Robert E. Belch
26 October, 1939 – 1 January, 2020
Robert E. Belch, 80, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
Robert was born in Portageville, MO in 1939 to the parents of Walter E. Belch and Myrillian (Marie) Richardson (Kinchen). He was raised in Bemis by his mother and step-father Arlie Kinchen. He was in the first graduating class at South Side High School in 1957.
Robert served on active duty with U.S. Navy as an electrician for several years. He also served as a Load Master in the Air Force Reserve among other military assignments. Robert ultimately served as a U.S. Navy Recruiter and retired from the U.S. Navy as a Chief Petty Officer. Robert worked for Jackson Electric and Owens Corning Fiberglass. He was a businessman who owned the Highland Tea Room, Jackson Beauty Supply, real estate, and several Subway stores.
Robert was a member of the Bemis Pentecostal Church as a youth and a member of Englewood Baptist Church. He enjoyed making people laugh, attending musical events (including Elvis concerts), Bemis Heritage Events, singing, washer tossing, traveling and eating ice cream.
Robert will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Dot Dugger Belch of Jackson, twin daughters, Kim Moore of Lexington, TN and Pam (Sean) Coyne of Greenwood, AR, and stepdaughter Cyndi (Mike) Finucane of Franklin, TN. Grandsons: Mason Moore, Carson Coyne, Dustin Coyne, Jack Finucane, and three great-grandchildren. Sister Elaine (Curtis) Kinchen Bodkins of Jackson, and Brother-in-Law Onus Ray King of Jackson, along with several nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by Walter E. Belch (Father), Marie Richardson Kinchen (Mother), Arlie Kinchen (Step-father), brothers Dewayne and Jackie Kinchen, and sister Shirley Jean King.
In lieu of flowers it is requested that contributions be made to: Bemis Historical Society, P.O. Box 9266, Jackson, TN 38314-9266 or the Alzheimer Association at act.alz.org/donate.
Committal services with Military Funeral Honors will be held on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 1:30 PM, at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads, 593 Wildersville Road, Wildersville, TN 38388.
The family will receive friends and loved ones at a visitation to be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1-3 p.m. at the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons with a memorial service to commence at 3 p.m.
The family would like to pay special thanks to Brandy P. McCain, Helen Moore, Dorothy Thaxter, and Charlie Greene for their tireless assistance and care.
- Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones Saturday, 25 January , 2020
- The Memorial Service Saturday, 25 January , 2020