|Birth: ||Oct. 26, 1928|
|Death: ||Feb. 6, 2010|
Henry Ewing 'Doc' Bell Jr. died peacefully at his Mattoon home on Saturday, February 6, 2010, in his 81st year. Son of the late Henry Ewing Bell Sr. and Bertha (Vollmer) Bell of Mattoon, Doc was also preceded in death by his sole sibling, Anna Mae Bell Wallace (wife of Thomas Wallace), also of Mattoon, as well as by Doc's beloved wife, Betty Catherine (Huber) Bell, whom he wed on May 29, 1948, in her hometown of Raymond, Illinois.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, at Mattoon's Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 320 North 21st Street in Mattoon. The funeral mass for Henry E. Bell Jr. will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Church with Father Dennis Kollross celebrating. Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Mattoon. The Schilling Funeral Home is assisting his family with the arrangements.
Born in Mattoon, October 26, 1928, Mr. Bell attended St. Joseph Catholic School in that city, later graduating from Mattoon High School in 1946. Doc was a key member of MHS Green Wave football squads which earned Big 12 conference championships. Employed by Mattoon-based Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company, initially as a telephone lineman, Henry and his family soon relocated to Charleston. He had become, by the 1970s, general manager of ICTC's Charleston operations, a position which Mr. Bell held until his 1983 retirement, having dedicated thirty-five years to ICTC. Doc thereafter became, for several years, an independent telecommunications consultant, working throughout the Midwest.
As a faithful member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Charleston, Henry E. Bell became a Knight of Columbus, Fourth Degree. He was also a past member of the Charleston Elks Lodge. Noted for his appreciation of timepieces, Doc collected and restored these, ultimately founding a Mattoon clock-repair business in 2009, alongside his dear friend and caregiver, Mike Davis. Mr. Bell was a devotee of American history as well, especially of the Civil War. For years, he has lovingly tended the unknown Confederate soldier's grave, at Mattoon's Dodge Grove Cemetery. Doc's children recall wonderful family vacations spent in the exploration of various Civil War battlefields. In addition, from his youth, Henry has been an avid, passionate fan of Chicago Bears football teams.
Henry Bell Jr. is survived by his three children, Steven Bell (Amanda), of Champaign; Diane Bell Cole (Gary), of Charleston; and Douglas Bell (Bridget), of Los Angeles, Calif.; along with Henry's four grandchildren, Brent Cole, of Charleston; Elizabeth Cole Ezetta (Ron), of Portland, Oregon; William 'Hank' Bell, of Chicago; and Alaina Bell, of Minneapolis; as well as great-grandchildren Zachary and Erin Ezetta.
Doc's vibrant, generous personality--coupled with his longstanding involvement with, and service to, his native community--have been fondly known to citizens of Coles County. Memorial contributions, on Henry Ewing Bell Jr.'s behalf, may be made to Catholic Charities USA.
Henry Ewing Bell (1896 - 1958)
Bertha M. Vollmer Bell (1899 - 1988)
Betty Catherine Huber Bell (1928 - 1990)*
Anna Mae Bell Wallace (1922 - 1994)*
Henry Ewing Bell (1928 - 2010)
Created by: Patricia (Jackson) Hudso...
Record added: Feb 14, 2010
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