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Belinda Kay (Saint) Carpenter was born in Alabama on June 11, 1946 to William (Will) and Evie Saint she was the youngest daughter and second youngest of 8 kids. She grew up in a world that was full of love and kindness. She often told stories about growing up in small town Hartselle AL and all the funny shenanigans that should have been made into a sitcom. . Belinda moved to Georgia with her parents after divorcing where she worked hard to complete cosmetology school and care for her daughters. One day Belinda went on a blind date with Clifford (Cliff) Carpenter not knowing she had just met the love of her life. Cliff and Belinda married on December 11, 1971 eventually settling in Stone Mountain GA where they raised their family. For those that knew Belinda she was everyone’s mom. She made everyone feel welcome and loved to cook meals for everyone that visited. If you were at her house you were treated like one of her kids. That meant you might have chores. She would make anyone that spent the night with Terina or Carla get up Saturday and clean an already clean house. As most people knew she cleaned house everyday but everyone happily participated.
Belinda never missed a sporting event and would cheer for any kid she knew. It was genuine that she wanted every child on the field to succeed and do well. She once had a parent ask her at a softball game, just how many kids she had on the field. To which she replied my daughters are not playing yet. She loved all the kids she had in her life with hugs and advice. Belinda loved company and gladly accepted anyone that wanted to visit into her home. It was nothing to have a house full of kids stay for hours or even days at her house. She loved the everything from playing board games to card games or just laughing and talking, Belinda had a way with words and would often make comments that were simply referred to as her Alabamaisms. She could take any situation and make it something to laugh at and talk about for years to come. Belinda held a few positions throughout her life from managing different restaurants to accounts payable, none of these compared to being a mom and wife. Cliff was old fashioned and preferred his family be safe and cared for so she decided to be a stay at home mom. When Belinda was promoted from mom to Maw Maw in 1993 she took on a new meaning to being a grandmother. She would often pick Kaleigh up from daycare claiming everything from she missed her grandmother to no one can take care of her like she could. Eventually she decided to be the daycare for Kaleigh. She and Cliff would take Kaleigh on adventures and spend the money they were getting on gifts for sugar bear. Belinda had learned to cook from her mother and wow was it amazing, she passed this skill on to her granddaughter along with her desire to mother. Belinda was an avid reader and could read and comprehend twice as fast as most people. This was helpful as she was a wealth of knowledge remembering that she “read that somewhere”.
In 1998 Belinda and Cliff moved to a subdivision in Buford GA across the street from her daughter and granddaughter. Many block parties were held and friendships were made on Dandelion Dr with Belinda loving every minute. It is easy to see that spoiling was at an all time high. Belinda became the neighborhood Maw Maw where she would often be doing what she loved the most and that is giving of herself to the kids. She had a freezer full of treats for the neighborhood kids and they all knew she had a safe place. One of her prize possessions was to let them paint a wall in her bonus room. In 2000 they were blessed with a grandson, Seth and they continued with the spoiling and grandparent no rules that Belinda decided was her right of passage. Belinda continued her love of watching sporting events attending all of her grandkids games. Nothing pleased her more than wearing her shirt proudly displaying she was a grandmother to someone playing. It didn’t end there, even thought it wasn’t easy by time she had great grandkids she was there, wearing her shirt and cheering for her boys.
Belinda proudly attended her church where she and Cliff were members, Cornerstone Tabernacle. Belinda loved the Lord and loved her church.
Unfortunately, Cliff passed away in 2020 and Belinda would often say she didn’t want to live in a world without Cliff. He was the love of her life and he spoiled her, something she often denied. Belinda was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2021 and she unfortunately progressed rapidly. Alzheimers is one of those ugly diseases that makes you lose someone before you lose them. Without Cliff she just didn’t have the fight in her that she once had. Even in the assisted living where she lived this past year she was a favorite resident and loved by all. She hated the lack of abilities and having to be cared for, like many refusing to admit she had this ugly disease. Anyone that met Belinda will tell you she made them feel like family and they shared many laughs and stories. Belinda was proceeded in death by her parents Will and Evie, her sister Elizabeth (Liz), brothers: James, Franklin and Bill.
Belinda is survied by her Daughters Carla Brown (Commerce), Terina Brown (Commerce), Granddaughter Kaleigh Bunch (Matt) of Commerce, Grandson Seth Brown, great grandsons Rylee Bunch, Kason Bunch, Noah Robinson and Waylon Robinson. Sisters Jean Hamrick and Rosie Frizzell and brother Ronnie Saint. Belinda also has several nieces and nephews, and other relatives that will miss her.
Belinda wanted Pastor Steve Stewart to speak at her funeral and will be blessed to have this on Sunday October 22, 2023. Family will receive visitors on Saturday October 21, 2023 from 4pm to 6pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association of Georgia at www.alz.org
Evans Funeral Home, Inc., 1350 Winder Highway, Jefferson, Georgia. 706-367-5467
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Alzheimers Association of Georgia
41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta GA 30346