Charles E. Bell

September 25, 1941 - January 17, 2022

Charles Edward Bell passed away January 17, 2022 at his residence in Parnassus.

He was born September 25, 1941 in Charleston, W.Va. to the late Clyde Bell and Magarelli (Bracken) Bell. He graduated from Nicholas County High School and received degrees from Glenville State College and Madison College. Mr. Bell was a career-long educator and administrator, retiring from Augusta County Schools after 30 years of service.

In 1964 he married the former Janet Fix, who survives, along with three children, Kelly S. Bell, Jennifer G. Bell, and Michael Bracken Bell and companion Tammy Mathers, all of Parnassus. He was a very special “Paw Paw” to grandchildren Lindsey A. Ham, Rachael N. Armstrong, Shawn D. Wales and companion Heisha Huffer, Dylan W. Wales and Alexandria E. Bell; and great-grandchildren John H. Wheeler, Karsen S. Wales and Ava R. Eutsler. He is also survived by a brother, John “Mike” Bracken Bell and his wife Ann of Charleston, W.Va.; and a sister, Barbara Bell Sales and her husband Kenneth of Summersville, W.Va.

He enjoyed traveling, fishing, and golfing with his two longtime friends, Joe Taliaferro and Gene Lilly.

Following cremation, the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 21 in Bear Funeral Home. His ashes will be scattered on the family property in Parnassus at a later date. No formal funeral ceremony is planned.

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