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Charles Hoey Bell, III
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  • Disabled American Veterans
    109 Bee Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“A great man. He would move mountains for family and did. An awesome father.God bless this family and we all cherish his memories.Lin Timberlake ”
1 of 27 | Posted by: Linwood Timberlake - Raleigh, NC

“My deepest sympathies reach out to Charlie's family, friends and loved ones. He was a great leader and friend and I often wish I could thank him for...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Jim Pradetto - Wilmington, OH

“Dear Lea, I am saddened to learn of Charlie's passing. He is one of my heros and taught me a multitude of values both in business and values of...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Charlie was a great mentor and friend. TIMCO became a place to be proud of because of Charlie. He created an environment of integrity and...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Lon Chaney - Port Charlotte, FL

“Charlie was one of the smartest clients and at the same time one of the most decent human beings I have encountered in my life. Throughout his life,...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Michael Simons - Austin, TX

2016 Photo “Charlie Bell was a one of a kind individual with the emphasis on kind. I met Charlie for the first time at the American Airlines Admiral's Club in...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: John Eichten - Milton, DE

“In a green field at the Greensboro Airport, Charlie Bell built more than a 747 hangar and maintenance operation. He mentored, developed and built a...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Brian mCcARTHY - Friend

“Charles Bell was a wonderful neighbor in Greenwich, CT for many years.Our friendship has lasted through the years despite many miles of separation. ...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Lissie and John Carino - FL

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
9 of 27 | Posted by: Frederick W, Bolchoz III

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
10 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“In 1989 I met Charlie one snowy December evening in Raleigh . He interviewed me that night and hired me a few days later to be part of the startup...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Bill Baker - Lexington, NC

“A wonderful mentor ”
12 of 27 | Posted by: Brian Mccarthy - Reidsville, NC

“Please know that Christina and I have you in our thoughts and prayers at this unhappy time. You have lost a wonderful husband and father and we have...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Tina Bennett - Salem, OR - Family

“We are heartbroken to lose Charlie. He was an amazing uncle and brother-in-law. He blessed our lives in so many ways. Always a true gentleman. I know...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Christina Bennett - Salem, OR

“Mr. Bell was an incredible man. When I was little and he would come to visit, I thought Mr. Bell was my grandfather; I was convinced I had three...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: John Cody Petitfils - Greensboro, NC

“Charles or "Mr Bell" to me He was such a loving, kind, gracious man who has forever left an imprint on my heart. I loved listening to all of his...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Amy Copeland Petitfils - NC

“Charles will always be remembered as a wonderful friend. He leaves us with legacies of courage, integrity, honor, resilience, achievement,...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Mary and Kent Christison - NC

“We are very sorry to hear of your loss. We want you to know that we are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time and that our thoughts...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Steve and Carla Cochran - SC

“Our condolences and love to Lea & family. Charlie's sincere warmth and grace was an example for all. We will miss him so much. He was always the...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: FRED & NANCY KENNEDY - SC

“I will always remember Charlie's smile. I would see him at the senior center from time to time and he just lit the place up.He & Lea were the perfect...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Linda DeLuca - Mt.Pleasant, SC

“I remember when Charlie came down on the floor and worked along side us, even though it was for a short time it still spoke volumes to the kind of...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Ron Kroemer - Ft dodge, IA

Snow Skiing in Beaver Creek, Colorado “I first met Charlie and Lea in the early 90's when Brian and I flew into Greensboro to accept his job offer at Timco. Charlie picked us up at the...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Kathy McCarthy - Reidsville, NC

“Wishing Charlie's family my condolences. He is a major reason for my success in aviation. He was a true leader that cared deeply about his employees....Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Chris Scullion - Greensboro, NC

“So sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. Charlie was one of the finest men I have ever known. He had an excellent mind. He provided opportunity for so...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Tom Gollicker - Friend

“I have many fond memories of working as Charlie's assistant during our stay at Seaboard World Airlines. Of all my jobs, this was by far the best. ...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Terry Ypil - Palm Coast, FL

“We will all miss Charlie, the consummate gentleman. Many happy memories from our parties in Raleigh. Wishing Lea and family peace at this time.With...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Laura Hall - Durham, NC - Friend

“Charlie, I have such wonderful memories working at TIMCO under your leadership. You weren't just the President of our company, I felt you were my...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Dianne Fisher - Winston-Salem, NC


Charles Hoey Bell, III, of Mount Pleasant, SC, husband of Lea Mortensen Bell, passed on June 13th 2017 at age 90 after a long illness and is now at peace. Charles was born in Parkersburg, WV on March 24,1927 to the late Charles H. Bell, II and Helen Cramer.

After graduating from West Point class of 1950, Charlie served in the 11th Airborne Division during the Korean War. Charlie always treasured the values he developed at West Point which helped him throughout his life. After resigning from the Army in 1955,Charlie went to work at WPAFB in Dayton, Ohio; then joined the engineering team withAMF's Government Products Group in Greenwich, Ct; then became VP of Dortech in Stamford, Ct; then Senior VP at Seaboard World Airline at JFK in New York; he then joined The Aviation Group in Raleigh, NC and became President/Vice Chairman of Orion Air; He was the founder, President and CEO of Triad International Maintenance Corporation (TIMCO) in Greensboro, NC which became one of the largest and most successful independent aircraft maintenance companies in the world. Charlie was known to be a tough but fair businessman with honesty, integrity and who realized the importance of people.

Charlie was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a kind hearted, caring and generous man, a true gentlemen. Charlie was an avid sportsman and champion in handball & racquetball, and loved dancing with his wife Lea.

He is survived by his loving wife Lea Bell of over 50 years, son Charles E. Bell (Andrea) of Mount Pleasant, SC and his daughter Pia Ford of Kill Devils Hill, NC and 6 grandchildren Sierra, Lexi, Luke, Carson, Molly and Floyd.

A special thank you to our wonderful caregivers Angel, Sarah, Ann, Lana & Edna.

Memorial services will be private. Arrangements by J. HENRYSTUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in honor of Charlie to the Disabled American Veterans ( DAV), 109 Bee Street, Charleston, SC 29401.