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February 20, 2020

2/10/2020 12:51:00 PM
Rev. Howard V. Bell, 83, Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre

Rev. Howard V. Bell, 83, of Madison and formerly of North Vernon, died Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 5:45 p.m. at Jewel Place in Madison.

Funeral services were Sunday, February 9, 2020, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Rev. Jerry Brooks officiated. Interment will be at a later date in Brooksburg Cemetery in Brooksburg.

Rev. Bell was a 1954 graduate of Central High School in Madison and obtained an Associate Degree in behavioral sciences at Vincennes University. He also completed a jurisdictional course of study with the Methodists and was ordained pastor in 1986. Rev. Bell worked for 31 years in retail furniture sales for Lodge Brothers in Madison, served as a lay speaker for several years with West Madison United Methodist Church, and became Pastor to several parishes in southern Indiana, including Deputy. He was a member of the Madison Jaycees, the No. 2 Fire Company, Shoals Lion's Club, and was active in the downtown retail business association. He was also active on the Council on Aging in Area 13. Rev. Bell enjoyed gardening, traveling, woodworking, music, and attending family gatherings. He had built his own home in North Vernon.

Born February 2, 1936, in Madison, Rev. Bell was the son of John Ezra and Ada Ethel Rowlett Bell. He married Roberta Olga Stoner August 3, 1973, in Plainfield and she preceded him in death. He then married Kimberly Kay Irwin October 4, 2014, and she also preceded him in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Pamela J. Glaspie of Durango, Colorado; stepdaughters, Patricia Couch of Muncie, and Stacey (John) Baker, Erica Adams, Monica (Shawn) Coleman, Tanya (Mike Sanders) King, all of Madison; stepsons, Allen Doty of Buffalo, New York and Scott Doty of Madison; grandchildren, Jayson Bell and Richard and Kevin Glaspie; three great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren, Brenna Brown, Robert Schultz, Mallory Schultz-Baker, Danielle Schultz-Fruechtenicht, Noaha King, Pskyler and Krysalyn Doty, Trinity Rose, Gabriel Williams, Emma King, Tyler Willoughby, Keegan Adams, and Kinsley Baker; and a step-great-grandson.

In addition to his parents and wives, Rev. Bell was preceded in death by brothers, Edward, Pascal, and Woodrow Bell; son, John Bell; stepson, Robert Schultz; and step-granddaughter, Anna Baker.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church through the funeral home.

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