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Bell to be buried in Americus

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

January 5, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A graveside funeral service will be held in Americus Wednesday for former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell.   Bell died of kidney failure at an Atlanta hospital Monday morning at age 90.

Bell served as Attorney General for two and a half years during the Carter administration.

Former President Carter said he's deeply saddened by Bell's death. Albany attorney Spencer Lee said Bell changed the public's perception of the office.  

"Once they got through that accent and began to understand it, they began to understand that Griffin Bell was really a man of substance. He brought a lot of integrity and honesty to the Attorney general's office as the U.S. Attorney General and I'm not sure since him time it's completely carried forward," said Lee.

Bell's funeral service will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Americus at 11 Wednesday morning and is open to the public.

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