Ruth Courtney Josey Bell, 87, widow
of Claude Caldwell Bell, died on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at her home.
Born in LeeCounty, she was a daughter of the late
Charles Wilson Josey Sr. and Jessie Lee Brown Josey. Mrs. Bell was a lifelong
member of BethanyBaptistChurch. She attended the Julliard School
of Music in New York City; graduated from LimestoneCollege in 1948 with a degree in music; and
received her master's degree from CokerCollege. She taught music at LamarHigh School. She retired from the Sumter County
Department of Social Services as district director. Mrs. Bell was an active
board member of CentralCarolinaTechnicalCollege. She was a member of Daughters of
the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the
Bishopville Music Club. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern
Star and the Lee County Arts Council Board.
Survivors include two sisters, Naomi
J. Gammon of Sumter and Abbie J. Harrelson (Harvey) of Chapin; and a number of nieces
She was preceded in death by her
daughter, Courtney Ann Bell; two brothers, Dendy Kyle
Josey and Charles Wilson "Wofford" Josey
Jr.; and two sisters, Juanita Esther DuBose and
Jessie Wilson Hill.
Funeral services will be held at on Monday at BethanyBaptistChurch with the Rev. Dr. James Chandler
officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from
to on Sunday at Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Bethany
Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Fred Sandy, 2600 Racoon
Road, Mayesville, SC29104.
Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of
Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.