The son of Mrs. Mary Turner Bell of , Natalbany, LA and the late Andrew Bell, Sgt. Bell was born in Independence, LA. He was retired from the U. S. Army following 22 years of service and was also retired from Civil Services at Martin Army Hospital with 20 years as a medical specialist. He was a graduate of Troy State University, and was a member of New Bethel AME Church where he served as a Steward and Trustee, Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher, and with the Male Choir. He also was a Mason with the Sons of King Solomon #358, Prince Hall Affiliation where he served as Past Worshipful Master. He was an avid golfer. He was preceded in death by a brother, Eldon Pipes.

Survivors, other than his mother include: his wife, Debra Lovelace Bell; a son, Andrew A. Bell, Jr. (Nicol); three daughters, Carolyn J. Bell, Karen Foster and Starlette Pugh (Calvin); eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren; a brother, Emmanuel Turner; three sisters, Vera Conerly, Annie Lavine and Bernice Bell; a host of other relatives and friends.