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Clarence Cole Belcher Collection

Clarence Cole Belcher was born on May 12, 1918 at Algoma, West Virginia. He was the son of Benjamin H. and Mary Hylton Belcher. When he was a child, his father purchased a second-hand guitar for him. Left-handed, Clarence was presented with the problem of learning to play the instrument. With the help of other guitar players, he soon mastered the instrument and even taught his three borthers and sister this special skill.

As a young man, he worked for the Algoma Coal and Coke Company. In 1942, he married Amogene Reynolds of McDowell, West Virginia. In 1946, they moved to Martinsville, Virginia and he soon went to work for the DuPont Company. Clarence would retire from this company in 1978 with over 30 years of service, He was Shift Mechanic at this time.

Clarence had a great love for country music and would play the guitar at home and for friends. No family gathering was complete without music and songs. In the 1960s, with his friend, Bill Hill, and others, he played in a number of Bluegrass Bands including the Dixie Pals and the Virginia Buddies. Four recordings were produced at this time.

On September 1, 1978, Clarence died and was buried at Roselawn Cemetery in Martinsville. His Blue Grass band played at this service. He will be remembered for his philosophy of always doing a good job on any task presented to him and for his love of Country Music.




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