Roberta Lucille Locke Bell

Born in McMinnville, TN on March 26, 1920

Departed on November 26, 2020 and resided in Springfield, TN

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Mrs. Roberta Lucille Locke Bell, of Springfield, TN, 100, died on November 26, 2020 at NorthCrest Medical Center. Mrs. Bell lived a vibrant, healthy and Christian life for all of her 100 years. Her greatest love was for her family, both immediate and extended. As interested in business as she was family life, Mrs. Bell was a Co-Founder and managing partner of WDBL Radio Station. Upon retiring from the radio station she began selling Real Estate with Searcy Realty & Auctions and had a fruitful second career. Mrs. Bell was also active in her Church – Main Street Church of Christ. She volunteered where she could be helpful, baked and delivered cakes to family, friends and those needing some cheer, as well as volunteered as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle TN. She was the oldest active member at her YMCA until age 95.

Mrs. Bell was daughter to the late Andrew Jackson (AJ) and Marcie Lee Locke. She was preceded in death by her late husband, Miley Hoyt Bell, her son, Ronnie Hoyt Bell, as well as five sisters and two brothers. Survivors include daughter-in-law, Patricia Bell, granddaughter Dr. Kelli Bell Ritter (Curtis), grandsons Rylan and Peyton Ritter of Atlanta, GA; sister Mary McCollum of Nashville, TN; brothers John Locke (Virginia) of Greenbrier, TN and Jack Locke (Carol) of McMinnville, TN; sister-in-law Mae Locke of Russellville, KY; a wealth of loving nieces and nephews along with other family and friends.

Mrs. Bell’s wishes were to be at home as long as possible and we give special thanks to Sue Puckett, family and friends for making that possible. While the sun sets on her life, the sweet memories she left rise in our hearts forever. Her legacy will live on through her contributions to the Bell Family Foundation for Hope.

A Life Celebration will be held on Friday, December 4th at 1:00 pm with Professor Jimmy McCollum, Brother Joe Rushing, Dr. Joe Jackson and Brother Barry Thornberry officiating. Burial will follow at Springfield Memorial Gardens with Professor Jimmy McCollum, John Locke, William Locke, Michael Duke, Steve Holmes and Jack Locke, Jr. serving as pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Elders of Main Street Church of Christ, Jim & Edwin Willhite, Houston Dorris, Jr. and Tommy Hudgens. The family will receive friends on Friday from 10am until the time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Bell requested donations to be made to the Main Street Church of Christ or a Charity of your choice. Online condolences can be made at

These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center: 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172: 615-384-5437.

10 Comments to Roberta Lucille Locke Bell

  1. Faye E. Jackson says:

    One of Springfield’s finest ladies will certainly be remembered for years to come. Hoyt and Roberta Bell were the first folks to welcome Harold and me to Springfield in September 1962 and a lasting friendship arose there after. We are so sorry that we will not be able to attend her memorial service in person, ,but hopefully it will be screened and we will be watching it in person.
    Our deepest love goes out to Mary and Patricia, Amy and Joe and the rest of the family. The church at Main Street has lost a faithful and loving sister and her friends at other congregations throughout the area..
    We love you Bell, your heavenly reward will be there for you.
    Faye and Harold Jackson

  2. Amber Gregory says:

    Our Lord said Ms. Roberta Bell: well done, thou good and faithful servant. This amazing lady spent 100 years on Earth and over 41 years in my life. She left us to reunite in Heaven with her husband, son and so many others in my hometown community that left before her.
    Ms. Bell was well known, but for me she served as my neighbor since I was 6 years old. She and her husband rented their house to my Mom and me for many years. During this time, I often referred to her as my “other” grandmother.
    Her life is one to celebrate. She was a smart lady always willing to learn something new. She had a giving heart and unwavering faith.
    At 100 years old, still had all her faculties! Never once did she forget to call and wish me Happy Birthday or send me a Christmas card.
    I will miss you Mama Bell! 😇
    I will be keeping Patricia, Kelli and the rest of her family in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Mary Anne King says:

    We have lost a loving , Christian woman in our church. I have known Hoyt and Roberta since she came to Springfield and she has always held a special place in my heart I will miss you and am sorry that it is not possible to attend the funeral but hope to watch it on line. I will be keeping the family in my prayers..

  4. Mary Anne King says:

    We have lost a loving, valuable member of our church. I have known her since I was a little girl when she first came to Springfield. I have a lot of good memories when she visited our house on numerous occasions. We love her and will miss her. We will be watching the service on line. We will be keeping the family in our prayers.

  5. Billy Cunningham says:

    My dear Aunt Roberta, how I will miss you. I didnt get to visit you that much but when I did what a time we had! Faye and I will miss your calls so much and will miss you calling me “Billy Hugh”. You were my last living Aunt and I Loved you so much. We will meet again but for now I love you and goodbye.

  6. Coleen Wallace says:

    Roberta, I will miss our weekly calls to laugh and, recall past memories! You made me feel Special in your eyes! I loved visiting you in summers growing up. You & Hoyt , and Ronnie Bell will remain in my heart forever! I am so Blessed to call you my Aunt! I loved you dearly!

  7. Rose James says:

    Have known Mrs Roberta for 40 years and loved her. She was such a great example for all of us, always so friendly and sweet.

  8. Patricia Searcy says:

    Roberta Bell was truly a lady, very few in today’s time. It was my treasure to be her friend. We would talked for hours about her past and life lessons. She allows me to fondly call her Bertie. Restin peace with your loved ones and our sweet Lord.

  9. Nancy Williams Lewid says:

    I have known Mrs Bell since Ronnie and I were in First Grsde She always had a smile and a kind word to me. Inthe past years, we took long rides together Those afternoons I treasure.
    I am on the Assisted Living NHC Home in Bellvue and just now reAcing the obit. I send her familû my prayers and love. Mrs. Bell. You will be missed.

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