Charles Richard Bell
February 15, 1952 – September 12, 2020
Charles Richard “Dick” Bell, 68, of Van Buren, passed away Saturday, September 12, 2020 in Rogers. He was born February 15, 1952 in Galena Park, TX to William and Juanita Bell. He was a certified welder, a private pilot, a certified scuba diver, a commercial driver, a small business owner, and a member of Kibler United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Van Buren Schools, and the owner/operator of Bell's Wrecker Service, Bell's Auto Salvage and Bell's Auto Transport. He received a governor's appointment to the Arkansas Board of Wrecker Operators and served two terms. He was a driver/operator for the Van Buren Fire Department for 10 years; and served eight years in the Arkansas Army National Guard, honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant. For the last twenty years, he was an independent commercial truck driver until his retirement in 2018. Dick was a Christian man and honest to his core; who loved his family, his country and his special granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Mike Bell.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sheila of the home; a son, Clay Bell and wife Jennifer of Fort Smith; a brother, Gary Bell of Fort Smith; a granddaughter, Sadie Bell; and numerous beloved Bell cousins and wife’s cousins and family.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 17, 2020 at the Family Life Center at Kibler United Methodist Church, under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren, AR. Committal service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Salem Cemetery in Lisbon, AR, under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors of El Dorado, AR.
Honorary pallbearers will be his cousins.
Viewing will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR.
Memorial contributions may be made to Union Christian Academy, 4201 Windsor Drive, Fort Smith, 72904 or to support.unioneagles.org.
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Charles Richard Bell
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September 14, 2020
I can tell from his obituary that Dick was a special person, and I know his loss will grieve you for the remainder of your life. However, I hope you take consolation in the warm memories which you can tap on those days when the loss is overwhelming.