William Everett Bell
(1927 - 2017)

William Everett Bell

December 20, 1927

November 23, 2017

William Everett Bell, Jr.: 1927-2017

Memorial Service
Saturday, December 16
10:00 a.m.
First Baptist Church Euless

William Everett Bell, Jr. was born on December 20, 1927, in Carthage, Missouri, and was a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson. His family moved every two years due to the Depression, so Bill attended a number of different schools growing up. He distinguished himself early when he was chosen as the best reader in the second grade, and later as First Chair in math, the first two of his many academic accomplishments. He attended high school in Greenville, Mississippi, where he played trumpet in four different bands. He also played in a band called The Technicians when he was at Georgia Tech, and, to make extra money, played Taps at the funerals of veterans. He graduated from Georgia Tech in three years with straight As, then went on to earn his MBA at LSU, where he worked as a teaching assistant. He was then hired by Arthur Andersen but was drafted soon after accepting the job. He spent two years in the U.S. Army, then returned to Arthur Andersen where he worked as a CPA for a total of eight years.

While living in Houston, Bill began the study of New Testament Greek at Berachah Church, which inspired him to enroll in Dallas Theological Seminary. Upon graduating with his Th.M in 1963, Bill accepted a teaching position at The King’s College in New York. In 1964, he married Martha Barrett, who was serving with the Navigators in Dallas. They then spent three years discovering and enjoying New York, where they attended the World’s Fair (twelve times) and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra on a regular basis.

Bill and Martha started a family in 1966 with the arrival of a beautiful baby girl, Barbara. While teaching at The King’s College, Bill was accepted into the Theology program at NYU and earned his Ph.D in 1967. He then accepted a position at Dallas Baptist University (it was Dallas Baptist College at the time), which brought the family back to Texas. Nancy came along in 1969 and added joy to the group.

A gifted scholar and teacher, Bill was a Professor of Biblical Studies in the Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith at DBU for nearly 40 years, serving as Dean for thirteen of those years. Upon his retirement, he was honored with the title of Professor Emeritus. His time at DBU was a richly satisfying experience, as he worked with fine, dedicated young men and women, many of whom went into the ministry. Bill also held the position of Theologian in Residence at First Baptist Church Euless for over 30 years, and he produced weekly training tapes for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers for over 20 years. In all these ways, Bill followed Paul’s exhortation to Timothy: “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).

An avid golfer and fan of the game, Bill played with the same group of friends for over 20 years and scored two holes-in-one during his career. He enjoyed his two daughters and three grandchildren, and was always ready to help with homework, talk about his and their favorite music, or take them to Disneyland while visiting Martha’s family in California. No one enjoyed Disneyland more than Bill did, especially the Small World ride, which he never outgrew for sentimental reasons. When he was in Orlando one year on Southern Baptist Convention business, Bill visited Disneyworld by himself, merely as a way, he claimed, to compare the Florida park with the one in California.

Bill and Martha celebrated 53 years of marriage last April and had traveled recently to New Mexico, California, Florida, Boston, New York and Canada. Bill is survived by his wife, Martha, daughters Barbara and Nancy, son-in-law Ron, and granddaughters Grace, Maggie, and Elizabeth.

Our family thanks God for the privilege of so many happy and fulfilling years with His remarkable servant.

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Guest Book (18 entries)
My favorite person is Dr.Bell. A fisher of men by trade, he called himself a theologian.
To encounter Bells wed. Bible studies in the mid cities HEB area was to meet and to see one of the more privlgd. scenes in church history. There were spaces only to stand some weeks.
..with great consistency. for he prepared and delivered a whale of a story. with elegant and an humble precision.
I would like to visit heaven to see him for seven minutes. He is probably playing trumpet with Haydn or Aristotle ..or asking questions and trading stories with Augustine.
He pruduced that quality a products..and never seemed to mind that majorities of evangelicals frequently hijack grace to produce sub quality work in the century in which he lived. Near century..:)
Solo Deo gloria
And May God bless

May God bless Martha, girls and progeny.
Cant wait to see you one day..living near him and hearing his inimitable tenor and authentic soul again,
There is so much different about the world due to his labor..it is crazy.!
L. Mathis (Cross City Church class)
July 15th, 2019
Not many days of my life since DBC go by without remembering Dr. Bell or at least knowing his influence on my mind & walk with God's Word. Many days opening Greek syntax notebooks and parsing the NT language. Those were precious days for so many of us who were privileged to sit under Dr. Bell's instruction & also had the daily pleasure of watching his hook shot (the Dr. Pepper tab) into the metal can in the corner. I know his influence lives in me & am so grateful for him each time I teach the Scriptures or engage with people in Dallas. May God make the hearts of his family smile forever
Dennis Drake (Former DBC student)
April 12th, 2019
Dr. Bell was my instructor for Romans( mid 90's) the class always joked that Paul and Dr. Bell will teach the book of Romans in Heaven. What sticks with me to this day however is one day a student brought their child to class and the little guy not knowing who Dr. Bell was jumped into his arms and Dr. Bell just sat in the floor with him. Knowledge matters, however, I saw the Love of Christ in that moment. Thank You Dr. Bell
Brad Adams (Former Student)
February 19th, 2019
Dr. Bell was the best theologian and Bible teacher I have ever heard. I used to listen to his lessons on cassette tapes in my car. He has left a great legacy at both DBU and FBC - Euless.
Rick Weaver (Student in SS class)
January 31st, 2018
Dr. Bell was an exemplary follower of Christ and profoundly impacted my life spiritually and intellectually. He was a man of exceptional analytical ability, possessing an uncanny proficiency to dissect an argument, being able to identify with precision the underpinnings on which a case stood, and if those foundations were shaky, he also knew how to make the whole building collapse. Though he never published a lot, his “writings” were the many disciples he made and left behind, both in the church and in the academy. What a tremendous legacy!
Terry Wilder (Student, graduate assista)
January 4th, 2018
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"Always enjoyed his Sunday school class at FBCE. While recovering from back surgery I downloaded and listened to dozens of series he taught. He was solid as a rock."
Frank Payne
July 1st, 2018
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