Frank, you touched many hearts and lives,
  • 89 years old
  • Born on August 18, 1926 in Dallas, Texas, United States.
  • Passed away on May 23, 2016 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, CAPT Frank A. Bell, Jr. (Ret.), 89, born on August 18, 1926 and bid farewell to this world on May 23, 2016. We will remember him forever

Frank was born in Dallas, TX. He had two sisters, Betty Bell Tatman and Barbara Bell.Blass. His father, Frank A. Bell, Sr., was born and raised in Liverpool, England and his mother, Alice Adams Bell, was born in Cleburne,TX. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Lowery-Bell, J.D., his sons Frank Bell, Russell Bell, Randall Bell and his nephew George Pete Tatman in Dallas, TX. His stepchildren are LCDR Reneé Payne Baggott, Ph.D., Warren Payne and William Payne, and his two grandchildren, Olivia Rose and David Patrick Baggott.  Frank completed high school at North Dallas High. Frank was in the ROTC at Tulane University where he received his BS in Civil Engineering.He was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and a member of Tau Beta Pi , Engineering Honor Society. while at Tulane University.. He was commissioned in the U. S. Navy during WWII. He then joined the United States Public Health Service and later received his Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. In his early years. He ran for the Bethesda Maryland School Board.. Frank received many honors and certificates as a professional engineer at the Environmental Protection Agency where he later retired.  He spent his last years working in the senior program at the National Caucus & Center on Black Aging, Inc. as a Health Scientist at the EPA Office one day a week in Washington, DC until May 19, 2016.

Frank lived a full and glorious life.


A Memorial Service will be held at J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home, Inc. 7474 Landover Rd. Hyattsville, MD 20785 on his birthday, August 18, 2016 from 12:30-1:30pm. The Honor Guard will be held at Cheltenham Veteran’s Cemetery 11301 Crain HWY Cheltenham, MD 20623 at 2:30 pm. His memorial website can be found at and type in Frank Bell in the “Visit a memorial” search bar.



Posted by Bobby Morrison on August 11, 2016
Frank was sincerely one of the greatest souls I'll probably ever encounter, I met him as a server at Traders which he and his wife attended regularly. He would eat cake and drink black coffee, while Mrs. Jennifer would play her machines. We'd talk about life, games and poetry, and I had the honor of serving the two on their 22nd anniversary. Truly an amazing character, I am honered to have known and served the Vitamin C man himself.
Posted by David Horsford on August 10, 2016
Frank, you were a gem of a human being who made every effort to live from your heart. You made the world a better place. What a guy!
Posted by Sidonie Askew on August 9, 2016
You certainly did it your way. Frank will be missed by many. I had the opportunity to meet him and I know that you both had a great relationship. May you cherish those years you spent together and know that you had the love of your life. May the peace of God be with you and comfort you.
Posted by Bettye Bell-Daniel on July 19, 2016
I was so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. I know he will be missed dearly. My condolences to all who knew and loved him.
Posted by Jeff SCHREIBER on June 25, 2016
Such a blessing to have known Frank back when we were much younger. Really beautiful man, always true to his heart.
Posted by Barbara Grier on June 25, 2016
Frank & Jennifer blessed so many lives. Jennifer be comforted with the knowledge that Frank loved you as best friend and husband.I'm sorry for the pain.
Posted by Fr. John Adams on June 16, 2016
Dear Ms. Lowery-Bell, On behalf of all of us at SOME (So Others Might Eat), please accept our deepest condolences. Thank you for sharing the beautiful tribute with us. Frank's kindness touched many lives and his compassion for the poor and homeless of our community will always be remembered. He truly made a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable people of this area. God Bless you and your family. Sincerely, Fr. John
Posted by Marc Anderson on June 15, 2016
Frank, I was very fortunate to have known you and worked with you over the years. You were always such a giving person whether it was work or friendship, and I will always remember you saying 'feel the love'. God bless you on your journey, I'll miss you until we meet again my friend.
Posted by Lanny Hickman on June 5, 2016
I am saddened to hear that Frank has passed away. As a fellow U.S. Public Health Service commissioned officer we had much in common. His career in the USPHS was a reflection of his high level of intelligence and patience with addressing public health issues. Over the years we kept in touch altho' our careers went in different directions. Both of us had great disappointment on the EPA approach to environmental protection. He also was the Vitamin C Man. I will remember him. My best to his family and he will always be present and with you.
Posted by Charlene Johnson on June 1, 2016
Ms. Jennifer,our condolences to you and the family. Mr. Frank was a wonderfully kind person. My family and I were blessed to have known him. Over the years you and Frank have embraced Raegan as if she was your own grandchild, we are grateful... I know you heart is heavy, losing a loved one is never easy. May the Lord's peace be with you. The Johnsons Family ( Michael Charlene & Raegan) Hampton, Va
Posted by Mary Reiiley on May 31, 2016
Hugs to you on a breeze. I will miss you.
Posted by Patricia Barrett on May 29, 2016
It was always a joy to be around you Frank, inspiring me to keep on the Sunny Side of Life
Posted by David Bosworth on May 29, 2016
Frank's life was a full one that touched many of us through his loving thoughtfulness to those of us who were fortunate to have been his friends. Among those I've known in my life, no one else compares with Frank as a friend. I'll relish the memories for the rest of my life.
Posted by Carol Ryan on May 29, 2016
Frank, I am sad to hear that you are gone. What a beautoful human being you were and how joyfully you lived your life!, Fly with the angels Frank until we meet again.
Posted by Doc Semper on May 29, 2016
He will be missed. He was a nice man, and I will remember to take my Vitamin C.
Posted by Cassandra Martin on May 28, 2016
Frank A. Bell Jr. worked with me and other 'Fellow Workers' in EPA-Organization Office of Water he sat across from me. Whenever, Frank came in on Thursdays...he would come over to my workstation, once in awhile and tell his interesting environmental stories with articles he called his 'Dog and Pony show.' Frank was a very special exceptional Man with a lovely sweet spirit. I always enjoyed his smile and love to hear him talk with so much knowledge at 89 yrs. old! He was so gentle and love to give treats to co-workers in the office. I loved the beautiful names he called his lovely wife on the phone. I said on Tuesday, May, 24, 2016 I want be here to see Frank on Thursday. I see him the following Thursday. When I received the sad news of his passing my heart was totally broken. I knew I will never see his kind gentle face and beautiful spirit or hear his voice anymore. I know this Wonderful, Intelligent Good Spirit Man has earned his Heavenly Wings and is with Our Lord and Savior "Jesus Christ."
Posted by Chris Evans on May 26, 2016
As written in your card, "as a newbie, you introduced yourself Frank as the Vitamin C man and I have treasured our talks, wisdom gained and the holiday gifts with joy and our weekly talks. May the Lord keep an everlasting blessings on you, the family, and friends". So, in my NY state of mind and the song plays on, I will say. "You did it, your way". Go Bless, until we meet again at the gates of heaven.
Posted by Renee Baggott on May 25, 2016
Everyone please feel free to tell your stories about Frank.under the Stories tab.

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