Jeddo David Bell, 76, of Greenville, Ala., departed this life on July 5, 2017, at Crowne Health Care of Greenville, Ala. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Kirk’s Funeral Chapel in Andalusia. The funeral will be held Friday, July 14 at 11 a.m. at the Greenville High School auditorium.
He was born in Andalusia, Ala., on Dec. 1, 1940, to the late Trial Bishop Lee Nelson Bell Sr. and the late Clara Lucille Blue Bell. His biological mother passed in 1947 and his father later married Margaret Christine Harrell, who assisted in parenting Jeddo at age 6 and his sister Clara at age 4.
Growing up in Andalusia, Ala., Jeddo became a member of the house of God Church, Keith Dominion, located on Cadiz Street. In 1963 he moved his membership to the House of God Church, Keith Dominion, in Greenville, Ala., located at 112 Lincoln Street. He received the Holy Ghost at the age of 13. He began his work history in Andalusia at an early age. He was employed by Mr. and Mrs. Faulkner, the owners of the Dairy Queen, in Andalusia, Alabama. While employed at the Dairy Queen, he became an enthusiast for saving. Jeddo graduated high school from Covington County Training School in Andalusia in 1959. With his savings from working at the Dairy Queen, operating his personal lawn service and obtaining new employment in Montgomery, Ala., he was able to attend and pay for is college education at Alabama State University. He attended Alabama State University from 1959 until 1963, graduating in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a minor in French.
He began his teaching career in August 1963 in Greenville, Ala., at Greenville County Training School, which was later named Southside High School, where he taught English and French until May 1967. He continued his teaching career at Georgiana High School in August 1967. He wanted to enhance his education; therefore he went back to Alabama State University where he received a master’s degree with a concentration in English in 1968. He also attended an emersion program for French in Reno, Nevada. Jeddo taught at Georgiana High School until he retired in May 1997. He also taught at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia, Ala., from 1977 until 2009.
Jeddo spent 45 years as an educator within the Butler County School System and Lurleen B, Community College in Andalusia and Greenville, Ala., as a teacher of English, French and adult education.
In 1996, Jeddo was elected to the Greenville City Council and became an integral part of the Butler County community. He served as mayor pro-tem from February of 2003 until early 2017. He loved being a city councilman and serving his district. You would often hear him say, “ I solicit all of your prayers that I will be able to do work for the City of Greenville and for God.” He was recognized, awarded and served on many boards, while serving as City Councilman, such as: The Butler County Commission for Economic Development board, The Butler County Industrial Development Authority board, The Greenville- Butler County Public Library board , The Greenville Water Works and Sewer board, The John D. Murphy Citizen of the Year award presented by the Greenville Jaycees, The Greenville Advocate’s Person of the Year, The Greenville area Chamber of Commerce, The Camellia City Civitan Club, W. Robert Brown Outstanding Graduate of the Andalusia City School System, The LBW Community College Scholarship Foundation, Zeta’s Man of the Year, and he was named the Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Greenville. He was an accomplished musician and had a singing group called Bell-Aires. Jeddo loved his church and his church family. He had a special bond with his pastor and his family. He was a member and Deacon of the House of God Church, Greenville, Alabama until his death.
Jeddo David Bell is preceded in death by his father Trial Bishop Lee Nelson Bell,Sr., his biological mother Clara Lucille Blue Bell, his mother Margaret Christine Harrell Bell and his sister Judith C. Bell McDowell.
He leaves to forever cherish his loving memories: one son Tracey O’Neal Burnett of Washington, D.C.; two brothers: John Khaleefa Haamid of Atlanta, GA and Lee Nelson Bell, Jr. (Shirley) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl; five sisters: Elder Clara Leola Bell Williams of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl; Dradine Bell Crenshaw (Edward Earl l) of Birmingham, Al; Gloria Jean Arnold of West Land, MI; Sharon Dianne Bell Polion (Lloyd l) of Tuscaloosa, Al; and Jacqueline Denise Bell Wytch of Birmingham, Al; three aunts: Ruthie Mae Harrell Lowery Sears of Louisville, Ken.; Dora Lee Harrell Walleton ( William “Bill”) of Milwaukee, Wis.; and Ethel Mae Harrell Bandy (Marvin) of Milwaukee, Wis. ; nephews, nieces, great nephews/niece, two special cousins: Betty Trawick (Hilry) and Ann Glover(Sammy) of Andalusia, Ala.; cousins, a goddaughter: Dashja Monique Trawick; godson: Victor LaShay Fuller, his extended family: Estelle P. Womack, John L. Womack, Jr., Bradford O. Womack, Deirdre R. Womack Baldwin, Stacy E. Womack and MacAllister D. Brown; special friends: Calvin Cook, Sadie Parker, Eugene Parker, Patricia Allen and Anthony Allen, a devoted church family and a host of other relatives and friends.