Reverend Dr. Peter Bell, Jr., age 102 of Hamlet Chapel Rd., transitioned into eternal rest on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC.
Reverend Dr. Peter Bell, Jr. was born in Chatham County on July 9, 1918, to the late Peter Bell, Sr. and his wife Connie. He was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
Rev. Bell was educated at Horton High School. After which, he served in the United States Army during World War II; after returning home he was employed by Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company in Durham, NC until his retirement.
He was a member of Hamlet’s Chapel C.M.E Church when he received his call into the ministry. There, he helped establish the Youth Church, taught the Young Men’s Sunday School class, was a member of the Male Chorus, the Usher Board, and worked with the weekly praise and bible study sessions.
In 1965, he continued his ministry at Pittsboro Church of God where he served as Pastor for 47 years. There, he was also involved in ministering to the incarcerated and the outreach ministry at The Laurels of Chatham. He loved his church, the members, and preaching the word of God.
In 1997 he was so proud to receive an honorary doctorate making him “Reverend Dr”.
Rev. Bell was well known in the community where he was involved with the NAACP, JOCCA, The Salvation Army, Chatham County Democratic Party, The Cora Food Bank and a Habitat Volunteer. He also served as Treasurer of the North Carolina Ministerial and Campground Association.
After his discharge from the Army, he married Junior “June” Gray Hadley. They were blessed with a daughter, Debrah (Bell) Reed, and later a son in law Will and grandson Jordan.
Several years after the passing of his wife June, he met and married Alice Rochelle. They were married for 46 years. They were blessed with a son, Timothy, daughter in law Avis, two granddaughters, Jessica and Natalie, and a grandson, Nicholas.
He was a very humble man who loved and honored God and his family.
He loved telling his family stories from his youth and about his experiences in Europe during WWII.
He was loved and he will be missed.
And so we celebrate his 102 years on earth, What a life!
His, was a LIFE well LIVED.
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