William (Billy) Bell, 86, a retired employee of Mt. Vernon
Milling Co., the head of five generations and a baseball pitcher in the early
days of the diamond sport in Mt.Vernon of Tri-State reputation, died at Monday night.
Mr. Bell was a native of Mt.Vernon, a son of James Bell and Katherine Plankenhorn Bell. His father died while the late
deceased was an infant and he was reared by his mother and his stepfather,
Rev. Ernest Hopper, pastor of Church of the Nazarene, conducted
the funeral service at Thursday in the Weisinger
chapel. Burial was in Bellefontaine cemetery.
Mr. Bell's wife died many years ago. He is survived by a
son, Merrill Bell, Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Mrs. Wood and Mrs. Charles John,
both of Mt. Vernon; a stepson, Thomas Causey, Evansville; 12 grandchildren; 15
great-grandchildren and on great-great-grandchild.
"Billy" Bell had the reputation of being one of the
first curve ball baseball pitchers in the Tri-State area. Players of
by-gone days, always said he had an assortment of the widest curves of any
pitcher they ever saw when he was a member of the famed Mt. Vernon Red Jacket
Pumps, a local baseball team.
His interest in the diamond sport never dimmed and until the
infirmities of his advanced age incapacitated him he attend all local baseball