Grace Eugenia “Jean” Parker Bell, 94, of Union City passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024. Born on Aug. 7, 1929 in Clinton, Okla., to the late Oliver Harold Parker and the late Olieve Craddock Parker, she lived in Union City for over 70 years.
Funeral services were to be at 1 p.m. today (Feb. 7, 2024) at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with Bro. Gene Hawks officiating. Burial was to follow in East View Cemetery. Visitation was from 11:30 a.m. today until the time of service at the funeral home.
Pallbearers were Lynn Storey, David Searcy, David Storey, Drew Storey, Luke Searcy and Dawson Searcy.
Eugenia was an active member of First Christian Church, where she was a children’s Sunday School Teacher for several years. She was a member of the Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia, attending several national and state conventions. Her French Huguenot ancestor was Pierre Legrand who came to America in the year 1700.
Eugenia married John A. Bell on June 10, 1947, at First Christian Church in Union City. They were married for 72 years. He preceded her in death on Feb. 25, 2020. Together they had three children: Lee John Bell and wife, Lori, of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; Amy Bell Storey and husband, Lynn, of Denton, Texas; and Susan Bell Searcy and husband, David, of Union City. She is also survived by five grandchildren: David Storey and his wife, Dr. Diana, Drew Storey, Katy Searcy, Luke Searcy and his wife, Dr. Madeline, and Dawson Searcy; and one great-grandchild, Annabelle Jean Storey. She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Joyce Parker, O.H. “Buddy” Parker and Edgar Parker. Surviving sibling is Joe Pete Parker of Dyersburg. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Eugenia was a graduate of Union City High School, and worked for 29 years as a representative for Community Greeting Service. She was a wonderful homemaker, sewing many dresses for her daughters, including bridesmaids’ dresses for their weddings. She was also an exceptional cook, being named “Queen of the Kitchen” twice at the Obion County Fair. Her most ambitious baking project was a three-tiered wedding cake for her son and his wife.
Eugenia enjoyed oil painting, reading and gardening. Her yard included several rose bushes and flowers, as well as a bounty of vegetables and fruits. She loved to travel, and had visited nearly every state in the United States. For the last four years, as a resident at the Etheridge House, she enjoyed friendships with residents and staff alike.
Eugenia was a treasure to her family, and the epitome of a virtuous woman, as described in Proverbs, Chapter 31. Her devotion to her husband, children, grandchildren and family left no doubt that she treasured them as well.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.
Published in The Messenger/2.7.24