Thelma O’Neal Bellamy

June 11, 1925 - May 9, 2015

06/11/1925 - 05/09/2015

Thelma O’Neal Bellamy, 89, died Saturday, May 9, 2015.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Elmwood Cemetery in Enfield. The Reverend Ricky Sorie will be presiding.

The family will receive friends after the service at the cemetery. Other times the family will be at the home of Leona and Sonny Padgette, 11300 Thirteen Bridges Road, Scotland Neck.

Thelma was a member of Whitakers Baptist Church in Whitakers and was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her heart was in her home and taking care of her family. She loved her daughters, and took special care of her daughter, Jane, for 53 years. She set such a fine example for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to live by. Throughout her life she encouraged her family with these words, “Where there is a will, there is a way”.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Bellamy; her daughter, Sue Jane Bellamy; her parents, William M. O’Neal and Bessie Anderson O’Neal; her brothers, Doris O’Neal, Ray O’Neal, J.C. O’Neal and Howard O’Neal and her sisters, Margaret O. Grondzik, Erma O. Wommack, Bessie O. Stone and Mabel O. Wells.

Thelma is survived by her daughters, Gloria Braxton and husband Johnny of Cary and Leona Padgette and husband Sonny of Scotland Neck; her brother, Samuel O’Neal and wife Faye of Clarksville, TN; five grandchildren, Shannon Padgette Stephens (Tom), Amanda Padgette Sprague (Robert), Horace Ray “Ace” Padgette, III (Jessica), Tracy Braxton Aragon, and John Travis Braxton (Berna); twelve great-grandchildren; and many devoted nieces and nephews.

A sincere thank you to the staff at Brekenridge Retirement Center in Rocky Mount and Golden Living Center in Tarboro for their kind and loving care. Also to Dr. Daniel Crocker for his care throughout the years.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605

Arrangements are being handled by Letchworth Funeral Home in Scotland Neck.

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