Nelsen Williamsburg


David Lee Bell

December 2, 1961September 6, 2021

David Lee Bell, 59, of Williamsburg, Virginia passed away on September 6, 2021 after a brave battle with the Covid virus and other health complications.

David was born on December 2, 1961 to Clarence P. Bell and Mona Harp Bell in Phoenix, Arizona. David left high school to pursue a career in the United States Air Force because of his great love and dedication to the United States.

After leaving the Air Force, Dave pursued a career in sales and eventually became an authorized Snap-On Tools Dealer with a franchise in Hampton, Virginia. This was a natural choice for a man who had a great interest in all things mechanical.

Through the grace of God, David was blessed to be reunited with his high school sweetheart, Janet Ogden Bell, and the two were married in 1994 and had two children, Jacob and Joseph. In addition, Dave is survived by his two eldest sons, Joshua Bell and Jonah Bell. Anyone who knew Dave knew that he was a devoted father and husband.

David was compassionate and caring towards his fellow man and often went out of his way to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it. David was extremely dedicated to his family and did all he could to provide the life he felt his family deserved.

David was predeceased by his father, Colonel Clarence P. Bell USAF.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; sons, Joshua, Jonah, Jacob, and Joseph; his mother, Mona Harp Bell; a sister, Brenda; and two brothers, Tim and Ken.

The family requests that all flowers and notes be sent to Nelson Funeral Home in Williamsburg, Virginia.

There will be a memorial service and funeral to be announced presently.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Bell family.


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John Perry

September 18, 2021

To the family;
We just learned of David’s passing on today and wanted to express our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bell family. Your beloved touched many lives and will be truly missed and his big Snap-On truck, we did lots of business with him at our business (United Auto Repair & Service, Inc) on Pembroke Ave, Hpt, Va. He was a giant in his business with excellent knowledge of his trade. We pray comfort for the Bell family at this time. Rest In Peace, David!.

John N. Perry III
Christine B. Perry (Former owners of United Auto Repair & Service Inc
Hampton Va

Larry Holly

September 18, 2021

My condolences go out to the Bell family. I've known Dave for a short time but, he was quite the character. He knew some good stories and knew what you needed tool wise. He will surely be missed

Nate Benedict

September 17, 2021

Dave was a kind and considerate man. He was my tool man, but he was also a good man. He took special interest in his customers and called me to check on me when I was hurt. He congratulated me when I had my first son. He was a pleasure to be around and I will miss him. I hope they need a good tool man in heaven.

David Schwedic

September 16, 2021

Each day,I have tried to write this & it has gotten more difficult for me.The reason is Dave was more than the Snap-On Man.I met him
over 30 years ago & bought tools from him on his 1st time out on the Snap-On truck.And we became good friends.
Through the years he became part of my family.
When anyone in my family had medical problems or in the hospital,he was always there.
When I started my business,he made sure I had
everything I needed to be successful.Dave
was a positive person & a best friend that anyone would want.He had faith & high standards .
Dave,I will always remember what I learned from you.I will miss you.See you in Heaven!!

Peter Smith

September 14, 2021

Dave you'll be missed and I want to thank you for getting me into Snap On tools and equipment for my needs. You were a great man and a wonderful person to us . It's going to be hard 😫 😪 to see you on the other side now. But you're not here to feel the pain anymore. Rest easy now.

David Summers

September 14, 2021

To Jonah and the Bell Family-
I want to send my sincerest condolences to you in your time of grief and sorrow.
As I know God's timing is not our timing; the lost of Dave at this time was not at all what I was expecting.
I will miss my Friend, but he will forever live in my Heart. May God continue to protect and Bless you.

May Peace be with you.

-David M. Summers

Joshua 1:9 — The New King James Version (NKJV)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

John Bright

September 14, 2021

David you are going to be truly missed the 35 years I've known David he always had a joke or a good storie to tell & truly a man of his word R I P my friend.


September 13, 2021

First and foremost thoughts prayers and condolences to the Bell family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I was blessed with the opportunity of having been a customer and a friend to David for the last 32 years while working for the City Of Hampton. Dave from the very beginning of his career as a Snap on tool guy in 1989 was a shining light, outstanding as person and businessman. He was very smart witty and very likeable. He treated all us "grease monkeys" as friends . He was always willing to go the extra mile to make sure you had what you needed to do your job. Dave over the years has so well taken care of his customers including me, he once told me he even financed a Harley Davidson motor cycle for a customer on his truck account because no bank would. I will truly miss him, till we meet again my friend may you rest in peace your job here on earth is complete.

Fabio Forni

September 13, 2021

David was such a great guy. I always looked forward to his weekly stops. We talked about our future retirements, weekend plans, and anything else on our minds. He was generous and remembered special occasions with a smile and a pair of socks or a little treat. I looked forward to seeing him. He will be missed. His memory will be a blessing to many people.

Chase Thresher

September 13, 2021

Mr. Bell was truly a great person. When I got into the auto repair business, he emanated a warmth and care towards his customers. I knew from the first day I met him, he was an honest, hardworking, and caring person. The auto repair business has taken a huge loss, but more importantly, the mechanics and shop managers have lost an honest and caring friend/mentor. Rest in Heaven Mr. David Bell. I appreciate your mentorship and friendship and will never forget you. I am blessed to have had a relationship with you.