Barbara Jane Bell

August 12, 1935July 5, 2018

Barbara Jane LaFollette Bell age 82 passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018 at U.T. Medical Center. Jane was a member of Norwood Baptist Church where she enjoyed playing the piano and organ. Preceded in death by husband, Ray D. Bell; parents, Shelton and Blanche LaFollette; brother, J.A. LaFollette. Survived by son, James L. (Larry) Bell (Dana); daughter, Karen Gross (Tony);3 grandchildren, Jennifer White, Jason Bell and Scott Gross; 6 great-grandchildren, Laiken and Landon White, Blaine and Emerie Bell and Mattie and Hunter Gross; niece, Kristi W. Oslonian. The family will receive friends 5-7 pm Saturday at Weaver’s Chapel with the service to follow at 7 pm. Rev. Kemp Wynn officiating. Family and friends will meet at 1:45 pm Sunday at Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 2 pm interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Norwood Baptist Church; 1725 Wilson Rd., Knoxville, TN 37912. Condolences may be left at


  • Norwood Baptist Church


  • Visitation Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Committal Service Sunday, July 8, 2018

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Helena Ellis

July 16, 2018

The Bells and my family have memories from way, way back. Jane and children, Larry and Karen came to West Virginia several times and stayed with my mom and dad. We enjoyed our very distant kinship. Jane was the wife of Ray Bell who was my 3rd or 4th cousin. We felt like 1st cousins during those years (1960s) though. One distinct memory that is funny now, but not so funny when it happened, is we all went to Little Beaver Lake for a swim and my dad and Jane and several of us kids were in the water and Jane lost her footing in rather deep water. She grab hold of my dad and they both near drowned each other trying to get out of the water. We were all frantic watching them splash in the water, but my 6'7" dad got his footing and walked themselves to shore. We spent many happy hours visiting and keeping up with our long time family ties dating back to my great-grandfather.

God Bless the Bell family, especially Larry and Karen, during this sad time. Your West Virginia Cousin, Helena