Joe Belton

September 1, 1939 - September 5, 2010

Joe Martin Belton, born September 1, 1939, passed away peacefully on September 5, 2010 after a brief illness. Survived by his wife Mary, sons Chris, Joe, Jr. and wife Jill, Major; daughter DeDee and son-in-law Colt Flanagan, grandsons Tanner, Brendan and Caleb. He is also survived by his former wife Gail and close friends Debbie and Tanika; his loyal canine companions Macy, Pippin & Leo. Joe was a court reporter for over 40 years. He first started his career as a freelance reporter and then was hired by the Hon. Spencer Carver, Judge of the 191st District Court. Upon the appointment of Judge Patrick Higginbotham to the Federal bench Joe had the pleasure of joining Judge Higginbotham’s staff. He then concluded his career as a member of the staff of the late Judge Jerry Buchmeyer. He served in many capacities in both the State and Federal court reporter’s associations, including president of both associations. He will be missed by all of his friends and loved ones. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County or your favorite charity. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 9, 2010, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends for a visitation from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.

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JOE AND I KNEW EACH OTHER BEFORE WE STARTED TO SCHOOL-HE WAS ONE OF MY FIRST BOY FRIENDS AND WE STAYED GOOD FRIEND ALL THROUGH OUR WHITE OAK YEARS-I HAVE VERY FOND MEMORIES OF HIM IN SCHOOL AND AT CHURCH. I KNOW HE WILL BE MISSED. NONA ROARK STANSELL, October 16, 2010 I knew Joe at WOHS. A good friend in and out of class. I have not seen him for 50 years but have fond memories of a great guy. Jerry Jordan, September 10, 2010 Mary, meeting you and Joe back in the early 70's made starting a career in reporting so enjoyable. You and Joe were both such hard workers but always had a ready smile and time for friendships. During one of Dallas' blazing hot summers, I passed Joe on the street, and he was walking sideways right up against the edge of the building. I asked him what he was doing, and he said, "I'm walking in the shade!" Our prayer is that you feel God's strength in your lives right now as Joe feels God's peace. Marigay & Chris Black, September 9, 2010 Mary: I remember with such joy all the years I worked with Joe and getting to know you while working with Judge Higginbotham. We really had some great times. I've thought about both you and Joe many times since I retired. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Carol Hallman, September 8, 2010 DeeDee We know this is a very difficult time for you and your family. Please know we will be praying for you all. Nanna & Pappy Mc Jim & Jeanette McChristial, September 8, 2010 Mary...I remember being in court reporting school with you when you first started dating Joe. Was that a mere 35+ years ago? Seems like a brief twinkle of a star. When I came to federal court, Joe was my anchor, throwing me a rope or a paddle when I needed it. Always ready with a joke, he made me laugh on my worst days. He was a dear friend who gave his unconditional support to me as a fellow reporter. My prayers are with you and your family. Linda Robbins Linda J. Robbins, September 8, 2010 We were best friends from the third grade through high school, playing sports and doing virtually everything together. Fondest memory is spending nights with Joe at his grandparents who raised him. Sorry we did not stay in touch more after we became adults. Speaking for all of Joe's White Oak classmates, we are saddened for his family. Joe Lee Smith, September 8, 2010 We came to know Joe through his work in Judge Buchmeyer's court over a period of several years. Always the consummate professional, he was also down to earth and lots of fun....in a job where "fun" is not always part of the job! My condolences to the family. Carolyn Gilbert Carolyn Gilbert, September 8, 2010 We had the pleasure of working with Joe back in the 1980's. What a tremendous experience that was, filled with so many fond memories. As wet-behind-the ears, green reporters, your patience and understanding, sprinkled with your own brand of sense of humor and words of wisdom made our first job experience quite an adventure. Thanks for the memories! Tommi Rutledge-Gray and Lorena Shaw, September 8, 2010 Joe was court reporter to Judge Jerry Buchmeyer when I clerked for the Judge. Joe always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. My condolences to the family. Ophelia Camina, September 7, 2010 Joe didn't really care for corn casserole but mine was okay if he had to eat it! Love it! If you need anything sweetie, please let us know. Love you all! Laurie Flanagan, September 7, 2010 We have known Joe since I worked with him at Stanley, Harris & Rice. He was in school when I first met him and working there as a proof reader. Long time ago and many pages. Deepest condolences to your family. Beverly E. Dixon, September 7, 2010