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Monday, March 08 2021
Arvin Bonaparte Bell, Jr.

Posted by: Clarke and Staples Funeral Homes AT 08:57 pm   |  Permalink   |  31 Comments  |  Email
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know I am thinking about ya'll and praying for you. My sincere sympathy to all of you!
Posted by Ginna Wilson on 03/12/2021 - 11:42 AM
Was so sorry to see your brother's death Anita. May God be with you and all your family in the months ahead without him. Lots of love from my home to yours
Posted by Barbara H Hudson on 03/12/2021 - 01:56 PM
Sorry to hear about Arvin. Hope to rest of the family is doing well.
Posted by Randy King on 03/12/2021 - 01:59 PM
So very sorry. Thoughts and prayers! May God comfort you. Betsy
Posted by Betsy Newcomb Long on 03/12/2021 - 02:20 PM
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Linda & Louie Love on 03/12/2021 - 02:57 PM
Sorry for your loss. Sending my condolences & prayers to the family & friends. Arvin will be missed by many. He was a nice gentleman.
Posted by Nancy Setzer Crenshaw on 03/12/2021 - 03:13 PM
To the family of Arvin Bell Jr. Right now you all are going through a storm in your life with the loss of Arvin it is alright to Cry, wonder why and Be angry . Those are feelings so don't hold them in . Read John 6:15-21 talks about the storm God is always there for us . You all are in my Thoughts and Prayers always .
Posted by Marilyn Karins Stade on 03/12/2021 - 03:16 PM
I have very fond memories of Arvin and his bananas! What a wonderful example of a great man! We are all blessed to have had him touch our lives.
Posted by Jeannie Sterner on 03/12/2021 - 07:26 PM
Sincere condolences and prayers for family and friends. A.B. was a special person with many talents. He will be missed.
Posted by Bernard Tisdale on 03/12/2021 - 07:34 PM
Rest in eternal peace Mr. Bell.
Posted by Larry Bagley on 03/12/2021 - 08:49 PM
He was such a sweet soul! I can see my friends reunited, George and Arvin!
Posted by Mary Pat Johnson on 03/13/2021 - 12:44 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Mr Bell he was our bus driver and just a really nice person will be truly missed. Prayers to the family. God bless 🙏
Posted by Theresa Ryals Ellis on 03/13/2021 - 05:45 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Mr Bell he was our bus driver and just a really nice person will be truly missed. Prayers to the family. God bless 🙏
Posted by Theresa Ryals Ellis on 03/13/2021 - 05:49 AM
I am so sorry to hear the sad news of AB's passing. Please know that your family will be in my thoughts & prayers.
Posted by Kay Dennis on 03/13/2021 - 12:01 PM
Mr. Bell was my former teacher and bus driver and later my coworker. A very nice gentleman. My condolences to the family.
Posted by Crystal Tisdale Jones on 03/15/2021 - 06:51 AM
Sorry for your loss, Mr.Bell was my bus driver,and my daughter. He was a wonderful person
Posted by Alice Maddux on 03/15/2021 - 06:52 AM
To the family, my deepest condolences, and I am praying for the family. Such a sweet person.
Posted by Tina Davis on 03/15/2021 - 08:43 AM
Sorry to hear of your lost, prayers are sent your way. I was able to pass accounting in college because of Mr. Bell. I took his class in high school which prepared me to be successful. I always had tremendous respect for Mr. Bell as a man and teacher.
Posted by George Coles on 03/15/2021 - 09:06 AM
So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you.
Posted by Haynie and Shirley Hite on 03/15/2021 - 12:33 PM
Mr. Bell was my former teacher. He was a kind hearted teacher and person. My condolences to the family and his friends.
Posted by Sheila Tisdale Blackwell on 03/15/2021 - 02:15 PM
May God continue to comfort your hearts.
Posted by Shannon Lambert on 03/15/2021 - 05:21 PM
Prayers for the family. He was a nice teacher and person.
Posted by Becky Seneker on 03/15/2021 - 06:36 PM
Mr. Bell my primary,elementary bus #21 driver was a very humble man which I along with many respected dearly. My condolences to the entire Bell family.
Posted by Kimberly Jennings on 03/15/2021 - 09:33 PM
Mr. Belk always had a smile for everyone and took the extra time to help you in class. He was an amazing teacher and a very nice person. My condolences to the family
Posted by Francine Thomas on 03/16/2021 - 07:48 AM
I am.sorry for your loss I was one of his students back in the day he was a good man and great teacher. He will be missed. My sister Becky Barker also sends her condolences she also knew Mr. Bell.
Posted by melissa sherrill on 03/16/2021 - 01:20 PM
My condolence to the family.
Posted by Shirley Robertson Lee on 03/16/2021 - 01:38 PM
Sorry to hear. He was a nice man. Heartfelt sympathy to his family.
Posted by Mike Pettry on 03/16/2021 - 06:02 PM
My prayers go out to you and your family during your time of loss.
Posted by Falicia Robertson on 03/17/2021 - 11:10 PM
I was very saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and former colleague. Arvin and I worked together at Central High for many years. He was a wonderful teacher and inspiration to all those he met. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by Jewell Widgins on 03/18/2021 - 10:53 AM
We are so sorry for your loss. We extend our prayers and sympathy to your family at this time.
Posted by Ronald and Anita Mattox on 03/18/2021 - 01:46 PM
Anita and Norma Jean, I was so saddened to hear of AB's passing. After reading his obituary, I fully realize how multi-talented and intelligent he was all during his life. His family will surely miss him, but I pray the memories will endure.
Posted by Janice Cumbea Martin on 04/08/2021 - 01:30 PM

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Arvin Bonaparte Bell, Jr., 75, of Kenbridge, Virginia, passed away March 8, 2021. He was the son of the late Arvin B. Bell, Sr. and Doris Jean Womack Bell. He is survived by his sister, Anita Bell Montgomery; his twin sister, Norma Jean Bell Tisdale and her husband Michael A. Tisdale; nephews, Harry S. “Sheff” Montgomery, III (Laura) and Arvin “Vin” B. Montgomery (Ann); nieces, Jennifer Tisdale Green (Jonathan) and Heather Tisdale Massingill (John); great-nieces and great-nephews, Grace Montgomery, Harry Montgomery, Sutton Montgomery, Bryn Montgomery, Landon Green, and  Megan Massingill.  At the age of 16, the Superintendent of Lunenburg County Schools asked A.B. to drive a school bus route. He agreed and drove until he graduated from Victoria High School. When he began his teaching career, he continued to drive a school bus route for many years.  

Arvin was a 1967 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelors of Science in Business majoring in Business Education. A Dean’s List Student, he was presented the Samuel T. Isaac award in business education in his junior year, based on his scholarship, leadership, and character. He was a past president of the Tech Chapter of Pi Omega Pi, honorary business fraternity; a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the honorary society of the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Virginia; and was presented the Award of Merit from the National Business Association and the National Association of Business Teacher Education in 1967. In 1975, he earned a Masters of Science from Longwood College.  

Arvin was a Guidance Director and Business Teacher at Central High School of Lunenburg for 38 years. He enjoyed working with and assisting his students. He was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Lunenburg County Band Program. He also served his country as a member of the 684th Ordnance Company (DS), Virginia Army National Guard, Blackstone, Virginia. 

His passion in life was capturing and documenting family memories through photography, videography, and scanning old photographs. He enjoyed composing music and writing lyrics. His music won several awards including one from France. In 1983, using the recording name of John Silvercloud, he wrote, performed, and recorded an album called Running Free. His favorite musical compositions were special wedding songs he wrote for his nephews and nieces. Arvin enjoyed traveling across the United States, Canada, Northern Europe, the British Isles, and the Caribbean Islands. On a personal note, the traveling he enjoyed the most was going to visit family, whom he loved dearly. He enjoyed entertaining his nephews, nieces, great-nieces, and great-nephews by teasing them, performing magic tricks, and taking them on adventures. Uncle A.B. always had a joke. 

At his request, services will be private. Contributions in Arvin B. Bell, Jr.’s memory can be made to the charity of your choice. Clarke Funeral Home in Kenbridge, Virginia, is in charge of the arrangements. 

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