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Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine ST, Columbia, SC

OBITUARY

Eric Edouard Bell

May 6, 1980June 15, 2016
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COLUMBIA A funeral service for Eric Edouard Bell, 36, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Riverside Community Church, 2925 Devine Street, Columbia, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Eric passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Born in May 1980 in Strasbourg, France, he was the son of Antony “Tony” I. and Elizabeth “Betsy” Downer Bell. When he was 7, he and his family settled in South Carolina, and he always retained his appreciation of his French roots, as well as being proud of the English heritage passed on by his father. He loved discussing and debating history, politics and religion, and was a lover of knowledge. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in European Studies, and graduated from the University of Manchester (England) with a Master’s Degree in International Development, both with honors. He had a tender heart towards those in need, human and canine, and he was never without a beloved dog by his side. Eric had an instinctive flair for cooking, and he enjoyed cooking gourmet meals for his family and friends. He was also known for being a jokester who loved concocting practical jokes, and made people smile by being silly at times. He was a much-loved son, brother and uncle, and will be sorely missed by his parents, Tony and Betsy Bell; his sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Andrew Eckstrom; his nephews, Drew, Ian and Benjamin Eckstrom; as well as by his many extended family members and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 21, 2016
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 22, 2016
  • Committal Service Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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Pam Stewart

June 23, 2016

Eric was a neighbor of mine on Barwick St. for a time. He was always friendly & helpful treating others with respect. I will miss just knowing that he is there, somewhere enjoying life. He was a nice person.
My thoughts & sympathies go out to his family & friends.
Pam Stewart

Mike Swords

June 21, 2016

Tony and Betsy, I'm so sorry for your loss, and for the terrible pain you must be feeling right now. I am praying for you both, and for Florence, for a deeply-felt shalom and healing. Please feel free to call sometime and I will gladly drop by and pray with & for you, or just share in the company of old friends.

Susan Veld

June 21, 2016

Our son Erik Veld remembers him fondly from their DJ days. Met him once when he worked at Ruby Tuesday for a time. Very polite young man who left this earthly plane too soon. Rest in peace. We were shocked to hear the sad news.

Steve and Jane Wheeler

June 21, 2016

Tony and Betsy, our hearts go out to you in this terrible loss. May you feel the arms of the Father carrying you and comforting you each day. Some things we will never understand down here. You are in our prayers, friends.

Bill & Gina Rogers

June 21, 2016

We're so sorry, we don't know what to say. Praying for God's comfort in the midst of this pain.

Jean Gallagher

June 21, 2016

Dear Betsy & Tony and Florence, My heart is broken and is grieving with you at the loss of your precious son and brother Eric. There are no words adequate at this time. Please know that I have not ceased to pray for each of you and will continue to pray for each of you asking for God's Presence and love and strength and help and comfort and grace to be poured out upon each of you every second, every minute and every hour of the day and in the days to come. "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit" Ps. 34:18 Jean and Gene Gallagher & family

david lindsey

June 21, 2016

Eric was great guy with a big heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He had an unbelievable ear and passion for music. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Arnold Karr

June 21, 2016

Mourning your loss with you. May your love for one another bring you through this heartbreaking time together.

Kelli & Bill Glasser

June 20, 2016

Tony, Betsy, and family, we're both very sad to hear about your loss and will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

June 20, 2016

Tony & Betsy,
Angie and I ache for you and your family, and know that there is a comfort that only the Father in Heaven can extend in a season of pain and grief. Our prayer is that you will all experience that comfort and that His presence in your lives will be felt very deeply, minute by minute, as He holds you close to Him.
Rick & Angie Parks
Lexington, SC

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