Tragically we all lost a great soul yesterday. Randy Bell was so many things and all of them were wonderful. I want you to look at your father, brother, son, and friends because Randy was all of those things and more.
What some of you may not know was how intelligent and caring he was. I am not going to speculate on what happens to us in life but I will say this. Life can bring health issues and other problems that are hard to handle.
I want to place this as a memorial to a great man, a selfless public servant, an avid animal lover and protector, a seeker of truth. Someone once told me, “I don’t want to get on his wrong side.” Randy Bell didn’t have a “wrong side” he just believed in the right side. He wanted things to work like they should and he wanted people to be honest.
Anyone could look deep at any of us and find our faults because trust me they are there. I want to focus on all the great things he did and all the great memories and ask everyone that is willing to join me and show tribute to Randy Bell by continuing to work hard in our community. Let us all come together and never let this man be forgotten. The world would be a better place if we could all be a little more like Randy Bell.
Amen, Lisa, very well said. Randy's loss is devastating. I agree the best way we can all celebrate Randy's life and Honor his memory is to work hard together to better our community.. Focusing on truth and honesty in leadership. More than once I heard folks say that Randy was like a Pit Bull with a bone seeking truth and fighting injustice and corruption. Randy was one of the most honorable and caring men I have ever had the privilege to call friend.
Randy Bell was a unique kind of guy. It's obvious a lot of people liked Randy, and I was one of those. As with anybody, I'm sure there may have been some who didn't agree with some of his views or just didn't understand him, but Randy had good intentions, and cared about his country, loved his friends, and enjoyed his animal companions. As tragic is the story of his death is, there is something to be learned for all of us. Life is tough, and it's certainly not always fair. We all need to be aware of others possibly dealing with tough circumstances beyond what they can deal with alone. Rest In Peace Randy Bell.
Randy loved our community and was a wonderful supporter of the Boys & Girls Club. We grieve his loss and the impact his death will have on friends, family, community and our children.
09/05/13 at 04:42 AM
I didn't know Randy well but what I saw I liked. He was certainly a fighter from what I saw. But what this brings to my mind is that you never know the battles others may be fighting. Keep in mind that when others react badly to you, perhaps you are not the reason. I am so sorry that he felt he could not share - may he rest in Peace.
I was out of town when an email told me of this horrific news. Could not believe what I read, then re-read and re-read the email.
Randy Bell was the light at the end of the tunnel, the man who attempted to take all the negatives within Ellijay and turn them into positives.
His intelligence, his compassion, his understanding, his desire to do the "right thing" each time, every time made him the leader of leaders within Gilmer County.
His visit to our home in December will never be forgotten, his attention to our 4 legged family members was touching.
I wish I could have been the one to comfort Randy during his time of need. I wish Randy could have reached out. I wish I could wake up from this nightmare.
We have lived in Ellijay 7 years ... have never met ANYONE in Gilmer public life who made more sense, a man who only wanted the best for all of us within Gilmer.
My heart is sad, my heart is heavy, but I will always have a special place within .... just for the thoughts and memories of one fine gentleman, Randy Bell.
Randy, you are missed today and all the tomorrows yet to come.
It was my honor and pleasure to know you.
May God Bless you.
09/06/13 at 11:31 AM
Bob, thank you so much for posting such kind and thoughtful words. I couldn't have said it better myself. Randy will be greatly missed.
Randy was a Facebook friend of mine and a wonderful supporter of myself and many of my friends who rescue animals. His loss is devastating to all of us. I am certain that I am not alone in telling everyone who reads this and has been touched by this man that my thoughts and prayers are with Gilmer County.