Created August 27, 2018
This eternal flame burns forever
in remembrance of William Ira (W.I.) Bell
William Ira Bell
February 24, 1942 - June 14, 2020
W.I. Bell, 78, of El Dorado passed away peacefully Sunday, June 14, 2020
at his residence.
He was born February 24, 1942 in El Dorado to William Ira Bell, II and Mildred
Morris Bell. He was the photographer and co-owner of W.I. Bell Photographer
Studio. He started his career in Burbank, CA photographing celebrities and in
1983 W.I. and Sue opened up their photography studio in El Dorado. He
photographed many members of the community doing weddings, senior portraits,
dance recitals and sports events. W.I. retired after a long career in 2015.
After his retirement, he and Sue enjoyed many camping trips and their
grandchildren. He had numerous hobbies which included photography,
collecting cameras, riding bicycles, playing Bongo drums, watching movies
and reading books. He appreciated all forms of art and collecting items.
He was a musician and actor for many years while in California before
returning to his home town. He was a member of Lawson Baptist Church.
Preceding him in death are his parents, his sister, Julie and
a step-daughter, Kim Weber.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Talley Martin Bell of 37 years; two sons,
Dude Bell of El Dorado, Kirk Martin (Amy) of El Dorado and a daughter,
Sondra Luttrell (Rel) of Little Rock; son-in-law Joseph Weber of northwest
Arkansas; grandchildren, Laura Martin and her husband David Neel of
El Dorado, Rachel Martin (Chad) of Minnesota, Jonathan Martin of El Dorado,
Morgan Deblieux of El Dorado, Devin Deblieux (Mary Ann) of El Dorado,
Katy Quarles (Blu) of Camden and Kyle Luttrell and Kara Luttrell, Thomas
Weber and twelve great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held 2:00-6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2020 at
Arlington Memorial Park under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors.
Memorials may be made to the Haiti Education Foundation, P.O. Box 10775,
El Dorado, Arkansas 71730 and The Kim Weber Inclusion Films Camp
Scholarship, c/o Cornerstone Bank, 1426 Hwy. 65 North, Harrison, AR 72601.
Though He's gone, He is not forgotten.
Though absent, He remains in spirit.
Though once a worker, He now rests.
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