Douglas Doug A. Bell

August 4, 1950October 8, 2013

BELL, Douglas A., 63, of Tampa passed away October 8, 2013. Douglas volunteered with the youth mentoring program Big Brothers Big Sisters. He was an avid golfer and loved to play cards with his many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Doyle Bell; and his wife, Marilyn Bell, who he cared for during her long battle with cancer. He is survived by his mother, Letetia Bell; brother, Byron Bell (Jessica); sister, Betsey Sharp (Barry); niece, Stephanie Goff (Blain) and nephew, Bradley Sharp. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 14, 2013 at Nativity Catholic Church. A reception at Stowers Funeral Home in Brandon will follow the service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Food Pantry at Nativity Catholic Church.


  • Memorial Mass Monday, October 14, 2013
  • Reception Monday, October 14, 2013

Douglas Doug A. Bell

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Bette Grotzinger

October 27, 2013

Was fortunate enough to have had a visit with Doug several years ago when he was on his way north for a family wedding. He stopped in Centreville and we had a great time catching up on each other's lives. We kept in touch via email after that and I was so saddened to hear he had passed. He was a sweet, sweet soul and I'm sure his family and many friends will miss him. My sympathy to my Aunt Tish, and cousins Betsy and Byron.

Bill & Barb Grotzinger

October 19, 2013

I first met you as a twelve-year-old, playing out in Grandpa's barn in St. Marys. You were a little older than I, and a rascal. I liked you, and the funny way you talked. We'll miss you, Cuz. Our deepest sympathy to Aunt Tish, Byron & Jessica, and Betsey & Barry.

Nancy Grotzinger Troyan

October 15, 2013

I will never forget the last opportunity I had to share some time visiting with my cousin Doug. It was at my Uncle Bill's Funeral in N.C. We were able to spend some time visiting not just passing hello. After such a long separation we shared many good memories. When I asked for help to complete our Family Tree, Doug answered immediately and with much tender Love and Care shared his life story and even sent pictures. These are the special memories I will never forget. My deepest sympathy to you all, Aunt Tish , Betsy, Byron and your families. Love to you all, Always and Forever.

Terry Jackson

October 14, 2013

I'm so glad I got to talk to Doug last year and reminisce about the old Founders buddies. I bet Doug and Mr. Bell are having a good ol' golf game in heaven. Say hello to your Dad and Marilyn for me!

Pat Smith

October 14, 2013

I missed Doug when he left St. Paul and talked to him on occasion. He was a very devout man and a good friend to many. Pat

Mike Goff

October 14, 2013

Doug will be so missed by everyone that knew him. I will always remember the great times out on the golf course and how much he enjoyed life.

Trudy Grotzinger

October 12, 2013

When I visited Aunt Tish and Uncle Doyle in Richmond,Va. back in 1952, I remember 2yr.old Cousin Doug calling from his crib to his little buddy who lived in the adjoining townhouse very early every morning! He loved visiting his cousins and renewing old ties.He will be greatly missed.

Gale & Kathleen Largey

October 12, 2013

I'll always appreciate Cousin Doug, especially the kindness he always showed my mother. He was truly a wonderful human being.

Jeff Campbell

October 12, 2013

A true friend who will be missed greatly. There will be quite a void at the card table.

Betsey Bell

October 12, 2013

Your sweet spirit and mischievous laugh live on in all our memories.