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Arthur Belden Jr.
  • June 10, 1925
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  • September 30, 2019

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Arthur Williams Belden, Jr. was welcomed into heaven with shouts of praise and trumpets blowing on Monday, September 30th.  He was born on June 10, 1925 in Wheeling, West Virginia to Col. A.W. Belden and Nan Smith Belden. The family moved twice in his early years;  to Cleveland, Ohio and then to Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Ramsey High School and enrolled at Auburn University where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. After his freshman year he joined the United States Navy during World War II where he served as an officer. The Navy sent him back to college where he earned his Bachelor’s degree from the prestigious J.B. Speed Scientific School at the University of Louisville. During his service in the Navy he was one of the first 50 men to serve on the Joint Long Range Proving Ground at Cape Canaveral. He moved to Orlando in 1957 to work with Ward Engineering Company. In December, 1965 he founded Control Specialists Company and continued to serve the Control Specialists companies from 2012 until 2017. For many years he was an active member of the Florida Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He was an active member of the Episcopal Church at St. Michael’s Church in Orlando and later at All Saints Church in Winter Park where he served on the Vestry of both parishes as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida. He was deeply involved in various renewal movements in the church including Faith Alive and Cursillo. He was a founding team member of the Glennon House Healing Ministry where he served for nearly 20 years. His life was a complete witness of his faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, guided by the Holy Spirit to bring honor to God the Father. His love for God was followed by his love for his wife, Alice, and his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and for his friends, old and new.

Arthur is preceded in death by his parents, Nan S. Belden and Col. A.W. Belden; his sister, Nancy Belden Hoy; his son, F. Richard (Ricky) O’Donoghue; his daughter, Judy O. Batterson.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alice Belden; his son, W. Bruce (Leigh) O’Donoghue; his daughter, Janice Belden (Jim) Subers; (8) grandchildren: Scott Batterson, Joy Subers Meadows, Sara Batterson Anastasia, Jason Subers, Jake Subers, Jonathan Subers, Alison O’Donoghue and Grace O’Donoghue; and (10) great grandchildren: Kate, Mac, William, Alister, Lachlan, Haven, Wes, Shepherd, Asher and Ava Joy.

A Memorial Service for Arthur will be held on Thursday, October 10th at Saint Michael’s Church in Orlando at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in Arthur’s honor to Vision Orlando. (www.VisionOrlando.org)

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  3. 10 Oct 2019
    Cheri HenryL says:
    Uncle Art, I'm going to miss "my boyfriend," which is what I called you since I was a young one being let out of Sunday school at St Michael's and running into the parish hall (Quigley Hall now) to cling to your leg and call you my boyfriend. Aunt Alice used to tease me that I had to share "my boyfriend" with his wife. That was always fine by me, and I love her just as much. I'm so happy you're with Jesus. I'm sure my Mamma, Daddy and LuAnn were awaiting your arrival right along with Ricky & Judy.

  4. 08 Oct 2019
    Fr. Dave Wilson says:
    I was privileged to be a pastor to Art for twenty years and I can say he blessed me in so many ways that I cannot count them. Thank you Art for your faithfulness to Jesus throughout your life time. Fr. Dave

  5. 07 Oct 2019
    Fr. Comforted Keen. says:
    Bless his soul.
    Art and Alice were invaluable mentors and friends to my dear wife and me in our early Christian discipleship. They have been friends we didn't see often but who hold a special place in our hearts.
    Grace and Peace over Alice and family.

  6. 06 Oct 2019
    Cindi Sholander says:
    Art was born the same year as my Dad and was often like a second father. He was an amazing man of God who never, ever stopped growing in His faith walk. He was humble and always wise. My consolation is knowing I will see him again! ♥️✝️

  7. 06 Oct 2019
    Cindi Sholander posted an image:
    Mark & Cindi Sholander visiting Art & Alice in 2014
    Mark & Cindi Sholander visiting Art & Alice in 2014

  8. 06 Oct 2019
    Cindi Sholander posted an image:
    Mark & Cindi Sholander visiting Art & Alice in 2014.
    Mark & Cindi Sholander visiting Art & Alice in 2014.

  9. 06 Oct 2019
    Pete & Shirleen Wait says:
    RIP old friend- you made it home! Loved every moment we worked together over many years.

  10. 06 Oct 2019
    Jim matthews says:
    A wonderful Man. Thank you Art for all you accomplished in the name of our Lord.

  11. 06 Oct 2019
    Dean Glass Levar(David Levar's widow) says:
    He was a great person and was admired by all.I met him a d Alice when my husband David worked at traffic engr city of Orlando and Art was with Ward Engineering. Great memories of those times.He will be missed.My heart and prayers go out to Alice,Bruce and family. Dean

  12. 06 Oct 2019
    Dean Glass Levar(David Levar's widow) lit a candle:
    Lit since October 6, 2019 at 10:09:24 AM

  13. 05 Oct 2019
    Jenny Abernathy says:
    Art was one of the most honorable and kindest man I have ever known. He walked his faith every day of his life. I loved his smile and the warmth you felt in his presence . Art shared genuine concern for how you were doing and gave the best hugs. Men from his generation took nothing for granted. Hard working and care of his family are attributes he possessed. His spiritual leadership in our community cannot be measured. Art adored Alice and they are amazing role models for all of us who got to watch their love first hand. I picture my dear friend Judy, running into his arms welcoming him to the heavenly kingdom. I send love and comforting prayers to Alice, Bruce, Janice and all the family. Heaven gained an extraordinary man who lived an exemplary life. God bless each of you during the days ahead. Love you all, Jenny Abernathy

  14. 05 Oct 2019
    Kathy Oyama says:
    A great mam amd a great Family. You are in my prayers.

  15. 05 Oct 2019
    Steve Clinton says:
    I only knew Art a little over the past twenty years but I see the effects of his life all around us.

  16. 04 Oct 2019
    Jesse Phillips says:
    I grew up at Control Specialists, he was such an awesome person. He always asked about my family and if I was doing good. He will be missed.

  17. 04 Oct 2019
    tom wilkes says:
    A great man, part of the Greatest Generation. We were blessed to know him.