Gone but Never Forgotten

Gone but Never Forgotten

By Marla Jones, Managing Editor • marla@southerntorch.com

COLLINSVILLE, Ala. — Mr. Jeremy Glenn Bell, 45 of Collinsville, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, 10 a.m. at the Henagar Cemetery. 

Bell was active in law enforcement for the past twenty years.  He served on the Sylvania and  Collinsville Police Force along with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office during his career. 

“The passing of Jeremy Bell is so sad! I’ve known Jeremy for over 20 years, and he has always had a huge caring heart as long as I knew him. Just last week we talked about church and some old-time policing. One story, in particular, we always talked about, was when Jeremy worked for the Sylvania Police Department and I worked for the State Parks.  One night we got into a pursuit together and chased a car for 45 minutes and the guy ran all the way to Scottsboro and actually pulled into a parking spot at the Jackson County Jail,” stated DeKalb County Sheriff, Nick Welden. “It was just one of the craziest, scariest and funniest pursuits I’ve ever been part of, and one I’ll definitely never forgot! Just like Jeremy, I will never forget him, and the times he has been there for anyone that needed him.  He will truly be missed but I will cherish the blessing the Lord allowed me to to get to know him,” concluded Sheriff Welden. 

Many members of the community have expressed their sympathies on Facebook,  Dr. Jason Barnett posted the following, “Jeremy served as a School Resource Officer at the DeKalb County Technology Center during the 2019 and 2020 school year. Jeremy cared greatly for our students and will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with his many friends and his family.”

On a personal note, I have been friends with Jeremy for many years. He always had a smile on his face and you knew that he was there if you needed him. My life was richly blessed by knowing him.  We lost a great man but heaven gained a wonderful angel.     

Bell is survived by his mother, Kaye Upton; father, Glenn Bell; brothers, Kevin (Angela) Akins and Caleb (Lila) Leath; nephews, Taylor Leath, Mikey Hudgins, and Nathan Hudgins; aunts, Tracey (Todd) Tietgens and Ann (Matt) Hechler; and a host of Cousins and friends.

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