1954 – 2017
Billy Wayne Bell, son of the late Scarbourgh and Eunice Watts Bell of Tabor City, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, after a sudden illness. He was 62.
He was employed by Georgia Pacific Plywood for 32 years. After that plant was closed, he worked at Smithfield Packing and was working at National Spinning at the time of his passing. He worked with his hands.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 36 years, Doris Sobczak Bell; a son, Bruno Godwin and wife Natalie of Lake Waccamaw; two daughters, Kimberly Godwin McPherson and husband Jack of Clarendon and Brandie Bell Fowler and husband Scott of Tabor City, and his 10 precious grandchildren, Isabella Fowler, Isaac McPherson, Karli Godwin, Brenna McPherson, Peyton Fowler, Aleigh Godwin, Gracelynn Fowler, Cullen McPherson, Victoria Fowler and Alex McPherson; his brother, Dennis S. Bell and wife, Patsy of Hallsboro; a sister, Denise Worley and husband Mike of Mollie; sisters in law, Joesphine Albergo and husband Nick, Jeannie Galloway and husband Michael, all of Inverness, Florida, Anna Etheridge, husband Jimmy of Crusoe, brother in law Van Davis of Whiteville, Aunt Beth Rackly of Tabor City; an uncle Mitchell Bell and wife Sue of Whiteville; Pat Buffkin of Tabor City, Ruby Lee Watts of Tabor City, Jimmy Dale Dew and wife Linda of Whiteville and Carolyn Nobles of Hallsboro; and host of nieces and nephews.
Wayne was a gentle giant, he loved watching his Tar Heels, Panthers and Packers. But he mostly enjoyed being at home surrounded by family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979 or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265.
Visitation was planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Inman Ward Funeral Home, Tabor City.
Funeral service was planned for 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Tabor City, with burial following in Myrtle Green Cemetery.
A guest register is available here.