Some people touch lives without even moving. A generous heart, a humble spirit, a willingness to give freely of themselves, a southern charm with a smile that illuminates whatever space entered… this was Tameka Youlonda Bell.
Tameka “Meka” Bell was born on March 25, 1977, the daughter of Dwight and Gloria Bell. Tameka received her heavenly halo on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at her home in Irmo S.C.
Tameka was a graduate of McCormick High School and furthered her education at Piedmont Technical College and Lander University receiving a degree in Accounting. Tameka was previously employed at the University of South Carolina and SC Teen Pregnancy Prevention before venturing out on faith to establish her own business, Bell Financial Services.
Tameka fell in love with Christ at a very young age. Being actively involved in church, she dedicated her life to Christ and served as a willing vessel, being used wherever needed. Tameka truly had the heart of a servant. She gave so much to so many people whether it was through her time, love, advice, wisdom, or laughter. Until her last day, she served as a faithful member of Forward City Church in Columbia S.C.
Knowing Tameka is to know that she would always speak her mind with a bluntness that was unapologetic. Honesty came second nature to her along with other attributes such as kindness, loyalty, and dependability. Tameka was a social butterfly, making friends wherever she went and leaving an unforgettable presence behind… even now that she’s gone.
She leaves to celebrate her life, her parents, Rev. Dwight and Gloria Bell of McCormick SC.; two sisters, LaShondray Wideman of Greenwood SC, and Nakisha Anderson of Greenwood SC; one brother, Kelvin (Gambrelle) Bell of Clarks Hill SC; a special friend, Mark Chambers of Charlotte NC, her godchildren; Michael Goodwin Jr. and Gabrielle Goodwin both of Columbia SC, beloved nieces and nephews, cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Some would say love is a choice, but it is an uncontrollable force that invades your heart a little bit at a time when you least expect it. It’s not always bonded by blood nor deeds, it just is! A true abiding love is unconditional and everlasting into infinity. And the choice is to receive it when it comes, hold on to it while it’s there, and to never let it go! We will cherish her memory always.
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