With heartfelt sympathy we announce the earthly transition of Retired Command Sergeant Major Martha Rogers Moore Bell of Atlanta, formerly of Gadsden, who traded time for eternity on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at the age of 74.
Retired Command Sergeant Major Martha Moore Bell was born on October 2, 1948, in Etowah County to the late Freeman Rogers, Sr. and Eunice D. Rogers from Gadsden, Alabama. She was called to her eternal home on March 2, 2023.
In 1966 Martha graduated, with honors, from Carver High School in Montgomery, Alabama. She continued her education at one of Alabama’s fourteen Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama. After graduating university, Martha enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Private First Class and later achieved the rank of Command Sergeant Major, one of the highest rankings of an enlisted soldier.
As a private, first class for the U.S. Army, Martha saw action in several countries and shared many amazing stories of her time in the army. She proudly served her country with the 460 First Illuminati Association, Casualty Assistance, Army Reserve and was a member of the National Association of Black Military Women. The U.S. Army recognized Martha for her honorable service.
As Martha served her country, she was also a pillar of support in the local community. Until her death, Martha’s civic affiliations included her work with the Fulton County Elections Team, as an election day poll worker, being an ardent member of Toastmasters International, supporting her neighborhood subdivision in leadership roles for many years and, being a charitable donator to many mission and outreach groups including the foreign missions group Coins of Hope.
Martha greatest achievement was accepting Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at a young age. She fervently served God and shared her blessings. She became a faithful member and leader in Ben Hill United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout her many years of service at this church, she seized every opportunity to share the good news of the gospel message through active participation as an Associate Lay Leader and Lay Servant and with various ministries such as the Stephen Ministry, Jewels and Partners Ministry, Social Concerns Ministry and Veteran’s Ministry, Usher Board, Couples in Christ Sunday School Class, and United Women in Faith.
Martha was preceeded in death by her parents, Freeman Sr., and Eunice D. Rogers; sisters, Annie Wilson (Albert C.), Maple Rogers Wright (Pastor Gerald); and brothers, Freeman Rogers, Jr. (Kay) and Chester Rogers.
She leaves to cherish her memories: her sister, Beulah Miller; nieces and nephews, Joy Evans (Rodney), Felicia Johnson (Trapper), Fredrick Miller, Jr., Andre, Patryce and David Wright, Victoria and Jeffery Wilson; cousins, Ira Mae Deyampert and Dr. Lionel Marzette; special friends, Willie Miller, Jr., Pauline and William Carr, Jean and Nikki Brown, Deaconess Gloria Parker, Juanita Jackson, Dyanne Cunningham, Carrie Shipp, Norma Johnson, Buford Gaiter, Lillie Young, Dr. Parren Shannon, Emma Dumas, Catherine Taylor, Marie Tanner, Mary Leeover, Riley Morton, Vilma Gilstrap, Vicki Calloway, Mary McNair, Tyrone McAllu, Iona Walker, Brenda Hutchinson; a host of friends, colleagues and neighbors including Robin Vilal.
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