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First African American Mayor Of Barnesville, Georgia Passes




Dewaine Bell, the first African-American mayor in Barnesville, Georgia history, died early Saturday,October 6, 2007 at the Griffin-Spalding County Hospital where he was taken Friday night.
The City Council meeting for October 8, 2007 was canceled out of respect for the late mayor Dewaine Bell.
Bell, a cancer survivor, had been battling a recurrence of the disease and had been very ill for the past three weeks.  Cause of death was gastrointestinal bleeding. 
"Dewaine was an excellent mayor. He was an outstanding spokesman for Barnesville. He always concentrated on our assets not our blemishes.  He never tired of selling Barnesville," city manager Kenny Roberts said.
Bell served as band director at Lamar County High School and later as principal. He was elected mayor
in 2003 and took office on January 1, 2004. Bell was a gifted musician and one of the founders of the Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival. He played keyboards and the saxophone in 4U2C, a band he formed some years back. He also performed on the soprano saxophone at weddings and funerals here and throughout Georgia.
"He will be sorely missed," Roberts concluded.
Bell is survived by his wife, Brenda Bell and daughter.  The family is receiving friends and family at the
residence at 412 Westchester Drive in Barnesville.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2007 from noon until 8 p.m. at Bentley & Son Funeral Home on Mill Street.  The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 11, 2007 at Lamar County Middle School with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.




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