Bob Davis Bell

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December 3, 1942 ~ October 30, 2020

Born in: San Antonio, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Bob Davis Bell, 77, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2020. Bob was born in San Antonio, Texas on Dec 3, 1942 and was the son of the late Walter B. and Mary Sue (Davis) Bell. He was a graduate of San Marcos Baptist Military Academy and Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and served in the Army Reserves. After he was discharged from the Army, Bob worked as a radio deejay and moved into station management, owning radio stations in Paris, TX, Huntsville, TX and Bryan, TX. After retiring from radio, Bob was a motivational speaker, covering topics such as faith, aging with grace and humor, and living a healthy and fulfilling life.

He enjoyed cooking meals for his family, watching the Aggies play any sport, cheering on the Houston Astros and traveling to new destinations. Most of all, Bob enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was known to say: “My sons call me Pop, my daughter calls me Dad, and my grandchildren call me often”.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife Judy (Swindall) Bell, and their cherished children: son, Matthew D. Bell and wife Lee Ann of College Station; son, Michael D. Bell and wife Yesi of Toronto, Canada; daughter, Whitney W. and husband James Buckley of Massachusetts; and honorary sons, James Cordray and wife Sabra of College Station; and Blake Graham and wife Naibi of Japan. He leaves behind his adoring grandchildren: Julie, Jenna, Collin, Alondra, Lali, Michael, Joshua, Kayla, Amaya, Chase, Grace, Thomas, Brooke, Jackson, Emma, Kanai & Bryson. Bob is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Karen Newman, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends.

Bob will be greatly missed and remembered for his strength, his faith, his loyalty, his entrepreneurial spirit and his wonderful sense of humor. A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, November 5th at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center. Burial will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 6th at the College Station City Cemetery on Texas Avenue, with a memorial service to follow at 1:00 pm at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center.

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Visitation: November 5, 2020 5:00 pm

Room: Bluebonnet Community Room

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Interment: November 6, 2020 10:00 am

College Station City Cemetery
2530 Texas Ave S
College Station, TX 77840


Memorial Service: November 6, 2020 1:00 pm

Room: Bluebonnet Community Room

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


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  1. I was saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. Thinking of him brings back memories at Aggieland. In the fall of 1964 Bob and I took a public relations course together. One of our guest instructors was KORA station owner Mike Mistovich. We approached Mike with an idea for a radio show twice a week and “The Aggie Hour” was born. We played records and talked about events on campus. At the end of the Spring 1965 semester Bob graduated and I had to find a replacement for the 1965-66 school year. Other than our kids later attending elementary school together, Bob and I lost touch, but I never forgot his encouragement and friendly help.

  2. When I managed a local retail store in Bryan, Bob was one of our regulars. We became known as Bob & Bob. It never failed that no matter my mood, Bob would always leave me with a smile. He would always seek me out and say Hello Bob and my reply was always hey Bob. He would always leave us with a bit of wisdom and humor. Hey Bob you will be missed by all of your friends and family, Bob thank you for being you! Rest In Peace Bob!

  3. My condolences to the family. Bob and the boys were a part of the original Madera Circle neighborhood. It was a special time for our children who still tell stories especially Matt. Although our paths have not crossed since those early years, I will always remember Bob as a loving father and a person with a great sense of humor. May you Rest In Peace.

  4. Dear Bells and extended families who enjoyed the first hand and up close the light and love of Bob:
    Knowing Bob and all of you has been a blessing in our lives. His wonderful personality and positive approach to life made a great impression on me from the first days at KAGC when he led the way and taught us so much about the business he loved with the excitement of merging his life’s work and talent with his love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Any encounter I ever had with Bob was a positive moment and he always left me with a smile. He was an encourager and a teacher who enjoyed life here and is now and forever dancing and rejoicing freely and unencumbered with the redeemed on streets of gold in the glorious presence of His Creator.
    Thanks for the memories and for your contribution to my life.
    With love,

  5. I was blessed to have Bob as my campaign mgr when I ran for Brazos County D.A. in the fall of 1978. Bob had so many great friends I was overwhelmed with votes because of him, not me. He also kept me laughing throughout the months of stressful campaigning. I grew to love Bob Bell in all that. He was a major contributor to this community all his adult life. Later during his radio days I sponsored a show on his station. He continued to be such a great helper. I had not seen him much in the past few years. It was a punch in the gut when I heard he had passed. What a blessing he was to my life! Thanks Bob and thank you God for sending him my way.

  6. There really are no words to describe this wonderful man. He was a wonderful friend to everyone, even those whose name he did not know. He never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face. He was warm and welcoming to anyone he met. His sense of humor was epic!! He saw goodness in everything. He was a true light in the darkness. He and Judy were a true representation of Christian love and goodness that all Christians should strive to achieve. They never let negativity control them or their lives. I don’t think I ever heard one single negative thing from either of them. Judy always had kind words for and about everyone. We lost a beacon of goodness with the loss of Bob, but I know his influence on all of those who knew him will live on. He was one of those people you couldn’t help but remember and those memories will always be bright and shining examples of what a GOOD, GODLY, MAN really is. We will miss you Bob, but your legacy will live on in your family and your beautiful, wonderful wife, Judy. I will miss your smile and your humor. I can tell you that you make a HUGE impact on my life and for that I will always be eternally grateful. See you in Paradise, blessed friend.

  7. Dear Bell Family,
    I did not have the privilege of knowing Mr. Bell but I felt like I did because my mother, Doris Emshoff, spoke so highly of him and Judy. I pray for peace and comfort in the days ahead.
    In Christ’s Love,
    Shelley Emshoff Smith

  8. We are very sorry for the loss of a great man. Bob had a great sense of humor and joke with many San Marcos Baptist Alums. He will be missed by all. Rest in peace Bob.

  9. Bob will be sorely missed! He always had a quick word to cheer and encourage you. Judy was always at his side near the end, continuing the positive encouragement and sweet words, caring for Bob and anyone who entered his room. My sister, Gayla, called him a dingle-bell, & I know they are having fun giving each other a hard time up in Heaven!!!

  10. Judy, the Bob Bell family, and extended Family – Rose Marie and I were deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Bob’s passing! We were close friends during my time in Bryan/College Station, and we had such fun helping eachother in our respective careers, his in Radio and mine, Insurance. I remember when he was desperately trying to buy his first Radio Station in Bryan, the sellers kept messing with him, moving the goalpost, and changing the conditions for the sale. He asked me, at 6’9″ tall, to dress up with an overcoat and a hat, gangster-style, for their last meeting, to try and intimidate them into finishing the deal! Must’ve worked, because he became a Radio Station Owner shortly thereafter! Judy, he was never as happy until he met you! You, the kids and grand kids are all in our thoughts and Prayers, and please let me know if I can do anything to help at this late date! Though we’ve been apart for a while, we send our Love, Sympathy, and God’s Blessings to everyone during this very sad time!! Sincerely, Rose Marie & Ronnie M. Peret ’69

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