Violet Peterson Bell, age 94, of Kings Mountain, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Stanford.
Born Tuesday, May 6, 1919 in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late Elmer E. and Emily Wall Peterson. She was the widow of the late John L. Bell. Mrs. Bell was a member of Kings Mountain Christian Church, where she taught Sunday School and served as pianist for more than 40 years.
Mrs. Bell had a long and distinguished career as an educator, which began when her sister, Julia Ann, taught in a one-room school in Lincoln County and became ill. Mrs. Bell, at the age of 15, substituted for Julia Ann during her illness. Her career culminated as an English teacher at Memorial High School in Kings Mountain and later at Lincoln County High School. Mrs. Bell was a member of the Lincoln County
Retired Teachers Association and the Logan Whitley Chapter of the DAR.
She also served as a newspaper correspondent in the 1950s, and again following the death of her sister, Julia Ann, in 2008. Mrs. Bell and Julia Ann loved to travel and took numerous trips oversees to the Middle East, China, and Europe. In later years, they confined their travels to short trips to view the fall foliage.
Surviving family members include Jim Long (Gini) of Powell, Ohio and their three sons, Michael Long (Gina) of Huston, Texas, Patrick Long (Beth) of Columbus, Ohio, and Brian Long of Powell, Ohio; and Patricia Long of South Euclid, Ohio.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Sharon Bell; one sister, Julia Ann Peterson; and an infant brother.
A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Kings Mountain Christian Church with Bro. David Gambrel officiating the service.
Burial will follow in Double Springs Cemetery.
Patrick Long, Shannon Hatter, Larry Fight, Richard Jones, Wade Watts, TJ Hill, and Eddie Singleton will serve as active pallbearers. Michael Long, Brian Long, Darrell Story, Jim Taylor, and former students of Mrs. Bell will serve as honorary pallbearers.
A visitation will be held 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014 at Fox Funeral Home. A second visitation will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday until service time at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions suggested to Kings Mountain Christian Church, PO Box 93, Kings Mountain, Ky., 40442; Lincoln County Educational Fund, PO Box 423, Stanford, Ky., 40484; or Double Springs Cemetery Fund, c/o Betty Estes, 865 Ky. 3267, Waynesburg, Ky., 40489.
Fox Funeral Home, Stanford, is entrusted with Mrs. Bell’s arrangements.
Guestbook at www.barnettdemrowandfox.com.
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