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Winfred Lee Bell, Sr.
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Winfred Lee Bell Sr. was born November 3,1930 in Carthage, TX to Jesse and Mattie White Bell.
To their union was added Mae Helen, Marjorie, Thelma, and Levonia. Fred accepted Christ at an
early age and was baptized at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Carthage. He was raised in a highly
principled God fearing family with lots of love laughter and occasional childhood mischief.

He served his country as a Corporal in the United States Army.

In 1952 he married Earlie Delley and to this union was added Marguerite Lynne and
Winfred Lee Jr. (deceased). In 1976 he married Florence Emily Ashmead and remained
married to her for 35 years until her death on July 23, 2011.

Fred loved church work!! He was a long standing and active member of New Hope
Baptist Church of Denver, Colorado where Reverend Dr. Eugene Downing, Jr. is the
Pastor. He served as deacon and on the food ministry committee which is responsible
for food and sustenance for those in need in the Denver community. He especially loved
attending Sunday School! He was also very active and supportive of his son in law
Pastor Milton Thomas who is president and CEO of Thomas Ministries and pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist
Church. Thomas Ministries provides turkeys as well as full course hot Thanksgiving
meals for around 5,000 people in the Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and
Ft Morgan communities, participates in the Aurora Shop with a Cop program, and
conducts job fairs. Fred was also a member of the Aurora Key Community Response
Team which is made up of volunteers who respond for the City of Aurora in times
of civil disorder. Team members serve as facilitators, mediators, and trainers and
put together community forums and dispel rumors. It was very rare that Fred would
miss the meeting or any other opportunity to be of service to God and community,
even down to taking doughnuts to the local fire station to encourage them and show
his support!

In addition to Fred’s church and community work he enjoyed a very rich and fulfilling
family life! He enjoyed traveling, sightseeing, and sports activities. Every year he
would travel to meet his sisters in one location or another for a brother and
sisters reunion — Colorado Springs, Colorado hosted by Mae Helen,
Houston, Texas hosted by Majorie, Palm Springs, California hosted by Thelma,
Anchorage, Alaska hosted by Levonia and other times at his home in
Aurora, Colorado, hosted by himself. They even took a cruise together to the Virgin
Islands! Of course all nieces, nephews, and other family members
we're invited but the trips were specially for brother and sisters to rest, reconnect,
and reminisce. Fred also spent time with his daughter and son in law at family
gatherings in Denver. Often times he would call local family members to say he
was on his way over just “to get a hug”. Fred also enjoyed the fellowship of his
many, many dear friends. He always found to time to keep in touch and let
them know he was thinking about them. He enjoyed sight seeing, driving his car and especially
his dad’s collector truck. Fred enjoyed music, reading, word search puzzles,
travel, bird watching, and visiting museums.

Fred leaves to celebrate his legacy his adoring daughter Marguerite Lynne Strong Thomas
(Pastor Milton Thomas), two grandsons Nicholas Winfred Strong (Laura) and
Nigel Wellington Strong, four sisters Mae Helen Garrett (Jimmy), Majorie Rayson,
Thelma Ware, and Levonia Bell, nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.

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2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Caldwell-Kirk Funeral & Cremation Services

2101 N. Marion Street
Denver, CO 80205





11:00 AM
New Hope Baptist Church

3701 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80205

Cemetery Details


Fort Logan National Cemetery

3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.
Denver, CO 80235


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