Kerry Lee (Termite) Bell, 81, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 7:45 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where he had been residing since December 23, 2016.
Termite was born May 26, 1935, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Roy Glendon and Wanda Mae Spencer Bell and lived most of his life in this community.
Before his retirement, he owned and operated Bell’s Shell Service Station for over 50 years.
He was a veteran of the United States Army and served as grand marshal of the 2016 Fayette County Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade.
Termite was preceded in death by his wife, the former Janet Marie Jarnigan, on April 16, 2007; by three brothers, Joe, Billy and Danny Bell; a sister, Roianne Dawes; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bert and Sam Anders and a sister-in-law, Irene Smith.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Crystal and Mike Mickle and Jennifer and Tommy West; all of Washington Court House; two grandsons, Kerry Mickle and his wife, Beth, and Sam Mickle; a step grandson, George Spellman; a brother, Dale Bell of Washington Court House; two sisters, Judy Smith of Greenfield and Beverly Hamilton of Washington Court House and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held at the funeral home Monday from 3-7 p.m.
The funeral was held Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Paul Wickensimer offered a memorial tribute.
Pallbearers for the burial in Washington Cemetery were Butch Witherspoon, David Brown, Brandon Self, Alan Anschutz, Johnny Peters and D.J. Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers were Kerry and Sam Mickle, Tony and Bret Hamilton and Paul Wickensimer.
Complete military honors were bestowed by the Honor Guard of Fayette County. The flag of the United States Army veteran was folded by Charles “Buck” Harris and Eddie Fisher and was presented to Termite’s daughter, Crystal Mickle. Members of the honor guard were Chuck Snyder, James Thayer, Cecil Ratliff, Tom Slager, Cliff Puckett, Glenn Rankin and Mike Curl with Bill Foody serving as commander. Stephen Zastrow sounded Taps.
.Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette County, Inc., 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.