Perry Bernard Bellamy Sr., 89, of 325 Archer St. Waycross, transitioned Tuesday morning, January 1, 2019, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House in Waycross, with family by his bedside.
He was born December 21, 1929, in Waycross. His parents were Perry Bellamy and Lucy Leek Bellamy. He was the third child of seven siblings.
He was a 1948 graduate of Center High School. He volunteered to enter into the United State Air Force in 1948 for just under fouryears. Afterwards, he was released with an honorable discharge and returned to Waycross. In 1954, he along with Silas Harmon, were the first black players signed to play with the Waycross Bears Baseball Team and according to an article of the St. Petersburg Times as, “the first of their race to appear in the Class D Georgia-Florida Professional Baseball League.”
He met the love of his life and soulmate, Myrtice Lee Wilson, and they were united in Holy matrimony April 27, 1954.
He was employed at Champion International Paper where he worked his way up to serve as a foreman until retirement after 25 years of service.
In his early years, he joined St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church, where he served faithfully throughout the years on the Trustee Board, Superintendent of Sunday School, Chairman of Deacons and was the last survivor listed on the church corner stone. He dedicated many hours working at the church dutifully handling church business and making sure things were taking care of in a timely manner.
He was a faithful member of the following organizations: the Walter Addition Community Club and the Men Club. He was very active in the Branch community.
He had a passion for family, children, his church and the community. He was an avid reader, comedian and the front porch counselor in the community who sat on his front porch and talked to many without pay. He was affectionally known by “Big Dog” given by his grandson, Isaiah, and “Hap” by his friends and family. His favorites hymns were “Pass Me Not” and “What A Friend”.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Lucy Bellamy; three sisters: Bertha Lee Hopkins, Susie Bell Davis and Ernestine Taylor; one brother Ernest Bellamy; his devoted wife of 58 years, Myrtice Bellamy and two children, Perry B. Bellamy Jr., and Roberta Goddard.
He leaves to cherish his memories, three daughters, Marilyn Bellamy Barnett, Waycross, Rachelle Bellamy Brown, Chesapeake, VA and Regina Fletcher, Philadelphia, PA; two sons, Tony Bellamy (Bobbi) and Romney Bellamy (wife, Donnette), both of Waycross; two brothers Joseph Bellamy, Atlanta and Ralph Bellamy, Milwaukee, WI; 11 grandchildren, Jualecia Butler, (husband, Tom), Martisha Bellamy, Rodriquez Kennedy, (wife, Cathy), Courtney James and Tony Jenkins, all of Waycross, Isaiah Brown, Chesapeake, VA, Darrica Gordon, Indianapolis, IN, Tennille Moss (husband, Leroy), Montgomery, AL, Letitia Rivers, Boca Raton, FL, Terrell Fletcher and Latasha Fletcher, Philadelphia, PA; 25 great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren; his in-laws, Thewana Parrish, Portsmouth, VA, Clinton Wilson (wife, Mopsy), Savannah, Terrie McGauley (husband, Marion), Blackshear and Elijah Brown, Waycross and a host of nieces, great-nieces, great-great nieces, nephews, great-nephews, great-great nephews, cousins, and friends.
Friends are being received at the home of his daughter, Marilyn Bellamy Barnett, 1215 Deputy St., Waycross.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2019, at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Fireman St., Waycross.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019 from the St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Fireman St., Waycross. The Rev. Norris Woods Sr., pastor, will deliver words of comfort.
Interment will follow in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
The cortege will assemble at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at 1215 Deputy St., Waycross.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.raingememorialchapelinc.com.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.