Ferris M. Belman, Sr., 90, of Stafford County passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017 at VCU Health Systems/MCV Hospital in Richmond.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Edna G. Belman; five sons Ferris M. Belman, Jr. (Mary), Robert S. Belman Sr., (Felicia), David J. Belman (Stephanie), Rodger L. Belman, and Matthew A. Belman (Tricia); 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister Audrey Davenport; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Mageed S. Belman and Hattie Lee Belman; sisters Betty Anne Baker and Margaret G. Belman; and twin sister, Frances Haddock.
Mr. Belman graduated James Monroe High School in 1944. He followed that with a two- year stint in the U.S. Army during World War II. After returning home, Mr. Belman joined his father in the family grocery business Belman’s Grocery in downtown Fredericksburg, building the business to three stores in the Fredericksburg area. He retired from the grocery business in 1987. In addition to running the family business, Mr. Belman began a political career in 1968 that spanned 33 years. As a resident of the City of Fredericksburg, he was elected to four consecutive terms as councilman. His fourth term was cut short when he moved to the family farm in Stafford County in 1983. That fall, he began his 18 years of service on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. Mr. Belman served as the only At-Large Supervisor, representing all county residents, until the position was abolished and replaced with a seventh district.
During his 18 year tenure as a Stafford Supervisor, Mr. Belman was elected twice by his peers to serve as chairman of the board. In addition, he represented the county as a board member and president of the Virginia Association of Counties, The Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO), and The Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board (R-Board), to name a few.
Mr. Belman was a member and past Master of Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge #4. He was also a charter member of Edward H. Cann Daylight Masonic Lodge #1752. In addition, Mr. Belman was a member of Fredericksburg Elks Lodge #875, VFW Post 3103, and American Legion Post #55. He was a lifetime member of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. Mr. Belman’s passion and devotion to make lives better for the community and to benefit future generations guided his work in public service and will live on as part of his legacy. But his real legacy lies in his love of God and devotion to his family. His life was about his parents and sisters whom he loved and cared for. It was about his soul mate and love of his life, his wife, Edna. It was about raising his five sons and teaching them the importance of faith in Jesus and the love of family. He loved and gave unselfishly to his children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. He will be greatly missed but forever treasured for his love, laughter, humor, and kindhearted spirit.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday September 8 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 9 at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. Interment will be private.
Memorials may be made to Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, The Salvation Army, and to the American Cancer Society.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.
Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg
Friday September 8th, 2017
4:00pm - 8:00pm
4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Fredericksburg United Methodist CHurch
Saturday September 9th, 2017
308 Hanover Street
Fredericksburg , VA 22401
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I am so very sorry for your loss.
My prayers are with you and your loved ones
Submitted by Danny Synan on Sep 14 2017 04:35:57 PM
I too share good times at Belmans Grocery. My family and I shopped there when I was very young and I remember good people and good food. May the God of all comfort comfort you and all your family in this difficult time.
Submitted by Diane Jackson on Sep 13 2017 07:58:52 AM
Matt my condolences to you and the rest of your family. Mr. Belman will be greatly missed. He was a true pillar of the community. My great grandfather hauled Richfood products to your dads store for many many years. May he rest in peace and God wrap his arms around you
Submitted by Tiffany Coleman-Bumbrey on Sep 12 2017 07:46:56 PM
God's Grace last a lifetime. The deepest pain linger through the night, but joy greets the soul with the smile of morning. From my heart to the Belman's Family, You have my deepest sympathy. I work at Mary Washington Hospital, Mr. Belman & I share a lot of memories. He was a special man.
Submitted by otelia ford on Sep 12 2017 06:18:18 AM
Otelia Ford. lit a candle for Ferris M. Belman Sr.
Otelia Ford. lit a candle on Sep 12 2017 06:09:07 AM
So sorry he passed away he was a wonderful person
Submitted by Carol Hart and family on Sep 11 2017 09:44:03 PM
So sorry he passed away he was a wonderful person
Submitted by Carol Hart and family on Sep 11 2017 09:44:02 PM
I worked for Mr. B while going to school for over 3 years. He was one of the best I have had the pleasure to know and call a friend. He will be missed, god bless.
Submitted by Keith Denson on Sep 11 2017 08:36:49 PM
Keith Denson lit a candle for Ferris M. Belman Sr.
Keith Denson lit a candle on Sep 11 2017 08:25:12 PM
Please know that my family is praying for the repose of Mr. Belman's soul & for peace & strength for you all during this difficult time. He was such a wonderful man & all of us are better for having known him. May you all enjoy the beautiful memories you have of him...
Jasmine, Scott, Chris, Victoria & Sean
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