C.S. Belton II

Cortlandt “C.S.” Belton II, son of accomplished big band leader of the Florida Society Syncopators, died at the age of 93 on May 14, 2016.

The senior Belton was highlighted in the Palatka Daily News’ Explore on May 7. At an early age, he traveled with C.S. Belton Sr. Being a musician, he followed in the footsteps of his father and formed his own band of local friends, Arliss “Frame” Walker, Leroy “Mullet Eye” Ellington, Horatio “Stack” Fells, George “Log Head” Sanders, George Taylor, Everett “Mango” Flowers, Sylvester Hall, James “Joker” Taylor, TW Long and George Tucker. Belton was a graduate of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, served in the U.S. Navy as radio operator on Submarine Chaser PC1264 and retired in the late 1980s after a teaching career in Georgia and the Florida school districts of Flagler, Marion, Putnam, Volusia and Walton counties. A soft-spoken man, he was dedicated to his family and friends. Many of his friends and students called him “Monk” or “Jazz,” but his children will remember him as Dad.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Claudia and Cortlandt S. Belton Sr., and uncles, Alphonso Belton and Wilbert Belton.

Surviving him are his sons and daughters, Sandra (James) Ham of Green Cove Springs, Constance Schneider of Palatka and Donna Farrell Masciulli of Tallahassee, C.S. Belton III, Christopher Belton and Craig Belton; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Jannett (Calvin) Smith and Betty Ann Walker; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Sandra Lewis, Everett Flowers and Sylvester Hall.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 20 at Evergreen Cemetery. There will be no public viewing.

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E.W. Lawson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.