Moses 'Bill' Belin Jr., Landscaper

July 08, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Moses "Bill" Belin Jr., a retired Army civilian employee who owned and operated a landscaping business, died of heart failure June 30 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore.

The longtime Ashburton resident was 76.

Mr. Belin, the son of farmers, was born and raised in Pamplico, S.C. He came to Baltimore in the 1950s and worked in Washington as a civilian driver for the Army for more than 30 years before retiring in 1984.

For the past 20 years, Mr. Belin worked as a landscaper primarily in the city's Morgan Park neighborhood, family members said.

"He was a jack-of-all-trades and could fix anything," said a daughter, LeRay Blanding of Columbia. "He was extremely selfless and was always available to help others."

One of the high points of his summer, Mrs. Blanding said, was escorting his grandchildren to the annual Maryland State Fair in Timonium.

He was also an avid duckpin and tenpin bowler and was a regular member of leagues that bowled at West Baltimore's Lafayette Lanes.

Mr. Belin, who was also a baker, was known for the sweet potato pies that he baked at Thanksgiving and Christmas for family and friends.

A deeply religious man, Mr. Belin was a founding member in 1987 of Mount Zion Hill Baptist Church on Harford Road.

He was a member of the Deacon's Conference of Baltimore.

Services were held Monday at his church.

Also surviving are his wife of 40 years, the former Regina Thomas; two sons, Leon Pendleton of Baltimore and William Jay Belin of Pikesville; two other daughters, Linda Nettles and Norma Pendleton, both of Baltimore; three brothers, Beaufort Belin, Roy Belin and Charles Belin, all of Baltimore; two sisters, Ethel Smith of Pamplico and Delores Brooks of Randallstown; 10 grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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