On Monday August 3, 2020 Willie R. Belton Sr. of Easton, PA residing at New Eastwood Nursing Home was peacefully called back to his Creator.
Richard (as he was affectionately known) was born March 3, 1940 to the late Mary and Daniel Belton Sr. in High Point, North Carolina. Richard was the seventh of 18 children born to this union. Richard was proud to be part of such a large family.
He was educated in the Guilford County System and attended William Penn High School. Upon finishing school Richard worked side by side with his father in the family business (Belton Air Conditioning and Refrigeration), where he developed the skills that would later catapult his career as a HVAC Technician. In 1958 Richard moved to Philadelphia, PA to be close to his brother Daniel Belton Jr.
In 1963 at the young age of 23, Richard decided to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Army. He served in Korea from 1963-1965 as an E-2 Supply Engineer and was honorably discharged in December of 1965. Richard loved to share stories of his time in Korea with his grandchildren and anyone who would listen.
In 1966 Richard met the love of his life, Christine Moragne and they were married in 1969. This union produced two beautiful children, Willie Richard Belton Jr. and Dayna MichelleBelton. Christine also came from a large family of 14 siblings. Richard felt right at home marrying into such a large family. Richard had an unusual close bond with his wife’s family and helped his father-in-law with the construction of his new church; Jones Temple Church of God in Christ located in Philadelphia, PA.
Richard later used the skills that he was taught by his father to become a HVAC Tech and went to work for the University of Pennsylvania. Richard worked side by side with his brother Dan and enjoyed every minute of it, and would always have a hilarious story to tell at the end of the day.
Richard loved to be with his family. His mother and father instilled in him that family was everything. He went out of his way to lend a hand to anyone in need and would take on extra work in the community to help friends and family. He traveled near and far.
During his time in the nursing home he maintained communication with his siblings with the help of his daughter by video chat and phone calls. Speaking with his siblings bought him so much joy. Richard especially enjoyed when his son would come up and just sit with him to bring in the New Year. Richard had accepted the Lord into his life, and during his time at the nursing home he would love to hear Pastor Sharon Glenn speak about the Goodness of God and sing to him.
Richard loved a home cooked meal. He especially loved going to his sister Artis’ home to enjoy all the goodies she would normally prepare. One of his favorite treats were his wife’s home-made biscuits, they always bought a smile to his face.
Richard will be sadly missed by many.
Richard was proceded in death by his parents, Mary and Daniel Sr.; six siblings, Pauline, Josephine, Daniel Jr., Robert, David, Mary, and James.
Left to mourn is his wife of fifty years, Christine; children, Willie R. Jr. (Genéa), Dayna (Rodney Jr.); four grandchildren, Daishawn, Azairea, Zoey and Rodney III; five sisters, Ernestine, Betty, (Andrew),Artis, Sandy and Lisa (Lonnie); four brothers, Eddy (Loretta), Johnny, Donald, and Kenny (Wanda);a host of sisters- in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
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