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 James K Baughman Sr, Amy Baty-Herbert, Wally Ratcliffe, Diane Fraser, Bill Head and Helen Harris

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- Bill Head-Colonel (Ret), USAF, MSC-Volunteer Chair

Vice President-Marlayna Goosby- Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music

Treasurer- Susan Kneller- Grants Chair

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

​Diane Fraser, Emerald Coast Science Center

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-Publicity Chair