It is in Ecclesiastes that the dust returns to the ground from which it came, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, Mother Eula Mae Hurst Bell, journey from time to eternity was set in motion, fulfilling scriptures that were ordained before the world was formed. Reassurance can be found in knowing that her spirit has indeed returned to her loving father.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 12 noon at New Birth Christian Ministries in Tennille, Georgia. Interment will be in Dixon Grove COGIC cemetery, 2623 Dixon Grove Road, Tennille, Georgia. Senior Pastor Patrick Wilson, Sr. will officiate.
Eula Mae journey to this time and place began when she was born on August 17, 1924 to the parentage of the late Ula Hurst and Sunnie Darrisaw Hurst in Wrightsville, Georgia.
At the age of 16 on September 29, 1940, she married the late Willie Frank Bell and became the mother of nine children, four have preceded her in death: Wilmon Bell, Wille Pearl Bell, John Sterling Bell and Joseph Bell. Others who preceded her in death were one grandson Quartez Daniel, her siblings Marion Hurst, Sr., Alma Cason and Susie L. Brown; three sons-in-law, Willie Fred Bryant, Jermone Hall and Carl Hudson.
During Eula Mae’s childhood, she attended Samuel Grove Baptist Church, Zion Hope Baptist Church, Beech Grove AME and Bethesda Christian. After her marriage to Frank, Dixon Grove Church of God in Christ became her home for 58 years. However, in 1998, Mother Bell told her daughter Jean Arlie that in her quiet time with God it was time for a change and on March 28, 1998, she became a member of New Birth Christian Ministries where she served faithfully. Mother Bell was the oldest member of the church and as long as her knees allowed her, she served as an Usher/Greeter and in the Hospitality Department.
She worked at various job in Washington County and retired from Morrison Cafeteria within the Washington County Regional Medical Center..
In her spare time, Duke Ma enjoyed spending time with her family, preparing meals and conversation shared by immediate and extended family around her dining room table. She also loved the outdoors especially her flower bed or just sitting on the porch in her swing singing her favorite song “Let it be Real”. Her legacy is one of love, laughter and a life well lived. Mother Bell was an exceptional gift – truly God’s best.
Mother Bell leaves to cherish her memory five children: Louis Bell (Harriet), J.W. Bell, Charlie Mae Bryant, Stephanie V. Hudson, Jean Arlie Hall; three grandchildren that she reared as her own: Riotreski Bell, Nicholas Bell and Demetruis Tyrone Bell; one adopted son Arcephus Bell; one devoted daughter-in-law, June Swint Bell; one sister, Willie Ruth Merrell; one aunt, Odessa Thomas; one brother-in-law, Sam (Annie) Bell; 13 grandchildren: Ricky Bryant, Teresa Watkins (Garland), LaTasha Bryant Pearson (Gerald), Jacqueline Everett (Timothy), Antonio (Tony) Hurst, Rodney Brantley (Latonia), Leakie Bell-Wilson (Shelby), Jeremy Bell, Jakenna Brown, Duartez Daniel, Denise Spencer, Christopher Bell, Carnell Bell; 14 great grandchildren: Brandon Hurst, Cynekque Hurst, Brittany Hurst, Antonio Hurst, Jr., Kentravious Bell, Keegan Bell, Brianne Bell, Aliyha Bell, Sherrie Foreman (Marlow), Veronica Faison (Quentin), Timaya Everett, Racine Spencer, Celeste Spencer, Darryl Spencer; 15 great-great grandchildren: Latavia Brown, KeAsia Harper, Kaiden Hall, Dashton Hurst, Makayla Hurst, Myia Hurst, Adrea Hurst, Aiyalah Cobb, Alaysia Cobb, Jateese Spencer, Jatcese Spencer, Anthony Stowers, Dariona McCorkle, Trinty McCorkle, King Spencer; devoted cousins: Earlie Mae Fuller, Derrick Mosley and Lila P. London; several nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.
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