- June 9, 1923 - January 24, 2013
- Kingston, Tennessee
of Beecher's Passing
American Heart Association
4708 Papermill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37909
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“He was one of the best history teachers I have ever had! He could have chosen to teach at a larger university any where in the world and yet he...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Mark L Thornton - Kingston, TN
“In Remembrance of my Uncle Beecher, Altho I did not have the opportunity to see him as often as I would have like, I did know him and loved him. I...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Sonja Lee McDonald Blancke - UT
“Beecher and Mary were special people and will be greatly missed. I met Beecher through Mary. Mary was the founder of the Southwest Point Chapter DAR ...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Jerry and Bobbe Honey - Kingston, TN
“A wonderful teacher and a great human being.
4 of 20 | Posted by: Alice Smith Mullenix - Madison, AL
“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Bell. I haven't lived in Kingston for 30+ years, but Mr. Bell is an important part of my high school...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Dawn Walls Diehl - Louisville, KY
“One of my most memorable high school teachers. He was the only one that ever made history interesting to me.
My condolences, Cindy.
6 of 20 | Posted by: Dennis Judd - Near Atlanta, GA
“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. You were an awesome teacher!
7 of 20 | Posted by: Leah McMillan Larkin - McEwen, TN
“Hard to say farewell to such a treasure... Prayers and thoughts to the family.. Always good words were spoken if his name was in the sentence. He...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Stephanie Castle - Kingston, TN
“Mr.Bell was a great teacher, relating his life experiences to history, and just an all around exceptionally nice person. So sorry for your loss.
9 of 20 | Posted by: Sara Jane Tinker (Jane Stepp) - TN
“Cindy & DanI am so sorry for your loss but know you will relish all the memories of your dad.
10 of 20 | Posted by: Valorie Maner - Knoxville, TN
“My brother was a good man and from "the greatest generation". Will miss you brother. Was so proud of you. Will always remember you following me with...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: George Bell - Las Vegas, NV
“Dear Cindy & Danny,
Carol and I will always hold Beecher (and Mary) in a special place in our hearts. They were among our most faithful members of...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: George & Carol Dilworth - TN
I don't guess I have ever seen a picture of your Dad, but I see you in his smile. I love the name "Beecher". Is it a family name?
You are in...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Susan Bradley - Franklin, TN
“Mr. Bell was a great teacher, I had him at RCHS in 1974. May he Rest in Peace.
14 of 20 | Posted by: Pam Cook Eblen - Kingston, TN
“Cindy we are sorry we will not be there for the services since we are in Florida for 3 months. However we will keep the entire family in our prayers....Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Mary and Monty Montgomery - TN
“I had Mr. Bell as a history teacher in high school. He could tell some stories about the war and how it related to our life. He was a great...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Terisa Liles Goebel - Lenoir City, TN
“I'm so saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Bell. He was such a nice man and an awesome teacher! The family will be in my prayers.
17 of 20 | Posted by: Angela Long Nelson - Kingston, TN
“I have many fond memories of Mr. Bell. Have thought of him often throughout the years. My condolences to his family. He was a fine man and will be...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Barbara Ragsdale Salmons - TN
“I remeber all those mornings in homeroom and history calss and going to the Colonial getting his coffee. I will miss him.
19 of 20 | Posted by: Tammie Anderson Garner - Rockwood, TN
“So very sorry to hear of Mr. Bells passing ,Fond memories of history class @ RCHS .
20 of 20 | Posted by: Cynthia Brown Hamilton - TN
Beecher Bell, 89, of Kingston, died Thursday, January 24, 2013. Mr. Bell was born in Gobi, Tennessee, the son of Robert and Ida Mae Bell. His wife Mary Clemmer Bell preceded him in death. They were happily married for 64 years. Mr. Bell is survived by his children, Lycinda Bell McCormick of Brentwood, TN and Daniel B Bell (Anita); and grandchildren, Collin Bell, Emily Grace Bell, and Robert Tyler Bell of Coronado, CA; brother George Maurice Bell, and sister, Marion Bell Crane of Las Vegas, Nev. He was a member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Bell was a member of the US Army Air Corps during WWII, serving as a radio operator on board the B24, Flying Fortress. He completed 30 missions over Continental Europe and as a result of his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
At the conclusion of WWII, he attended the University of Tennessee where he earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. In 1959, he and his family moved to Kingston, Tennessee where he was employed as an administrator and long-time social studies teacher at Roane County High School. After retiring, his interests included genealogy, traveling with his wife, and following University of Tennessee sports.
He will be remembered for his humility and his good heart. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and a friend to many.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 7pm Monday January 28, 2013 at the Kyker Funeral Home in Kingston. Family and friends will gather at the Historic Bethel Cemetery, Kingston, Tennessee at 10:30 am on Tuesday, January 29th for a graveside service with Military Honors by the Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard. Memorial service will follow at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church at 3:00 pm Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association 4708 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN. 37909.