Kenton Ray Bell, 50, of Jacksonville, FL, departed this life and entered into Heaven on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, having waged a heroic lifelong defiance of seemingly insurmountable odds. He passed away at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.
Kent was born February 14, 1965 at Fort Belvoir, VA.
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Bobbie Jean Chestnut (Yates), and step father Rev. John Paul Chestnut of Kingsland; brothers Victor G. Bell and wife (Mary) of Oaklandon, Indiana, Major Daniel A. Bell and wife (Sabrina) of Spring, Texas and sister Kimberly Rose Bell of Kingsland, GA; 15 nieces and nephews, 14 great nieces and nephews, many aunts, uncles and dozens of cousins. Kent was preceded in death by his father, the late Army Aviator MSG Everett M. Bell.
Kent graduated from Howe High School, Indianapolis, IN. Attended The University of Kentucky, IUPUI and Ball State, and attended The University of North Florida as a Statistician (Scoreboard Extraordinaire).
Kent was an author, Look Ma, No Hands, No Legs Either. He was also a sports superfan. advocate and activist for independent living for those with disabilities. Profiled in national television and print media, including the Oprah Winfrey show, Kent was an active advocate for independent living for those with disabilities. His life story won an Emmy Award. He was awarded the Florida Governor’s award, and was Host of an internet radio program on Advocate 4 Success.
Funeral services will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.