92, widow of Ben Bellenger, died May 21, 2012, at the Cleveland residence. An Etowah County native and a member of Haw Grove Baptist Church, she was the daughter of James Cornelius and Emy Maud Smith Hill. One who set great store by her family, she enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and quilting. Predeceasing Mrs. Bellenger besides her parents and husband were brothers James, Ernest, and George Hill and sisters Jessie Clements, Lucille McCombs, and Mabel Snow .

Surviving are son Benny ( Jo Ann) Bellenger; daughter Brenda Tidwell; grandchildren Leigh Ann and Nick Brasswell, Jan Bellenger, Anita and Ritchie Latta; six great-grandchildren; beloved sitters Betty Pike and Rosa Griffith.

Cletus NeSmith officiated the graveside service held at Mount Joy Cemetery on May 24, at 1 p.m. Serving as pallbearers were Preston McCombs, Wayne McCombs, Gary McCombs, Kenneth Hill, Ritchie Latta, and Gary Wayne Bracknell. Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home directed.