Rev. Harold Gene Belcher, Sr., 78, of Poplar Bluff, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Three Rivers Healthcare North Campus in Poplar Bluff.
Rev. Belcher, son of the late Elbert George and Ella May (Smith) Belcher, was born Dec. 2, 1924, in Dexter. A Baptist minister and retired insurance agent, he was a member of the Trinity Southern Baptist Church where he was also serving as pastor. He also served as pastor at Dudley Baptist Church, Bernie Baptist Church, Morehouse Baptist Church, Bell City Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, Leora Baptist Church, Lick Creek Baptist Church, Powe Baptist Church, Duck Creek Baptist Church, Little Brushy Baptist Church, Hunter Baptist Church, and Sweet Prospect Baptist Church. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rites, the American Legion, and the D.A.V. A veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, he was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with two bronze stars, the Phillippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, as well as a World War II Victory Medal.
On Feb. 9, 1942, he married Mildred Marie McCormack. She preceded him in death on Dec. 10, 1986. On Nov. 25, 1989, he married Maxine West, and she survives.
Survivors include three sons, Harold Gene Belcher, Jr. of Bloomfield, Bruce Allen Belcher of Dexter, and Phillip Edward Belcher of Malden; one daughter, Debora Renee Harris of Middlebrook; three stepsons, Alan West, Greg West, and Jeff West, all of Poplar Bluff; one stepdaughter, Linda Anderson of Poplar Bluff; 21 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Carl Belcher of St. Louis and Charles Belcher of Bismark; and one sister, Wanda Lee of Dexter.
He was also preceded in death by one stepdaughter, Gail Marshaus.
The visitation began at 7 p.m. at Cotrell Funeral Chapel in Poplar Bluff.
A brief visitation began at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church. The funeral service followed at 10:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary with the Rev. Marshall Link officiating.
Interment followed with full military honors in the Dexter Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Southern Baptist Church, 6076 Highway 142, Poplar Bluff, Mo. 63901.