Birdie Lee Bell
Birdie Lee Bell was born February 13, 1948, in Caruthersville, MO to Clyde and Willie Mae Beard. She graduated from Washington High School. She was employed with Caruthersville Head Start for more than 32 years, where she touched the lives of many children and families throughout the area. After leaving Head Start her career did not stop, she went on to mentor and assist with raising children of students she taught. Birdie’s home was always welcoming and full of love. She helped raise more children than she birthed.
Birdie was baptized at an early age at Mount Caramel Missionary Baptist Church, where she confessed a life in Christ. She loved the Lord and leaned on Him heavily throughout her sickness.
Birdie loved people and people loved her back. Everyone in town knew who she was and respected her to the utmost. She never met a stranger and you could find none that had anything negative to say about her and the life she lived. She would give her last to anyone in need. She loved to travel with her family, family reunions (she never missed one and always insisted that her family would be present), and spending time with her grandchildren. Her grandchildren were her Pride and Joy. She was their “granny!”
Birdie departed this life on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at Dyersburg Hospital West Tenn Healthcare. To her children, family and friends, it a life gone to soon.
To cherish her memories, Birdie leaves behind four beautiful and heart-broken children, Paula Watkins (Kippy) of Memphis, TN, Thomas Bell of Germantown, TN, First Lady Fredia Mitchell (Presiding Bishop Frederick Mitchell) of Chicago, IL, and Lamonte Bell (Jennifer) of Caruthersville, MO, four special grandchildren that she loved so dearly, Chaz Watkins, Lamonte Bell, Jr., Jayla Watkins, and Taylan Bell; one remaining aunt Daisy Harrell of Jackson, MI; one sister-in-law Willie Lee Harrison-Beard; special niece Juanita Bradley of Portland, OR that called to check on her often, special family and friend Ruby Dawson whom she spoke with daily; special family and friend Angela “Starr” Russell whom she loved like a daughter; five special children that she called her “babies”, and had a stint in their upbringing, Jackson Holder, Trevor and Travis Winchester, Amelia Prater-Jones, and Kaitlyn Maclin; two special young ladies that called her auntie, Sheila and Shirley, that checked on her daily and house watched when she was out of town; many loving nieces, nephews, family, and friends. She will be missed dearly by everyone.
Birdie was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Willie Mae Beard, her son Rodney Bell, her husband, Tommy Lee Bell, her only sister, Dorothy James and four brothers, John Henry Hill, David Beard, Earnest Bell, and Clyde Beard. They are now together again.