Jefferson Charles Bell

Jefferson Charles (J.C.) Bell, 93, passed away February 10, 2021 after a life of great work, service, travel and family. Even though heís been taken from this world, the memory of his love and support lives on.

J.C. was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on June 15, 1927. His parents were Harry and Edith Walton Bell.

He attended Hattiesburg High School, leaving one year prior to graduation to enlist in the US Navy. Upon discharge, he attended the University of Mississippi with a major in business administration. He then enrolled in the University of Mississippi School of Law, graduating in 1954. During law school, he was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and also served as president of his senior law class.

J.C. practiced law in Hattiesburg for many years and served as city judge as well as prosecutor during his career. He was named Chapter 13 Trustee in 1980 and served in this position until his retirement in 2019, just a month shy of his 92nd birthday. He truly loved his work and considered his staff family.

He and his wife, Widgie were enthusiastic and intrepid explorers, traveling to a myriad of international destinations. They sought out unusual and challenging locales, even finding themselves in Pakistan during the 9/11 attacks.

He will be warmly remembered for his kindness, generosity and honesty. He will be also remembered for his intellect, as well as his quick and entertaining wit.

J.C. is preceded in death by his wife, Mary B (Widgie) Bell and his brother, Harry Homer Bell, Jr. Hs is survived by his daughters, Meredith Bell of Atlanta and Susan Bell of New Orleans.

Graveside service will be held at Roseland Cemetery in Hattiesburg (1202 W 7th Street) at 130pm on February 23. Following the service, the family would like to welcome you to a reception at 126 Mandalay Drive in Hattiesburg.

The family would like to give special thanks to our fatherís caregivers, Salena Stewart, Doris Neel, Elizabeth Burger and others during his time of need.

Hulett-Winstead of Hattiesburg (<>)will be handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg (4901 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39402) or a charity of your choice.