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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Joe Martineau lit a candle on Sep 7 2017 05:34:56 PM
I was so very saddened to hear about Ferris passing. He was definitely a servant of the people he represented an always so genuine. As most know, I follow the political world in Stafford closely and I can only say the highest praises of Ferris and his handling of the issues that came before the Board. He had a greater responsibility than others in that e represented the entire county as the "tie breaker". My heart goes out to his family.
Submitted by Jo D. Knight on Sep 7 2017 05:24:41 PM
Jo Knight lit a candle for Ferris M. Belman Sr.
Jo Knight lit a candle on Sep 7 2017 05:23:55 PM
I am a volunteer at Mary Washington hospital and it was my pleasure to work with Ferris for many years. I was heart broken when I heard that he had passed. God has a great place for him in heaven. My sincere condolences to the family. I for one will miss his smiling face.
Submitted by Jim Jones on Sep 7 2017 02:37:07 PM
To the Belman family, I want you all to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Ferris was a mentor, friend and role model for me. Serving with him as a regional partner was a high point of my career for sure. His smile was infectious and his wisdom unparalleled. I respected him and also became a friend of his which to this day i am honored to be able to call him friend. Anita and I also got to know most of the family over the many years and we want you each to know you share a special place in our hearts. We will be out of town and unable to attend the services but trust we are there in spirit. Ferris was a man who truly was a public servant and a man of integrity. He will certainly be missed by the community and public he served, we are all indebted to him and you for sharing him with us. With our deepest condolences. May God Bless and keep each of you during this time of grief. Joe and Anita Grzeika
Submitted by Joe Grzeika on Sep 7 2017 02:17:10 PM
Dear, David, Robert and family
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one prayers out to you all.
Submitted by Van Anderson on Sep 7 2017 11:39:03 AM
My deepest sympathy for the family, God Bless Mary Ruth Roberts
Submitted by Ruth Roberts on Sep 7 2017 11:38:30 AM
Van Anderson lit a candle for Ferris M. Belman Sr.
Van Anderson lit a candle on Sep 7 2017 11:38:06 AM
Our thoughts ,Prayers ,and Blessings go out to the Family. May he rest in peace,so many wonderful accomplishments in his life.
Jane and Lou Illi
Submitted by Lou Illi on Sep 7 2017 11:30:46 AM
Lou Illi lit a candle for Ferris M. Belman Sr.
Lou Illi lit a candle on Sep 7 2017 11:29:20 AM
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