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Jimmy Carter's Attorney General dies in Atlanta

Updated: 1:36pm
ATLANTA (AP) - The family of Griffin B. Bell has scheduled a
graveside service for the former U.S. attorney general in his
hometown of Americus.

Griffin Bell III says the graveside service for his grandfather
will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery at 11 a.m. Wednesday and will be open to the public.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Second
Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Decatur. It also will be open to
the public.

Bell died of kidney failure on Monday at the age of 90.

He was for decades one of Atlanta's most prominent attorneys and served as U.S. attorney general for his longtime friend Jimmy Carter for 2 1/2 years.

In addition to his grandson, Bell is survived by his wife, Nancy
Kinnebrew, and a son, Griffin B. Bell Jr., both of Atlanta,
granddaughter Katherine Bell McClure and five great grandchildren.

ATLANTA (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter's attorney general, Griffin B. Bell, has died, according to Bell's law firm. Bell was 90.

Bell was being treated at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta for
complications due to pancreatic cancer.

Bell had battled kidney disease for years.

Bell died at 9:40 a.m. Monday, said Les Zucke, a spokesman for
Atlanta law firm King & Spalding.

Carter said he was "deeply saddened" by Bell's death and
called him a "trusted and enduring public figure."

Carter's choice of Bell, a longtime friend, as attorney general
was considered the most controversial of his Cabinet picks after
the 1976 election.

At the time, the NAACP and other civil rights groups complained
Bell, as a federal judge, didn't force Southern schools to
integrate quickly enough.

But Carter called Bell's civil rights record superb, and many black Georgians - including U.N. ambassador designate Andrew Young - came forward to support him.

Bell served just 2½ years at the Justice Department, returning
to his Atlanta law firm. But Bell remained a key adviser to Carter.


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