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 have known Mr Belman since he became involved with Stafford County government. It was indeed an honor to meet someone that was such a wonderful person inside and out. Never saw him without a smile or something funny to say. He was by far one that dearly loved Stafford County and did whatever he could to make it better. He will be missed by so many but I'm sure for both his family and his friends, we all have wonderful memories that will last our lifetime. I can only imagine what he, Mr. Gordon, Mr Bandy, Mr Sharp, Mac Moncure and others that passed away before him are talking about!
Robert and Linda Gillispie
Submitted by LINDA GILLISPIE on Sep 7 2017 11:13:12 AM
Herman K. Griffin lit a candle for Ferris M. Belman Sr.
Herman K. Griffin lit a candle on Sep 7 2017 09:55:03 AM
To the Belman Family,
I have a tremendous amount of admiration for Ferris and his unselfish contributions to the Fredericksburg Area. A true Gentleman in every sense of the word. May God bless each of you at this difficult time. Take comfort in all of your fond memories and know that one day you will all be reunited.
Submitted by William E Oeters on Sep 7 2017 09:54:11 AM
Robbie & Melody Musante lit a candle for Ferris M. Belman Sr.
Robbie & Melody Musante lit a candle on Sep 7 2017 07:50:47 AM
Dear Belman family-
I met Ferris when I came home from college in 1983. My parents had opened a deli next door and I worked in it part time that Summer. Which is where I met Barry..who would eventually be my husband!
May he rest in peace,. He was a fine person and lived a full life; doing a lot for the local community.
Kim and Barry
Submitted by Kim Roberson on Sep 7 2017 06:37:29 AM
He was a wonderful person,will be missed.
Submitted by Gladys Foley on Sep 7 2017 06:26:02 AM
So sorry to here about Mr. Newman's passing. I remember him being so nice and kind to everyone when I worked at the County Administrator's office in the 90's. Years later I saw him at Mary Wasgington Hospital as a volunteer. He seemed to love just being helpful to others and doing whatever he could do for others.
I am very glad I was able to know him for a short, but meaningful, time.
Submitted by Christy McKinney on Sep 7 2017 05:34:48 AM
Dear Belman Family,
Please know that Ferris made such a huge difference and impact on Stafford County and its many residents. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Mike and AnnMarie Fleetwood
Submitted by Mike and AnnMarie Fleetwood on Sep 6 2017 07:17:46 PM
Dear Edna and All,
Just wanted to say again that my life is so, so much better and the world so much fuller having Ferris in it. We've shared many, many, many laughs. He always expressed his pride and love for all of you whenever we talked. I'm so glad Linda
and Chandler have the opportunity to get to know him. He's a blessing to me and I know he is to all of you. You're in our constant thoughts and prayers.
David Gayle and Family
Submitted by David on Sep 6 2017 06:02:04 PM
To the Belman Family -
Mr. Belman always had a smile on his face. I always loved going into the grocery store and seeing him. He will always hold a special place in my heart. He will missed and always loved. God Bless you all. Until we meet again RIP my friend.
Love, Angela Apperson Theisen
Submitted by Angela Apperson Theisen on Sep 6 2017 05:59:34 PM
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