In Memory

Belinda Diane Staten

Belinda Diane Staten

WOMACK, Belinda


Born: October 1, 1951

Died: May 28, 2014

WOMACK WINSTON-SALEM Belinda S. Womack May 28, 2014 On May 28, 2014 at the age of 62. Wife of the late George Womack (d. 2001). Retired Music Teacher from the District of Columbia Public Schools System. Winston-Salem native, WSSU Alumna (1973), and Beta Lambda Chapter of National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. (1983). Loving mother of Francinda Manns, DaBeth Manns and Kenyatta (Pat) Hazlewood. Sister of Leonardine Garrett, Albert Scott, twins Bruce and Brian Ballentine and Leonard Staten, Jr. Grandmother of Imani George and O'Neil George, Jr. and a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family as well as friends are left to mourn. The family of Willie Mae Murphy is especially acknowledged. Belinda was preceded in death by her parents, Daisy and Leonard Staten, Sr. and a granddaughter, Arianna George. Viewing will be held on Saturday, June 7th from 10:00a.m. until funeral time at 11:00a.m. at Springdale Community Church, 9601 Ardwick-Ardmore Road, Springdale, MD 20774. Interment Fort Lincoln Cemetery (Garden of Reflection) 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, MD 20722. WINSTON-SALEM MEMORIAL SERVICE-June 14, 2014, Saturday afternoon at 1:00p.m., downtown First Baptist Church at W. 5th & Spruce Streets. Condolences may be sent in care of Dr. DaBeth Manns 1312 N. Highland Avenue Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Arrangements by Douthit Funeral Services 

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11/13/14 10:54 AM #1    

Linda Charlene VanHoy (Lewis)

I remember Belinda as a sweet girl with a wonderful smile. So sorry to hear of her passing. 

11/13/14 12:55 PM #2    

Barry Linville Baker

this was posted as a link via Facebook honoring Belinda, 

She had an amazing voice    

11/13/14 03:11 PM #3    

Lynn Marie Idol (Mabe)

Although I didn't have any classes with Belinda, I do remember her sweet smile. Thank you Barry for listing the website to hear Belinda sing. I was in awe of her voice and accomplishments.

11/13/14 08:16 PM #4    

David Andre Teague

Several weeks I spoke to Roman Brady (who teaches chorus at EFHS now), and he told me about Belinda at that time. Belinda was a person, as far as I can tell, did not sing in any ensembles but apparently had taken chorus with Maxine Blackwell. Maxine's musicianship was eclipsed only by her teaching skills. Belinda had a remarkable career as a teacher having gleaned from her high school chorus instructor everything she essentially needed to seemingly be an outstanding teacher herself. 

One of my semi-retirement jobs is working in the music library at UNCSA. The other day at work I happened upon a piece that Mrs. Blackwell had us sing our senior year. The settings of the Catholic Mass by Francois Poulenc is not standard fare for many high school choruses. We learned the 4 movements in Latin and could remain on pitch even while Maxine would bang nonesense chords on the piano. A testament to her thorough teaching style.

Belinda, like so many of us, have led rich lives from the selfless giving of the faculty that inspired us. Hey, I'm proud of our class!!

David Teague

11/13/14 09:38 PM #5    

Deborah Ann Phillips (McMillian)

Thank you for posting the link to hear Belinda's special talent through these prior live recordings...what a blessing.  I recall her radiant smile and her voice in one of the choruses and appreciate that Mrs. Blackwell recognized and nurtured her through encouraging her to pursue her dream for vocal performances across genres along with her dedicated service in nurturing future musicians through her faithful tenure of 40 years in music education.  Though I spent my career in elementary education I also have had a life-long love of music, especially through the church music ministries as musician and choral participant.  Versions of "Amazing Grace" are still among my favorites, which I know she experiences, with all the great pieces, in worship now with all the great soloists, musicians, accompanists, and choirs in the heavenly choir.

"But art is not simply works of art; it is the spirit that knows Beauty; that has Music in its being and the color of sunsets in its headkerchiefs; that can dance on a flaming world and make the world dance, too."         

W.E.B. DuBois, 1921

11/13/14 11:01 PM #6    

Deborah Yvonne Miller (Pomponio)

A beautiful smile and blessed with such talent! Thoughts and prayers for her family, Debbie 

11/14/14 12:24 PM #7    

Janice Carol Phillips (Reich)

Wow! Thanks for posting this! I also remember Belinda's wonderful smile but I was not aware of her awesome


11/15/14 08:19 AM #8    

Donna Ruth West (Purcell)

I remember her singing and her smile, other than that I can't remember her....but we were in a large class and if you didn't run with a certain crowd you didn't know everyone.

02/10/15 04:06 PM #9    

Gayle Patterson (Cook)

Sorry I missed Belinda's passing.  She was such a sweet girl, always smiling...

02/16/15 10:02 AM #10    

Pamela Ann Catlett/Little (Catlett)

I am so sorry for the passing of my dear friend, Belinda.......She was one of the sweetest girls that I think I have ever known.  She was a wonderful classmate and dear friend.   She will be greatly missed, but God is getting a real Angel in heaven with him.


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