James Clark Bell Jr.

April 29, 1931January 8, 2021
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James C. Bell, Jr., age 89, passed away on January 8, 2021 with military honors. He was the beloved husband of Charlotte G. Bell, with whom he shared 68 wonderful years.

Born in in Hawkinsville, GA, James was a son of the late James C. Bell, Sr. and Ada (Grimsley) Bell. He graduated from Hawkinsville High School, and later went on to settle down and raise his family in Lynn, MA. James proudly served in the United States Air Force, where he met his wife, during the Korean War. Following his time in the military, James worked as an office manager for GMC Sales, customer service at the Northshore Mall and bus monitor. He was also a dedicated member of the Masonic Aleppo Shriners Legion of Honor.

In his free time James loved collecting coins, reading John Grisham novels, and listening to music of all kinds. He also was an avid sports fan, devoutly cheering on New England Revolution Soccer, The Patriots, The Red Sox, and The University of Georgia football team. Above all else though, James loved his family. Spending time with cherished children, grandchildren and friends was the highlight of his life.

Surviving James are his children, Heidi Williams and her husband Kyle, Boni-Sue LaNinfa, and Betsi Bell and her partner Pamela Anastas; his dear grandchildren, Iris Leonardi and her husband Hussein Haj Ahmad, Abby Williams, Ali Sooner and her husband Logan, along with many other dear relatives and friends.

James was the brother of the late Henry “Buck” Bell.

Arrangements: Friends and family are invited to call at the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn on Wednesday, January 13th from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. His Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home on Thursday, January 14th at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations in James’ honor may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Burial

    Thursday, January 14, 2021


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Abby Williams

January 12, 2021

My last Christmas gift to my grandfather was a trivia book. I sat next to him with my sister and brother-in-law until 11:00 p.m. reading him trivia questions and letting him answer. At 89 years old he could answer any American History question. I'd read the "last" question and he'd answer and say "Okay, one more." I'm so grateful for the time I spent with him and I'm going to miss him so much. He was so sweet and always smiling.

Christine Mckenna

January 12, 2021

Dear Charlotte and family,
I worked with Jim at the North Shore Mall at Customer Service. He was a very kind man who loved his family very much. I always enjoyed his stories about his family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Christine McKenna

Ellen umlah

January 12, 2021

Betsi and Family, I'm so very sorry for your loss! Jim was so friendly and kind! Keep your memories close in your heart! Love and Prayers! Ellen and Family XOXO