Isaac 'Mickey" Walter Bell was called to join his parents and The Bell elders on August 27, 2019. Mr. Bell was born on March 21, 1928 in New York City to William Harry Bell and Alice Cook. He was called "Mickey" as a young child and for all of this life. He was sent to Columbia, South Carolina from the big city most summers to visit under the watchful eye of his beloved Grandmother, Estella, and his feisty Aunt Corrie Bell Missouri.
Mickey left Samuel Gumpers Vocational High School in The Bronx to join the Army in 1946. More than 20 years of military service followed and included deployments to Japan and Korea. An only child, Mickey found life-long "brothers" in the Army. He earned the rank of Master Sergeant and after military service he settled in Baltimore, Maryland. Later he moved to Columbia to join his extensive family. He worked several years for the State of South Carolina.
Most who met Mickey became his friend. He liked to share his stories about time in the service and about his numerous road trips. He cherished vintage cars. He loved jazz music. He will be remembered for his vocal renditions from church choir to club gigs. His daughter recalls her lullaby was "Polka Dots and Moonbeams." At 90 years old,
he was invited to join the Carl Payne Big Band. He was overjoyed to share his vocal stylings with audiences once again.
Over the years, Mickey attended Zion Canaan Baptist Church. He was a supporter of the Bell Memorial Chapel. He was a proud co-founder of the 76th/933rd AAA (AW) Battalions Association.
Mr. Bell is survived by his three children, Cynthia Misao Bell (Gene) Gardner, Michael Walter Bell, and Dakar Antonio (Brenda) Bell; his grandchildren, Kenya Holmes, Larik Dais, Ayana Bell, Chonan Bell, Forest Woods-Bell, Sterling Woods-Bell, Kenya Bell, Davon Bell and his great-grandchildren Mikaela Messer, Jalen Robinson, Jaiel Robinson, Nicholas Dais, Ashton Dais, Dain Dais, Aniyah Bell, Chonan Bell Jr, Caden Bell, and Erin Bell. He is also survived by many cousins.
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