Curtis Bell

October 30, 1950 - July 28, 2017
U.S. Armed Forces Veteran
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A bright, shining light streaming mischief and love departed this earth Friday night July 28th in his home surrounded by his family. Curtis Bell was born October 30, 1950 to Loyal J and Jeanne (Boyd) Bell in Southwest Baptist Hospital Mangum, OK, currently Greer County Museum. He graduated from Mangum High School in 1968. He attended Oklahoma State University 1968-69. He then served his country in the US Army from 1969-72 spending part of that time in Germany. He later attended West Texas A&M receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Business. Curtis was united in marriage to Marilyn Wooldridge on December 22, 1973 in Reed, OK. They shared an everlasting love and partnership for the next 43 years.
Curtis was very active in many organizations in Mangum, Founding Member-Old Greer County Western Heritage Association, Greer County Museum Trustee and Member, Western Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductee, Mangum Education Foundation Hall of Fame Recipient. A lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, Curtis served as a member of the Board of Trustees, member of the finance committee, and a Sunday school teacher for 15+ years. He was also a volunteer for the Reed fire department. Curtis with other Reed residents worked with SW OK Development Authority to establish a rural fire department for the area. He served as a volunteer. Curtis enjoyed writing articles for the newspapers and hosting a weekly radio show for the Chamber of Commerce. Greer County is a better place because of his generosity.
Curtis was a rancher by birth, trade, and passion. He loved every aspect of the cowboy life from riding and roping to checking every cow by name. He took pleasure in writing and sharing poetry about his cowboy experiences.
Curtis was a devoted husband, father, and papa. He could always be found at his girl’s and later grandkids’s ballgames, stock shows, or church programs. He cherished every minute he was able to spend with his family. Curtis has friendships from all walks of life which spans many generations. He could always be found helping a neighbor any way he could.
Preceded in Death by his Parents

Survivors include:
Wife: Marilyn Bell, Mangum, OK
3 Daughters: Jeanna Scott and husband Spencer, Martha, OK
Lida Trusler and husband Trent, Dalhart, TX Sara Box and husband Reade, Clinton, OK
Brother: Verlin Bell and wife Karla, Bridgecreek, OK
9 Grandchildren: Skyler Scott, McKenna "Boo" White, Morgan "Prissy" White,
Jadyn "Belle" Trusler, Hunter "Bubba" Trusler,
Jacee "Pumpkin" Trusler, Quintin "Big Q" Box,
Dyson "Smiley" Box, Addilyn "Addy B" Box
A Very Special Aunt: Louise Mathews and husband Harley, Mangum, OK
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service Information

Date: July 30, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: July 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Date: July 31, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: August 1, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm

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I met Curtis the year 2008 I believe.  He was helping Twila Scott and myself move a large table from the upper floor down the stairs close to the choir room at church.  He had plenty of patience and never made a comment while we were trying to manipulate that table sideways or other 'ways' while he was walking backwards down the stairs.  I'm sure he could have done it better without our help, but he was being kind to two 'older' women.  Ever since, he's always been pleasant, friendly and took time to visit or listen to CW or me.  He's worked hard building the Western Heritage participation, has been a leader in the Methodist church and a Sunday School teacher.  When his family isn't there, the upper south auditorium is empty it seems.  He was serving on the Old Greer County Museum Board and has been a strong asset to that piece of history; we will miss his input.  He's a member of the Mangum Education Hall of Fame for his career, education and life choices.  He's been a faithful MHS Alumni advocate as has his whole family.  I'm sure Marilyn has been the treasure of his life along with those 3 daughters and their families.  He's done well on earth and he'll do well with what he's handed in Heaven.  We all hated to see him go too young.  God bless your soul and all of your loved ones, Curtis.
Cheryl DeRusha-Rusk
Bentonville, AR
I am so sorry to hear about Curtis. Oh my gosh, the stories and stunts he did. Love him and love the family!!
Maratha Zachary
Edmond, OK
Sorry for your loss...your family has my sympathy.
Verlin and Karla Bell (brother and sister in law)
Tuttle, OK
He was a lot of things and I will try to list a few: Cowboy Rancher, Cowboy Poet, Child of God, Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, the best PawPaw ever. Friend and Mentor to many.  Lover of Nature and the Land. He will be missed.
Maxine Thomason
blacksburg, VA
A good man. He'll be missed by many.
Roberta Williams
Mangum, OK
I will miss our friend and teacher and am thankful for his life. Curtis could always be counted on to be dependable, helpful, supportive, generous, positive, and an example of God's love in action. Prayers for his amazing family.
Richard F. Williams
Mangum, OK
Curtis, thank you for your service to these United States of America, to our communities, to your family, friends and your God in Heaven and for being my friend. You were always an inspiration to me. I always enjoyed your sharing the Bible and teaching the Beacon Sunday Bible Class.  I will always cherish your book of cowboy poetry. So long old buddy, I'm looking forward to seeing you again.
Nathen bryant
Union city, OK
Sorry for your loss he was a good man
Cindy Knight
Carter, OK
So sorry for your loss.  He was a very special, talented, do anything he could for you friend, and best family man around.  He will be missed by many.  You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Carla Hutchison
Vinson, OK
So sorry to hear this. Curtis was one of a kind. prayers of strength for Marilyn and the whole family
Janet Potter
Mangum, OK
Curtis will be missed. He was a strong leader, encouraging man, and friend to countless people. His poetry was a legacy! Praying comfort for the family
Mary Brignon
Mangum, OK
Sending love and prayers to you all
Elizabeth White/Blair
Wheeling, WV
Sorry to hear about Curtis
Richard Hightower
Ponca City, OK
Missing you my best friend
Tim and Joan O'Toole
Bixby, OK
Curtis was a fine man. Greer county is a better place because of him. Well done sir. Well done.
Randy and Kyle Cumby
Altus, OK
Special childhood memories! We are praying for comfort and peace for your family! Curtis will be missed!
Lindsey Biss
Ocean springs, MS
God blessed your family with a great man. What a legacy and memory he is leaving behind. I am glad to have had the opportunity to meet him. He is a great asset in the sky now. His presence will stay with his grand babies forever.
James L Kerbo
Oklahoma City, OK
Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Curtis Bell, he is one that will be dearly missed
JW Smith
Mangum, OK
sorry for your loss. he was one of a kind..we all will miss him
Robin Patterson
Wellington, TX
I'm so sorry to hear of him passing! He was one of a kind and I will keep all our fun memories from the Sale Barn close!
Brandy Lane
Okc, OK
My condolences... Curtis was an amazing man and will be dearly missed??
Kim Mardis
Oklahoma City, OK
Curtis always loved his wife and girls. He was a very hard worker he did a lot for 4H and FFA he will be missed in SW Oklahoma. Prayers for the Bell family
Janie BUCK
Mangum, OK
Thanks to Curtis I was able to watch the bats emerge from the bat caves.  He was a very generous person.
Sue Odom
Our thoughts and Prayers to the Bell family .. Larry and Sue Odom
Lee and Jeanne Betschart
Roy, WA
We'll miss you Curtis but you will always be in our hearts.
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