In Memoriam

John "Eddie" Belcher
John "Eddie" Belcher
Class of 1956

The Virginian-Pilot, (Norfolk, VA) - June 14, 2007

CHESAPEAKE - John "Eddie" Belcher, 68, of the 3100 block of Biscayne Drive, went to be with his Lord June 11, 2007. He was born in Pikesville, Ky., Aug. 21, 1938, to the late James Earl and Mary Wright Belcher. Eddie was raised in Portsmouth and graduated from Cradock High School in 1956. He resided and raised his loving family in Chesapeake. He retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard after 42 years as a production controller. He also was a baseball and football coach for Olive Branch and Western Branch Little Leagues.

He was a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather and friend and loved with all his heart and soul. He loved to spend his spare time at his cottage in Nags Head, N.C. All who knew him know that he is now looking down to tell us all, "Everything's lovely."

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Christine Moore Belcher; three sons, Eric Belcher and wife Debbie, Buddy Belcher and fiancee Lori Cochran of Chesapeake and Brian Hayes of California; a daughter, Cindy Degner and husband Don of Norfolk; a daughter-in-law, Tracy Belcher; three brothers, Travis Belcher and wife Dora of Bracey, Va., Morgan Belcher and wife Sue of Crittenden, Va., and Colin Belcher and wife Peggy of Gasburg, Va.; a brother-in-law, Russell Moore and wife Shirley of Chesapeake; three aunts, Mildred Jenkins of Lakeland, Fla., Rosemary Crouch of Chesapeake and Marjorie Oliver of Norfolk; and four grandchildren, Clayton Belcher, Kaylin and Cody Belcher and Katherine Degner.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Pinecrest Baptist Church, 209 Felton Road, Portsmouth, VA 23701, by the Rev. Tom Potter. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Pinecrest Baptist Church today from 7 to 8 p.m. Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, will be handling these arrangements.

A special thank you to Dr. Kevin Wilson and his staff at Internal Medicine of Portsmouth. Also thanks to Deanna Cook Agame' at Bon Secours Home Health and Kristy Lynch and Angela Robertson at the Infusion Center at Sentara Obici Hospital.