February 21, 1957 – May 26, 2021
Robert Bell was born on February 21, 1957 and passed away on May 26, 2021 and is under the care of Carolina Funeral Home.
Visitation at Carolina Memorial Funeral home will be held on June 6, 2021 at 5:00 pm. A Life Celebrated Service at Carolina Memorial Funeral Home Chapel will be held on June 7, 2021 at 11:00 am. Interment at Carolina Memorial Park.
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Visitation at Carolina Memorial Funeral home
Sunday, June 6, 2021
A Life Celebrated Service at Carolina Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Monday, June 7, 2021
Interment at Carolina Memorial Park
June 5, 2021
A Paean for Rob Bell
Rob Bell is my friend. We met in 1984 at Church Creek Presbyterian church (PCA) in Charleston while I was assigned to a Navy submarine. We became friends and enjoyed many good times and some adventures. I recall a road trip where we rafted the Nantahala river and visited the Biltmore Mansion. Rob liked to tell my friends the story of when he was talking to me in a grocery store, and I turned down different aisle behind him. He walked the length of the store by himself talking to the frozen foods section, until he saw people staring at him and turned around to see I was not there! More recently I know Rob has been taking trips with his dad and has really enjoyed good father-son time. He called me the day his mother died and we cried so hard together.
I used to tease Rob about knowing someone everywhere in Charleston. If we stopped for gas he waved at someone he knew; if we went to a store, he knew someone there; if we ate at a restaurant he saw someone he knew! It was remarkable! I think people were attracted to Rob because of his friendly nature and willingness to help. Carol Rutlend worked with Rob for 19 years and she told me, “Rob would do anything for anyone.” Over these 37 years Rob told me story after story of helping family who needed a place to stay or friends who were in need. Rob is notable because he did not give to people from a position of extreme wealth, he gave from a position of extreme kindness.
I always enjoyed Rob’s stories about South Carolina football, his dog Sinbad, his car troubles, and his struggles and victories. Rob is my friend and I will miss him greatly and look forward to the day we can meet and talk again. His is my brother in Christ and the circle will be unbroken.
Dr. Harold A. Laurence, IV