School 17

Melvin Bell

January 25, 1945 ~ April 2, 2020 (age 75)


Melvin Charles Bell, age 75, of Hodgenville, a native of Millerstown, passed away, Thursday, April 2, 2020, at his residence.


He worked for Rainbow Bread Company for 37 years, after retiring he became know as “Mr. Melvin” while he served as a custodian at Hodgenville Elementary School for 16 years. He had a reputation of always having a pocket full of candy for the school children.  Melvin loved taking care of the school and making sure that the children had a good environment in which to learn. He was highly involved in the community including taking care of the community center, baseball fields and the county fairgrounds. He was a member of Mount Tabor Baptist Church and a loving husband, father and grandfather.


Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Beulah Bell; two brothers, Kenneth and Jerry Lynn Bell and two sisters, Ruthene Priddy and Orene Crump.


He is survived by his beloved wife of 26 years, Sandy Bell; a sister, Imogene Lowery of Louisville; 11 sons and daughters, Lisa (Brian Green) Reidner of Hodgenville, Jerry (Susan) Bell of Lexington, David Bell of Elizabethtown, Nathan (Makayla Magee) Bell of Hodgenville, Emma (Tyler Brownfield) Bell of Hodgenville, Melissa (Finis Durrett) Tharp of Greensburg, Trish (Tony) Newton of Hodgenville, Jason England of Hodgenville, Brience (Alisha) Willian of Hodgenville, Kyle (Brandon Oldham) Willian of Elizabethtown, Leeann (Andrew) Cooper of Hebron; 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


In accordance with the governor’s mandate, instead of visitation at the funeral home you are invited to drive in front of Hodgenville Elementary School from 2 to 5 PM, Sunday, April 5. The family will be there to receive your condolences in the form of a handwave from the safety of your vehicle.


Private family graveside services will be held Sunday evening at Old Lone Oak Cemetery in Millerstown.


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Melvin Bell, please visit our floral store.


April 5, 2020

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Hodgenville Elementary School
Eagle Lane
Hodgenville, KY 42748

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