Roger Dale Bell

Friday, July 19, 2019

Roger Dale Bell, 70, of Caraway, passed away after a short battle of pancreatic and liver cancer on Thursday, July 18, 2019. He was surrounded by his children, grandchildren, family and close friends.

He was born Nov. 19, 1948, in Jonesboro to the late J.L. and Lucille Smith Bell. Roger proudly served his country in the Arkansas National Guard. Roger was a row crop farmer for many years. After retiring from farming, he started Diamond B Spraying. Roger did vegetation spraying in various states. The last several years, Roger was a cattle farmer. He enjoyed working his cattle, riding horses and team roping. Roger spent many hours building the Caraway Equine Center where the annual Bull Bust was held along with weekly riding and team roping activities. He enjoyed deer hunting. When his daughters were in school, he would help coach softball and preparing local softball fields for games. During the spring and summer, you would often find him watching his granddaughter play softball or watching his grandsons coach and play soccer. Roger was a loving father, grandad, brother and a friend to everyone.

He is survived by his daughters, Janna Shay Bell of Brookland and Tonya Mason of Caraway; a sister, Madonna Plunkett (Dewey) of Monette; and three grandchildren, Brett Brewer, Anna Mason and Connor Brewer; his faithful and beloved dog, Reba; special friend and right hand man, Dwight Whittenburg, and close friends, Brenda Wood Stotts and Lisa Mathis; many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family.

The visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.

A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Caraway Cemetery with Albert Camp and Al Sturgeon officiating.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Bo James, Rick Meadows, Chris Mason, Heath Primm, Chris Mathis and Wayne Fires, and as honorary pallbearers, Dwight Whittenburg and the 1966 Class of Caraway Tigers.

A special thank you to the nurses at Arkansas Home Hospice for their amazing care and support and to the staff at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude towards those that have helped with the cattle, horses and maintenance needs during this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children Research Hospital.