The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) of Okaloosa County is a local arts agency that strengthens the county by supporting the arts through advocacy, education, and marketing and promotion. 

L-R Carole Byrd, Helen Harris, Susan Kneller, Ursel Behnken,  James K. Baughman, Amy Baty-Herbert, Bill Head, and Zoran Subotich

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of OAA Board Member, Becky Belcher.  She served on the OAA Board of Directors for over ten years and was actively involved in the arts in our community.  She will be truly missed. 

Rebecca (Becky) Earwood Belcher died January 11, 2023 at the Fort Walton Beach, FL hospital. She was 73.

Becky was born in Nashville, TN to Don and Carmel Earwood, who preceded her in death. She was the wife of Byron W. Belcher of Fort Walton Beach.

Becky attended Alabama Christian High School and Alabama Christian College. She enjoyed singing in folk music groups and was selected Miss Alabama Christian High School. Later, in her working years, she was employed as a computer draftsman by Choctaw Engineering, and later Choctaw Associates, civil engineering firms of Fort Walton Beach. Becky had a great talent for creativity in all forms of arts and crafts. She was very active in community organizations, and served leadership roles in the Emerald Coast Concert Association, The Center for Lifelong Learning, The American Business Women's Association, and others. Her contributions were honored with several awards. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no public funeral service.

Becky was greatly loved and will be extremely missed.

Posted online on January 13, 2023

Published in Northwest Florida Daily News-

Amy Baty-Herbert, Executive Director

Board of Directors:

President- Marlayna Goosby- Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music

Vice President- Diane Fraser- Emerald Coast Science Center

Treasurer- Susan Kneller- Grants Chair

Bill Head- Colonel (Ret), USAF, MSC
James K. Baughman Sr-Author

Jeanette Shires-Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFL State College, Niceville & NWFL Symphony Guild

Chris Reid- Musician & Young Philosophers Society

​Cole Huffer- Enlightened Studios

​Helen Harris- HH Arts

Zoran Subotich- DJ & Hope & Restoration Tour

Karen Reid-MS, LMHC, BCBA- Lotus Learning & Arts Center & Beyond Expectations, Inc

​Wally Ratcliffe- Arts & Design Society

Ursel Behnken-German Club

​Carole Lee Byrd- retired artist & teacher

Gayle Vann-Regions Bank

Michelle Jannazo- Teacher & Grants Writer