John D. Bell

First Posted: 7/6/2010


John D. Bell, 82, died July 5, 2010, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 26, 1928, in Marshall, Texas, to Jacob and Alberta Oliver Bell, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 6, 2001, he married Priscilla Sparkman, who survives in Defiance.

Mr. Bell was a laborer at General Motors, retiring in 2008 after 54 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors also include three sons, David Bell, of Buffalo, N.Y., Percy (Deb) Bell, of Lima, and Patrick Gardner, of Defiance; two daughters, Tandra Bell and Danyele Bell, both of Buffalo, N.Y.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Jacob (Ruby) Bell, of Marshall, Texas; and two sisters, Nancy Bell and Johnny Mae Lawrence, both of Dallas.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Condolences may be expressed at

John D. Bell

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