Belcher, Earl Cecil
BLUEFIELD, Va. — Elder Earl Cecil Belcher, 88 of Falls Mills, Va., died on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center. He went to see his precious Lord that he so fervently served here on earth. He was a godly influence in the lives of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchild, and his friends and church family.Cecil was born on January 22, 1920 in Kimball, W.Va. He was the son of the late Lewis E. and Leona Lane Belcher. He was a World War II veteran that served in the 279th Engineering Combat Battalion overseas beginning September 1944. He served with his unit in France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany where he earned two Battle Stars.After returning from service, he worked at various vocations and became the owner of Belcher's Alignment in Bluewell, W.Va. from which he retired, but remained active in the business and serving as a lay pastor from 1955. He was a member of the Elkhorn Regular Baptist Church and had served as moderator of the Friendship Association for 36 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Okla Pauline Fowler Belcher; two sons, Johnnie Edward Belcher Sr. and Earl Cecil Belcher Jr.; two grandchildren, Johnnie Edward Belcher Jr. and Timothy Mullins; a great-granddaughter, Felicity Sizemore; one sister, Hazel Sizemore.
He is survived by one brother, Clinton (Tink) Belcher of Oxnard, Calif.; one sister, Zelma (Tiny) Novak of Harrisburg, Pa.; six children, Janet Lane and husband Robert of Abingdon, Va., Roxanna Landreth of Bluefield, W.Va., Nathan Belcher and wife Vickie of Bluefield, Drusilla Mullins and husband Vernon of Falls Mills, Va., Marsena Mullins and husband Delbert of Bluefield, W.Va., Michael Belcher and wife Cheryl of Raleigh, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Barbara Belcher of Falls Mills, Va.; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Dad was a godly man of peace that was loved by all that knew him, but his greatest love was for the Lord. Even though he has left this world for the Heaven he so longed to see, and he is once again reunited with his beloved wife.He knew himself to be a lowly sinner, but he found the grace of God that made him whole. He believed that the best thing that we can all do is to put our faith and trust in our Lord. We know that he wanted everyone to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.Friends may call Friday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell and at the church one hour before services on Saturday at 10:00 with memorial services starting at 11:00 at Elkhorn Baptist Church on Belcher Mountain near Kimball, W.Va. Elders Bryce Phillips, Dennie Mullins and Lonnie Mullins will officiate the services.Pallbearers will be grandsons: Eric Mullins, Michael Mullins, Jason Mullins, Joshua Mullins, Stephen Belcher, Kevin Belcher, Cary Belcher, and Colby Ray.Memorial contributions may be made to Elkhorn Regular Baptist Church, Belcher Mountain Cemetery Fund, c/o Roger Walker, P.O. Box 161, Roderfield, WV 24881.The West Virginia Honor Guard will conduct military graveside rites.Craven-Shires Funeral Home will be serving the Belcher family.To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com
Published in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on 11/13/2008