Franklin Delano Bell, age 85, of Millers Creek, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Regional.

He was born July 27, 1933 in Wilkes County to Clay H. and Grace McNeil Bell. Mr. Bell was a US Army Veteran and was previously employed with the United States Postal Service. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Jerry Bell.

Surviving are his wife, Frances Childress Bell; daughters, Kimberly Johnson and husband Chris of North Wilkesboro, Donna Smith and husband Rev. Randy of Deep Gap; sister, Sara Sowers of Greensboro; eight grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Congo Pentecostal Holiness Church with Rev. Luke Pyles and Rev. Randy Smith officiating. Burial with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard Post 1142 will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Service from 12:00 until 2:00 on Thursday, prior to the service. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Congo Pentecostal Holiness Church Building Fund, c/o Linda Huffman, 287 Cactus Lane, Wilkesboro, NC 28697.

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