|Birth: ||Apr. 20, 1897|
|Death: ||Aug. 12, 1940|
The first-born of eleven children of David Clayton Bell, Sr. and Edna Josephine Downs Bell, Marvin Barnard Bell was born Friday, April 20, 1897 in Clyde/Ellabell Byran County, Georgia. Like his two daughters, he had brown eyes, black hair, and was of medium height. Marvin completed the seventh grade. He married Nevada McClelland Bell on November 20, 1920 at her parents' home near Ivanhoe (Briar Patch), Bulloch County, Georgia, and they moved to Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia where their two daughters M. Kathleen Bell Neely and E. Lois Bell Myatt were born. Marvin met Nevada in 1918 when his family moved to nearby Olney, Bulloch County, Georgia. From 1924 to 1927 the Bells lived in Avondale in Savannah. From 1928 to 1930 they lived at 413 Gaston Street in Savannah. By 1932 they lived at 509 Gaston Street in Savannah. A carpenter, he also worked fulltime at night at Railway Express in Savannah. He loved to ride motorcycles. After years of heart trouble, Marvin died of a heart attack at age 43 at Railway Express at the end of the Georgia-South Carolina hurricane of August 11-12, 1940. Hours earlier he had taken his daughter Kathleen out to explore as the eye of the hurricane passed over Savannah. He died at the height of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Two of the many good qualities Nevada attributed to Marvin were that he never drank alcohol and never cursed.
Marvin is buried next to his beloved wife Nevada in Old Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Bulloch County. He and Nevada had one grandchild, Sharlotte Neely Donnelly; one great-grandchild, Bridgette Donnelly; and one great-great-grandchild, Quinn Donnelly. Marvin's ancestry was English, Scots, Welsh, and--through the Bell surname--Native American (Lumbee). He was a direct descendant of 18th century artist Joseph Badger.
Thanks so much to his wife Nevada McClelland Bell and daughters Kathleen Bell Neely and Lois Bell Myatt for much of this information. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.
David Clayton Bell (1875 - 1924)
Edna Josephine Downs Bell (1880 - 1959)
Nevada McClelland Bell (1894 - 1985)
Manie Kathleen Bell Neely (1922 - 2005)*
Edna Lois Bell Myatt (1926 - 2011)*
Marvin Barnard Bell (1897 - 1940)
Birdie Mae Bell Roberts (1899 - 1975)*
Ruby Robena Bell McClelland (1901 - 1975)*
James Roy Bell (1904 - 1969)*
Robert Travis Bell (1907 - 1907)*
Lester Wyley Bell (1908 - 1987)*
Willie Oscar Bell (1911 - 1989)*
Lois Netherae Bell Peyton (1913 - 2005)*
Mary Irene Bell Smith (1916 - 1995)*
Edna Josephine Bell Deal (1921 - 2014)*
David Clayton Bell (1923 - 1966)*
"His memory is blessed."
Old Fellowship Church Cemetery
Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
Record added: Sep 15, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5058461