Linda Clevenger Eckard Bell, 68, was a precious woman who
left to go rejoice in the presence of the Lord on September 1, 2012, at Gaston
Memorial Hospital, Gastonia, North Carolina.
She was born November 18, 1943 in Wayne County, Michigan,
the daughter of the late James Donald and Alene Fine Clevenger.
The family once lived in Newport and attended West End
Baptist Church. Linda also attended Edgemont Elementary School and has friends
and relatives there.
A funeral service was on Wednesday, September 5, 2012,
held at Berea Baptist Church, 2522 Hickory Grove Road, Gastonia, by the Revs.
Odell Cook, Ronnie Bowers, and speaker Wilson McDonald.
The family received friends at Greene Funeral Service,
South Chapel, 1503 S. York Road, Gastonia. Interment was in Gaston Memorial
Pallbearers for the service were Ann Eckard, Brenda
Eckard Rhodes, Dinky Eckard, Carolyn Eckard Williams, Myra Eckard Rhyne, Jill
and Kelly Eckard.
Mrs. Bell is survived by her husband of 16 years Joe
Wilkins Bell; daughter Melynda Eckard Craig of Cramerton; son Paul Timothy
Eckard and wife Dana of Gastonia; stepson Donnie Welch Bell of Winston-Salem;
grandson Justin Revels and wife Sarah of Princeton; granddaughters Miranda Hill
Graham and husband Richard of Gastonia and Brittany Duran of Gastonia;
great-grandchildren Cameron, Zachary, and Mattisen of Princeton; brother
Quindell Clevenger of Belmont; sisters Barbara Clevenger Moore and husband
Johnny of Cramerton; Carolyn
Whitworth of Bessemer City and Cynthia Clevenger of Belmont; brother and
sisters-in-law Ann Eckard, Carolyn Williams and husband Joe, Danny Eckard, Mike
Eckard and wife Dinky, Myra Rhyne and husband Scott, Joe Eckard and wife Jill,
Terry Eckard and wife Kelly, Wilson McDonald and wife Clara and Ruby Smith, and
numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by
her first husband of 35 years Buddy James Eckard, dear sister Gloria McDonald,
and brothers-in-law Bobby and Bill Eckard.