Veteran Theartis “Artis” Bell was born on September 16, 1947 in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia to the late Mr. Oscar Bell, Jr. and Mrs. Mattie Pearl (Hayes) Bell. He was the fourth of sixteen children, which included four sets of fraternal twins. Two siblings preceded him in death, Mr. Willie James Bell and Veteran Jerome “Rome” Bell. He accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age and attended various churches at home and abroad throughout his life.


           Theartis received his education in the public schools of Sumter County, Georgia. After completing high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and actively served his country for 16 years. While in the Air Force, he completed Leadership & Law Enforcement training. He served as a Sergeant and police officer during his years of service. His years of service allowed him to travel to numerous places including Thailand and Great Britain. 


           Upon being honorably discharged from the United States Air Force, Theartis went to work for the State of Georgia. He worked as a Correctional Officer with Lee State Prison and Juvenile Counselor with Sumter County Youth Detention Center until his retirement from the State of Georgia in October 2007.


           Theartis was a constant student of life and believed in continuing his education. Examples of this include completing coursework in Brick Masonry and Carpentry, obtaining his Commercial Driver’s License, becoming a licensed real estate broker, as well as taking various business management courses to help in his entrepreneurial endeavors. He also instilled those values into his children.


           He was an avid fan of news and current events, and enjoyed frequent discussions on worldly topics. He was known for his infectious smile and sense of humor, and seldom, if ever did you not find a smile on his face. He enjoyed imparting his wisdom and knowledge with others. He always encouraged those around him to be the best version of themselves. He was also an active member of the American Legion for over 11 years.


           Theartis leaves to cherish his memories: two daughters, Mrs. Adrienne Bell (Douglas) Bembry, Hampton, GA, Mrs. Crystal Bell (Monteous) Cheely, Kernersville, NC and one son, Mr. Christopher “Ryan” Bell, Greensboro, NC;  five grandchildren: Ashleigh Reynolds (Jerhvon “J.T.”) Pearman, Duluth, GA, Kennedy Alexander “Alex” Reynolds, Hampton, GA, Kendall and Karson Cheely, Kernersville, NC, Christopher “Tyler” Bell, Greensboro, NC; two great grandchildren: Aamir and Azariah (“A.J.”) Pearman; thirteen loving siblings: Mr. Eddie James (Johnnie Mae) Bell, Americus, GA, Ms. Dorothy Cooper, Jacksonville, FL, Mr. Oscar Lee (Mary) Bell, Mr. Thomas (Betty) Bell, Mrs. Mamie (L.C.) McGrady, Mrs. Fannie (Cleveland) Mann, all of Americus, GA, Mrs. Jeanette (Emanuel) Watts, Albany, GA, Mrs. Geneva (Milton) Terry, Ms. Ina Hurley, Mr. Homer Bell, Mr. Horace Bell, Mr. Dennis Bell, and Mr. David (Patricia) Bell, all of Americus, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.










The Timeless Tribute for Vet. Bell is not available.