Another Smith County Deputy killed in car crash: Family remembers

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Deputy Regus "Ricky" Bell was killed just after noon on Monday on FM 317 in Henderson County. Bell and two of his nephews were on their way to bail hay in his truck. The two boys survived the crash.  Bell's fiance wanted to share what she will miss most about the Deputy.

"It just doesn't seem real. It's like I'm in a dream. I'm going to wake up and he's going to be like, I got you," said Bell's fiance, Marilyn Roaf. She described Bell as a prankster. "He's just a character. He's a fun guy. He kept you laughing."

Marilyn says Ricky was a popular face in Moore Station, where he lived and grew up. She said, "When you say Ricky Bell, that was it. People knew Ricky Bell." Marilyn's daughter, Christina Whitehead added, "Everybody knows him. He is like the little mayor of Moore Station."

That all ended just a few miles from his home. Tire tracks signal where his car flipped off the road after a vehicle made an illegal pass from behind. Marilyn said, "One of the main things he always said to me was, when you are in traffic you always have to watch our for everybody else, not only for you." Marilyn said two of Bell's nephews were in his truck when the crash happened.  They were on their way to bale hay and feed horses, something he enjoyed doing in his free time with those he loved.

Christina says in the midst of sadness, there is hope. "He devoted himself to the Lord just recently. I mean he just started going to church," she said. In a time of grief, she says this loss hits too close to home. "Everybody knows my mom and everybody knows him. And everybody knows my mom doesn't go anywhere without him."

"He called me his better half. He asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I said you know I've always wanted my engagement ring, and he said well, we will see what we will do," said Marilyn.

Deputy Bell joined the Sheriff's Office in 2004, and became a Patrol Officer in 2005. Two years ago, he won the Dale Geddie Memorial Award for Peace Officer of the year.

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