FRANKLIN - Ralph Bell, 90, passed away on Nov. 3, 2018. He was born on March 1, 1928 to the late Joe and Savannah Bell.
Mr. Bell was an avid outdoorsman and had a passion for hunting and fishing. He was a loving family man and enjoyed farming and gardening as well. Ralph spent a good part of his life out west in Washington state. Like many, he left Macon County to find work in the timber industry. While in Washington he worked as a logger and mechanic for Scott Paper.
His stay in the west was interrupted by the call to serve his country in The Korean War. After his time in service he once again returned to Washington to experience the outdoor lifestyle that he had fallen in love with.
Mr. Bell is survived by his loving wife, Joann Bell, of 62 years. In addition, he is survived by two daughters, Judy Bell of Otto and Barbara Watson (Jerry) of Otto; a son, Ralph Gregory Bell (Jill) of Franklin; six grandchildren, Megan Riester of Waynesville, Kenny McCourt of Cullowhee, Brooke Breedlove of Franklin, Jerry Watson Jr. of Sylva, and Chris Bell and Lauren Bell of Franklin; five great grandchildren, Benjamin Eli Roberts, Evan McCourt, Alex Breedlove, Zachary Breedlove, Jake Breedlove and Harper McCourt. Mr. Bell is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Kitty Hodgins, Lena Shope, Bertha Carpenter, Ruby Dills and Blanch Bradley; and three brothers, Harvey Bell, Robert Bell and J.R. Bell.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in the chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Dryman officiating. Burial followed at Rush Cemetery. Pallbearers were Benjie Rogers, Daniel Brabson, Mike Bell, Dewie Houston, Larry Shope and Terry Bell. Honorary pallbearers included Kevin Bell, Bobby Brabson, Dale Morgan and Bryan Bell. The family received friends prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, by mail, 1-800-822-6344, by phone, or at stjude.org.
Condolences may be left at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Bell family.