McKenzie Addison Bell

December 26, 1984 - April 26, 2020
McKenzie Addison Bell

THE BELL TOWER rang out his last chime early Sunday morning, April 26, 2020. This came as an indirect result of his snowboarding accident in 2018. Some of you knew his breathing struggles; most of you did not know the additional effects it caused. As THE BELL silenced, he laid quietly, no struggles anymore. Known as THE BELL TOWER because of his massive size but also known for his massive love, care and consideration for others – and yes, his beard! He was a remarkable person, always striving to give his best effort. Born 12/26/84, he started life as a large baby; and left us 35 years later as a large, gentle bear. He was predeceased by his adoring maternal grandparents Guy & Catherine Benton, Great Granny Roberts, paternal grandparents Vernon & Aslee McClellan, and his dog, Stone. He is survived by his mom, Deborah Bell; father-figure, Herron Hendren, Jr, along with his children Jason Hendren & Jessica Miller and their families, whom McKenzie referred to as his family; brother, Brian Ennis; special cousins, Lorrie & AJ Green; Great Aunt Dot; multiple aunts, uncles, cousins; and a brotherhood and sisterhood of friends. His primary passion was performing music, followed by bowling; and in earlier days, soccer, basketball and gymnastics. Another passion was cooking with hot sauces from around the world!

Gratitude goes to Drs. Gregory Zwack, Michael Parker, Ashley Forystek, Seth Cohen, Eric Pierson, William Boles, and respective staff for your care and concern while trying to make his life more comfortable over the past two years; sincere thanks to nurse Debbie Rossi for your love, compassion and medical instruction, of which we were so appreciative; special thanks to Secret Service Man.

COVID has toughened the options for gatherings. Be very assured, we will celebrate his life in the very near future when we can present a place to avoid medical and legal ramifications. Please stay tuned to social media for further arrangements.

To the LOVE of so many – STRUM FIERCELY, DRUM LOUDLY, SLEEP SOUNDLY, DREAM SWEETLY, BREATHE FREELY! Always your greatest FAN, love Mom

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  • April 30, 2020
    Amy (Brown) Watkins says:
    There are no words. As I look past my tears to type, I keep seeing those blonde curls and that smile. He is a precious soul. His mother is too. Debra you have been lifted in prayer. We love you.

  • April 30, 2020
    Angel & Page Morales says:
    We all are so sadden that your not here McKenzie Bell . I always called you by your first and last name . You have been an extended part of our family for 20 years . We had some really fun family cookouts !!! We all loved you so much . You gave the best hugs . You Made the Best chocolate Chip cookies for my Christmas Eve Party One Year !!! You have touched a lot of peoples hearts , I Will miss your smiling sweet face and your strong bear hugs . You will be missed very much . We are thinking of your Mom Our Hearts go out to her .

  • April 30, 2020
    Sylvia Nucci says:
    Debbie My heart is breaking for you right now. I remember so well the day this baby was born. He was your everything. I have so many pictures of him as a baby. I truly hate that we lost contact with each other. I love you and if you need anything please let me know. RIP baby boy

  • April 30, 2020
    Gery Vaughan says:
    Deborah, I am so sorry for your loss of McKenzie. I never got to know him but reading others responses he must have been a kind, loving person. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm praying God will give you the comfort you need during this time.

  • April 30, 2020
    Bryan S says:
    I always admired his ability to play multiple instruments well. We went to high school together and from there would be the friendly face at the music loft as we got older. He was an incredible person and will be missed greatly.