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Donald Ray (Buster) Bell

January 29, 1939 ~ December 30, 2021 (age 82)



Donald Ray (Buster) Bell, age 82 of Oneida, TN, passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, TN.  Born January 29, 1939, he was the son of the late Willard and Burnette Chitwood Bell.   

Buster grew up in CO-OP Kentucky. He entered the US Army in June of 1955 and became a part of the 11th Airborne division. He returned to the area, where he met and married his wife Susie in 1960. They spent several years in the Cincinnati area, where he started his family and career driving a bus. Before moving back to Oneida in 1973, he had started driving a truck. He continued in that career until this past January. He loved to drive and the many friends he made along the way. Buster was a member and served as an elder and deacon at the Oneida Church of Christ. He loved blue grass and meals with his family and spending time with all of his friends. He will be sorely missed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife:  Susie Mae (Wolford) Bell; brothers:  Earl and Conley Bell; sister:  Wanda Washington; and grandson:  Christopher Allen Bell.

Buster is survived by his siblings:  Anita Marler, Larry Bell, Georgia Brown, Brenda Eberle, Danny Bell, and Tim Bell; children:  Steven Ray Bell and wife Melinda, Gregory Allen Bell and wife Lisa, Kelly Ann Orick and husband Keith, Thomas Adam Bell and wife Catherine, and Jennifer Ann Woods and husband Mickey; grandchildren:  Bryan Orick and wife Tasha, Cameron Crabtree and wife Brittany, Chelsey Beets and husband David, Weston Bell, Brianna Allen and husband Trevor, Charlotte Bell, Joshua Orick, Logan Bell, Caroline Bell, and Samuel Bell;  great-grandchildren:  Jayden Orick, Brylan Orick, Topher Bell, Mya Crabtree, Cirilla Crabtree, Levi Crabtree, Bailey Crabtree, Aria Crabtree, Halle Beets, Haidyn Beets, and Blakely Allen; special friend:  Ann Kidd; and many other relatives and friends.

Friends may visit with the Bell family on Monday, January 3, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Leonard, and Johnny T. Polk, II officiating.

Masks are requested.

Following the funeral service, a private committal service will be held with full Military Honors conducted by the American Legion Post #136 of Oneida.

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