Vernon Mortimer Bell was a prominent Memphian founding two landmark Memphis restaurants, The Knickerbocker and The Little Tea Shop restaurants. In addition he owned a popular local fast food chain called Danver's which is still in operation as is the very popular Mortimer's.
While stationed overseas Vernon met his soon to be wife, Joan Branford. They lived in England for a few years before moving to Memphis, TN.
Vernon, along with Danny Thomas and others, was one of the founders of the The Memphis Open Golf Classic which later became the FedEx/St. Jude Classic which was originally held at Colonial Country Club near Audubon Park.
Their son Chris Bell was a Memphis Musician and guitarist and helped start the band Big Star, named after a local grocery store chain.
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