Mr. James Furman “Buddy” Bell, 83, of Pembroke, was born August 19, 1931 and died Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at Woodhaven Nursing Home. He was preceded in death by his parents: Mr. Furman & Mrs. Maggie Bell and siblings: Ruby Chavis, Helen Locklear and Belford Bell.
Mr. Bell was a retired Educator, Community Leader, a proud supporter of UNC-Pembroke and Purnell Swett athletics. He was a graduate of Magnolia High School and UNC-Pembroke and served in the Korean War in the US Army.
The funeral will be conducted 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 2014, at Berea Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Locklear and Bro. Howard Brooks officiating. Burial will follow in the Lumbee Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are his wife: Mrs. Sarah S. Bell of the home; sons: Greg Bell(Bonita) of Lumberton, Joey Bell(Vicki) of Lumberton and Ronny Bell(Natalie) of Greensboro; siblings: William R. “Pete” Bell of St. Pauls, Gladys “Toni” Von Fetch of Virginia Beach, VA, Catherine Robinson of Jacksonville, FL, Glennis Hunt of St. Pauls and Brenda Hammonds of St. Pauls; grandchildren: Jamie Bell, Ashleigh Bell, Isaac Bell, Tori Albarado, Stephen Bell, Ben Bell and Jonathan Bell.
The family will receive friends from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 2014, at Berea Baptist Church.