful
curiosity to learn and to see new things which instilled in him a passion for travel.
Each year he would purposely pick a place he had not seen, and off he would go.
In recent years, he and his wife Myrtle traveled numerous times to New York City,
to Las Vegas, to the Grand Canyon, to Key West Florida, and finally to a place he
most desperately wanted to see, Mount Rushmore. And because he loved being
in his car, he drove to every last one of them! If one could say that Frank had a
slight kink, it might be that at some point early in his life, he acquired a fearless
passion for motorcycles, speed, and cars. He could fix almost anything on a car
and loved tinkering with them. To him, watching nas-car racing was a rite of
passage. He collected miniature cars and 65 % of his TV time was spent watching
the Barrett-Jackson Car Show. He and his wife were also active members of the
Christian Motorcyclist Association of Easton. Frank’s face portrayed quiet calm,
but he also could appreciate new adventure and was not ashamed to admit it.
Frank simply loved to live life and he had a full life, well lived. We ALL shall miss
After a short illness, on June 8, 2020, GOD plucked His harvest from 509 Fox
Meadow Rd. in Queen Anne, Maryland. Frank was 74 years old. He is survived by
his wife, Myrtle Young Bell; two sons, Rodney Bell and Kenny Washington; two
daughters, Candace Williams and Robin Seth; three stepsons, Robert Young,
Kennie Jones and Michael Jones; one brother, George Bell; one sister, Phyllis Bell
Harris; three sisters in law, Karla Bell, Gladys Bell and Cecie Bell; 21 grandchildren;
a few great grandchildren and a multitude of nephews, nieces, cousins, church
family, and friends. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers,
three sisters, and one son.