Raymond Lee Bellew


Raymond Lee Bellew, 89, went home to be with our Lord on June 22, 2017. He was born March 21, 1928, in Bluffton Arkansas.

Ray is survived by his son, Kenneth Bellew and wife Cindy Bellew (Myers), grandson, Colby Bellew, granddaughter, Hollie Bellew-Shaw and husband Dave Shaw, and great-granddaughters, Raynee Shaw and Kenlee Shaw all of Alvin, TX.  His daughter-in-law Rhonda Bellew (Rowe) of Pearland, TX, granddaughter, Ashley Bellew of Manvel, TX, and his grandson, Ryan Bellew of Pearland, TX.  His brother, Cleo Bellew and wife Leslie Bellew of Longview, WA, his sister-in-law, Sue Bellew of Cedar Rapids, Iowa as well as many nieces and nephews.  Ray is also survived by his many employees, both past and present.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James Thomas Bellew and Sallie Ann Bellew (Napier), his wife, Helen Louise Bellew (Pippin), brothers Russell Bellew and Rick Bellew, sister, Jo Powell (Bellew), and his son, Gary Bellew.

Ray lived a long and happy life dedicated to hard work.  He drove a truck for a mobile picture show in his early teens, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a fireman 1st class on the USS Carter Hall, delivered milk in the Houston area, he was a patrolman and dispatcher for the Harris County Sherriff’s Department, and then went on to driving trucks.  After spending many years of his life behind the wheel, Ray decided it was time to buy a few trucks of his own.  Thus, in 1968, with the help of his wife, Louise, and his two sons, Kenneth and Gary, Ray Bellew and Sons, Inc. was born.  For 49 years, Ray dedicated his life to his company and to his family.  Ray was also a lifetime committeeman for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and has volunteered since 1990 on various committees.  Shortly before his 89th birthday, Ray was honored by the Masons of Texas for having served for over sixty years as a Master Mason.  He believed in hard work and did not take many days off, but when he did he loved to hunt, fish, and spend time with his family.

Ray was truly one of a kind.  He was loving, kind, generous, stubborn, and at times cantankerous. He was a man of his word and very proud of his business.  By many accounts, he was a hard man to work for, but he was loved and respected by all that knew him.  He had a great love for his family, as we did for him.  His wisdom, leadership, compassionate nature, warm sense of humor, and his mischievous grin will be greatly missed.  We “LOVE YOU THE MOSTEST” Papa Ray!

The family would like to thank his doctor and longtime family friend, Dr. P.V. Balakrishnan.  His personal care and attention for over twenty-six years has been greatly appreciated. The family would also like to thank his caregiver, Amador Garza, for his help and care for the last few years.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 26th, from 6-8 pm and the Funeral Service on Tuesday, June 27th, at 10 am both at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland, TX.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the charity of your choosing.