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FOND FAREWELLS AT BELL’S RETIREMENT

Sep 25th, 2009 | 0

By ASHLEY AMASON
County Administrator Ronnie Bell received the fondest farewells from friends and colleagues at a retirement party held at the Walton County Courthouse, Sept. 22.
Following Bell’s comment, “When I retire I’m going to sit on my front porch and play guitar like Andy Griffith,” County Commissioner Larry Jones presented Bell with an acoustic guitar. Commissioner Scott Brannon spoke of the leadership skills Bell taught all of the commissioners over his 32-year career, and Representative Brad Drake thanked Bell for his years of outstanding service.
Judge Kelvin Wells surprised Bell, who wore a crimson and white University of Alabama shirt, with distinguished guest Steadman Shealy. Shealy is the former starting quarterback for Alabama’s 1978-79 national championship teams. Shealy spoke of the lessons he learned from legendary coach “Bear” Bryant to perform with class and commended Bell on behalf of the University of Alabama family for basing his career on the same principle.
On behalf of Congressman Jeff Miller’s office, Helen Hunt Rigdon presented Bell with a Congressional Record recognizing his service to Walton County.
Bell’s two children unveiled a portrait by John Grice honoring Bell’s time spent as Walton County Administrator. “It was an honor to be commissioned to do this piece,” Grice told Bell, “I love you.”
Bell took the podium to thank everyone for sharing in his retirement celebration. “I did my job and had a lot of fun doing my job…I had great people around me…I love you all,” he said.

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