Carol Bell Price


Mrs. Carol Bell Price, 80, of Bay City, Texas, passed away Feb. 27, 2021. She was born at Langley Field Air Force Base in Hampton, April 20, 1940, to Virginian born parents, Effie Waterton Bell and James Kenneth Bell. While a new toddler, her dad was assigned to serve during World War II for several years in Egypt.  Her 92-year-old cousin, Jean Parker, of Hampton, said the family called her “the Darling of Exmore” during this time. Carol was raised as an “Air Force brat,” graduated high school in Sumter, S.C., and while working at a civil service job on base, met her future husband stationed there from Deer Park, Texas. They married there and upon his completion of service, moved to Texas joining the Massey family in the Van Vleck area. Her adventure included raising three children, their many agricultural show animals, and learning the Texas culture.

In later years, she remarried and all 4 foot, 10 inches of Carol earned a commercial driver’s license to cross the country in 18-wheeler semi-trucks with her husband. Carol wanted to make sure she saw as much of the country as possible. She later qualified as a prison guard with the State of Texas. She loved to cook, collect record albums, never had enough dogs, and would entertain everyone with her own sense of humor whenever possible.

In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Price; and brother-in-law, Rufus Price, of the community of Edwin, Ala. Survivors include her brother, Kenny Bell, of Valle Crucis, N.C.; her son, Kenneth Wayne Massey, his wife, Laura, and daughters, Patricia Massey Bell and Michelle Massey Atkinson and husband, Marshall; three  sisters-in-law in Alabama, Eleanor Volf, Peggy Boothe and husband, Leamon, and Hilda Fay Hartzog and husband, Richard; grandchildren, Rachel Massey, Andrew Massey and wife, Rose, Justin Atkinson and wife, Michelle, Cody Atkinson, Mathew Bell, and Taylor Bell; and five great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 10 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Van Vleck, Texas. Honorary pallbearers will be all her grandchildren. It will also be live streamed on Facebook by the church.

Carol’s family sincerely appreciates the many caring friends and nurses who have helped her at this time of life transition.

“When Peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say it is well, it is well with my soul.”
by Horatio G. Spafford, Ville du Havre

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Crisis Center of Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas,
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