Leroy Belk

December 28, 1928November 14, 2018
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Richard Leroy Belk, of Port Lavaca, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2018, at the age of 89. Leroy was born December 28, 1928, in Petronila, Texas to Mary Pearl Bouquet Belk and William Polk Belk. His family moved to Port Lavaca shortly after Leroy’s birth and he spent the remainder of his life in Calhoun County.

He married Ella Louise Soblaskey on June 5, 1954, and they had three children: Lorna, Rebecca and Robert. From 1951 until 1953, Leroy served in the United States Army and was stationed in West Germany. After returning stateside, Leroy returned to the Port Lavaca area where he worked as a Calhoun County Deputy Sheriff, as a rural mail route delivery man, and worked in the construction industry. In 1974, Leroy entered politics by successfully running for and winning the position of Calhoun County Commissioner, Precinct 1, after which he proudly served the citizens of Precinct 1 for the next 26 years, retiring at the end of December, 2000. In retirement, Leroy enjoyed spending time with family and friends, dancing, and playing cards and dominoes. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Leroy was predeceased by his parents, his wife, brother, Billy Belk, and sisters, Marie Hoover and Sybil Darnall. He is survived by his children, Lorna Belk (Jim Nolen), Becky Holland (Steve) and Bob Belk; and grandchildren Zachary Nolen, Nicholas Nolen and Brandi Holland.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 19, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home, 123 Newlin St. in Port Lavaca. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, November 20, at 10:30 AM at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home with burial afterward at Port Lavaca Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Finster and L.C. Gossett. A reception will be held following the burial.

A special thanks to Lou Guice, Mary Lou Ortiz and Mary Hons for their care and support of Leroy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calhoun County Humane Society.


  • Mary Pearl Bouquet Belk, Mother
  • William Polk Belk, Father
  • Ella Louise Soblaskey Belk, Wife
  • Billy Belk, Brother
  • Marie Hoover, Sister
  • Sybil Darnall, Sister
  • Lorna (Jim Nolen) Belk, Daughter
  • Becky (Steve) Holland, Daughter
  • Bob Belk, Son
  • Zachary Nolen, Grandchild
  • Nicholas Nolen, Grandchild
  • Brandi Holland, Grandchild
  • A special thank you to Lou Guice, Mary Lou Ortiz and Mary Hons for their care and support of Leroy.

  • Kenneth Finster, Honorary Pallbearer
  • L.C. Gossett, Honorary Pallbearer

  • Calhoun County Humane Society


  • Visitation Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Leroy Belk

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November 18, 2018




Richard Leroy Belk passed away peacefully on November 14, 2018, in Port Lavaca. He was 89 years old, just 45 days shy of his 90th birthday, an event he was looking forward to with anticipation.

Leroy was born December 28, 1928, in Petronila, Texas, a small farming community southwest of Corpus Christi, to Mary Pearl Bouquet Belk and William Polk Belk. He joined his older brother, Billy Bouquet Belk, and older sister, Ila Marie Belk Hoover. Shortly after Leroy’s birth, the family moved back to Port Lavaca, where the youngest child, Sybil Rose Belk Darnall, was born and where the Bouquet family had lived since 1845. Many of Leroy’s relatives lived nearby and they were a close family. Aunts, uncles and grandparents looked out for the children while Pearl worked. Leroy was baptized April 9, 1939, at the First Presbyterian Church in Port Lavaca.

Leroy attended school in Port Lavaca where he played football, basketball and ran track. He was captain of the football team his junior and senior years and was selected to the All-District Team both seasons. He was FFA President and voted Sophomore Favorite and Junior and Senior Class Presidents. He was also selected Best All-Round Boy his senior year. Leroy joked that he was “President of the Freshman Class 4 years in a row”. He graduated from Port Lavaca High School in 1946 and then attended Victoria College for two years where he also played football.
From 1951 until 1953, Leroy served in the U.S. Army. He was initially at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he participated in six-man football. Leroy was then sent overseas and stationed in Heilbronn, Germany, during the Korean and Cold Wars. He was from Company F in Port Lavaca and served in the 112th Infantry. Leroy played fullback in the 112th Infantry football squad nicknamed the “Green Dragons”. The name was derived from the green and white uniforms of the team and the dragon which appeared on the 112th’s regimental crest. Later, Leroy would become a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and twice serve as Commander of VFW Post 4403 in Port Lavaca.

After his service in the Army, Leroy returned to Port Lavaca, where he worked as a deputy for the Calhoun County Sherriff’s Department, as a rural mail route delivery man and in the construction industry.
Leroy met Ella after she moved from Michigan to Port Lavaca while employed by Collins Construction Company. According to family lore, Leroy was working for the US Postal Service and was standing on the counter when Ella arrived at the post office. Leroy jumped down, saw Ella and said “Well, hello there!”. They married on June 5, 1954, in Port Lavaca and raised three children, Lorna Sue, Rebecca Jean and Robert Adam.

In 1974, Leroy entered politics by successfully running for and winning the position of Calhoun County Commissioner, Precinct 1, after which he proudly served the citizens of Precinct 1 for the next 26 years, 1 month and 19 days, retiring at the end of December 2000. He loved touring Precinct 1, making sure the roads, bridges and county facilities were in proper order and visiting with his constituents. Even in retirement, Leroy continued to enjoy car rides all over his beloved Calhoun County.

After their children left home, Leroy and Ella travelled to Las Vegas several times a year. They always referred to the trips as “going west.” After Lorna, Becky and Bob turned 21, they would join them in Vegas every May to celebrate Ella’s birthday.
Leroy and Ella loved visiting their relatives, especially their nieces and nephews. In his youth, Leroy was an avid waterfowl hunter. Later, Leroy acted as an unofficial hunting guide and enjoyed arranging fishing and hunting trips for his son and nephews. When they returned from the outdoors, he would regale them with stories of the hunting and fishing of his youth.

While the kids were growing up, Leroy enjoyed driving to Michigan every other summer to visit Ella’s relatives in the Upper Peninsula. They often stopped in Cincinnati to visit his sister Marie and her family. He enjoyed the cool summer days of Northern Michigan and the natural beauty of the lakes and trees near Ella’s hometown.

Leroy’s children and their spouses took him to Hawaii for his 80th birthday and he enjoyed visiting the Arizona Memorial and seeing the active volcano on the Big Island. He said that Hawaii was “pretty, but I wouldn’t say it’s beautiful.” Nothing was more beautiful to him than Calhoun County and no matter where he traveled, he couldn’t wait to get back home. He was also fortunate to enjoy trips to Alaska, Australia, New England and the Bahamas.
He loved Country and Cajun music, dancing, and playing dominos, poker and bingo. Holidays were always celebrated at Lorna’s and Jim’s house, and no holiday was complete without games of 42 and poker. He used to tease Jim’s mother, Pauline Nolen, that he wanted to take some of that “Bellaire” money when they played poker.

Ella thought there would never be grandkids from their children, but God works in mysterious ways. The year after her passing, Lorna and Jim discovered that they were pregnant with unexpected twins. Nicholas and Zachary were born, and the family felt like it was Ella’s last joke to give Lorna and Jim a couple of hyperactive twin boys to raise.

Leroy was a good grandpa. He moved slowly and deliberately his whole life, and when Nic and Zac were toddlers they were constantly in motion. After observing them when they were visiting his office one time, Leroy said they reminded him of fire ants. He was always teasing them, calling them Frank and Jesse James, and laughing with them.

Leroy will be remembered for greeting everyone with a firm handshake and a smile. His quick wit and sense of humor endeared him to all. He was extremely proud of his children and grateful for the care Becky, Bob and Lorna provided him in his later years. The family is extremely appreciative of his caregivers, Lou Guice and Mary Lou Ortiz, for their care and support of Leroy.

Leroy was preceded in death by his mother, Pearl Belk; father, William Belk; his wife, Ella Belk; brother, Billy Belk, sisters, Marie Hoover and Sybil Darnall; and his nephew, Mark Belk.

Leroy is survived by his daughter, Lorna Belk and her husband, Jim Nolen; daughter, Becky Holland and her husband, Steve; and son, Bob Belk; grandchildren, Nicholas Nolen, Zachary Nolen and Brandi Holland; and special friend, Mary Hons.