James William "Big Jim" Bell III

January 24, 1948April 5, 2013

OUR TALENTED AND BELOVED FATHER, JAMES WILLIAM BELL III “Big Jim Bell” passed away on Friday April, 5, 2013, in his home in Pasadena at the age of 65 years. He was born and raised in Houston and the surrounding areas.

Big Jim was a master and highly-skilled cylinder heads man for racing: funny car, stock car, NASCAR, etc. He had a passion for turning out fast cars that was evident to everyone who knew him. He taught his children how to have fun and enjoy life. He also gave them the strength to endure any hardship that may arise.

He is survived by his son James William Bell IV, “Little Jim”; his gorgeous daughters Tracey Bell Cothran and Cynthia Bell Svetlik; his beautiful granddaughters, Tara, Ashton, Aubrey, Calli, and Lillian; and his only grandson Jonathan; his great grandsons include: Jayden, Braylen, Camryn, and Bryson. May he rest in peace in the Lord’s presence forever and ever, Amen.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 10, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 10, 2013

James William "Big Jim" Bell III

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Cyndi Bell Svelik

October 18, 2017

Well dad... We lost Rose... I have a really big whole in my heart now. There is no replacing a Dad or a very special mother in law. Please greet her with a big hug. I love you, I was such a lucky girl. But too ignorant to realize it. You and mom sheltered and spoiled me too much. I guess that's bttr than the opposite. I will always be proud to be your daughter. I am yours most definitely. Same temper, no filter and I tell ppl exactly what I think of them. Thanks for giving me the confidence to not only have all those traits but to utilize them as well.
Forever your baby girl,
Cynthia Sue.

December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas, I still miss you every day.

Cyndi Bell-Svetlik

December 29, 2014

Thinking of u, always.
your baby.

Cyndi Bell - Svetlik

December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas, Deuce. We r still missing u, love u more than u will ever know. Deb, Buck, and Sue. I pray for u daily.


April 28, 2013

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family at this most difficult time. Please be assured that God will help you cope with the heavy weight of your loss. “Blessed be Almighty God who daily carries the load for us.” Psalms 68:19


April 23, 2013

Deuce,Miss and Love you.

Cyndi Bell - Svetlik

April 23, 2013

Dad it's your baby or sue-sue. I visit you every day. My heart is completely broken. My great memory of you is when I was about 3 or 4. You would sit me on this chair and put my shoes on. When you got through tying them.... you would always say "oh sue, my sue- sue" and would kiss me on the head rub my leg and my back. With your big hands. You where never afraid to touch your children or tell them how much you loved us. Even me because I remember telling you and mom that I loved you every 5 seconds. I am 36 years old and I wish I never learned to tie my shoes. So that I could still get that kiss. That touch and hear you call me "Sue-sue o' my Sue-sue. Out of all the money you spent on me and all the awesome places we went. That's what I remember and appreciate the most. That daily mundane act that has bounded me to you for life. Love you weirdo and I miss you.

April 23, 2013

I am surprised no comments. J Bell was an overall good guy. Did several sets of heads over the years and I always enjoyed talking to him. He put guys like the Nickens brothers on the map but never got much credit. J Bell will have a better life soon.......JC

Glenn Hearn

April 19, 2013

I worked with Jimmy back in HBE days. He was always ready to pull a funny prank on someone. Jimmy had talents that many could only hope to achieve. Although we haven't seen each other in many years, you will always be someone I called my friend. RIP my friend.

Mel Smith

April 14, 2013

I am sorry to hear of Jim's passing, he will be greatly missed. May God give you the strength and comfort to guide you through the coming days. Psalms 55:22.