J.R. “Bug” Bell Jr.

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, November 27, 2019

J.R. “Bug” Bell Jr.

November 21, 2019

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

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Funeral services will be held Friday, November 29, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. Pastor Elder Harvey Bernard will officiate at the service. Visitation will be one hour prior to service.

J.R. Bell was born February 18, 1965 to the late J.R. & Frenchie Bell in McComb, MS.

J.R. was well known throughout the community. He had a big heart and was a great person to be around. The community knew him as “J.R. “and the family fondly called his “Bug.”  He was a man of many talents; always working, whether it was up under a car, pouring a concrete slab, or skinning a coon. He was the go-to man for many within the community. If you ever needed anything done, he was the first choice for everyone. J.R. was stubborn and hard-headed. J.R. always spoke his mind all the way until his death. There was never a dull moment when he was in the room.

On Thursday, November 21, 2019 J.R. transitioned to his heavenly home at the age of 54.

J.R. is preceded in death by his parents, J.R. & Frenchie Bell; wife, Linda Burnett Bell; one brother, Larry D. Bell.

He leaves to mourn and cherish his memory two children, Joshua R. Smith and Meshia S. Smith; two step-daughters, Alicia Drummond and Karen Burnett; six step-sons, TJ Zeon, Charles and Kevin Burnett, Derell Drummond, Antonio and Ovvie Harry; 11 grandchildren; three sisters, Linda (Vincent) Stallings, Barbara (Dale) Acker, Arie (Joseph) Holloway; one brother, David Bell; ten aunts, Mary Lee Gray, Brenda  Joseph, Linda (Clayton) Joseph, Sandy (Kenneth) Fortenberry,  Linda (George) Stewart, Shirley (Jessie) Wells,  Bonnie Crosby, Catherine McWee, Mary Ann Cain,  Lilly Beechman; four uncles, Freddy (Jerrie) Bonds, J.C. Bell, Matthew Bell,  Jimmy Lee Bell; a host of nieces and nephews who loved him greatly. He also leaves behind a very, very special friend, Armetta Harry. Armetta devoted the last five months of her life to be J.R.’s 24 hour caregiver, never leaving his side for too long and for that we are immensely grateful.

Interment will be in the New Palestine Cemetery.

Entrusted to Brown’s Funeral Home