Obituary for Macky Bell

Carol “Macky” Bell, 93, of Ocracoke, NC, native of Harrison County, KY, died Monday, September 3, 2018, at Spring Arbor of The Outer Banks. 

Obituary for Macky Bell

Born April 19, 1925, she was the only child of the late Kathryn R. McMurtry and Daniel C. Staton. 

After graduating from Ashley Hall in Charleston, SC, Macky earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Kentucky. She would pursue her teaching career with Harrison County Schools and retire after many years of teaching Physical Education and coaching cheerleaders. Macky’s love for University of Kentucky basketball was unsurpassed.  A steely eyed “Go Cats!” followed by laughter, a smile, or approving nod, was a common refrain.  

Although Cynthiana, Kentucky was her native home, Macky relocated to Ocracoke in 1987 and became a devoted member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church and an avid supporter of Ocracoke Schools and athletics. She was well known and loved around the island and was often seen driving around Ocracoke in her golf cart.  No wine tasting at Zillie’s was complete without her there to host all who came to pass a good time.  She loved being the Belle of the Ball. Macky was an avid reader and lover of children, travel, education, Willie Nelson and, of course, Ocracoke.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Rollins Bell, and a granddaughter, Brandi Bell Yates. 

Macky is survived by two sons, Richard Bell (Paddy) and Mac Bell (Connie); two grandchildren, Christina Bell Jefferson (Dwayne) and Heather Poell (Timothy); and three great-grandchildren, Eli Bell Jefferson, Campbell Grey Jefferson, and Phoenix Yates. 

This loving mother, grandmother, great–grandmother and friend will be sorely missed.   

A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018, at the Ocracoke United Methodist Church. 

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.

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