On June 17th, 2011, God received an angel on wheels who had given so much of his time, talent and treasure to helping serve those in need. Tim Bell was “promoted to glory” after a motorcycle accident claimed his life but his legacy; his love for others and heart to give back lives on!
Tim was a member of Riders in the Son, which is a ministry outreach of Godwhy.com. This group, for the past 4 years has taken every shift for two Saturdays (10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.), covering 2 doors at a local Walmart to ring bells for The Salvation Army Citadel Corps during our Red Kettle season. Tim was one of those amazing and dedicated bell ringers who always had a smile for everyone who passed by and was usually the first one to sign up for a shift!
We chatted with a couple of Tim’s closest friends and asked them to share with us their memories of Tim.
“It’s been a blessing watching Tim grow in his faith and enjoy doing for others. It was pure joy to him to volunteer for any service within our ministry. I’ve never seen anybody evangelize to brother bikers like Tim – he was proud of his Christianity and is no doubt partying like a rock star where the streets are paved of gold.” -John Perona – founder, Riders in the Son ministry
“I have known Tim for over 15 years. He’d has always been a steadfast friend and riding brother. His providing for his family and extended family was his first priority. He had a tough life always working anyway he could to make ends meet. After he attended GodWhy he became a leader in the motorcycle ministry (Riders in the Son) eveready to donate time, talents, and money wherever it was needed. He was baptized and also chosen as a volunteer of the month at church. As a professional construction worker he donated his skills in several remodeling jobs that improved the lives of others. He was the first to signup for the SA bell ringing and helped to assure that toys were delivered to the Sumner County DCS for the kids.
He served his country as a Marine in 1975-76 but broke his leg severely and was honorably discharged. While working on a house he fell about forty feet and broke his leg again . He returned to work with a cast a few weeks later in order to support his family. He left a huge family of 9 children and about 19 grandkids between Tim and his wife Connie. His giving heart will be sorely missed by all that knew him.” –Rick Prescott
On November 4, 2011, Tim’s widow Connie was presented with an award in honor of her husband Tim, naming him “Bell Ringer of the Year.” during our annual Christmas kick off at the Ryman Auditorium.
God speed my friend!