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A military veteran Marion Alonzo Bell, 75, died of cancer at his home in Ava on Jan. 10, 2007.
Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stringer Funeral Home in Crystal Springs, Miss., on Jan. 14, and graveside services were held at Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Jan. 15, with Stringer Family Funeral Services in Crystal Springs in charge of arrangements.
Local arrangements were by Ava Family Funeral Home.
Marion was born Nov. 25, 1931, in Crystal Springs, Miss. He received his education in the Crystal Springs Consolidated School System. He entered active military service when he was activated with the Mississippi National Guard 155th Dixie Division during the Korean War. Marion was awarded a Bronze Star for his services in Korea and an honorable discharge in 1952.
After his military service, Marion returned home to begin a career in the oil field that took him and his family all over the world. When he retired from the oil fields, as a consultant, he continued his love of travel and meeting new people by becoming a truck driver.
Marion was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a third-degree Mason.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Alonza Bell, a wife, Janet Bell, and a wife, Mildred Fairchild Bell.
Survivors include a daughter, Vicky Bell Nienaber and husband, Mike, of Memphis, Tenn.; a son, Thomas (Tommy) Ellis Bell and wife, Sylvia, of Georgetown, Miss.; stepdaughter, Cindy Fairchild Bass and husband, Jackie, Ava; a brother, William E. Bell, Gulfport, Miss.; a sister, Jane Bell Dykes, of Madison; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.