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  1. We are so sorry to hear about Rodney, sending our prayers to the Bell family. May you find comfort and peace in the days to come as you share the memories and thinking about his great big smile!

  2. So sorry to hear about your father. We were friends for many years! He made the best hush puppies. May God bless you and bring you comfort

  3. I was so sorry to hear of Rodney’s passing. I have known him for around 35 years. Always a true friend who would do anything to help someone. I only have really good and fun memories of him. He was a patriot and will truly be missed. His family is in my prayers.

  4. Rodney was a friend to all.
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  5. I will miss him so much, all the hugs and I love you too baby. He was a dad to me in all ways but Birth. Brina and Chas my heart hurts right along with you. Love you Deddy. ❤️😢

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with your family as you say goodbye to your beloved Rodney. His obituary is a beautiful tribute to a man who was clearly loved. Thank you for your service Rodney – RIP.

  7. My sincere condolences in the transition of your loved one. Your Dad was a beautiful, kind hearted and gentle person.

    May the comfort of his love and the memories you hold dear carry you in the days ahead.

    Coquetta Laverna C. Brooks

  8. Ed, Sandra, Cheryl and Bell family It is with a heavy heart that I send my sincere condolences at the loss of such a fun and wonderful man
    The Bell family will always hold a special place in my heart as some of the best times and sincere friendships were made during the time we were neighbors in Burlington
    My love and prayers
    Tammy
    Asheville NC

  9. So sorry for your loss. As a drywall man myself, everyone l knew in the trade had good things to say about Rodney. May he Rest In Peace.

  10. I think that was like a dad to me, my best friend, he always was there to help me. Gave me a place to sleep when I had nowhere to sleep, gave me food to eat when I had no food to eat. We would dance sing I’m going to miss him dearly

  11. So incredibly sorry for your loss. Holding you dear in our prayers. Rodney was such a special guy. Much love from Dan, Bethany, Will and Susie

  12. I remember the first trip to nags head we had such great times back then. Hanging at the fish market!😥 you will be missed.🐟

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Rodney L. Bell

August 20, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rodney Leon Bell of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. He died at the age of 73 on August 20, 2022. Rodney passed away with his youngest daughter at his side and left behind a legacy of charm, dependability, humor and love.

Rodney was born in Rose Hill, NC and later moved to Graham, NC with his parents L.E. and Doris Lynch Bell; two sisters, Cheryl and Darlene; and an older brother, Edward Leroy (Jr). For many years he worked alongside his family in the drywall business and at the age of 19 he enlisted in the United States Army where he served for two years. While serving in Vietnam as a door gunner and helicopter mechanic in the 1st Cavalry 2nd Armored Division, Rodney earned the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars and received a Purple Heart. After an Honorable Discharge he returned home to Alamance County and married Lou Ann Phillips. Together they had two daughters, Chastity Ann and Sabrina Lynn.

Rodney had always had a love for the beach. It was that Outer Banks appeal that drew him to the island where he settled with his then wife and two little girls in the fall of 1980. Everyone who knew Rodney came to immediately love the funny, genuine, selfless man who would do anything for a neighbor, anything for his family and always loved to have a good time. His unconditional love for his daughters, grandchildren, family and friends was always apparent when speaking with him. Anyone who visited Rodney’s home in Colington would quickly see the numerous photographs and keepsakes from his children, grandchildren, and lifelong friends. He always considered himself a lucky man. Unbeknownst to him, his family and friends considered themselves the lucky ones.

Through life’s challenges and seasons of change Rodney always remained a constant for his girls and his grandchildren. He attended the births of all his grandchildren, numerous sporting events, countless birthday parties, graduations, weddings, funerals and other important life events. Each year, Rodney would drive to his youngest daughter’s home on Christmas morning and watch his grandchildren open gifts in the early hours of dawn. He never missed a Christmas morning at their home. He loved being a Granddaddy and was quick to teach his grandkids the patience in fishing, the fun in catching crabs, and when it was time to go home he never said “good-bye” but always said “I love you.”

Rodney knew how to throw a party and cooking a pig in his backyard was one of his specialties. In fact, it was that exact request, from both of his daughters, that after walking them down the aisle he would “cook a pig” and then throw a party for the ones they loved. Without hesitation, Rodney complied as he would do anything to have a good time and he would do everything for his daughters.

Rodney is survived by his younger sister, Cheryl Riley of Burlington, NC and her three children; his older brother, Ed Bell (Sandra) of Lecanto, FL and their two children; two daughters, Chastity Smith (Ryan) of Jupiter, FL and Sabrina Tomlin (Chad) of Kill Devil Hills, NC; seven grandchildren, Sean, Kay-Lee, Blake, Cole, Ashton, Gage and Brooke; and one great granddaughter, Evelynn. He was preceded in death by his sister Darlene Boggs.

A Celebration of Life with Military honors will be held Saturday, August 27, 2022 at noon at the Colington Park Pavilion. All who knew and loved Rodney are invited to attend and participate in one last party for this great man. Our hearts and the tiny island of Colington will never be the same without him!

Expressions of sympathy and comfort may be shared via the on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Condolences

Lars & Dee Ostrander

We are so sorry to hear about Rodney, sending our prayers to the Bell family. May you find comfort and peace in the days to come as you share the memories and thinking about his great big smile!

Penny crook

So sorry to hear about your father. We were friends for many years! He made the best hush puppies. May God bless you and bring you comfort

Debbie Shelton

I was so sorry to hear of Rodney’s passing. I have known him for around 35 years. Always a true friend who would do anything to help someone. I only have really good and fun memories of him. He was a patriot and will truly be missed. His family is in my prayers.

Deborah W. Harden

Rodney was a friend to all. I’m so very sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Juli pastorius

I will miss him so much, all the hugs and I love you too baby. He was a dad to me in all ways but Birth. Brina and Chas my heart hurts right along with you. Love you Deddy. ❤️😢

Cathy Marley

My thoughts and prayers are with your family as you say goodbye to your beloved Rodney. His obituary is a beautiful tribute to a man who was clearly loved. Thank you for your service Rodney - RIP.

Coquetta Laverna C. Brooks

My sincere condolences in the transition of your loved one. Your Dad was a beautiful, kind hearted and gentle person. May the comfort of his love and the memories you hold dear carry you in the days ahead. Coquetta Laverna C. Brooks

Tammy Ayers

Ed, Sandra, Cheryl and Bell family It is with a heavy heart that I send my sincere condolences at the loss of such a fun and wonderful man The Bell family will always hold a special place in my heart as some of the best times and sincere friendships were made during the time we were neighbors in Burlington My love and prayers Tammy Asheville NC

David Smith

So sorry for your loss. As a drywall man myself, everyone l knew in the trade had good things to say about Rodney. May he Rest In Peace.

Christian

I think that was like a dad to me, my best friend, he always was there to help me. Gave me a place to sleep when I had nowhere to sleep, gave me food to eat when I had no food to eat. We would dance sing I'm going to miss him dearly

Dan and Bethany Hala

So incredibly sorry for your loss. Holding you dear in our prayers. Rodney was such a special guy. Much love from Dan, Bethany, Will and Susie

FreddieFargis

I remember the first trip to nags head we had such great times back then. Hanging at the fish market!😥 you will be missed.🐟

Jim & Deborah Millis

We know you’re having fun, smiling & partying up there.

Shelly Stout and family

Our hearts and prayers go out to your family. We love you guys and are thinking of you.

Melissa Williams

I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace.

Greg Shelton

ALL MY TRUE LOVE TO YOU, SUCH A ONE OF A KIND SPIRIT GOD BLESS YOU MY DEAR RODNEY