Joyce Taylor Bell

Born in Dickson Springs, Tennessee

Departed on November 20, 2018 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Joyce Taylor Bell, devoted wife, adored aunt, and beloved friend, passed away suddenly Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the age of 86. Her family and friends called her Joy – a name she lived to the fullest. She was a “Category 5” positive force in this world. Her recipe for life was serving Christ, loving her community, and sharing her food.

Born in the Beasleys Bend area of Smith County, Tennessee on October 25, 1932, Joyce spent her early life in the Bend. She moved to Nashville in 1952 and worked as a telephone operator for BellSouth. In 1987, she retired from AT&T as a manager. During her retirement, her focus was supporting friends and family, and comforting others by sending personal notes and making meals for the sick and elderly.

In 1986, she married the love of her life, James Bell. She and her husband, Jim, are charter members of Covenant Baptist Church (1989). Serving as church librarian for 25 years, Joyce curated the library for all to enjoy. She was an active member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and regularly volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

She is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, James Bell; sisters-in-law Jane Bell and Carolyn Taylor; nephew, Michael Allen, and nieces, Pattye Taylor-Phillips (Matt Phillips Sr.), Betsy Taylor Welch (Jack Welch Jr.), Julie Taylor, and Laura Clark; and, great-nephews Clay Welch (Mary Campbell Welch), Taylor Welch (Meghan Hart Welch), Nathan Welch, Brendan Phillips, Matt Phillips Jr. (Melanie Phillips), Tony Phillips (Colleen Phillips), and great-nieces Olivia Bates, Emily France, and Sara France.

She was preceded in death by parents, Julius and Lula Taylor, sister, Marguerite Allen, and brother, Ray Allen Taylor.

"Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."   -Rev. 2:10 (KJV).

Visitation is Sunday, November 25, 2018 from 2-5pm at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens Funeral Home on Hwy 100.

Memorial service will be Monday, November 26, 2018 at 9am. Interment to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a fund in honor of Joyce Bell at Covenant Baptist Church, 8201 McCrory Lane, Nashville, TN 37221.

8 Comments to Joyce Taylor Bell

  1. Carol
    November 23, 2018 7:28 pm

    I will greatly miss Joy. She was a comforter and an example of what a real woman of God truly is. Her kind and thoughtful words were a great inspiration to me. God has a faithful servant with Him now. Words cannot exress how much I love her and will miss her.

  2. Ray and Ann Bell
    November 24, 2018 11:34 am

    We have great memories of sharing Vanderbilt basketball and meals with Joy and Jim, especially at SEC Tournaments. She was a wonderful lady and we will miss her.

  3. Della and Sam Welch
    November 24, 2018 3:21 pm

    Joy will be truly missed by many. We were friends of her sister Margurite Allen and got to know her through them. She and her husband Jim were a blessing to know. A true lady in every sense.

  4. Teddy Carson
    November 24, 2018 6:47 pm

    I have known Joyce for almost 60 years. We went to church together. She was a precious friend – always thinking of others and delivering food when needed. I will miss her so much. Jim, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. GABBY
    November 24, 2018 8:08 pm


  6. Andrea Knight
    November 24, 2018 9:44 pm

    Mrs. Joyce was a friend of my parents, Lee and Jean Aldridge. Her life exemplified that of a true Southern Lady. She was always kind and looked for ways to bless others. Mr. Jim, Corey and I will be praying for God to comfort you in the coming days and weeks.

  7. Ruby B Hernandez
    November 25, 2018 6:19 pm

    Mrs. Joyce was a true angel. She always showed me so much love and respect. I remember since I was a child looking for what she had cooked at the church pot luck lunches because of the love she put in her cooking. I thank God for giving us a person like her, and allowing her to touch our lives the way she did. I will cook chess squares and think of her always… she made the best!

  8. Marsha Cohen Massey
    January 2, 2019 8:34 am

    I just found out about Joyce’s passing, I am broken hearted. She was my boss for many years and also my friend! I talked to her earlier in the year and she was the same Joyce caring and comforting, when she found out that I had to have surgery. RIP Joyce, you were a great person and will be missed by many! So sorry to the family for their loss!

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