Dr. Bob Bell, 87, of Texarkana, TX passed away May 12, 2020 at his home. Dr. Bell was born January 6, 1933 in Mena, AR. He was a member of Hardy Memorial United Methodist Church and was a U. S. Army veteran. Dr. Bell received his bachelors degree from Henderson State University; masters degree from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; and his doctorate from North Texas State University. He was a member of the Literacy Council; Library Board; Methodist Men; Kiwanis; Retired Teachers Association; Division Chairman of Social Science Department at Texarkana College ; Board member of the Texar Credit Union; numerous church committees and has held many offices.
Dr. Bell was a Christian and a loving, generous and amazing husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and brother. He touched so many lives through his teachings and fellowship.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Joe and Muriel Bell; brothers, Bud and Dick Bell and sisters-in-law, Ina Bell and Bobbie Chambers.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Hall Bell; daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Roy Melton: and son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Sharon Bell all of Texarkana; grandchildren, Jennifer Heintschel and husband, Jared of Hooks, TX, Denver Bell, Monica Melton and Nichole Callahan and her husband, Herbert all of Texarkana; great grandchildren, Alexis Bell, Jazmyn Callahan, Evan Heintschel, Tytis Callahan and Olivia Anderson; sister, Frances Harvey of Mena, AR; brother and sister-in-law, Rev. David and Debbie Bell of Ozark, MO; sister-in-law, Donna Bell of Arrowsmith, IN; brother-in-law, Rex Chambers of Texarkana; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Hardy Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Patrick Evans officiating. Burial will be in Chapelwood Memorial Gardens under the direction of East Funeral Home - Moores Lane.
Family and friends may come and go from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2020 at East Funeral Home - Moores Lane.
The service will broadcast live on Facebook live for Hardy Memorial United Methodist Church and due to social distancing rules the church will allow up to 100 people.