American Press, October 4, 1061:
J. ALBERT BEL
BUSINESSMAN DIES OF WOUNDS
LAKE CHARLES, Oct 3 (Spl) -- J. Albert Bel, 49, member of an
old and prominent Lake Charles family and a widely known
businessman, died late Monday night of accidental gunshot
His body was found by Mrs. Bel about
7:30 a. m. Tuesday when she entered the bedroom.
Dr. Harry S. Snatic, parish coroner, said Mr. Bel apparently
died instantly from a wound of the abdominal region when the
12 gauge shot gun he was attempting to repair accidently
Mr. Bel was seated on a bed at his
home, 601 Helen, when the accident occurred. He had made
plans to go to Reynosa, Mexico, with friends, to hunt doves,
and was readying the gun, one of his favorites, for the
The mechanism for injecting shells into the firing chamber
was not functioning properly, the coroner explained.
Member of a pioneer family, his
grandfather was Capt. John Albert Bel, an early settler, and
a grandmother, Mrs. Della Goos Bel, also was a member of a
family coming to Lake Charles in its early days.
Mr. Bel is survived by his wife, the
former Daisy Miller Boyd; two sons, the Rev. Ernest F. Bel
of New Orleans and James Boyd Bel of Lake Charles; one
daughter, Miss Jeanne Bel, a freshman at Louisiana State
Univ.; his mother, Mrs. Ernest F. Bel, Lake Charles, a
sister, Mrs. Rudolph Krause, Lake Charles, and two
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His body is at the Hixson Funeral Home. Services will be
conducted at 11 a. m. Wednesday at the Episcopal Church of
the Good Shepherd.
The Rev. Iveson B. Noland, coadjutor
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, Alexandria,
the Rev. Robert L. Crandall, rector of the Church of the
Good Shepherd and the Rev. Robert John Dodwell and the Rev.
Woollen H. Walshe, assistants; the Rev. Harold R. Bott,
rector of the St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church,
Lake Charles, and the Rev. Nicholas J. Abraham, of Sulphur
will officiate. Burial will be in Orange Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Rawls Fortenberry,
Richard H. Trahan III, John Khoury, Dr. Charles Mackey, Dr.
Gordon Deen, Hunter Perrin, John Noble and Jimmy Tausig.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles
Noble, Richard E. Gerard, H. G. Chaulkley, Ralph Potter, A.
W. Noland Jr., C. Ashton Fenet, George A. Robinson, Dr. Hugh
DeLaureal, Richard E. Watson, J. A. Kiplinger, Max Chesson,
Weyland Welch, Daniel Poole, William Poole, Ernest Poole,
Sheffield Royer, William People, Ted Askew, Cecil K. Colon,
Dr. Eugene McDonald, Dan Woodring, A. S. Shepherd Jr., Dr.
Warren Raggio, W. D. Wesley, John Henry, C. A. King II, E.
D. Windham and Lou Findley, Charles H. Lawrence and Delmar
Mr. Bel had served with the American
Transport Service attached to the military during World War
II and for a period prior to that time was a pilot for
Braniff Air Lines.
Mr. Bel was president of Lacassine Co., was managing partner
of John A. Bel Estate and of Quatre Parish Co., served as
treasurer of Bel Oil Co. and was on its board of directors,
and was president of both the Arnoudville Co. and the Lake
Arthur Rice Drier in Lake Arthur, La.
He had served on the city recreation
commission, was a member of the Lake Charles Golf and
Country Club and of the Pioneer Club.
Educated in public schools of Lake
Charles, he was a graduate of Lake Charles High School and
attended the University of Alabama.
The family has requested that no
flowers be sent. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to
make donations to the Episcopal Day School, to the Heart
Fund or to Boys Village.