Ellis Bellamy

Ellis Bellamy

Southport, Brunswick County, North Carolina, USA
Death 13 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
Fort Sam Houston, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial Southport, Brunswick County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 73364228 · View Source
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Local Boy Dies in Texas Hospital
Pvt. Ellis Bellamy, 20 years old son of Van and Lue Delphia Bellamy, highly respected colored people in Southport, died in the Brooks general army hospital at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, November 13th. Tuberculosis was the immediate cause.

The body in its flag draped casket was shipped here, arriving on the 18th. Burial was held Sunday afternoon at two o'clock and was largely attended by both white and colored.

The young man graduated from the Brunswick County Training School with the class of 1941. He entered the armed service on February 27, 1943, and was on his way to becoming a fine soldier when the fatal illness set in.
Source "Local Boy Dies in Texas Hospital." The State Port Pilot [Southport, NC], 24 Nov. 1943, p. 4

He was a Serviceman
Ellis Bellamy, 20 year old soldier whose home was at Southport, died in an army camp in Texas last week. He was a negro, was stricken with a fatal illness and died without ever having been sent to the front.

But, during that illness every resource of the army was given in an effort to make him well again. He was cared for until the last and when he died the brotherhood of the army did not end there. His body was sent home in a steel casket, draped with the flag he had served.

An undertaker, the family and friends prepared to bury the body in their own way. They had their funeral services at their church and following this a great cortege wended its way to a nearby cemetery.

There they found the Mayor of the town, the Commander and Vice-Commander of the American Legion, an army Lieutenant with a bugler and a squad of six white soldiers, waiting to join in the last tribute. The dead serviceman, regardless of his color, was given a serviceman's last due.
Source "He was a Serviceman." The State Port Pilot [Southport, NC], 1 Dec. 1943, p. 2

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  • Created by: John Evans
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 73364228
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ellis Bellamy (12 Oct 1923–13 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 73364228, citing Smith Cemetery, Southport, Brunswick County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by John Evans (contributor 47071981) .