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Austin County Obits


Bellville Times

May 12, 1922


Obituary Joseph A. Bell


     Died at the Confederate home in Austin, Texas, April 27th 1922, Joseph A. Bell.

     Mr. Bell was born August 13th, 1841, in Kentucky or Tennessee, and moved to Texas with his parents when a small boy.  The family settled in Fayette County, where he grew to manhood.  When the Civil war broke out young Bell, then twenty years old, joined the Confederate ranks under Colonel, later General Tom Green, in what was known as the Arizona Expedition, returned with the command, and served on with it, returning home at the close of the war.

     In February, 1868, he married Mrs. Mary Robinson, whose maiden name was Spence.

     Mr. and Mrs. Bell had no children of their own, but their home was an asylum for motherless or fatherless children as long as they were able to care for them.  They raised one orphan, a girl, they called their own.  She became the mother of the Sutton family, Joe, and Hulen and their sisters.

     Mr. Bell was a devoted Christian all his mature life, a great and good singer and Christian worker.  It was a great privilege to hear him talk on the Bible, which he almost knew by heart.

     On Sunday evening, April 23 while at the supper table he said to his wife, “Mary, there is something the matter with my jaw.”  He never spoke again and died the following Thursday.

     The body was carried to the chapel of the Home, and then the Methodist minister of Austin, with his choir, came and held the burial services, and the body was laid in its final resting place.

     This aged couple entered the Confederate Home last June.

     The writer saw them last March—they were happy, saying they were well cared for and had plenty of everything they needed.

     He sleeps the sleep no earthly bugler can awake, but, God at His own appointed time will send His angel to sound the bugle call, and methinks, Joseph A. Bell will be one of the first to say,

      “Here am I”.

                                                J. W. Brooks