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September 4, 1960 ~ January 10, 2024 (age 63) 63 Years Old
On September 4th, 1960, Fort Bell was born to Paula Rhodes-Bell and Fort DeGraphenreed in Indianapolis, IN. A loving son, brother, grandson, uncle, husband, father, and grandfather. Fort was filled with so much faith in God throughout his life. He departed this world at the age of 63 on January 10th, 2024. He gave his life to Christ at an early age and was constantly speaking the word of God and praying.
Fort attended Arsenal Technical High School where he graduated in June 1979, married his first wife, Janet and in this union two children were created, Felecia and Lil Fort. During this time Fort joined the Marines to start his career. When he returned home Fort assisted with the
beginning of King Ribs with the Clardy Family, worked at Community Hospital for several years and then went onto start his own business as the Handyman. Janet and Fort would later separate but remain lifelong friends.
Throughout the years Fort had additional children Angie, Chad, Torrie and then he moved to Louisiana with his wife Linda, and they had Joshua. Yes, quite a few children and four marriages, lol. Always quick to express how much he loved his children and sometimes long conversations led to him wishing some things in his life could’ve been different especially as a father.
Fort was very close to his family, nieces and nephews and was always ready to call them “crooks” when he saw them. He enjoyed helping his favorite Aunt Judy with her daycare. Fort always had his bible with him, enjoyed walking or riding on his bike down 38th St and many people would see him just relaxing on a bench and reading his bible. Fort was soo funny and kept the family laughing whether we were playing cards or at a family gathering. A true jack-of-all-trades from fixing cars, painting or helping build a house and what he did not know he read upon it and within his reach he would do it. Very humble and growing up he would often downplay those handsome looks that everyone saw first.
As Fort got older, he lost his sight and had other illnesses which led him to coming back to Indy and then living his last four years at Hooverwood Living Facility. He would laugh and say how much the staff fussed over him. Always wanting to keep him comfortable, playing his gospel music and smiling. We truly thank all the staff at Hooverwood Living.
Fort is preceded in death by his Grandparents; Ella Mae and Roger Bell, Father; Fort DeGraphenreed, Siblings; Myrna DeGraphenreed, Steveanna Sears, and Darnell Bell. Survived by his mother; Paula Rhodes, spouse; Linda F. Bell, daughters; Felecia (Richard) Barnes and Angie Bell, sons; Fort Bell, Chad Bell, Torrie Bell and Joshua Bell, siblings; Stephanie McClendon, Kim Bell, Plucky Bell, Angie (Devon) Swanigan, Richetta Price, Paul (Monnicka) Bell, Robin Kendrick, Lorie Dickerson, Rheta DeGraphenreed, Michael DeGraphenreed several grandchildren, one greatgrandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.