A homegoing celebration for Clynell Jackson Bell was held Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Mizpah Baptist Church with Minister Darren Moore presiding. Eulogy was given by Pastor James Carlyle. Active pallbearers were grandsons and nephews. The committal followed in Blarney Cemetery. Musical selections were rendered by the choir.
“For God so loved the world that He gave.” Among His abundant gifts was the gift of a beautiful baby girl born on August 29, 1930 to the parents of the late David and Janie G. Anderson Jackson of the Blarney Community in Appling County.This child they named Clynell; a unique name for a unique person. Clynell grew up in the knowledge of Christ and joined the Mizpah Baptist Church at an early age. As an active member of the church, she became involved with the establishment of the first usher board where she served as its president for many years.
Clynell attended the Baxley Training School graduating in 1948. After graduation she attended Paine College in Augusta and received a nursing degree in 1951. After licensing as a Practical Nurse she came to work at Appling General Hospital, where she spent forty-two years caring for the sick and those in need while working as floor nurse and eventually as charge duty nurse.
In 1953, Clynell found love and married Lonza Bell. To that union three children were born, Larry (Debra) Sumter, SC, Diane (Rodney) Maxwell, Baxley, and Michael (Gail), Bluffton, SC. She is preceded in death by husband, Lonza and son, Larry.
Clynell retired from Appling General Hospital in 1993. Being unable to “sit still” after retirement, she chose to stay busy both mentally and physically. She completed classes in Peoples Law and basic use of computers. She also returned to work on a part-time basis as an intervenious nurse for several insurance companies and as office nurse for Dr. Thomas Williams, Urologist, and Dr. Cennerly, county medical examiner. She also worked part-time as a school nurse in the local elementary schools.
Clynell was hardworking,loving and a true woman of strength. She was a clear thinker and enjoyed giving, baking and especially fishing.
She made her transition from earth to glory on March 29, 2014.
In addition to her children, she is also survived by eight grandchildren, David (Inez) Bell of Ohio, Christopher Bell of Sumter, SC, Lawrence (Christina) Fredrick of Baxley, Sonja Maxwell of Newton, Kim (Horace) Roberts of Douglasville, Rodney Maxwell, Jr. of Baxley, Justin (Katherine) Bell of Rock Hill, SC and Bryson Bell of Bluffton, SC; one sister, Lorene Jackson of Baxley; one brother, Donald (Ellen Faye) Jackson of Rivera Beach, FL; nine great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Arrangements were under the direction of Baxley Funeral Home.