Bellamy, who is mom, nana, and auntie, was born to
Ernest Cashus Richardson and Maggie Cole on December
4, 1916, in Boston, Georgia. Her mother died when she
was 2, during a TB epidemic in her hometown of Boston.
Her father remarried and she became the oldest of 11
siblings. “I always imagined that God must have told my
mother, don’t worry about this one; I will take care of
her.” And he did just that for 104 years.
Order my steps dear Lord, teach me, and guide me in
every way. Ernestine moved to Miami and in October
1939 she married the love of her life: Joseph Bellamy.
Out of this union they parented seven children, six boys
and one girl. Joe also became her lifelong business
partner. In the early 1970s, the couple started the Family
Affair Restaurant and Catering Service. “We catered
all over Miami, including the first city sponsored
Kwanzaa Celebration. We met so many wonderful
people” she used to proudly say. Even after retirement her
culinary skills remained in high demand for small affairs.
If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living
would not be in vain. Ernestine loved helping people.
Once a week she made fresh homemade soup for
someone who was sick and shut in. It has been said that
the love she put into her soup had amazing healing power.
in her community.
She joined Mt Tabor Baptist Church in 1939 and
remained its oldest active member.
She never drove a car but that didn’t stop her from
community involvement. She was a member of the Zeta
Phi Beta Amicae Chapter of Miami and has been involved
in the following organizations: Church Women United;
Community Action Agency – Liberty City Board Member
Representative; YWCA; Family Christian Association of
America (FCAA), National Association of Negro
Business and Professional Women’s Club, to name a few.
She served on the Social Committee for the West View
Garden Seniors Apartment Complex. She was
affectionately called “Sweet Ernestine” by her Silver
Sneakers exercise class. Even after moving to Atlanta
with her daughter and son-in-law she became an active
member of the Lou Walker Senior Center. “I think
staying active has kept me young,” she said. “I kept active
God has smiled on me. He’s been good to me. She loved
traveling by air or sea, domestic and international. If you
said go, she said, “When”. Her most treasured trip was
when she traveled to Jerusalem and was baptized at the
baptismal site at the River of Jordan.
doing for others.” On Saturday, July 17, 2021, God made
his final earthly call to her saying “Well done, my good
and faithful servant”.
She is survived by her son, Eldredge Sr; daughter Joy and
son-in-law Jerome; daughters-in-law Cathy, Brenda,
Elizabeth, Patricia and Christina; and loving nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband Joe, five sons:
Donald, Joseph Jr (Joe), Torrell, Roland and Carlton; and
her eleven siblings. Her legacy includes grandchildren,
great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren to
carry on her work.
- Joy Bellamy Lofton
- 93rd Street Community Baptist Church
- 10:00 AM
93rd Street Community Baptist Church
9300 N.W. 23rd Ave.
Miami, Florida 33147
- 07/28/2021 at 11:00 AM
- Caballero Rivero Dade Memorial Park
1301 OpaLocka Blvd.
Miami, Florida 33167