In loving memory of our dear father and friend, Rev. Johnny Fitchgerald Bell Sr., who was a great father, awesome brother and devoted friend to all who knew him. We are here today to pay our tribute and our respect to a man of God, our brother, Johnny Fitchgerald Bell Sr. Not only have people from this congregation and community gathered, but many people have come… Christians who have respected Rev. Johnny Bell Sr. as a man of God, and have loved him as a friend. To know Johnny Bell Sr. was to love him! Not only have we sensed our own personal feelings of loss over our beloved Rev. Bell’s passing, but our hearts have been drawn toward them and will continue to be with them. We would be less than honest if we said that our hearts have not ached over this situation. We are not too proud to acknowledge that we have come here today trusting that God would comfort our hearts and give us strength as we continue in our walk with Him. We are going to move beyond the tears. We are going to move beyond our questions… because the Holy Spirit is here today to comfort and strengthen each and every heart! And he will continue to be with us as we continue to live for God. The measure of a life is not in its duration but in its donation. When we think of Johnny Bell Sr. donations… what he contributed… what he invested… we have much to be thankful for!!! Consider the investments of love and devotion that he made in his marriage with Debra Reese. Consider the investments of godliness and nurturing that Rev. Johnny Bell Sr. made with into the lives of his children and grandchildren. Consider the investments of the Word of God that he made into the lives of so many people… not only members of his church, but all of the people, including ministers, that he poured his life into. Let me say again that “The measure of a life is not in its duration, but in its donation. Later this day, when all the words have been spoken, when all the songs have been sung, we will stand at the graveside and commit the body of our friend, Rev Johnny Bell Sr. to the keeping of this earth until the coming of the Lord, and we will commit his soul into the loving hands of the God he served… bringing an end to the final chapter of his earthly life. But it will not be the end of his story, because the memory of his life and the influence of his life remains. Because Rev. Johnny Bell Sr. committed his life to God and the work of God, He was energized by a power greater than this natural world understands. Philippians 1:21, 23
Rev. Johnny Fitchgerald Bell Sr. will be truly missed by a host of relatives and friends.
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