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Mr. Luby Francis Bell
October 9, 1929 - December 29, 2016

Luby Francis Bell, formerly of Mt. Olive, NC, passed away on December 29, 2016. He was residing in Bracey, VA at the time of his death. Luby was born in Wayne County, NC on October 9, 1929 to the late Luby C. and Mary Frances Parker Bell of Mt. Olive. He played semi-pro baseball before being drafted to serve in the U.S. Army in the Korean War for two years. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, two Bronze Stars and the United Nations Service Medal. Upon his return, he served in the Army National Guard for 20 years. Luby was retired from the banking industry and later worked with Sadler Oil Co., Emporia, VA. He enjoyed NCSU and Duke athletics and Carolina Hurricanes hockey. Luby was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Shelton-Bell, his first wife and mother of his children, Joy C. Bell McClure and his sister Jo Anne Bell. He is survived by his children, Cynthia B. Smith and husband Dale of Fayetteville, Luby F. Bell Jr. and wife Edythe of Greensboro, Nanci J. Bell of Bracey, VA and Dorothy J. Bell of Chesterfield, VA; grandchildren Kimberly and husband Brian, Scot and wife Jill, Luby III (Buddy), Philip and wife Jeanette, Megan; and great-grandchildren Ian, Gavin, Graham, and Axel (due May 2017). In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Duke Health Charities, https://www.gifts.duke.edu/daa, 710 W. Main St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701, or Lake Country SPCA, 11764 US-15, Clarksville, VA 23927. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 14 at 2:00 pm at Tyndall Funeral Home, 1005 N. Church St., Mt. Olive, NC. Visitation will be immediately following the service. Arrangements in Virginia handled by Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory. Memorial service and burial are with Tyndall Funeral Home.
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