James Edwin Bell
August 5, 1924 – February 21, 2016
James E. Bell passed away February 21, 2016 at the Audie L. Murphy VA hospital in San Antonio. He was born August 5, 1924 in Ozark, Missouri. He grew up in Madison, KS and attended Emporia State Teachers College, where he earned his degree in music education. After serving as a Marine in WWII, he worked as a professional drummer in California; band director at St. John’s Military School in Salina, KS and Wentworth Military School in Lexington, MO. He then wrote a book about teaching a new approach to percussion and cut a record to go with it. He traveled throughout the United States conducting percussion clinics and selling his book. He settled down in San Antonio, TX where he has lived for the last fifty plus years. Jim is preceded in death by his two sisters, Hetty Lee Haughton and Phyllis Weyand, both from Cape Coral, FL. He is survived by his two nieces, Robyn Weyand of Lewisburg, WV and Kim Reisinger and her husband David, of Leawood, KS. Arrangements under the direction of Funeraria Del Angel Roy Akers, San Antonio, TX.
- Graveside Service Wednesday, March 16, 2016
James Edwin Bell
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November 7, 2016
Sorry to hear of your passing, Jim. You really knew how to enjoy life and have great fun while doing it. We had good times and hilarious adventures traveling south Texas (and a little of Mexico!) selling pizza kit fundraisers to high school bands. You seemed to know all the band directors and they had much respect for you. I'll never forget those times. Rest in peace, my friend. Dan Keating
May 15, 2016
I miss you Jim. You taught everyone how to have fun and enjoy life!!!
April 29, 2016
Jim was one of the most awesome friends I have ever had. He will live on in my heart forever. There is not enough space to describe all of the positive attributes he possessed. He loved his country, dogs, music, cadets, friends, church, so many things. I will think you you and miss you every day, Jim. I hope you are playing the drums for the angels band in heaven pain free. Anita Ramos
March 27, 2016
March 1, 2016
I LOST A FRIEND AND MENTOR. I FIRST MET JIM WHEN I AUDITIONED
FOR THE BAND AT WENTWORTH MILITARY ACADEMY IN 1956. DURING
THE 2 YRS UNDER HIS DIRECTION I DEVELOPED A GREAT RESPECT
AND A LASTING FRIENDSHIP. HIS DEVOTION TO HIS CADETS WAS
ONE TO BE ADMIRED. HIS FRIENDSHIP IN LATER YRS IS ONE I WILL
SINCERELY MISS. HE WAS ONE GREAT DRUMMER!