Mr. Roland Belew, 71, of Guntersville, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham.
He is survived by a son, Kai Belew (Traci); a daughter, Julie Belew Love (Che'); former wife and mother of his children, Margaret Belew; brothers, William Belew (Barbara) and Donald Belew (Linda); grandchildren, Jacob Belew, Parker Belew and Landon Love; and a host of family and friends.
Roland grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and was a football and track athlete. He set multiple state records in track.
Roland later moved to Honeycomb Valley after his grandfather purchased 900 acres to help on the farm, while attending Snead State Community College.
He was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, but was unable to attend due to a failed physical exam from a football knee injury. He went on attend college at Auburn University and received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. Following graduation, he moved to Hawaii where he attended the University of Hawaii after receiving a grant for his master's in engineering.
He traveled and worked throughout the world extensively. He lived and worked in Cairo, Egypt. He helped design the Kings Terminal in the Riyadh Airport in Saudi Arabia.
He went on to work for many years with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. He also worked at the Panama Canal in Panama, before the turnover. In addition, he worked many years, during the war times, in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
He loved his children and grandchildren immensely, continued to have a close relationship with his former wife and gave to all generously. He also loved taking pictures and recordings of life’s precious moments. In addition, he greatly loved his German Shepherds, fishing, gardening, and generally being outdoors.
Roland will be missed by all who knew, loved and respected him.