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SenateBill Number: 904Type of Legislation: GBSubject: Belk, Mr. Lafayette B., Sr.Date Bill Passed both Bodies: Apr 18, 1991Computer Document Number: CYY/18524.SDIntroduced Date: Apr 18, 1991Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: Apr 18, 1991Last History Type: Introduced, adoptedScope of Legislation: StatewideType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 904 Senate Apr 18, 1991 Introduced, adoptedView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO EXPRESS THE DEEPEST SYMPATHY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF MR. LAFAYETTE B. BELK, SR., OF LANCASTER UPON HIS RECENT DEATH.
Whereas, the members of the Senate were deeply saddened to learn of the recent death of one of Lancaster County's and the State of South Carolina's most distinguished citizens, Mr. Lafayette B. Belk, Sr.; and
Whereas, he was born in 1918, grew up in Lancaster, and was a cum laude graduate of Allen University in 1939. He taught in the Lancaster schools, until his acceptance at Officer Candidate Training School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1943. He served both stateside and in the South Pacific, and rose to the rank of captain before his honorable discharge in 1946. He returned to Lancaster and teaching, while continuing to further his education. He received a Master of Education degree in 1949 and his career as an educator spanned thirty-nine years; and
Whereas, Mr. Belk served his county and State in countless ways, including being appointed to the board of the Lancaster County Department of Social Services in 1984, and being elected vice-chairman in 1988, a position which he held until his death; and
Whereas, he also served his fellowman as a member of the Elliott White Springs Memorial Hospital board of trustees, and treasurer of the East Precinct of the Lancaster Democratic Party. Mr. Belk formerly held positions on the Lancaster County Library Board of Trustees, the Lancaster County Planning and Zoning Commission, where he served for twelve years, four of those as chairman, the Catawba Planning Council, and an executive member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Council; and
Whereas, Mr. Belk is credited with several firsts in the black community: first Army captain in World War II, president of the LCEA, first black member of the board of Elliott White Springs Memorial Hospital, and first and only high school principal in Lancaster County; and
Whereas, he was above all a loving husband to his beloved wife, Mary Zenobia Harrison Belk, and a good father to his three children, and seven grandchildren. His civic dedication and leadership will be sorely missed in Lancaster County and throughout the State of South Carolina; and
Whereas, the members of the Senate, by this resolution, would like to extend their sincere condolences to the family and friends of this truly fine man upon his death. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate:
That the members of the Senate hereby express their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Lafayette B. Belk, Sr., of Lancaster upon his recent death.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to his widow, Mrs. Mary Zenobia Harrison Belk.