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Young’s Funeral Directors

508 Champagnolle, El Dorado, AR

OBITUARY

William Ira Bell

February 24, 1942June 14, 2020
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W.I. Bell, 78, of El Dorado passed away peacefully Sunday, June 14, 2020 at his residence.

He was born February 24, 1942 in El Dorado to William Ira Bell, II and Mildred Morris Bell. He was the photographer and co-owner of W.I. Bell Photographer Studio. He started his career in Burbank, CA photographing celebrities and in 1983 W.I. and Sue opened up their photography studio in El Dorado. He photographed many members of the community doing weddings, senior portraits, dance recitals and sports events. W.I. retired after a long career in 2015. After his retirement, he and Sue enjoyed many camping trips and their grandchildren. He had numerous hobbies which included photography, collecting cameras, riding bicycles, playing Bongo drums, watching movies and reading books. He appreciated all forms of art and collecting items. He was a musician and actor for many years while in California before returning to his home town. He was a member of Lawson Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death are his parents, his sister, Julie and a step-daughter, Kim Weber.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Talley Martin Bell of 37 years; two sons, Dude Bell of El Dorado, Kirk Martin (Amy) of El Dorado and a daughter, Sondra Luttrell (Rel) of Little Rock; son-in-law Joseph Weber of northwest Arkansas; grandchildren, Laura Martin and her husband David Neel of El Dorado, Rachel Martin (Chad) of Minnesota, Jonathan Martin of El Dorado, Morgan Deblieux of El Dorado, Devin Deblieux (Mary Ann) of El Dorado, Katy Quarles (Blu) of Camden and Kyle Luttrell and Kara Luttrell, Thomas Weber and twelve great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Arlington Memorial Park under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

Visitation will be held 2:00-6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Haiti Education Foundation, P.O. Box 10775, El Dorado, Arkansas 71730 and The Kim Weber Inclusion Films Camp Scholarship, c/o Cornerstone Bank, 1426 Hwy. 65 North, Harrison, AR 72601.

An online registry is available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com

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  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

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Non Johnson

June 29, 2020

So sorry to hear about the loss of W.I.. Sue my thoughts are with you.

Jayme Walton

June 25, 2020

Praying for your family with the loss of W. I. He was always such a sweet, kind man.

Melissa Zoll

June 21, 2020

He capture so many memories for our family through his pictures. We always enjoyed visiting with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mrs Sue.

Charlie, Melissa, Zoe and Ella Zoll

Jeri Rowe

June 21, 2020

WI was one of my good friends in high school when I was dating one of his best friends, Clark. He was one of the nicest boys in the whole school with a heart of gold. He will be missed by many. Prayers for his lovely family.

Thomas "Tommy" Craig

June 21, 2020

Deepest sympathy to Linda Sue and family for your loss. His class reunion pictures will always have a special place in EHS reunion memories. Tommy Craig, Spencer-Draughon school, 1962

George Van Hook

June 18, 2020

W I always had that wonderful smile and a good word for everyone. He loved people and his hobby which also happened to be his job. God speed my friend.

Pat Hall

June 18, 2020

Sue, Edd and I are thinking of you and your family today. W. I. will always be remembered and his beautiful portraits he made for us. He was always smiling!

Ron Griggs

June 18, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the family. I know that the struggle was long and hard but now it is over for him and all of you.
Ronald L. Griggs and Alice Houldridge

Judi Cates-Beason

June 17, 2020

W.I. will be soo missed. An El Dorado icon, to say the least. Just a kind, good man. May he rest in peace knowing he was loved by so many. Prayers and hugs to you, Sue, and all his family.

Bettye Oliger Fox

June 17, 2020

On behalf of W.I.'s EHS 1960 class, we offer our deepest sympathy.

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