|Birth: ||Mar. 17, 1925|
|Death: ||May 27, 2011|
Dr. L. J. Patrick Bell, 86, of Pascagoula passed away on Friday, May 27, 2011. He was born March 17, 1925 in Helena, Arkansas to Dr. Louis J. Bell and Joyce Piosk Bell. He attended Sacred Heart Academy in Helena, AR and Christian Brothers College in Memphis, TN. Dr. Bell graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1948, he worked his two year internship at Philadelphia General Hospital in Philadelphia, Penn. He continued with a surgery residency at St. John's Hospital in Cleveland, OH. In 1950, he enlisted into the Navy and following his basic training he was assigned to the Marines at Camp Pendelton for medical services. On August 16, 1952, he married Joan Frances Seiler in Cleveland Ohio. After his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Helena to establish his private practice until he retired at the age of 78. In 2005, he moved to Pascagoula, MS. Dr. Bell is a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Helena and attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in Pascagoula, MS. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America. He served on the Board of Arkansas Foundation for Health Care in Little Rock and he was a former president of Southern Medical Assembly in Memphis, TN. Dr. Bell was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joyce Bell Reilly.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Joan Seiler Bell, Pascagoula; three sons and one daughter, Dr. Louis Jesse Patrick Bell, II (Ellen), Helena, AR; Dr. Michael Francis Bell, (Deborah), Russellville, AR; Dr. Timothy James Bell (Cheri), Fort Smith, AR; and Maura Bell Whitlock, (Dr. Rick), Pascagoula; 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Sunday, May 29, 2011, 2:00-4:00pm, at O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Pascagoula with Rosary to be recited at 2:00pm by Father Michael Kelleher. Additional Visitation and Funeral Mass will be held in Helena, AR with burial at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Helena, AR.
Because Dr. Bell strongly desired to do for the living, in lieu of flowers please send memorials to Our Daily Bread 3502 Old Mobile Hwy, Pascagoula, MS 39581 or Boy Scouts Troop 230 of Resurrection Elementary in Pascagoula, MS.
O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home Pascagoula MS. Submitted by Linda Ellis
Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery
Created by: Linda Ellis
Record added: May 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70516157
Added: Jul. 1, 2011