ROCKY MOUNT - Blanton Curtis Bell, age 97, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Born in Franklin County on December 29, 1921, he was the son of the late Joseph Hillard Bell and Lena Mary Denton Bell. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Murray Bell; brothers, Sidney, Homer, Preston, and Ted; and sisters, Pearline, Peggy, Mazine, and Rachel.
He is survived by his children, Jerry Bell and wife, Lynn, of Charleston, SC, Greta Cunningham of Rocky Mount, and Michael Bell and wife, Elaine, of Chocowinity; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and brother, Charlie Bell, of Morrisville.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home & Cremation Services with Rev. Ron E. Brisson officiating. Burial will follow the service at Rocky Mount Memorial Park. Visitation with the family will be from 1 - 1:45 p.m. prior to the service in the Atrium of Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home.