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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Edna, I am so sorry for your loss. Ferris and I were classmates at James Monroe Class of '44. We lost touch over the years but met again at the JM reunion in 1996. He was so diligent about keeping all of the alumni informed about the reunions. Ferris was a man of honor and integrity and so devoted to his family. He will certainly be missed by many and it was an honor to have Ferris as a friend.
Please express my deepest sympathy to your family and know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Georgie Freeman Brizendine, Raleigh, NC
Submitted by Georgie Freeman Brizendine on Sep 9 2017 04:52:37 PM
Farewell my Worshipful Brother and rest, your labors here on Earth are completed. May the Great Architect of the Universe watch over you and may He comfort your family.
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Our thoughts and prayers to the Belman family. Such a sad time for the loved ones Ferris left behind but a joyous day for God to have such a great man at his side in his heavenly kingdom.
Connie, Rod, and Vanessa Albertia
Submitted by Connie, Rod, and Vanessa Albertia on Sep 8 2017 10:27:03 PM
Me Belman was a great man. We will miss him dearly. Know that the entire Belman family is in our thoughts and prayers and the Lord will give you the comfort you need in this difficult time. Love and prayers.
Submitted by Robin, Pam & Jacob on Sep 8 2017 04:39:33 PM
Richard and Jackie Storm lit a candle for Ferris M. Belman Sr.
Richard and Jackie Storm lit a candle on Sep 8 2017 01:52:30 PM
We will miss Ferris Belman, this man with a quick smile and a ready handshake, who never saw a stranger. He was a man of character and integrity who loved his God, his family, his business, and his community. We trusted this man as he was elected over and over because, when he told you something, you could take it to the bank.
His family can take comfort in knowing that he had a positive effect on everyone he met.
Submitted by William C. Tignor on Sep 8 2017 12:10:42 PM
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