James Joseph “Jimmy Joe” Bell was born in Morenci, Arizona on November 11th, 1944 to Marion and Ada Jane Bell. He lived in the Duncan area his whole life and was known for his ability to fix just about any engine. Jim met his life-long love, Orpha, in 1966. They married in October of 1969. Four children joined their family in the following years.
Jimmy in 1970, Beth in 1972, Becky in 1974 and Andy in 1977. After his health issues led to Jim’s retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids and passing his knowledge of mechanics on to the next generation. Jim went to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on March 11th, 2019.
He is survived by his loving wife, Orpha. His children Jimmy (Rhonda) Bell of Pima, Beth (James) Morgan of Duncan, Becky (Lewis) Booth of Duncan and Andy Bell of Clifton. He is also survived by 8 Grandchildren; Cris Morgan, Mike Morgan, Jamie Bell, Logan Bell, Shayla McBiles, Travis Tipton, Brittany Malo, and Dakota Morgan and 6 great grandchildren; Ryett McBiles, Bristyl McBiles, Oaklyn McBiles, Killian Malo, Garen Malo and Claudia Morgan.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents Marion & Ada Jane Bell.
Funeral services for James will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the 1st Baptist Church in Duncan at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Brad Boyd conducting. Interment will be in the Duncan Cemetery following services.
Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory. Online condolences may be extended at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com.