June 18, 1923 – September 13, 2021
Reverend Levi Bell Senior Administrative Assistant – Washington State Jurisdiction COGIC Superintendent Emeritus- F. L. James District - Washington State Jurisdiction Sr. Pastor - Faith Temple Community Church of God in Christ
Sunrise June 18, 1923 ~ Called Home to Glory September 13, 2021
Levi Bell was the eldest son born to LeRoy and Cordia Bell on June 18, 1923, in Logansport, Louisiana on the Longshaw Farm.
In 1942 at the age of nineteen, he enlisted in the U. S. Army. While in the Army he fought in World War II and the Battle of the Bulge. Levi travelled extensively throughout Europe. He was a Corporal T-4 and driver in the Tank Corps. He was in the quartermaster 3455 truck company, also known as the Red Ball Express, an All-Black Unit. He drove and delivered everything to the front-line soldiers. He was known as “Combat” Bell by his fellow servicemembers, due to his prowess of being an outstanding soldier.
In March of 1946, Levi came to the state of Washington. He lived in Pasco and worked in the construction trade at the Grand Coulee Dam in Coulee City.
In 1948 he moved to Yakima, Washington where he met his wife Cora Mae Martinez Carter. They were married on February 14, 1950. They were married for 66 years until her passing in 2016.
In 1957, Levi moved his growing family to Seattle, where he had a career as a Cement Mason. Two of Levi’s avocations were barbeque and watermelons. He owned two barbecue restaurants and was a favorite vendor at Seattle’s largest festivals, Folklife, Bumbershoot, Bite of Seattle, and the Black Community Festival. In addition, he became known as the “Watermelon Man” selling the best watermelons in the State of Washinton. Levi would travel to Hermiston, OR to get premium watermelons. He was selling watermelons until the ripe “young” age of 96. He resided in Seattle until the Lord called him home.
His life changed in 1963 when he gave his life to the Lord. He was saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost. Levi then became a member of Revival Church of God in Christ. He remained a member there until God spoke to him by giving him the name of his own church, Faith Temple Church of God in Christ. (Community was later added to the name) Faith Temple was given life in June 1968. He remained the active Pastor until his passing.
Pastor Bell worked in numerous departments within the Church of God in Christ. He worked diligently in his Jurisdiction and in the National Church. He was a District Superintendent (F.L. James District), State Evangelist, National Evangelist, Senior Administrative Assistant and worked in the Finance Department.
Pastor Bell served faithfully under the leadership of 5 Bishops; Bishop T.J. Kinlow, Bishop R.E. Altheimer, Bishop T.L. Westbrook, Bishop James Hicks, Bishop Leo C. Brown, and was under Bishop Designate Alvin C. Moore Sr. at his passing.
He was also affectionally known as, Son Bell, Midnight Bell, Watermelon Man, Big Daddy, Papa, Granddad and DADDY. As Pastor Bell got older, he would say instead of “Midnight Bell” you can call me “Shorty”, because I don’t preach too long now.
Levi Bell had a bucket list. On the top of that list, he wanted his life story documented. Mr. Brad Brotherton made that happen this year. Levi Bell’s life story was filmed. There will be a documentary of his life available soon.
Levi was preceded in death by his Wife Cora Mae Bell, Father LeRoy Bell, Mother Cordia Jackson, Sister Audrey Van Dyke, Brother Jim “Pluto” Bell, Brother Carl “Red” Prince, Brother Sonny Prince, Sister Ernestine Ervin, Sister Elise Burks, Daughter Hortense Burks, and Granddaughter Orena O’Brien.
Levi is survived by 5 Children: Jacqueline Pennington Hunter (Randy), Terry Bell, Diana O’Brien, Allen Bell (Laquetha) and Sheree Bell; Daughter in Law Denise Bell, Sister Genell Law, Sister Betty Dorsey, Brother Henry Prince, brother Otis Prince, Sister-in-Laws Ella M. Hawkins and Brenda Carter, and Brother-in-Law Michael Carter. Also left to mourn are a host of Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Great-Great Grandchildren. He loved to say proudly, he came to Washington by himself, and if he wanted to take a trip with his family, it would take a train to hold them. He loved his family!
He also leaves to mourn his passing, countless relatives, and close personal friends across the United States. He truly will be missed by his Church Family, Faith Temple Community Church of God in Christ, and the Church of God in Christ Family at Large.
Pastor Bell lived to be 98 years old. The Lord decided it was time for him to come Home to Glory. He was still preaching and teaching the Word of God until his passing.
Pastor Bell’s favorite scripture was St. John 9:4 I MUST WORK THE WORKS OF HIM THAT SENT ME, WHILE IT IS DAY: THE NIGHT COMETH, WHEN NO MAN CAN WORK.
A visitation for Levi will be held Friday, September 24, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133. A funeral service will occur Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Grace Community Church, 1320 Auburn Way S, Auburn, WA 98002.
Levi will be laid to rest on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133, gate entrance on Meridian Ave N, Washelli East side.
Friday, September 24, 2021
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Graveside Service Evergreen-Washelli
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
September 25, 2021
Pastor Bell was my father in the gospel and very special to me. He led me to Christ and taught me how to pray, fast and be a faithful tither. I was a faithful and proud member of Faith Temple Community COGIC. Pastor Bell was great man and we had many great revivals, prayer meetings and musicals where people came from all over to hear Pastor Bell preach. I was grateful to be his adjutant and his musician. He was great man of God when he prayed God answered. People saved, healed and delivered under Pastor Bell’s ministry.
Pastor Bell use to sell watermelons and now me and my wife grow watermelons. We named our church Faith Temple in honor of Pastor Bell. There will never be another Pastor Bell. He will always be in our hearts. We are sorry we could not be there in person but we are there in spirit. God bless the family and friends. We love you.