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Millington man to be honored during weekend ceremony

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MILLINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - A Millington man will be honored this weekend for his remarkable life.

Born in New Albany, Mississippi back in 1919, Joe Bell's family moved to Memphis and later to Millington, where he's lived for the last 80 years with very few health problems.

Bell's wife died about 14 years ago.  Now, his kids take care of him.  Relatives say the retired International Harvester worker is very independent.

"My dad is quite independent. He drives. He shops for himself. He dresses himself," said his daughter, Peggy Bell.

Joe Bell distinguished himself as an army soldier in several wars.  His contributions will be recognized this weekend when his family celebrates his 90th birthday.

Shelby County representatives will celebrate too, as they give him the Living Legend award for all of his years as a citizen of Shelby County.  He'll also get an award from the city of Millington.

Bell says he gives God the credit for allowing him to live so long, and he has advice for others on how to live a long life:

"You treat everybody right and don't harm nobody," he said.

Bell is not the oldest person in his family.  He sister is 97, and his little brother just turned 80.

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