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 (15 entries)
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
We know that Death is our enemy, but God has promised us everlasting life, as indicated in John 3:14-16, where it states that "God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten son so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life." May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time (Psalms 29:11)
R Moreno
December 18th, 2017
Dr. Bell was one of three men God used to change my life. Through his example and the gifting God gave him, I began to trust God to lead me in directions, that up until that point, I never thought I could take. He helped to project my vision ever greater to a level more fitting for God's plan for my life. I thank God for Dr. Bell and I am in his debt.
J. Jaramillo (Student)
December 16th, 2017
I still remember his hermeneutics course as being life-changing for me. I appreciate his detail-oriented lectures that caused me to think carefully about scripture. I appreciate his dedication and loyalty to the Word of God.
Martha Couric (Former Student)
December 16th, 2017
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