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Amogene Reynolds Belcher was born on January 1, 1921 at McDowell, West Virginia. She was the daughter of Nib Franklin and Jettie Dillon Reynolds. Her father was a native of Henry County, Virginia and was a tobacco farmer and coal miner. Her mother's family came from Patrick County, Virginia. Thus, there were many cousins living at Horsepasture, Critz, Woolwine, and Ararat. Amogene had five sisters and one brother.

The family lived for a few years on their farm at Reed Creek near Bassett, Virginia. Amogene first attended school in this community. Returning to West Virginia, she graduated from Northfork High School in 1939. She attended business school in Bluefield. In 1942, Amogene married Clarence Cole Belcher of Algoma, West Virginia. To this union were born two sons, Douglas in 1945 and Jeffery in 1956.

Returning to Henry County and Martinsville in 1946, Amogene went to work for the DuPont Company. Her jobs included working in the textile departments and the P.T. Lab. She retired in 1981 with 35 years of service.

In addition to maintaining her Askin Street home, she was involved with her church, Fuller Memorial Baptist. There she worked with the G.A.'s, the kitchen committee, and the adult choir. She, also, made floral decorations for the sanctuary. Amogene worked with the Cub Scouts for a number of years in Martinsville.

Coming from a family of great cooks, she was known for her wonderful meals with cakes, pies, and cookies being her specialties. Some of her recipes were family favorites passed down for generations. Her pound cakes are remembered by many. She collected cookbooks from all parts of the United States.

Amogene loved to travel and visit historic places. After her retirement and the death of her husband, Clarence, in 1978, she took many bus trips and even traveled to Panama, Mexico, and the Caribbean. She loved to read and collected numerous books dealing with regional history. Yearly trips were taken to the South Carolina coast, the Smoky Mountains, Boone, and Florida.

On October 25, 2011, Amogene Reynolds Belcher died at the age of 90 years. She will be remembered by her friends and family for her smile, her many acts of kindness, her cooking skills, and her love of reading and gaining knowledge. Her children and grandchildren were blessed to have had her as their mother and "Nannie".

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