May 20, 2010

(12/17/1926 - 2/3/2010)

Charles Norman Bell died on February 3, 2010, at the Hospice of East Texas, having battled several health challenges for the past eight years.

Norman was born on December 17, 1926, in Brady, Texas, to G.D. and Roater Bell. As an only child, he was much beloved and spoiled by his mother and aunts, and learned to work hard at his familyís ranch and feed store.

Norman entered the Navy in 1943 and served in the Philippines until the war ended. He returned to Texas to attend Tarleton State University and University of Texas, where he majored in Agriculture.

His first marriage to Joyce (Harrison) resulted in a son, Dick Bell. His second marriage to Dorothy Louise (Tippett) of Memphis, MO, resulted in three children, Belinda (Green), Timothy Bell and Suzanne (Bowling).

In 1978, Norman reestablished contact with Betty Jean (Jones) Whitacre, whom he had known from college. Their friendship and love of life drew them together, they married on August 20, 1979, and spent the next 31 years dancing, traveling, laughing and enjoying their mutual admiration and love. His marriage with Betty brought him the bonus of stepchildren: Ginger Whitacre, Lisa (Ellis), and Lance Whitacre.

Normanís career included work for Purina Foods, Tyson Foods, Arbor Acres and Heimes Hatchery. He was Chairman of the Board of Mid America Foods in Humboldt, Iowa, Chairman of Marketing of the National Egg Board of Atlanta, Ga., and Director of the American Egg Board.

But Norman found the most satisfaction in owning his own businesses. He opened Bell Hatchery in Memphis, MO, in 1958 and Bell Egg Farms in Joplin, MO, in 1967. In 1984 Norman and Betty retired and moved to Tyler, where he owned the Bell Car Wash. Along the way, he also invested in other ventures including a dental laboratory and an emu farm.

Norman was a voracious reader, a happy traveler and enjoyed spending time cooking and laughing with family and friends. His Thanksgiving dressing and chili recipes live on in his familyís kitchens throughout the United States. He was kind to everyone, generous with both advice and material goods, and proud of each extended family memberís contributions.

He is survived by his wife Betty; children and spouses, Belinda and Michael Green of Portland, OR, Suzanne and John Bowling of Joplin, MO, daughter-in-law, Cindy Bell of Boise, ID, Ginger Whitacre and Jay Herriage of Lewisville, TX, and Lisa and Mark Ellis of Maumee, OH. He will also be missed by grandchildren, Amethyst Green, Amanda Greenvoss, Calvin Alumbaugh, Snowy Bell, Tanner and Kathryn Ellis, Zachary and Tyler Herriage, and two great-grandchildren, Stella and Darwin Greenvoss.

A private service was held by the family. If you wish to contribute in Normanís spirit and name, please recognize the incredible work done by the Hospice of East Texas, located in Tyler, TX.

Arrangements under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home 1011 E. First Street, Tyler, TX.

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