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Henry Melvin Belsha

August 21, 1932 ~ May 25, 2023

Henry was born in Anacoco, LA, on August 21,1932 to Henry and Vena Belsha.  He left high school in April 1950 and joined the National Guard. In September of that same year, his National Guard unit was called to active duty. He served for 21 months in active duty and obtained a GED prior to his discharge and enrollment to Southern Technical Institute.  Henry graduated with an Associate in Science degree in Electrical Technology.  On November 21, 1953, Henry married the love of his life, Maurice (Reece) Richardson in Atlanta Ga.  

Henry accomplished many things throughout his long life. In 1955, he began his career in the oil business by working for an Oilfield Service company.  Moving to Sulphur, LA, he worked for Cities Service Refinery from 1957-1983. He then worked in the electrical department, for Citgo, until his retirement in July 1997.

Henry’s other careers included being co-owner of Quality Building Materials and Belsha-Scarborough Realty.  He was a custom home builder throughout his life. Reece and Henry purchased 90 acres in Ragley where they cleared the land, built a house, and trained and raised horses. 

Henry and Reece eventually moved back to Sulphur and were members of Henning Methodist Church. 

Strong, determined, trustworthy are a few words to describe Henry’s personality. His friendship was valued by many of his coworkers and employees. He was very talented as evidenced by his numerous endeavors. Henry could probably recall, from memory, more phone numbers, and the extensive list of people, to which the numbers belonged, than anyone in Calcasieu Parish!  He was always ready to lend a helping hand. 

Speaking of the power of persuasion…..After suffering a heart attack, Henry talked his cardiologist into letting him go home and take care of a few things before driving himself back to the hospital. He was an active member of the Romero’s, Retired Older Men Eating Out, and enjoyed the many friendships shared by those who could attend. 

Henry and Reece lost their oldest daughter, Cheryl, on April 8, 2001. She was the mother of two beautiful children, Audrey and Derek Stephenson, who both live in Austin, TX.  June 2022, Derek married Joy Parker. 

After 2 strokes in 2019, Henry and Reece moved to Houston, TX to be near their youngest daughter, Ginger Belsha Sparks. They live at Eagles Trace Independent Living community where they have made many new friends and enjoy their time with Ginger, her husband, Steve and their granddaughter Rachel. In fact, if Henry is not seen up and about and Ginger goes to the bank, CVS, or around the dining room at Eagles Trace, all the ladies will ask about Henry.  Recently, one of the domino groups told Ginger, “You know, when we met Henry, we all said, ‘He really talks a lot, but he always makes us laugh.  He is so funny.”’

Survivors include his spouse, Reece Belsha, married 69 years, daughter Ginger Belsha Sparks and her husband Stephen Sparks and their daughter Rachel; grandchildren Audrey Stephenson, and Derek Stephenson and his spouse Joy Parker Stephenson. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to Shriner's Hospital, Wounded Warrior Project, or American Cancer Society.   

Services for Mr. Belsha will be held at Graveside at 11:00 AM Monday, May 29, 2023, at Mimosa Pines North under the direction of Johnson and Robison Funeral Home. Dr. Juliet Spencer will officiate services. 

Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.robisonfuneralhome.com

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  1. Aunt Reece,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Boo. He was a really sweet guy. He will be deeply missed. I’m sending big hugs your way. 
    Love,
    Sarah

  2. Prayers for Mr. Belsha.
    He was a member of the “greatest generation” as is evident by the life he lived. My heart goes out to Mrs. Belsha, Ginger, Steve, Rachel, Derek, and Audrey.  

  3. My heart goes out to Mrs Reece and Ginger and grandkids. I will miss Mr Henry. He was always like a second Dad and Mrs Reece like a second mom. I am so sorry for all of your loss. Love to you all

  4. I always looked up to Henry. Wesley Scarborough and he were always into something and spurred each other on to the greater Good. Henry left his mark on me and will be missed. Kathy and I send our condolences to Reese, Ginger and all the family. 

  5. I WILL REMEMBER HENRY MOST FOR HIS BIG SMILE AND FOR ALWAYS TAKING TIME TO TALK WITH ME.HE HAD A STRONG HANDSHAKE AND A GREAT DISPOSITION AND ALWAYS SPOKE THE TRUTH-VERY RARE TODAY.REECE I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS OF YOUR MAN AND BEST FRIEND.SINCERELY-DICK KENNISON

  6. Henry definitely left a mark on my life.  He was like a second dad to me.  Many many fond memories of past vacations, coaching softball, gatherings etc. I always knew he cared about me and my family, growing up.   Reece and Ginger, and family, I am so sorry for this HUGE loss.  Great big hugs, and prayers for you all.  

  7. Thinking of you guys. Pete was a special guy. He was such a good friend to my parents, Joy and Millard. He will be missed ❤

  8. Oh Mrs. Reece – I just found out today about the loss of Mr. Belsha. I am so deeply sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man. I am so thankful that our paths crossed when I was such a young girl. He gave me the opportunity to work on his horse ranch and enjoy the horses. I loved every minute of it. His smile and laughter would light up a room. He will be missed. Many hugs, prayers, and love for you ❤️ 

  9. I love you Henry and I will always remember you love me.  You were a great man and you will be greatly missed.


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