James R. Bell
September 30, 1928 – September 3, 2018
James R. Bell of Georgetown, Texas passed away September 3, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas. Jim was born September 30, 1928 in Elberton, Georgia to Joseph Clyde Bell and Floyce Oldham. He grew up and attended school in Anderson, South Carolina. When he was sixteen-years-old he lied about his age and joined the Merchant Marines where he served on ships in the Pacific bringing wounded back from World War II. When his enlistment in the Merchant Marines was completed, he walked down the street in San Francisco and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Through the years he rose to the rank of Major as well as attended Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. He served in the Korean War where he was wounded, earning him a Purple Heart. Major Bell was part of the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War where he received permanent damage from Agent Orange.
After discharge from the army, Jim took his family to the island of Guam where he started the Junior ROTC program in the local high school. From there, he returned to Georgia where he attended the John Marshal Law School and graduated in 1978.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Josephine Setsuko Ishiki, one brother Charles Bell, an infant sister Shelby Bell, and one step-granddaughter Jessica Orr. He is survived by his wife, Ann Bell of Georgetown, Texas; a sister, Barbara Moreno of Norman Oklahoma; four daughters, Elizabeth Guimont (Donald) of Hillsboro, Oregon, Frances and Pamela Bell of Hillsboro, Oregon, and Patricia Mishler (Scott) of Tucson, Arizona; along with three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He will also be greatly missed by his step-children, Teresa Orr Sanchez of Round Rock, Texas, and Philip Orr of Fresno, California along with three step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be held Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628. Interment will be in the Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org to honor all those who have sacrificed in service to our country.
Arrangements by Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512)863-2564.
- Wounded Warriors Project
- Funeral Service with Military Honors Saturday, September 8, 2018