Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. (Psalms 116:15)
Barbara Ann Bellamy, affectionately known as "Candy", was born into this world with a purpose on February 15, 1952, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to the late Andrew Simmons, Sr and the late Lucille Wright-Simmons. She was the oldest daughter of eight children.
Barbara Ann Bellamy received her early education in the Horry County School System where she was a natural learner and loved to read and write. Her family later moved to Bridgeport, CI' where she continued her education in the Bridgeport School System, earning many awards and certificates, graduating with honors. Barbara attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, C1' where she trained to become a CNA. She continued to use her CNA training when she relocated back to Myrtle Beach, SC in 1978. Always known as a scholar; she attended college and earned an Early Childhood Teaching Degree, which is where the love of the youth began. Her first employment opportunity as an educator was at the First Baptist Church Daycare Center: Subsequently, she continued her education path from the 1980s to the early 2000s as a teacher at The Friendship House, also known as "The Red Barn ", where she "lovingly" enriched the minds of more than half of the Myrtle Beach Community. She retired from the SC Head Start Program.
Barbara Ann Bellamy loved the Lord Jesus. The Lord allowed her to unite in holy matrimony to a mighty man of valor; Clyde Bellamy, Sr on February 2, 1980. To this union, four children were born Cli Andrea, Clyde Jr, Cayla and Cliston. Her husband and children refer to Proverbs 31:28, Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her They will always fondly remember her as an actively engaged parent that loved watching classic movies. She was kind and soft-spoken and always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how minuscule.
From an early age, she was always considered a "special child". She received salvation at the tender age of twelve at St. John Fire-Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas in Bridgeport, Cl,' under the leadership of Pastor Louis Hylton. At the age of 19, she received the gift of the Holy Ghost under the tutelage of Dr. Eloise Young. She later accepted her call into the ministry. She graduated from Bethel Bible Institute in Jamaica, New York. She became a licensed and ordained minister of the Gospel. She was fully engaged in ministry and served as the Youth Sunday School Teacher; HYPU President and Youth Congress where she received several awards and accolades. Upon relocating to Myrtle Beach, SC, she joined Shields Chapel EB.H. under Pastor Laura Nichols. Mille a member at Shields Chapel EB.H., served as HYPU President, Directress of Religious Education (DRE) of the Charleston District, and the District Supervisor of the YPI. During the early 2000s, after much prayer and fasting, she joined True Light Sounds of Praise Pentecostal Fellowship Ministries Inc. under the leadership of Bishop Alfred E. Williams. There she served as the CYC President and later became the Assistant Pastor She also fulfilled roles on the Executive Board, Shepherd's Care, and Sunday School Superintendent. In 2010, Bishop David L. Baxter; Jr was appointed Pastor of Greater True Light Ministries and Assistant Pastor Barbara Bellamy continued her faithful service under his leadership until the time of her earthly transition. Her love for people extended beyond the church's four walls. She was well known and respected in the Race Path community, throughout Myrtle Beach, and beyond. She established the True Light Camp, which became the True Light Learning Center She served as the treasurer of the Phoenix Renaissance Board with Min. William Gause (President). She served the Habitat for Humanity Horry County School Board and many other organizations. Size was a mentor and provided guidance and counseling and was considered a mother to many. Wright-Simmons; three brothers Wilbur Lee Bland, John Earl Simmons, and Christopher Wright, (Paul)D'Amico and Yen; her four siblings, Bishop Andrew (Margaret) Simmons, Jr of Bridgeport, Cl,' David (Judy) Simmons of Varnville, SC, Deloris Simmons, and Marilyn Simmons of Myrtle Beach, SC; six grandchildren, Cayden Smith, Imani Bellamy-Pryor Camille Bellamy Cliston Bellamy Pryor Jr; Jerod Peppers, Jr and Carter Peppers; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and her loving GTLM church family.
She leaves to cherish sweet memories: her loving and devoted husband, Deacon Clyde Bellamy; her four children, Cli Andrea Bellamy Clyde Bellamy Jr, Cayla (Jerod) Peppers and Cliston Bellamy all of Myrtle Beach, SC; three special children, Johansson Jamaal (Renee), Sharisma
She made her triumphant transition peacefully on April 7, 2021, at McLeod Regional Hospital, Loris, SC. She was preceded in death by her parents Andrew Simmons, Sr: and National Mother Lucille
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Greater True Light Ministries in Myrtle Beach. Interment will follow in Pine Island Community Cemetery. Ocean View Funeral Home, Myrtle Beach Chapel is assisting the Bellamy Family.
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