|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1913|
|Death: ||Feb. 23, 2000|
Rubye Hall Bell was born October 20, 1913 in Baker County, GA to Bessie Hilson and Walter Hall, Sr. She graduated Albany State University (then Georgia Normal) with a Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics then went on to study at Drew University in Madison NJ, achieving the Master's Degree in Sociology. Her thesis involved studying the effects of poverty in her Georgia community. Rubye married William Yancey Bell, Sr., then Bishop of the CME Church, 8th Episcopal District. From this union were born Esther Mae and Beverly Ann. Rubye's love flowed out to an extended family including two brothers, Lee and Walter Jr.; one son-in-law, Leon Coleman Sr; three grandchildren, Jaclyn, Leon Jr. and Kirsten; five step-grandchildren that she helped rear, William III (aka "Little Bill"), Alan, Kathryn, Carl, Anne and Bonnie; several great-grandchildren, half-brothers/sisters - Willie, Gloria, Gloria, Ilene and Drake, and an abundance of nieces and nephews. Rubye founded the Halifax County Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; coordinated campaign drives for the March of Dimes and Multiple Sclerosis Foundation; Founded the first Head Start Program in South Boston; set up preschool classes in the community; served as Chair of the Board of Education for Ebenezer CME Church and coordinated Vacation Bible School Programs; Co-founded and served as president of the Rose Garden Club; and was Named Woman of the Year. Because of her undaunting belief in the civil rights of all, she regularly violated the Jim Crow laws by going into restaurants that were off limits to blacks, drinking from water fountains for whites and going into "white only" restrooms. After the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, she applied for and was hired as a clerk in Leggett's Dept. Store just to pave the way for others. She died on February 23, 2000 - the birthday of her beloved husband. Let us pray that the faith, courage and charity she exemplified will remain with those of us left behind and will follow her spirit into God's blissful Eternity.
William Yancy Bell (1887 - 1962)
Rose Garden Cemetery
Created by: Barb Watkins
Record added: Feb 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34071029