Sue Channell

Sue Channell

Longtime teacher at Parkwood High School, Sue Bell Channell, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021. She was born August 20, 1936 in Wilkinson County, Georgia to the late Luther Wesley Bell and Jessie Shepherd Bell. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Rollin.

She is survived by her brother, Johnny Bell, and her two sons, Dean and Jim. She was a loving grandmother to eight grandchildren. Dean and his wife, Kathy, have four children, Jesse, Audrey, Amelia, and Grace. Jim and his wife, Pam, have four children, Edie, Kenneth, Kady, and Susie. Both “Nana” and “Papa” were deeply involved in their grandchildren’s lives and the lessons learned from them will benefit our family for generations to come.

Things to know about Sue:

• Sue was a great high school basketball player. In fact, a barnstorming women’s professional team of that era wanted her to play for them after high school. Her mother, Jessie, would have none of it and insisted that she go to college.

• Thank goodness her mother, Jessie, was so insistent. Sue met her future husband, Rollin, as a freshmen at Young Harris Junior College.

• Sue and Rollin dated through their college years even as they attended different schools to finish their education. After college, Rollin entered the Army for mandatory service and was stationed in Alaska. While in Alaska, Rollin sent, through the mail, an engagement ring and proposal letter to Sue. Sue said “yes” to the proposal and they married on a hot August day in 1959.

• Sue was an ardent supporter of Rollin and the basketball teams he coached. Close games were almost too much for Sue. She was known to bury her eyes in her hands or to turn and look at the wall when she got nervous at games.

• Sue learned to be a great cook from her mom, Jessie, and took great pride in treating her family to wonderful dishes during the holidays.

• Sue was a great “Nana.” She was an endless encourager to her grandchildren and beamed with pride at their successes.

Sue and Rollin were only apart for a few days and while the family is extremely sad, we are happy they are together again.

Funeral services will be private.

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Gordon Funeral Service and Crematory is caring for the Channell family.


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