Mark Wood Bell

January 1, 1922 - August 25, 2019

Mark W. Bell, age 97, of Purgitsville, WV died peacefully, at home, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

He is the son of the late John Bell and Myrtle I. Gallahan Bell.  He is also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane Hastings Bell (d. July, 2010).  Mark is survived by his three daughters; Beverly Jean Jones (husband Emmett) of Falls Church, VA, Ruth Elaine Renner (husband Jim) of Indianapolis, IN, and Patricia J. Bell (husband Mike) of Sarasota, FL.  Three brothers; Gilbert Bell, Roland Bell, and John Bell (wife Betty Ann).  Five grandchildren; Joseph Murdock (wife Stacey), Charles Massey (wife Britany), Karen Hill (husband Lester), Joel Massey, and Sarah Gonzalez (husband Micah) and 18 great grandchildren.

Mark was born in Leesburg, VA on January 1, 1922.  His initial schooling took him through the 8th grade.  Not to be deterred or leave anything unfinished, he proudly completed his GED in 1999 at the age of 77, practicing one of his strongest beliefs, “you are never too old to learn.”

Mark is a Veteran of the Army Air Corps and served in WWII.  He and Betty married during the war years and started their family soon thereafter.  Mark was a builder of fine, custom homes in the Northern Virginia area where they resided for many years until retiring to Hampshire County in the early 80’s.  He was a member of the VFW Post 1101, the Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, and the Mill Creek Ruritan where he enjoyed selling many a ham sandwich and supporting the Apple Harvest Festival.

Mark will be remembered as an introspective man who had varied talents and interests, including an ability to appreciate and write poetry.  He had a deep appreciation for Betty and her devotion to their children and their family.  Mark’s thoughts and focus would sometimes stray and the result would be his family going into “Royal Search Mode” for whatever item had been lost or misplaced.  He had a subtle sense of humor and if pushed in the wrong direction, an obvious temper.   His love of family and life left an indelible mark on his loved ones and he will be dearly missed.

Friends will be received on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the Mt. Olive Methodist Church (2720 Purgitsville Pike / Purgitsville, WV 26852) from 10:15 AM to 11 AM.  A Celebration of Life service will begin at 11 AM and will be officiated by Rev. Wade Sirk.  A private interment will be held at a later date at Elijah High Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mark’s memory to:  Hospice of the Panhandle ~ 278 N. High St. ~ Romney, WV  26757

Inquiries may be directed to Shaffer Funeral Home, Romney 304.822.3511



Carter Wagoner August 28, 2019

6 condolences for “Mark Wood Bell”

  1. Uncle Mark you are a giant among men. I thank you for serving our country, with humility, thank you for all the guidance and help you gave as a young boy, thank you for being the best person I ever knew. Your integrity was second to none. I pray for your daughters in their sorrow. I will never forget you.

  2. Our sincere condolences for the loss of this amazing man.
    He had a long and happy life.
    His family loved him and his children took care if him until his last breath.
    Honored to have met Pat. Dedicated Caregiver to her dad for many years.
    May God Bless his Soul
    Irene and Wolfgang Dalichau

  3. Mark was a man about blessings he shared with others. His loving family, neighbors & friends. Burlington Library was blessed by his abilities & skills in making the TM&P Tran station into an accessible beautifully inviting space for readers of all ages. His Service to his country was shared with fellow veterans each yr at Kelley Chapel’s gathering. He shared his love of God’s creation through his bees, garden & orchard. We are Grateful for his friendship, green thumb & knowledge he shared with delight. May God bless & comfort his cherished family & devoted neighbors & friends. Rest In Peace, Mr. Bell

  4. Mr. Mark Bell was a very special person with many talents. He will be missed much by this little community, but we know he is happy now in heaven with all the friends and loved ones who have gone on before. We will meet someday.

  5. He was great, caring man did things for many people. My thoughts & prayers are with each one of yous!

  6. We have been so blessed to know this wonderful man. Sympathy to the family and a big thank you to the families that stood by him. This man will be missed by a lot of people RIP Mr Bell.

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