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Lloyd Kenneth Belt, age 87, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
He recently moved to Panama City to be with his daughter Jackie Brooks and family. Mr. Belt was born January 9, 1927, in Maple Hill, N.C. He was an Army Veteran having served in World War II, ending his honorable service in Kyoto, Japan. He married, Alnora Mae Lepley in Alexandria, Va., on Jan. 24, 1947, and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Government Foreign Affairs from George Washington University. Mr. Belt worked in the Federal Government for the C.I.A. and D.I.A., and had three daughters.
Residing many years in Virginia, he moved to Dallas, Texas where he spent the last 20 years.
He was a member of the Dallas 200 Club, Who's Who International Dallas Chapter, Dallas Ski Club, the Brookhaven Country Club where he was an avid tennis player, and Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church where he enjoyed their wonderful choir and musical groups. Mr. Belt loved tennis, snow skiing, traveling, boating, sailing, water skiing, and the beach. He was a strong believer in the G.I. Bill and thankful for the opportunity it provided him to get his degrees. A neighbor's son once came to him asking his advice, "Should I borrow money to pay for my education?" Mr. Belt replied, "Who better to invest your money in than yourself? It will be the best investment you ever made." That young man went on to become a CPA and recalls, to this day, that defining moment in his life. Mr. Belt loved a lively conversation, sharing a meal with family and friends, and had great admiration and respect for his mother who raised him and his two brothers during the depression on her own.
Mr. Belt is survived by his ex-wife and life-long friend, Alnora Belt (Riverside, Calif.), his three daughters Tanya Lee Nickson (Herndon, Va.), Susan Jo James (Riverside, Calif.), and Jacqueline Ann Brooks (Panama City Beach, Fla.), five grand-children, five great grand-children, and one great great grand-child.
The family would especially like to thank his sitters and the Bay Medical ICU staff for their kindness and loving care.
A graveside service will be held in the Fall at the family burial plot in Maple Hill, N.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made "In Memory of Lloyd Kenneth Belt" to the Larry King Scholarship Fund at George Washington University which provides support to GW undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Media and Public Affairs. Donations should be mailed to GW University, 2100 M Street, NW, Suite 310, Washington D.C., 20037.
Published in Panama City News Herald on June 15, 2014