Edwards Funeral Home


Jack Mirl Bell Jr.

June 22, 1943June 4, 2021

Jack Mirl “Poppy” Bell Jr., 77, passed away in Fort Smith, AR on June 4, 2021. He was born June 22, 1943 in Houston, TX to the late Jack Mirl Bell Sr. and Laura Jean (Williams) Bell. He had his own band, Mirl Bell & Young Country. He wrote two songs recorded by Merle Haggard. Mirl was a member of the Writer’s Guild in New York, and he was a member of the Welder’s Association. He worked as an outside Contractor for Trane, for twenty-two years. He was one of the entertainers for Old Timers Day in Van Buren. He loved Karaoke. His favorite all-time activity was being “Poppy” to, Allie, Audree, Aubree, and Max.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a grandson, Jonathan.

He is survived by his loving companion, Judy; three sons, Ricky Mirl Bell and wife Michelle, (grandson Rowdy), Jack Eugene Bell and wife Karen, and Johnny Wayne Bell; his wonderful sisters, Connie Wallace and husband Walter, Frieda Reed and husband Weldon, Marilyn Haney, Dana Beeson, Donna Hewitt and husband Gene, and Norma Mitcham and husband Lonnie; one brother, Mitch Bell and wife Connie Marie; twelve grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and family Tonya and Joe Kaelin.

Remembering his friends; Danny Lemon, T. R. and Wilma McKinney, and Myron and Sue Lynch.

Service will be 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Northeast Freeway Baptist Church, 1635 Runnebury Rd. Crosby, TX. Local arrangements under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Ricky Bell, Aubrey Rawls, Brian Rawls, Josh Mitcham, James Coogler, and Kenneth Cox.

Thank you to Heart of Hospice , especially his nurse, Mary.

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Philip Rosar

June 9, 2021

So very sorry to hear of Mirl's passing.
My name is Phil Rosar and I worked on several projects with Mirl over a 20 year period at Trane Co. Seems like we always beat the deadline somehow, someway. I learned an awful lot from Mirl and I feel like we became good friends over the years working at Trane. I tried to reach out to him about 2 years ago but he must have changed phone numbers.
My prayers are with the family. I will never forget him.....