Mrs. Thomasenia Woodberry Bell was born in Kingsburg, South Carolina on Jun 26, 1954, the daughter of the late Tom Vant and Maggie Eaddy Woodberry. She was the sixth of eight children. Thomasenia departed this earthly life and entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.
She was converted at an early age and joined St. Mark A.M.E. Church in Johnsonville, South Carolina. She was a loyal and faithful servant in the church. She served in the following positions at St. Mark A.M.E.: Junior Steward Board Pro-Tem, member of the Inspirational Mass Choir, Women Missionary Society, and Church Musician.
She was educated in the public schools of Florence County. She began her early years in school at Stuckey Elementary School, and then she attended Johnsonville High School and graduated in 1972. In August of 1972, she attended Florence-Darlington Technical College and majored in Secretarial Science. In January of 1974, she enrolled in South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She graduated with a BS Degree in Music Education in December of 1977.
Thomasenia was united in Holy Matrimony to Willie E. Bell and to this union they were blessed with one child, Brittany Quantrell Allison.
Thomasenia taught in Sparta, Georgia at Hancock Central High School from 1978 to 1983. She returned to South Carolina in 1983. After returning to South Carolina, she taught for 17 years in the public school system of South Carolina (Williamsburg County and Georgetown County).
She was a dedicated member of Kingsburg Chapter #182 Order of Eastern Star for 43 years. As a member of the Order of Eastern Star, she served as a Star Point, Worthy Matron, and most recently secretary. She was also a member of the Lady Double Dozen Club of Johnsonville, South Carolina, where she previously served as treasurer and most recently secretary. She served as a musician/pianist for various churched in the Pee Dee area. She most recently served as a musician/pianist for Bethlehem A.M.E. Church in Johnsonville, South Carolina. She also served as an Assistant to District Musician (District 9) of the Order of the Eastern Star for several years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three siblings: Helen Woodberry, Mary Elizabeth Graves, and Frank Woodberry.
Thomasenia leaves to cherish her precious memories her husband Willie Edward Bell, a daughter Brittany, and two grandchildren Vante and Asia of the home; three God-children Courtney Woodberry, Shatarah Davis, and EJ Cooper; two brother Tommy Gene Woodberry and Ellerbe (Betty) Woodberry both of Johnsonville, SC; two sisters Patricia W. Kelly of Indiana and Cathey W. Allison of the Johnsonville, SC; a sister-in-law Judy P. Woodberry of Kannapolis, NC; one aunt Sarah Ann Williamson of Columbia, SC; two dear friends Nancy Eaddy of Johnsonville, SC, Kensy Mae Grant of Johnsonville, SC, and Ola Dean Lewis of Hemingway, SC; two nephew she took as her own, Brison A. Allison and Brandon A. Allison, 10 nephews, 8 nieces, 35 great nieces and nephews, 11 great nieces and nephews; two special cousins Geneva B. Morris of Bowie, MD and Novalena Wilder of Florence, SC; and a host of cousins, relatives and friends.