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Sylvia Johns Bell

June 21, 1942 — September 15, 2023

Beech Bluff

Sylvia Johns Bell, a beloved wife, mother, teacher, and friend, passed away on September 15, 2023, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. She was born on June 21, 1942, in Jackson, TN, to Robert Earl Johns and Margaret Childress Johns.

Sylvia had a passion for education and dedicated many years of her life to teaching. She worked tirelessly as a teacher at Medina, going above and beyond to help her students succeed. Her commitment was truly remarkable; she would stay late hours to assist students who needed extra support. In fact, one of her former students recently expressed that without Sylvia's guidance and influence, he wouldn't have graduated high school. Her impact on the lives of her students will be remembered for years to come. Later in her career, Sylvia took on the role of receptionist at USJ.

Not only was Sylvia a dedicated educator, but she was also a loving wife and mother. She treasured her family dearly and created a warm and nurturing home for them. Her husband Gerald Bell and son Gerard Bell were fortunate to have her by their side throughout their lives.

Sylvia's vibrant personality extended far beyond her immediate family. She valued her friendships deeply and cherished the time spent with her dear friends.  Together they created countless memorable moments filled with laughter and love.

In her free time, Sylvia indulged in various hobbies and interests that brought joy to her life. She adored cats and found comfort in their presence. Sylvia had an insatiable love for reading; her book collection was vast and could captivate any avid reader's imagination. Additionally, she enjoyed savoring delicious food while dining out with friends. Engaging in intellectual conversations was also a significant source of fulfillment for Sylvia; she delighted in deep and thought-provoking discussions. Furthermore, she had a particular fondness for Halloween DISH scapes, displaying her creative spirit.

Left to cherish her memory is her devoted husband, Gerald Bell; loving son, Gerard Bell; and special friends, Kay Gooch, Josephine Crinshaw, Sue Ward, and Sarah Pate.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Earl Johns and Margaret Childress Johns.


A Memorial Gathering to celebrate Sylvia's life will be held on September 19, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Arrington Funeral Directors and Crematory.

As we mourn the loss of Sylvia Johns Bell, it is important to remember the light she brought into our lives. May her soul find eternal peace, and may we find solace in the beautiful memories she leaves behind.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Sylvia Johns Bell, please visit our flower store.

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