Howard Bell, 96, of Normal, passed away Monday (Jan. 7, 2019) at Heritage Health, Normal.
Howard was born Nov. 9, 1922, in Bloomington, a son of Harry and Blanch Lovelle Bell. They preceded him in death. He married Aretha Mae Sims in 1948, and Elaine Ruby Cooper in 1967. Both preceded him in death. He was also preceded by his sisters, Kathern Evans and Bernyce Taylor.
Surviving Howard are his son, Nathaniel L. (Carol) Sims, Bloomington; daughter, Farah Whitfield, Jacksonville, Fla.; stepsons, Ted (Jean) Pierre, Vancouver Island, Canada; Owen (Marial) Pierre, Vancouver, Canada; grandchildren, Celeste (Leon) Thomas, Bloomington; Priscilla (John) Ziller, Bloomington; Lindsay Pierre; great-grandchildren, Storm Sims, Leon Thomas Jr. and Nathan Thomas, Bloomington; special niece, Patricia Shipp, and seven other nieces and nephews; five special cousins.
Howard was a member of the Wayman AME Church, serving as the member of many church boards. He was a founding member of the Black History Club in Bloomington. He was the foster parent of 75 children over 25 years. Howard served in the United States Army in World War II. He then retired from the United States Post Office in 1986. Howard was very proud of all of his family and his country.
His funeral will be at noon Saturday at East Lawn Funeral Home, 1002 Airport Road, Bloomington. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service. Cremation will be accorded.
Howard will be laid to rest in the Garden of Good Shepard at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.
Condolences may be shared with the family at eastlawn-bloomington.com.