Paula J. Belote


Mrs. Paula J. Belote, age 80, of Onancock and Annapolis, Md., passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. She was born in Selbyville, Del., Feb. 24, 1939, to the late Ernestine and Albert Johnson.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Sammy Belote, of Annapolis; daughter, Terry Belote; son, Doug Belote (Rob Landino); sisters, Jean Sturgis, Dorothy Culver, and Charlott Conniff; brother, George Johnson; sister-in-law, Emily Johnson; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Wright, and brothers, Louis, Cecil, Charles, and Howard Johnson.

Mrs. Belote graduated valedictorian, winning the math award, from Onancock High School. She worked as an operator for the former C&P Telephone Company, and later as a bookkeeper, before owning and operating her own business for over 35 years. Her venture began as a Sears catalog merchant, which led her to opening a gift and home store, “What’s Your Fancy,” in Parksley. Her accomplishments as a business owner allowed her to do what she loved most – helping friends and neighbors throughout the community, which she did every day until her retirement at the age of 75.

She was a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church in Parksley. Over the years, she selflessly gave her time and talents to her church, as well as to the March of Dimes, the Soroptimist Club of Accomack County, the Greater Parksley Association, and the American Cancer Society – leading and supporting Relay for Life for 20 years.

Mrs. Belote was always creative – painting, needleworking, sewing, and a great cook. She loved to travel with family across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe.

Always wanting to help other people, she donated her body for Alzheimer’s and other medical research.

Mrs. Belote was loved greatly by her family, friends, and customers, all of whom are invited to attend a celebration of her life to be held at the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at Maurice Bistro in Onancock.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Belote’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601, or online at

Memory tributes may be shared with the family at

Arrangements were made by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

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