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Leonard Thomas Bell, 79

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Leonard Thomas Bell, 70, Columbia, KY, died Sunday, September 11, 2005, at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, KY, from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Visitation will be after 3:00 p.m., Central/4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Friday, September 16, 2005, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2418 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY.

The funeral is at 1:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Saturday, September 17, 2005, at Campbellsville Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Forrest Lawn Cemetery, Columbia, KY.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Hodgenville, where he had served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons and Minister of Music. He was Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Perryville, KY; First Baptist Church of Danville, KY; Zion District Association of Baptists Corresponding Secretary for the South District Asociation; Lindsey Wilson Gospel Choir Music Director, a member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, and a Korean War veteran.Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Winfrey Bell, Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • Four sons: Michael Bell (Joyce); Barry Bell and Thomas Bell (Christine), both of Hodgenville, KY; and Phillip Evans of Indianapolis, IN

  • Three daughters: Shirl Bell Wooten (Tyrone) of Hodgenville, KY; Danitria Winfrey of Indianapolis, IN; and Ivy Winfrey of Columbia, KY

  • Two sisters: Joann Hancock and Wanda English, both of Louisville, KY

  • And seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren
Buchanan-Robinson & Percell Funeral Home of Campbellsville, KY, is in charge of arrangements.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Katrina Relief Fund at Lincoln National Bank in the name of Leonard T. Bell.

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Remembering Leonard Bell

2005-09-13 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy of Bell family. The Adair County performing arts scene lost a giant, a community treasure, when Leonard Bell was killed in an automobile accident Sunday morning, September 11, 2005, in Lincoln County, KY. Mr. Bell taught music to hundreds of students all over Central Kentucky. He was an incomparable choir director, who organized and directed the Lindsey Wilson College Gospel Choir, the Adair County Community Workshop Choir, and similar choirs in other small towns. As a personal performer, it was said he was better than Ray Charles.
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