William W. “Bud” Bell, Jr. started boxing in 1946 when he and a group of his boyhood friends formed a boxing team and competed in several team matches in the area. They eventually organized and entered the Gastonia Silver Gloves. From there, Bell boxed in many amateur tournaments. In a career that spanned over 160 fights, amateur and professional, Bell won well over 100 and was knocked out just once. Bell, considered a boxer with good punching power, won most of the events he entered. He boxed as a welterweight during his years in the ring.
Bell was a football and baseball player in high school and signed a professional baseball contract after graduation but was injured in spring training and never played. He served over three years in the U.S. Army and boxed on the Ft. Jackson team. Most of Bell’s service time was spent in Korea.
After being discharged he went to Detroit to being a successful boxing career. Returning to the Carolinas, Bell began phasing out his boxing career to become a minister. He has pastored churches in the Carolinas and Georgia. Bell is married to the former Mary Grace Horton. They are the parents of four children. Rev. Bell and his family presently reside in Rossville, Georgia.