William "Bill" Bell, 78

Funeral services were held Thursday morning, Feb. 2 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for local business leader William Bill Bell. Mr. Bell, 78, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012at Glen Oaks Health & Retirement Center in Shelbyville.

A graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy and Middle Tennessee State University, Mr. Bell was a partner and later owner of Bell Oil Company. He launched Git-N-Go convenience stores locally and brought the Krystal Drive-Thru to Lebanon.

In the 1980s he was an appointed member of the Private Industry Council by Governor Lamar Alexander -- whose campaign for Governor Bill successfully launched from Wilson County.

Upon retirement, he obtained his Realtors license and was associated with Agee & Johnson Realty. He was a member of Wilson County Association of Realtors where he was awarded the Silver Award of Excellence for three years.

Mr. Bell was a member of Lebanon Jaycees, past president of Lebanon Golf & Country Club, past President of Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, a member of Lebanon Kiwanis Club and attended the Community Bible Class at College Hills Church of Christ where he was a member for over 50 years.

Mr. Bell was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Eleanor Bell; daughter Julia Margaret Bell, brother State Representative Joe Bell and sister Lynda Bell Harlan.

Survivors include: his wife of 57 years Barbara Long Bell; children Becky (Tim) Burroughs and William (Joy) Bell III; grandchildren Kate (Michael) Rector, Margaret Ellen Burroughs, William Robert Bell and Matthew Morgan Bell.

Lebanons Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.