NATCHEZ-Funeral services for Mr. William Junkin Bellan, Sr., 84, of Natchez, who died Saturday, March 31, 2012 at his residence, will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at St. Mary Basilica with Rev. David O’Connor officiating.
Burial will follow at the Natchez National Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday and 10:00 a.m. Tuesday until time of service at St. Mary Basilica.
Mr. Bellan was born July 25, 1927 in Vicksburg, MS, the son of John Alexander Bellan and Mary Genevieve Junkin Bellan. Mr. Bellan was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Marine Corps. He was an active member of St. Mary Basilica, where he served as lector at daily mass. He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Edna Rose Eidt Bellan of Natchez; three sons, William Junkin Bellan, Jr. and wife, Sherry, of Northport, AL, Michael Paul Bellan and wife, Geri, of Mandeville, LA, and Lawrence Adrian Bellan and wife, Susan, of Baton Rouge, LA; one daughter, Ann Bellan-Mann and husband, Roy, of Seattle, WA; thirteen grandchildren, Brian W. Bellan, Matthew Bellan, Mary Rose Bellan, Timothy Bellan, Anthony Bellan, Jeana Bellan, Phillip Bellan, Wesley Bellan, Mitchell Bellan, Joshua Bellan, Emma Grace Bellan, Jacob Mann, and Maria Rose Mann; one brother: John A. Bellan, Jr. and wife, Joann, of Jackson, MS; two sisters, Mary B. Eidt and husband, Edward, of Natchez, and Angela Bellan of Sun City West, AZ; and 23 nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Timothy Bellan, Brian Bellan, Anthony Bellan, Phillip Bellan, Wesley Bellan, Jacob Bellan Mann, and Matthew Bellan.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, St. Mary Basilica, or to a charity of your choice.