Lion Walker Bellamy

The Lions of Dist. 31-F pause to remember the life of
Lion Walker Bellamy
a 45 year member of the Clinton Lions Club

CLINTON — W. Walker Bellamy, Jr. died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Sampson County Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Bellamy, or “Mr. B” as he was affectionately called, was a native of Wilmington, N.C., and a resident of Clinton since 1957. Walker retired as the Director of the Clinton-Sampson Recreation and Parks Department in 1994 after 30 years of dedicated service. Always ready with a smile, Mr. B greatly impacted the Clinton community through his devotion to and concern for people, especially the youth of Clinton and Sampson County. Mr. B graduated from New Hanover High School and attended Hargrove Military Academy. He received his BS degree in Recreation from Campbell College and studied Advanced Recreation at North Carolina State University. After serving three years in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division, 44th Tank Battalion, at Fort Bragg, N.C., Bellamy worked as a railroad detective with the Atlantic Coastline in Rocky Mount, N.C. before beginning a career in recreation in Clinton in 1964, where he worked tirelessly to build a strong recreation program. In recognition of his impact and service, the Clinton Recreation Department honored Walker by naming its facility at Royal Lane Park, The W. Walker Bellamy Recreation Center. Bellamy was active in the Clinton Lions Club, where he served on many committees and was a former member of the Clinton Jaycees. He received numerous awards for dedicated humanitarian service, including the Lion of the Year Award, the Jack Stickley Fellow Award, the Melvin Jones Fellow, the John Hale’s Memorial Award, and the NC Recreation and Parks Society Meritorious Award. Walker was recognized by the Clinton High School Athletic Department for his positive influence on the youth of Clinton and Sampson County, was presented the Youth Service Award from the Clinton Police Department, and was inducted into the Sampson County Sports Hall of Fame.
Mr. Bellamy is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Norma Jean Parker Bellamy; son, William Dennis Bellamy; daughter-in-law, Donna Proctor Bellamy of New Bern; granddaughters, Rachel Paige Bellamy and Madison Parker Bellamy; grandson, Christopher Seth Wilson; sister, Frances Bellamy McMillan of Raleigh; namesake and great-niece Cameron Walker Smith; godchildren, Julie Tyndall and Jennifer Bell; four sisters and brothers-in-law Helen and Edward Barker of Clinton, Ann and Brady Parker of Salemburg, Martha and Bobby Tew of Salemburg, and Frankie & “Billy” Tyndall of Raleigh; 19 nieces and nephews; and 13 great-nieces and great- nephews. Mr. Bellamy was preceded in death by his parents, William Walker Bellamy, Sr. and Rachel Page Murrill Bellamy; his sister, Martha Bellamy King; brother-in-law, Dr. Samuel Duncan McMillan, Jr.; and nephews Rev. Samuel Duncan McMillan, III and David Bellamy McMillan.
The visitation was held Monday, Sept. 5 from 6:30-9 p.m. at Royal Hall Funeral Home, 301 McKoy St., Clinton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund of First United Methodist Church, 208 Sampson Street, Clinton, NC, 28328, or the Boys and Girls Homes of NC, Inc., P.O. Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC, 28540.


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