Daniel Joseph Belcher Sr.

November 27, 1927December 30, 2012

Belstar's Founder, Senior Vice President & Board Director, Daniel Joseph Belcher, Sr. passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012 in Martinsville.

He was born November 1, 1927 in Plymouth, NC to the late William Joseph Belcher and Ruth McNair Belcher. To this union were born 5 daughters; Odessa Belcher, Eunice Belcher, Joyce Matthews, Dorothy Belcher (deceased), Evelyn Neptune(deceased), Para Pender (deceased) and 3 sons; Daniel Joseph Belcher, Sr., Nathaniel Belcher (deceased), and Robert Belcher (deceased). His first marriage was to Emma F. Belcher (deceased). To this union were born 6 children; Daniel Joseph Belcher, Jr., Osmond Foskey Belcher, Keith Eric Belcher, Roderick Dimitri Belcher, Nathaniel Quincy Belcher, Emma Ellen Belcher and five grandchildren. He had a second marriage to Ferretta C. Belcher which brough into the marriage two step-children, John Henry Crummie, Jr., Arnold Vinci Crummie (deceased), and Valerie Crummie Johnson, and three step-grandchildren.

Daniel Joseph Belcher, Sr., was also known as Joe or Dan by friends and family. Early in life, Dan showed ability to work with electricity. As a young man, he wired many of the homes in his hometown. Wanting to better himself, Dan entered the United States Army as a specialist. After completing his tour he used the veteran's benefits to go to college and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina A&T. Next, he entered into the federal governent at Frankfurd Arsonal base in Philadelphia, PA for four years.

Next, Dan worked in the private sector at Westinghouse as an engineer, followed by a challenging "turnkey" project with Corning Glass. Continuing with his career path growth, Dan acquired skills and abilites to work in the nuclear industry. He continued to work in the nuclear industry for many years before starting his own construction company with his second-oldest son, Ozzie. They started out as general contractors under the name of "Blue Ridge Construction" in 1985 and in 1995, they changed their company model to project management, now known as BELSTAR, INC.

In addition to his professional career, Dan served on the board of Johnson Health Center and many committees. For many years Dan served and worked in many capacities at Keystone Baptist Church, including roles as Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, in "The Seniors Group" and others ... Fayette Street Christian Church later became his home church after remarriage, where he participated in Sunday School and Christian Mens' Followship and other activities ...

Political awareness was Dan's forte! He also embrassed volunteering and helping others.

After Dan's first wife passed away, he found love again and married Ferretta Crummie. It was a bond of love, joy, travel, and appreciation for life in their later years together.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with Dr. J. Monty Fox and the Rev. Alfred Booker, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park with military honors by the Virginia Army National Guard.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service begining at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to either, The Lynchburg Daily Bread, 721 Clay St., Lynchburg, VA 24504, Keystone Baptist Church, 212 Fleetwood Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24501, Fayette Street Christian Church, P.O. Box 3107, Martinsville, VA 24115 or the Johnson Health Center, 320 Federal St., Lynchburg, VA 24504.

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January 13, 2013

The Family of Daniel Joseph Belcher,Sr appreciates the out poring of Love and online condolences.

January 9, 2013

I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Belcher. I work with two of his sons, Ozzie and Rod, and they both always spoke highly of their father. One could tell that they had great respect and love for their father and after reading his obituary, I understand why. May the family find peace and comfort in the love and support that family and friends are providing and continue to celebrate a wonderful life that touched many people along the way.
Frances Railey, Ames & Gough, McLean, VA

Imogene Draper

January 8, 2013

What a fine gentleman! It was a privilege for me to meet and talk with Daniel Joseph Belcher.
I was proud to call him family. Peace be with his loving wife, Ferretta Jean, and all who cherish his memory.
Imogene Hodge Draper
Martinsville, VA

Ruby Jones

January 7, 2013

That everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. John 3:15

I will miss your smile and infinite wisdom. It was a blessing to work with you on the JHC Board of Directors.

Ruby Jones

Melanie Lewis

January 7, 2013

I am deeply sorry for you loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Lorri and Rowland Girling

January 6, 2013

Ferretta, we enjoyed meeting you and Dan in China last year. Sorry to hear of your loss. God bless!

January 5, 2013

Dear Dan, Ozzy, Keith, Rod, Nat, and Emma,
We are so sorry for your loss. We just found out today at 1 pm that your Daddy had passed away. Roger, Doug, Mama, and myself wanted to be there. We are so very sorry and heartbroken at the news and loss of such a fine gentleman. We remember always feeling welcome at your home growing up. Your Daddy was such a hard working man, true Christian, and a gentleman. As well as your Mama. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hoping you find peace and comfort in Gods Word, "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." May your Dad rest in peace and rise in glory. Gods Blessings,
Sheila, Doug, and Roger Wilson and Helen Okes

Natalie Hodge

January 5, 2013

Praying that you remain uplifted during this time of sorrow.

Mary Carrington

January 5, 2013

Praying that our Heavenly Father will grant you and your family comfort and peace as you face the days and months ahead...

Mary Carrington (Martinsville, VA)

Mary Carrington

January 5, 2013

Praying that our Heavenly Father will grant you and your family comfort and peace as you face the days and months ahead...