Joe Hardin Bell

March 31, 1944December 31, 2018

Joe Hardin Bell Father, husband, brother Joe Bell, 74, passed away surrounded by his family at the Memorial Medical Center Hospital in Savannah, GA on December 31st, 2018. Joe was born in Shawnee, OK to Maurice and Lera Bell, and traveled for much of his life. He attended the University of Missouri and graduated with a degree in business. He worked in a variety of fields throughout his life, with 44 years in Sales, and continuing work as a tax aide after his retirement in 2015. He met his wife Sandra while attending college, and married in 1968; they had three children, and recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. He was a man who loved to share his wisdom with his children and grandchildren, and tirelessly provided for everyone he loved, becoming a beloved figure in multiple communities. Joe was an avid fisherman, holding a state record for Kingfish and spending much of his time on or near the water, a passion he loved to share with his friends and family. He also cared for his many pets over the years. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Bell, Statesboro; brother, Dwayne (Carol) Bell, Liberty, Missouri; children, Stacy (Mysael) Santolaja, Okinawa Japan, Natalie (Kendall) Mimbs, Soperton, GA and Jason Bell, Liberty, Missouri, as well as by his grandchildren Cody, Ian, Colby, and Jalee. He is preceded in death by his brothers , Ted and Kirk. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 2nd, at 2 p.m. at Bulloch Memorial Gardens with the Reverend Bill Bagwell officiating. The family request that memorial contributions may be made to Pittman Park UMC , 1102 Fair Road Statesboro, GA 30458. Please visit our online registry at to sign the guestbook and share fond memories with the Bell Family. Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Graveside Funeral Service Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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Heather Lewis

January 28, 2019

Joe was such a great guy--he lived hard, laughed hard and loved hard. The world has been a better place because we shared it with him. Love to the whole family.

Bob Funk

January 16, 2019

Joe and I went to Liberty High School together. I have many fond memories of Joe, mostly because of his spontaneous and out spoken nature. You had to love him for his humor and Will Rogers slant on life. When he found out my Dad had bought a new Ford Thunderbird and I was allowed to use it for the Junior Senior prom, he was all in for a double date.
I visited with him our last High School reunion a couple of years ago and he was still the same old lovable guy. I will miss him a lot. Rest in the peace of our Lord til we meet again in heaven.


January 5, 2019

It was the Borcherding Christmas today. You may have felt the love and support sent your way. Miss him

Andrew Hendrix

January 4, 2019

The first time I went over to his house with Cody, I was anxious because I am always anxious about meeting new people, and the first thing Joe does is shake my hand and tells me he is pleased to meet me. He asks me questions about myself and laughed at my awkward jokes. He is a pleasant man and he will be missed.

Peggy Hurd

January 3, 2019

I have too many memories that are worth sharing. Loved Joe Bell, and will never forget all the fun he and his family brought to me in my life. He gave me the nick name Turkey Neck after my first experience of cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey and did not know to remove the giblets and the neck. He was such a loving husband and father.

Kathy Bell-Fletcher

January 3, 2019

Joe was a precious Brother to his Brother's. He was a precious Brother-in Law to me. He was everything to his whole family. He held a special place in the heart of his Brother Kirk Bell who went to be with The Lord long before our precious Brother Joe. Joe was a person that drew other's to him. I wish I could have spent more time with him & the whole Bell family. I'm comforted by The Lord Jesus & The Holy Spirit that we will all be together in our Father's house soon. Much love to you all.

Sandra Price

January 2, 2019

Natalie and Kendell,
So sorry to hear of the passing of Natalie’s dad. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all in the coming weeks.
Sandra and Floyd Price

Michelle Rushing

January 2, 2019

I rember being with Stacy at Joe’s coast house and how he wanted us to have a good time. He loved it and we enjoyed it so much! Such a sweet man! Thank you for the memory!

JoAnn Lowery

January 2, 2019

I just want to express my condolences. I know Dwayne, his brother, and wife Carol Bell. Knowing Dwayne I’m sure he was a wonderful man. My prayers for all the family.

Betty Bell

January 2, 2019

I was married to Joe’s late brother, Ted, and my memories go back to 1949, when I attended Liberty High School, and first met Ted. Joe, of course, was much younger, but there are many fond memories. He lived in a house on my Uncle’s farm for a number of years and we had lots of fun times there. I remember when he met Sandy and settled down to be a husband and later a father to three great kids. I remember when Sandy went into early labor with Jason and Natalie and they were born prematurely! They were strong and survived to be wonderful, caring children. I sincerely wish I could be there with the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Joe, you keep up the good work in heaven!!