R. C. Bell was born April 8, 1928 in Stanley, to Wesley Bell Sr. and Elizabeth (Haws). He passed from this life December 13, 2012 in Antlers, at the age of 84. R. C. married Hedwig Mayer on April 3, 1956 in Germany. He was in the United States Army from 1945 until 1976. R.C. served during Korea and obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class, and was a Tank Commander. He loved hunting, fishing and was involved in the fur business. R.C. also owned The Bait Shop. He was also a member of the VFW. R. C. had been a resident of the area since 1968. R. C. was preceded in death by his parents: Wesley and Elizabeth Bell; son-in-law: Johnny Long; brother: Buster Bell. He is survived by his wife: Heidi Bell of Antlers; one daughter: Doris Long and husband Randall Pruitt of Antlers; two brothers: Wesley Bell Jr. and wife Delores of Antlers, Billy Bell and wife Joyce of Antlers; three sisters: Jackie Messer and husband L. C. of San Angelo, TX, Christine Messer of CA, Joan Bonner and husband Roy of Moore; grandchildren: Michaela Long Correia and husband Filipe of Frisco, TX, Shaun Long of Antlers; two great-grandchildren: Jaiden and Jakob Correia of Frisco, TX, as well as many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM, Monday, December 17, 2012 at Mills & Coffey Chapel with L.C. Messer officiating. Music was “Comin Around The Mountain”, “Amazing Grace”, & “I’ll Fly Away”. Pallbearers included John Bell, Gary Bell, Tommy Berkey, Michael Riser, Justin Chapman, & John Morton with Honorary Pallbearers as Sid Bell, Randall Pruitt, Filipe Correia, Terry Smith, & Melvin Luginbill. Interment followed at Oddfellows Cemetery in Antlers. Family and friends may send online condolences at www.millscoffey.com .
Funeral Services were conducted by: Mills~Coffey Funeral Home in Antlers