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Carney Rickman Bell

retired owner and operator of Austin & Bell Funeral Homes, Springfield, Tennessee, died February 19, 2013, at age 79. Bell graduated from Tennessee Tech and joined the U.S. Navy, serving as a naval aviator. After the death of his father, he returned to Springfield to run the funeral home with the late Tom Austin, becoming sole owner after Austin’s death. Bell was a licensed funeral director and embalmer and continued to work at Austin and Bell until his retirement in 2009. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Springfield and served on its board. He was past commander of American Legion Post 48, past president of the Springfield Kiwanis Club, organizer and first chairman of the Robertson County Airport Committee, member of the Kentucky and Tennessee funeral directors associations, a member of Gideon’s International, former board member of John A. Gupton College, past president of the American Cancer Society of Springfield, past president of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Bellwood Cemetery and chairman of the Bell-Willett Charitable Foundation. In addition to his career in funeral service, Bell spent much of his time on his family’s “Bell Bottom Farm.” He is survived by wife Bonnie; sons Robert, John, James and Richard; daughters Karen and Sperry; and 14 grandchildren.