Ferris M. Belman Sr.

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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.