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James "Jim" Murphy Bell

Rev. Dr. James Murphy Bell, Sr., 82, resident of 4915 Hwy. 20, husband of Lois Alexander Bell, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at AnMed Medical Center in Anderson, SC.

Dr. Bell was born at Hickory Grove, SC, April 5, 1928, the son of the late Rev. Robert Murphy Bell and Elinor Ann Henry Bell. Following his graduation from Erskine College in 1948 and Erskine Theological Seminary in 1952, he served as an ordained minister for over 50 years in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian denomination, at the Sandy Plains (NC), Tirzah (SC), Old Providence (VA), and Due West (SC) ARP churches. He was appointed to several boards and committees of the General Synod, and was elected Vice-Moderator and Moderator of Synod. Valuing his commitment to the Scriptures, he challenged segregation at Erskine College and Seminary in the 1960's. He led the Church Extension Committee of Virginia Presbytery in adding a number of churches that now comprise Northeast Presbytery. He was granted the Doctor of Divinity degree by Erskine in 1979.

He is survived by wife Lois B. Alexander, whom he married on June 10, 1952. Surviving also are six children: James Bell, Jr., and Jaime, of Fleetwood, NC; Robert Bell and Alice, of Due West, SC; Ann Marie Hope and Steve, of Due West, SC; Sharon Griffin and David, of Greenville, SC; Paul Bell and Jeanne, of Due West, SC; and Allyson Huskey and Nick, of Donalds, SC; eighteen grandchildren: James, Grace, Hannah, John, and Ruth Bell; Richard Bell; Cyndi Nicholson; Charlotte, Glenn, Abby, and Graham Hope; Laura, Kelley, and Elinor Griffin; John Paul and Neely Bell; Keagan and Zeb Huskey; four step grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and three step great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Laura Bell, and a daughter-in-law, Karen Bell.

Memorials in Memory of Dr. Bell may be made to the James M. Bell Scholarship Fund at Erskine Seminary PO Box 668 Due West, SC 29639 or to Samaritan's Purse PO Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607-3000.


Due West ARP Church
112 North Main St
Due West, SC  29639
Thursday, March 3, 2011
6:00-8:00 PM


Due West ARP Church
112 North Main St
Due West, SC  29639
Friday, March 4, 2011
2:00 PM


Due West ARP Church Cemetery
116 North Main St
Due West ,  SC  29639

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Paul and I are so sorry to hear of Jimmy's death. Rachel sent me a copy of his obituary. I would love to hear from you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I have so many fond memories of our "seven-up" club days at Erskine.

Paul and Ella Mae Hickman Horne Mar 13 2011 12:00 AM

Just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family. Ever in Christ's love, Mary Elizabeth Todd

Mary Elizabeth Todd Mar 11 2011 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to each of the Bell family. May God give you peace and comfort at this difficult time.

Bill and Shirley Brown Mar 5 2011 12:00 AM

All of you are in our prayers. So sorry for your loss.

Shirley and Tommy Fix Mar 5 2011 12:00 AM

We would like to express our deep sorrow to the entire Bell family for their loss. With sympathy.

Gary & Lanny Price Mar 4 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Charlotte & Family, I am so sorry to hear about your Grandfather. I know he will be missed. May God richly bless you and your family during this time.

Marla Morris Mar 3 2011 12:00 AM

Jim was a very special person to me. Lois and your entire family have my deepest sympathy. I regret I was unable to get to the hospital. Peace and comfort to all of you. Shirley (Ring)

Shirley Ringhausen Swiney Mar 3 2011 12:00 AM

In a world sorely lacking in positive male role models, Dr. Bell was a wonderful example of a godly patriarch. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers our with the entire family.

Chris and Lori Peardon Mar 3 2011 12:00 AM

My condolances to the Bell family on the passing of Dr. Bell. He and the rest of his wonderful family were true neighbors to me for many years. God Bless.

Bill Reames Mar 3 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Charlotte and Family: We were saddened to learn of the passing of your grandfather. We know that he was a very special man to you and an inspiration to his entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of bereavement. May the Lord comfort each one and give you peace that only He can provide. With Sincere Sympathy, Rev. Dr. R. Edwin & LaVoylyn Morris

Rev. Dr. and Mrs. R. Edwin Morris Mar 3 2011 12:00 AM

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