Macky Bell

Carol “Macky” Bell, 93, of Ocracoke died Monday, Sept. 3, in Spring Arbor of The Outer Banks.

Born April 19, 1925, she was the only child of the late Kathryn R. McMurtry and Daniel C. Staton of Harrison County, Kentucky.

Although Cynthiana, Kentucky, was her native home, Macky relocated to Ocracoke in 1987 and became a devoted member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church and an avid supporter of Ocracoke School and its athletics.

She was well known and loved around the island and was often seen driving around Ocracoke in her golf cart.  No wine tasting at Zillie’s Island Pantry on Back Road was complete without her there to host all who came to have a good time.  She loved being the “belle of the ball.”

Macky was an avid reader and lover of children, travel, education, Willie Nelson and, of course, Ocracoke. 

After graduating from Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, Macky earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky.  She pursued her teaching career with Harrison County Schools and retired after many years of teaching physical education and coaching cheerleaders.

Macky’s love for University of Kentucky basketball was unsurpassed.  A steely eyed “Go Cats!” followed by laughter, a smile, or approving nod, was a common refrain. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Rollins Bell, and a granddaughter, Brandi Bell Yates.

Macky is survived by two sons, Richard Bell (Paddy) and Mac Bell (Connie); two grandchildren, Christina Bell Jefferson (Dwayne) and Heather Poell (Timothy); and three great-grandchildren, Eli Bell Jefferson, Campbell Grey Jefferson, and Phoenix Yates.

This loving mother, grandmother, great–grandmother and friend will be sorely missed. 

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in the Ocracoke United Methodist Church.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed here.

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  1. What a wonderful lady! It was lovely to find another Kentuckian at Zillies. She was so charming and fun loving and made the wine tastings even more fun. She will be missed.

  2. We remember fondly our trips to Ocracoke, and the Zillie’s wine tastings. Macky Bell clearly was a charismatic host who made the evening’s event joyous.

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