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Jan. 4, 1931—March 11, 2016 Martha “Dorsey” Burris Willoughby Bell, age 85, passed away on March 11, 2016 at Florida Hospital East in Orlando, Fla. She was born January 4, 1931, in the Windy community of Wayne County to the late Claude and Eula Burris. Preceding her in death was her husband of 40 years, Robert “Bob” Willoughby, whom she married on February 2, 1957. Also, preceding her in death was her sister—Mary Allison Hammond; and her brother—Robert “Delno” Burris. Additionally, her second husband Eldon Bell to whom she was married May 28, 2004 preceded her in death. Survivors include her sister—Ruby “Linda” Burris Bonta; and a host of nieces and nephews-Thomas (Lea) Hammond, Phillip Hammond, Jerry Hammond, Timothy Hammond, Martha (Ron) Tibbs, Christopher Ham-mond, Lewis Hammond, Melvin (Liz) Hammond and Robin Hammond, Robert “Greg” Burris, Kevin Bonta, Kenneth Bonta and Dallas Bonta. Also surviving are many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. She was a secretary at Brevard County School Board in Titusville, Fla. for 30 years. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Monticello, Ky. for more than 60 years. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Monticello, before going to reside in Orlando, Fla. with her sister Linda Bonta and becoming a member of the Grace Journey Community Church. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Ed Norris officiating. Burial was in the Lynnhurst Cemetery in Knoxville, Tenn. Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  March 22, 2016
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