Joseph L. Bell, 70

JUNE 14, 1942-AUG. 30, 2012

August 31, 2012
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Joseph Lee "Joe" Bell, 70, of Sharpsburg, Md., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

Born June 14, 1942, in Hagerstown, Md., to the late Joseph Harrison and Birdie Virginia Wittkofsky Bell.

He was a 1960 graduate of South Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown.

He was the owner/operator of Bell Farms for 25 years until retiring. He was previously a drywall contractor for 16 years.

He was a Christian.

He was a current member of the Woodmen of the World and NRA.

He was previously a member of Boonsboro Bass Masters Association and The Amateur Trapshooting Association.

Survivors include: wife, Elsie LaRue Metzer Bell, married for 49 years, of Sharpsburg; daughter, Teresa A. Mellott and her husband, Joe, of Boonsboro, Md.; daughter, Tammy L. Martin and her husband, Allen, of Boonsboro; daughter, Tanya L. Jones and her husband, Larry, of Keedysville, Md.; sister, Beverly J. Saunders of Hagerstown; sister, Betty J. Kessel of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Amber Hough and her husband, Alan, Larry Jones III, Courtney and Colby Martin, and Tyler and Logan Mellott; and great-grandchildren, Zoey, Kaden and Owen.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Ann Forrest and Frances V. Farris.

The family will receive friends at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, Md., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral home will be open after 1 p.m. Tuesday for the convenience of family and friends.

Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at 10 a.m., with Pastor Robert Welty officiating. Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport, MD.

Memorial donations may be made to Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Donald W. Reynolds Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center, 600 N. Wolfe St./Carnegie 546, Baltimore, MD 21287

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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