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James Monroe Belt, Jr., 81, of Bogard, passed away Friday, May 16, 2008.
He was born on Nov. 27, 1926 to James Monroe and Bertie Mae (Baker) Belt in Hodge, where he grew up and attended school in Waverly. Jim then served his country in the US Navy during WWII. After his honorable discharge, Jim returned to the Camden area.
On Oct. 12, 1946 he was united in marriage to Virginia Lou Newsome. After their marriage they lived in Camden and in 1981 moved to Bogard where they made their home.
Jim was an orchard farmer all his life and was also a dispatcher for the Carroll County Sheriffs Department.
He was a member of the Bogard Baptist Church and the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of the home; three daughters, Cindy Cazzell and husband, Scotty, of Orrick, Pam Boyda and husband, Bob, of Independence, and Kim Turner and husband, Rick, of Orrick; two sons, Frank Belt and wife, Karen, Edgerton, and Jim Belt, of Kearney; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, John W. Belt and Bert B. Belt; and nine half-sisters; and one half-brother.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bogard Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 at the Bogard Baptist Church
Burial will be in South Point Cemetery in Orrick.
Donations may be made to the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Klein Funeral Home of Gower.