James Walter Bell

February 17, 1931April 5, 2012

Bell, James Walter, age 81, of East Knox, passed away peacefully on Thursday April 5th, 2012 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Jim was a loving father and grandfather. He was a member of Circle Assembly of God, Rutledge Pike, a veteran of the US Army having served in the Korean Conflict, a 3rd degree Mason of the Burlington Masonic Lodge #763 for 52 years, and retired from Southern Bell Telephone after 30 years of service as a cable lineman, then worked for GTE in Tampa, Florida for an additional 20 years. He was preceded in death by: wife Johnny Faye Bell; parents Morgan and Minnie Ellen Bell; and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include: children Sheila Mendez and Dan Bell; grandchildren: Ryan Mendez and Stephanie Mendez; great-grandson Michael Dylan Bohannon; sister Ruby McConnell; brother-in-law Bill and wife Barbara Rayburn; many loving nieces and nephews; special companions Bailey, Riley, and Jo-Jo; and special friend Goldie Starnes. Graveside services with military honors will be on Wednesday April 11th at 11:30 at East Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery on John Sevier Highway. Condolences may be offered at


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April 11, 2012


Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dad and if there is anything we can do to help, let us know. May God bless and keep you and your family. We did not know his son, Dan, but our condolences to him and his family as well. Nephew, Bill Campbell and family.

McCarty - Evergreen Funeral Home

April 7, 2012

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.