Deacon Joseph Lewis Bellamy, Sr. passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Traditional Health Nursing Home in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born January 29, 1936 to the late Perry and Lucy Leeks Bellamy. He was the fourth child of seven siblings. Joseph was educated in the Waycross public schools and graduated from Center High School in 1954. He later volunteered to enter in the United States Army.
Prior to marriage he had one son, Michael Williams. On July 31, 1961 he married his sweetheart Mrs. Frances Jean Cooper Bellamy and to this union they were blessed with seven beautiful children. Deacon Bellamy was a family man and provided for his wife and children daily while he worked at Champion International Paper for over 25 years. He made sure his wife and kids had clothes, shoes, food, etc. every day. He also supported his kids in all of their school activities and sporting events to include sending them to college to help reach some of their future goals. The most important thing is that he trained his children to live a Christian life, to always put God first in everything they do. Growing up he made sure that all his kids were in Sunday school every Sunday and if you missed Sunday school, your punishment was not being able to go outside to play with your friends. Deacon Bellamy was also a builder of many things where he did side jobs within the community from building kitchen cabinets, to front and back porches to building flower garden beds.
He was a member of St. Peters Baptist Church and was later ordained as a Deacon. He served on the Deacon and Trustee Boards where he served faithfully until his health failed. He was a man of prayer who loved the Lord. He was always sharing and encouraging with his words and demonstrating strong support for those in need. While living in the nursing home for the past four years, on Sunday you'd find Deacon Bellamy reading his bible daily while praying each morning and night and giving God praise and thanks for his family and friends. His favorite hymn he loved singing was "A Charge To Keep I Have, a God To Glorify who gave his son my soul to save and fit it for the sky".
He was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife for over 58 years, Mrs. Frances Jean Cooper Bellamy; his parents, Perry and Lucy Bellamy; two brothers, Perry Bellamy, Sr. and Ernest Bellamy; three sisters, Bertha Lee Hopkins, Susie Bell Davis, and Ernestine Taylor; and his first grandchild, Joseph Bellamy, III.
He leaves to cherish his memories three daughter, Bridgett L. Bellamy of Norcross, GA, Marsha Bellamy of Waycross, GA and Carla L. Patterson of Decatur, GA; five sons, Michael Williams (Francoise) of Jacksonville, FL, Joseph L. Bellamy Jr. (Marie) of Waycross, GA, Tony L. Bellamy of Decatur, GA, Carl L. Bellamy of Atlanta, GA, Andrew L. Bellamy (Rhonda) of Lithonia, GA, one brother, Ralph Bellamy Sr. of Milwaukee, WI; two sisters-in-law, Annie L. Cooper "Dankie" and Jean Bellamy of Waycross; 20 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, a special friend Ms. Patricia (Traditional Nursing Home), a host of nieces, great nieces, great-great nieces, nephews, great-nephews, great-great nephews, cousins, friends and the Great Deliverance Baptist Church family of Atlanta, GA.