Sandra "Sonnie" Bell

2 July, 194017 July, 2021

Sandra Hammond "Sonnie" Bell, 81 of El Dorado, AR died peacefully on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Medical Center of South Arkansas.

Born on July 2, 1940 in El Dorado, she was the daughter of Murphy and Lucille Tolbert Hammond. She was raised in El Dorado and was a 1958 EHS graduate. Sonnie was an active member of First Presbyterian Church where she was a member of the church choir and the Munson Sunday School Class. She was a homemaker and in her early years was a bookkeeper at First National Bank. She spent her spare time volunteering for her church and other organizations in El Dorado.

Sonnie was preceded in death by her parents and husband B. Patton Bell Jr, as she called him “My Patton”.

Survivors are her daughters Lori Bell of El Dorado and Karen Bell of Fayetteville, and sister, Kathy (Jerry) Pepper of El Dorado.

Graveside services by Young's Funeral Directors will be at 10:00, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at Arlington Memorial Park with Rev. Mike Dumas officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Gary Hammond, Jamie Hammond, Tommy Patterson, and Marcus Mitchell.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main St, El Dorado, AR 71730.

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Danny and Linda Heep

22 July 2021

Karen and Lori,
We are so sorry for your loss. We lived next door to y’all when you both were young. Many nights we would come over and watch the 10 o’clock news with your parents or they’d come to our house.
In thinking of your mom, I always remember her delicious lemon pound cake. She was a wonderful cook.
We had a neighbor, Mrs Farley, who lived on the other side of us and she loved to play the piano and sing. When the piano duo, Ferrante and Teicher came to El Dorado, Mrs.
Farley bought Sonnie and I a ticket and took us. Being young stay at home moms, we were delighted to go.
I’m sure you girls have lots of precious memories of your wonderful parents.

Josephine Keenan

21 July 2021

Sonnie and I were lifelong friends, from junior high when she was the first to get to drive the gang to the Dairyette, to the wonderful times we had when she visited Frank and me in Cincinnati. I was at her wedding when she married Patton, the love of her life. Her smile and her thoughtfulness will be remembered always, and she will be greatly missed.

Deena Hardin

20 July 2021

So sorry for your loss, Karen and Lori. I know you've both said from the moment she left this earth that she and your dad were reunited. So glad y'all take comfort in knowing that!

Marcus Mitchell

19 July 2021

I will always cherish my fond memories of both Sonnie & Pat Bell. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her. She would bend over backwards to help anyone in need.

Cheryl Splawn

19 July 2021

I met Sonnie in 2013 when she signed up as an El Dorado Connections RSVP volunteer. She was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. She was always willing to help me in any way I needed. Sonnie had a giggle that would make you laugh with her no matter what.
She will be greatly missed.

Gwen Burchfield

19 July 2021

Lori and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. What a beautiful lady. The void she leaves in our community is filled with praise in Heaven!

Praying for comfort, Gwen

Glenna Rowland

18 July 2021

I’m sorry to hear this! Prayers for her daughters and family. I worked at First National Bank with Sonnie as a bookkeeper. And was in high school with her. Always a sweet lady! The last time I talked with her was in El Dorado at my husband’s funeral three years ago . I know she will be missed! Glenna Rowland

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