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Rev Benjamin Clayton Bell, Sr
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Birth: Dec. 10, 1932
Jingjiang
Jiangsu, China
Death: Jul. 5, 2000
Montreat
Buncombe County
North Carolina, USA

Known by his middle name, Rev. Dr. Clayton Bell was born in Tsinkanpsu (now Jiangjing), China to his Missionary Parents, Dr. L. Nelson and Mrs. Virginia L. Bell. He was named for Benjamin Clayton, long time supporter from Texas of the Missionary Hospital where his Father was the director and chief surgeon.
His family returned to the United States during the evacuation of missionaries from China prior to World War II.
Clayton Bell attended Wheaton College in Illinois and was a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He was a Pastor in Alabama and Georgia before he assumed leadership of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. He was the chairman of the board for Christianity Today which was founded by his father and the Rev. Billy Graham, his brother in law. While at Highland Park Presbyterian Church he became embroiled in the debate of joining the Presbyterian Church USA or leaving the denomination. This placed great strain on his life. Highland Park would eventually become the third largest Presbyterian Church in the United States.
Clayton Bell was the author of Moorings: Anchor for a World Adrift.
He had three sisters, including Ruth Bell Graham, wife of the Rev. Billy Graham. He was married to Peggy Ann Alexander and the father of four children.
 
 
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 Parents:
  L. Nelson Bell (1894 - 1973)
  Virginia Myers Leftwich Bell (1892 - 1974)
 
 Siblings:
  Rosa Wentenbaker Bell Montgomery (1918 - 2013)*
  Ruth McCue Bell Graham (1920 - 2007)*
  Lemuel Nelson Bell (1924 - 1925)*
  Virginia Bell Somerville (1927 - 2006)*
  Benjamin Clayton Bell (1932 - 2000)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Robert C. Peurifoy
Record added: Dec 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45798874
Rev Benjamin Clayton Bell, Sr
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Rev Benjamin Clayton Bell, Sr
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God Bless You (G B Y) and all who do as well the ones which come to view here too! Thank you !
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: May. 15, 2014

- Karen Klemm Pinckard
 Added: Dec. 2, 2013
Well done, good and faithful servant.
- Robert C. Peurifoy
 Added: May. 4, 2013
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