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Gene V. Belenchia | Press Register


Mr. Gene V. Belenchia, 95, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on August 19, 2022. Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at Milling Funeral Home. Services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at Our Lady of Victories Church in Cleveland, MS with interment at Shelby Cemetery.

Mr. Belenchia was born in Shelby, August 12, 1927 to Marshall Belenchia and Emelia Tarsi Belenchia. He attended Shelby School before volunteering to serve his country as a member of the United States Navy during World War II and after returning to Shelby he married Alyce Gilbert. He attended trade school in Birmingham, Alabama, was employed by Bolivar Hardware and later established Gene’s Electric in Shelby. He has served many residential and commercial clients, including Delta Health Center. He was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Clarksdale. After retiring, he moved to Philadelphia, Miss.

He had a passion for hard work, especially when it came to furnishing his home. He spent countless hours in the yard and he always had a project to work on. Another interest few people know about was his love for poetry. His favorite poets were Joyce Kilmer and Rudyard Kipling.

He was predeceased by his wife, Alyce Gilbert Belenchia; parents, Marshall and Emelia Belenchia; brothers, Alex, Paul, Charlie, Albert and Marshall Jr..; a sister, Laura Radicioni and her stepdaughter, Martha Davis Belenchia.

Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Pongetti (Oxford); Son, Dr. Russell Belenchia (Union, MS); daughter, Alicia Belenchia (Philadelphia, MS); grandchildren, Amelia Miller (Kevin) of Vidor, Texas, and Rusty Belenchia (Mackie) of Union; Great-grandchildren, Reice Belk, Harbor Wooten and Sutton Belenchia. Porters include Thomas Belenchia, Jackie Davis, Glen Radicioni, Mark Belenchia, Mike Belenchia, Rusty Belenchia and Reice Belk. The honorary bearer was Paul Belenchia, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude or Samaritans Purse.

Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.