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raoul (#47260853)
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Bio Photo Ray L. Bellande (b. March 4, 1943) is a Biloxi, Mississippi native. He is the great grandson of Antoine V. Bellande (1829-1918), born at Marseille, France, and Marie Harvey (1840-1894) of Back Bay (now D'Iberville). Louis Arbeau Caillavet (1793-1860) and Marguerite Fayard (1787-1863), the daughter of Jean-Baptise Fayard II (1752-1816) Angelique Ladner (1753-1830), the Widow Fayard, are Bellande's great-great-great grandparents. The Widow Fayard once owned all the land at Biloxi from just east of Hopkins Boulevard east to Lameuse Street and from Back Bay to the Biloxi Channel. Bellande and his siblings were reared on the west side of Lameuse Street with the boundary of the Widow Fayard's Spanish Land Grant.
Ray L. Bellande attended Biloxi, Mississippi parochial and public schools. He attended New Mexico Tech in 1961, and graduated with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Geology from Mississippi State University in 1965. Bellande was employed by Humble Oil (Exxon), Tenneco, and others before becoming an independent geologist and oil operator at Lafayette, Louisiana in 1980. His oil exploration activities brought him to many petroleum provinces as he has resided or worked in Louisiana, California, Alaska, Texas, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Presently Ray L. Bellande resides at Ocean Springs, home of his ancestors, where he has written from 1993-2009, a weekly history column for The Ocean Springs Record entitled, "Sous Les Chenes" and "Images Under the Oaks". He has published several books: The Bellande Cemetery: A History and Register (1990); From Marseille to Mississippi, A Bellande Family History (1991); Ocean Springs Hotels and Tourist Homes (1994); and Ocean Springs, The Way We Were 1900-1950 (1996). In 2009, Bellande contributed an essay in William Woodward: American Impressionist, edited by Robert Hinckley.
Journals or magazines
Humble Hesperian, Volume 5, No. 5, June 1972. I wrote a travel article, "Our Man in Sabah", about my oil exploration experiences in Sabah, East Malaysia.

The Ocean Springs Record. Over 350 historic articles about Ocean Springs and western Jackson County, Mississippi published in The Ocean Springs Record from May 1993 to March 2001.

Mississippi Archaeology, "Fort Maurepas and Vieux Biloxi: Search and Research", Volume 30, No. 1 (June 1995). Coauthor with John H. Blitz and C. Baxter Mann.

Ocean Springs: The way we were, (E.L. Roberts and J.K. Lemon: Ocean Springs, Mississippi-1996). Coauthor with Elizabeth L. Roberts.

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The Mississippi Coast Historical and Genealogical Society Journal
The Journal of the Jackson County Genealogical Society
The Ocean Springs Genealogical Society Journal
The Biloxi Public Library Archives
The Jackson County Chancery Court Archives

Oil Fields of Southwest Louisiana, (The Lafayette Geological Society: Lafayette, Louisiana-1988). One article-Eunice and Mowata Oil Fields, Acadia Parish, Louisiana.

The History of Jackson County, Mississippi, (Jackson County Genealogical Society: Pascagoula, Mississippi-1989). Two biographical articles, "Captain A.V. Bellande" and "Edward Antoine Bellande".

Marine Resources and History of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Volume I, (Mississippi Department of Marine Resources: Jackson, Mississippi-1998). Three articles, "The History of D'Iberville", "A History of the St. Martin Community", and "A History of Ocean Springs".

The Jackson County Cemetery Book (Volumes I-IV), which will be published in the future.

Source, Researcher, Photographer, or Consultant
Regina Hines Ellison, Ocean Springs 1892, (2nd Edition), (Lewis Printing Company: Pascagoula, Mississippi-1991).

Darlene Krohn, The Descendants of Jerome Ryan, (Krohn: Latimer, Mississippi-1995).

Patti Carr Black, Art in Mississippi: (1720-1980), (University of Mississippi Press: Jackson, Mississippi-1998).

Mary Carol Miller and Mary Rose Carter, Written In The Bricks: A Visual and Historical Tour of Fifteen Mississippi Hometowns, (Quail Ridge Press: Brandon, Mississippi-1999).

Charles Sullivan and Murella Powell, The Mississippi Gulf Coast: Portrait of a People, (American Historical Press: Sun Valley, California-1999).

Christopher Maurer and Maria Estrella Iglesias, Dreaming in Clay on the Coast of Mississippi, (Doubleday: New York-2000).

The American Art Pottery Association Journal, (Special Issue: Gulf Coast Potters), Volume 17, No. 2, March-April 2001.

The Sun Herald, "Flashback", a weekly column featuring antique photographs of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

WYES (ETV) at New Orleans will televise their production of the historic towns of the Mississippi Gulf Coast in August 2001. I was the spokesman for Ocean Springs.

President's Award from the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce in 1994.
Named Historian of the Year in 1995 at Ocean Springs.
Named Historian of the Year in 1996 at Biloxi.
Mississippi Historical Society Award of Merit in 2010.
City of Biloxi, Mississippi 2014 Historic Preservation Volunteer Award

Ray L. Bellande continues to research and report his finding about the history and genealogy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast on two websites: and On these websites, he has essays and photographs concerning the following Gulf Coast artists as well as the Gulf Coast Art Association: Joseph Fortune Meyer (1841-1931); George E. Ohr (1857-1918); Mary Ethel Dismukes (1870-1952); Manuel Jalanivich (1898-1944); Harry Del Reeks (1820-1982), and information on the George Walter Anderson (1861-1937) family, WAMA, the Shearwater Pottery, and the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum.

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L. Hanke
RE: W.T. 'Bill' Dunn
Hi Ray,

I'm Marion Tauzin Dunn's daughter, Lanelle...we've met. I'm glad you asked about the photos I had posted. I had forgotten they were Katrina damage photos of the cemetery. They're gone now, so post away!
Added by L. Hanke on Apr 21, 2015 6:39 PM
Find A Grave Memorial# 145023563
Can I please maintain the memorial created today for my uncle Jim Fullilove so that I may keep it in the family.
Added by CDombrowski on Apr 14, 2015 7:07 PM
Leslie & Don
Frederick McBride #137660767
Thank you so very much for the photo of Mr. Freddie's memorial marker. I truly appreciate your time.
Added by Leslie & Don on Mar 15, 2015 11:09 PM
Janet LaMotte
Maxime & Rita Telhiard
Thank you for finding and photographing their crypts. Your help is appreciated.
Added by Janet LaMotte on Feb 27, 2015 4:03 AM
donald vaillancourt
O. M. "Jac" Smith
Hello Raoul,
I was an old friend of Jac's, but we lost touch over the years...
I recently found out that he had passed way back in 1996!
You posted a photo on his memorial page, and I would really like to know where you had obtained it, and any others you might have come across...I would like to have copies of it/them for my memory and prayer books. Any other information you may have on him would also be very much appreciated...
Thank you!
Don Vaillancourt
Added by donald vaillancourt on Feb 18, 2015 11:16 AM
Katherine Braun
Would you kindly remove the obituary you've placed in the picture section of this memorial:

From Find A Grave Q&A:
Q: Can I add an obituary to my interment listing?
A: Similarly, you may NOT scan an obituary and add it as a photograph to a memorial record.

Thank you.
Added by SMG on Feb 14, 2015 4:26 PM
Carmella Seymour
James Elder Walker, Jr.
I would appreciate it greatly if you would remove the posting of his obit from this memorial. I am putting the obit in the correct place on the memorial. It is a violation of Find A Grave rules to put a copy of the obit under "picture" or "flower" part of the memorial.

I wish in the future if you have something to add to a memorial which I manage that you would send it to me so I can add.


Added by Carmella Seymour on Feb 12, 2015 8:36 PM
Gail Cox
Walter Lunsford Loving
If it would be possible I would appreciate a picture of the headstone. Thank you so much for your time and dedication.
Added by Gail Cox on Feb 07, 2015 7:18 AM
Percy Landry
Thank you so much for posting the picture of Percy's obituary! His wife, Minnie Mae, was my grandfather's sister.

Thanks again!
Added by Stacy on Jan 30, 2015 6:36 AM
Mike & Bushy Hartman
Double post
Sorry, stupid site...(mumble grumble)
Added by Mike & Bushy Hartman on Jan 18, 2015 2:26 PM
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