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John "J. B." Bell Jr. '53 January 31, 2024 5:03 PM updated: January 31, 2024 5:14 PM

John B. "J.B." Bell, Jr. 

October 16, 1931 - July 28, 2023 

John B. Bell, Jr., known affectionately to all as JB, passed away peacefully in his hometown of Austin, Texas on July 28, 2023. Born on October 16, 1931, to the late JB and Katherine Bell, JB lived a life marked by dedication, love, and generosity.

JB's early life was steeped in the rich culture of Austin, where he was born and raised alongside his two brothers, Jack and Tommy, both of whom predeceased him.

After graduating from Austin High School, JB pursued his higher education at Texas A&M University, where he was a proud member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, graduating with the class of '53. His intelligence and work ethic were apparent early on, leading to his successful career as an accountant.

Following his graduation, JB served his country with honor in the US Army. His service laid a foundation of discipline and commitment that he carried throughout his life. After his military service, he made his foray into the corporate world, being hired right out of A&M by Featherlite Corporation. His professional life was marked by the same integrity and diligence that defined him as a person.

In 1953, JB married the love of his life, Marilyn, and together they raised two wonderful daughters, Kathy, (Mark Bowers), and Karen, (Tommy Jackson). JB was a loving husband and father, always putting his family first. His love extended to his grandchildren, Jennifer (Danny Lopez), Kelsey Wages (Chris Wages), Karley Jackson, and TJ Jackson, and great-grandchildren, Alejandro Lopez and Witt Wages. JB's love for his family was boundless, and he was always there for them, offering support, wisdom, and a warm smile.

JB's interests reflected his love for the outdoors and his Texan roots. He was an ardent fan of Fightin' Texas Aggie Football, often cheering on his beloved team with family and friends. His love for adventure took him to the great outdoors, where he enjoyed saltwater game fishing, deer, and turkey hunting. His culinary interests were distinctly Texan, with BBQ, with ribs being his favorite as well as traditional interior Mexican food, with Fonda San Miguel being his favorite restaurant and very near and dear to his heart.

JB was known for his generosity, always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. His intelligence was evident in his successful career and his insightful conversations. Yet, it was his loving nature that truly defined him. JB had a heart full of love for his family, friends, and community. He treated everyone with kindness and respect, leaving a lasting impact on all who had the privilege of knowing him.

JB is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, and extended family members, all of whom he held dear. He was a central figure in the family, always ready with a kind word and a comforting presence. His loss will be deeply felt by all his family and the numerous Aggies he cherished.

JB Bell, Jr. lived a life of service, love, and dedication. His legacy will live on in the hearts of those he touched with his kindness and generosity. His life was a testament to the values he held dear - family, service, and community. He will be deeply missed, but his indomitable spirit will continue to inspire all who knew him.

Please join us in celebrating JB's remarkable life at Harrell Funeral Home, 1715 Kirby, Kyle, Texas, on Saturday, August 12th, 2023 with a time of visitation from 12:00 pm until 1:30 pm followed immediately by his Celebration of Life service at 1:30 pm. If you are unable to attend and wish to live stream JB's service or wish to share a memory, please go to where JB's memorial page can be found under the obituaries tab.

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