George Elmo Bell, 96, of 1330 Youngs Road, departed this life peacefully to his heavenly home surrounded by his loving family and friends on Wednesday, October 23rd after a period of declining health. George was born February 3, 1917 in Powhatan, Virginia to the late George Washington Bell and Nannie Johnson Bell. He was lovingly known to his family as “George Elmo”, “George”, “Papa George”, “G”, and “Pop-Pop”. He retired from Central State Hospital Forensic Unit. He was affiliated with Jackson Funeral Home, Petersburg, VA. He served his country in the U. S. Army from August 1942 until his Honorable discharge on November 13, 1945 receiving the European African Middle East Service Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon and the Bronze Star.
George never knew a stranger and was very knowledgeable about many things. He would gladly share experiences with anyone who would listen by saying” Listen to me Now”. He could tell a great story. He loved his family and friends in his hometown of Powhatan and they loved him. He will be truly missed by them. He was an avid baseball fan and loved Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees. Hunting and fishing were his passion as well as visiting Walmart daily.
He leaves to cherish precious memories, his devoted wife of 68 years, Bessie Bernice Holleman of the home. Two devoted sons, George Rudolph (Juanita) of Chesterfield, VA, Eddie Michael(Sandra) of Richmond, Va. Special Daughter Shirley Cashwell (Dewey) of South Chesterfield, VA. Loving Grandchildren, Kira Bell-Johnson( Earl, Jr), George Tyler Bell, Kyle Anthony Bell, and Lauren R. Bell; One great grandson, Jalen Tyler Broussard; Adopted family: Della and Jerome Randall, and Margaret and Everett Arnold Johnson; four sisters-in-law: Ruth Bell, Florine Bell, Sallie Taylor and Kate Johnson. One brother-in-law John Holleman (Margaret) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Special thanks to Gentiva Hospice Staff and especially to caregivers Sheree and Jazmine for their loving and compassionate care of our beloved “Papa George”.