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 KNEW FERRIS FOR MANY YEARS, ALSO KNEW HIS FATHER, THEY WERE BOTH GREAT INDIVIDUALS. I'M SO SORRY TO HERE OF FERRIS'S PASSING I KNOW IT HURTS AND YOU MISS HIM MORE THAN WORDS CAN DESCRIBE SO TAKE MY CONDOLENCES AND SYMPATHIES AND PRAYERS. SORRY I CAN'T COME TONIGHT OR TOMORROW IS STILL HAVE TOO MANY PAINS OF MY OWN.
JAMES LAM & DIANE BEVERLY FROM ABOVE
Submitted by JAMES E LAM on Sep 8 2017 11:46:15 AM
Dear Edna, FM, Robert, David, Rodger and Matt:
Please accept our deepest and sincerest sympathies for the loss of your husband and father. Ferris was a great community servant and a dear friend to our family. We will all miss him greatly. Prayers to you all for your comfort and healing.
Mike and Brenda Trant
Submitted by Mike and Brenda Trant on Sep 8 2017 11:21:45 AM
Our deepest sympathy to the Belman family.
Stuart and Lillie Doggett
Submitted by Stuart and Lillie Doggett on Sep 8 2017 08:55:20 AM
Stuart and Lillie Doggett lit a candle for Ferris M. Belman Sr.
Stuart and Lillie Doggett lit a candle on Sep 8 2017 08:54:11 AM
I have many fond memories of Mr. Belman, growing up. I grew up, down the street, in Grafton Village, he was well known by all. I loved going into the grocery store there in Grafton, he was just a friendly and sweet man. My thought and prayers are with your family.
Submitted by Debbie Henderson Paynt on Sep 8 2017 07:03:49 AM
Aubrey and Susan Poff Wright lit a candle for Ferris M. Belman Sr.
Aubrey and Susan Poff Wright lit a candle on Sep 8 2017 01:20:19 AM
Ferris was a kind and gentle person. We graduated in 1944 together from James Monroe H.S. When he was in the service, I wrote to him and kept in touch while he was in the service. I moved out of town in 1948 when I was married. I lost touch with him for a long time. In the last 7 years, someone gave him my address so he could send me the Class of '44 Reunion papers. I didn't go to it but I ran into him one day at Walmart and it was so good to see him. Still the same gentle person. I do believe, I am the last one alive from the Class of '44. Ferris will always be remembered as the quiet young man and so well liked in our class. He will me missed by many. My prayers to his family. He loved his family. Christine Snellings Shrout
Submitted by Christine Snellings Jones Shrout on Sep 7 2017 11:19:53 PM
My Mother, Lena Synan, went to high school with Mr. Bellman. She and my Father always had the kindest words when speaking of him. May he Rest In Peace, and may there be comfort for his family.
Submitted by Norma Synan on Sep 7 2017 10:10:37 PM
The Belman Family is in our prayers. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal." - unknown
Submitted by The Hockaday Family on Sep 7 2017 07:46:41 PM
No finer man than a true Virginia gentleman like Ferris. Generous and kind to all. He provided so much to the Fredericksburg and Stafford communities. His legacy will be remembered.
Submitted by Brenda Zitz on Sep 7 2017 05:46:20 PM
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