The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Kerry “Termite” Bell will be the grand marshal for the 2016 Holiday parade scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 27 in downtown Washington Court House.
“The honor of being recognized as Washington Court House’s grand marshal is a mere token of a community’s appreciation and affection to a worthy citizen, Kerry “Termite” Bell,” reads just one of the several nominations received for Bell. Accolades were unanimous that Bell was worthy of the honor for his 50-plus years of service to the community.
As former owner of Bell’s Shell, 703 Columbus Ave., he not only served as a role model and mentor for young people…”His corner service station became a beacon for young men learning not only a mechanic’s craft, but learning important life lessons.”
He provided a helping hand to numerous families and, along with wife Janet, gave turkeys to city and county law enforcement personnel while they were working away from their families at the holidays.
Chamber president Whitney Gentry said there were many strong candidates this year and the committee had a very tough decision.
“We hope those persons will make their nominations again next year, they are all very worthy, but this year belongs to Termite,” she said.
Another nomination read, “Answering the call for help no matter what time of day or night it may be, Termite was always there for the families that had a vehicle accident. He greeted the public with a smile and a thank you.”
“Congratulations Termite, we look forward to greeting you with a smile and a wave as you lead our holiday parade through town,” said Gentry.