Polly Bell Runnels


Polly Bell Runnels of Ridgeland was born on September 27, 1939, in Thomastown, Mississippi. She was the second child of Tommy Bell and Mabel McCool Bell. 

Polly worked in Children's Music Ministry throughout her life and believed that every child should be exposed to music. 

In addition to her parents, Polly was preceded in death by the love of her life and husband, Charles Denver Runnels, and son, Charles Dean Runnels. 

Mrs. Polly is survived by her daughters, Sonya Higginbotham and her husband Tripp Higginbotham of Hattiesburg, Laurie Runnels of Ridgeland; grandchildren, Anna Beth Enger and Patrick Higginbotham; her brother Heywood Bell; and sisters Susie Hale and Teresa Bryant.

Mrs. Runnels died on August 10, 2020 in Hattiesburg at the age of 80. A graveside service was conducted on Friday, August 14, 2020 at Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials in her name may be made to Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Music Ministry.

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