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Herbert Belew Obituary

Herbert Wesley Belew Herbert Wesley Belew departed this world on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry L. and Lena C. Belew; his in-laws, Stonewall Jackson and M. Clara Bryant; and by his wife of 55 years, Minnie L. Belew. He was born and raised in Greenwood and Afton, Virginia. He worked for Vepco/Virginia Dominion Power as a First Class Serviceman for over 42 years. He was known for his hard work ethic and for his willingness to give you the shirt off his back. His mother-in-law fondly referred to him as "Dirt". He had great respect for her and never protested. Herbert was the youngest of seven children. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Mason Belew, Gordon Belew and Vernon Belew; and sisters, Doris B. Ayres and Margaret Rittenhouse; sisters-in-law, Patty Belew, Kay Belew and Mildred Bryant; and brothers-in-law, Julian Rittenhouse, Lunsford Ayres and Bill Bryant. He is survived by his children, Deborah B. Best and her husband, Jerry Best, Lisa Lynn Belew, and John Wesley Belew and his girlfriend, Michelle Burdette; two granddaughters, Nicole Best Schoolcraft and her husband, Charles W. Schoolcraft and Terri Jo Belew; two great- granddaughters, Allyson Morgan Schoolcraft and Chloe Gayle Schoolcraft; and one great-grandson, Charles Edward Schoolcraft. He is also survived by his only brother, Clifton Belew; his sisters-in-law, Mary Belew, Jane Belew and Gladys Belew; many loving nieces and nephews; and brothers-in-law, James Bryant and his wife, Linda, and Benny Bryant and his wife, Janet. He had a special relationship with nieces, Jean Rittenhouse and Brenda A. Taylor. He volunteered in his community, a large part of this through the Charlottesville Fire Department headquarters on Ridge Street. He was a volunteer with the ARC of the Piedmont for many years, serving as President and Fundraising chair, selling fruit cakes for several years to raise money for the two houses on Park Street. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, Charlottesville Elks Lodge #389, the Charlottesville Moose Lodge, a Free Mason and a VFW Canteen Member. He volunteered through his job to school children explaining electricity and demonstrating how to climb a pole. The family will receive friends and family from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Hill and Wood Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at Hill and Wood Funeral Home with Pastor Ricky Clatterbuck of Born Again Chapel officiating. Graveside services will immediately follow at Monticello Memory Gardens. It was Herbert's desire to have the Charlottesville Fire Department Color Guard to serve as his pallbearers. The family will host family and friends at a reception immediately following the services at Charlottesville Elks Lodge #389, 389 Elk Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911. You may make donations in Herbert's memory to ARC of the Piedmont, 509 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Friends may send condolences to his family at


This obituary was originally published in the News Virginian.
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Published online on 2/9/2013 courtesy of News Virginian.