Rosa Mae Smaling Bivens, of Benton, formerly of Vonore, passed away at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Etowah Health Care. She was of lifelong Baptist faith.
She was 92 years old.
Preceded in death by: her grandson, Terry Bivens; parents, Jesse and Bessie Smalling; brothers, Oscar, Ray and Ralph Smalling.
Survivors include: her children, Nancy (James) Goss, of Benton, Billy (G’Nell) Bivens, of Cleveland, Jerry Bivens, of Benton, Ray Bivens, of Dandridge, Larry (Gabbi) Bivens, of Perry, Ga., Peggy (Larry) Ellis, of Ocoee, Angie (David) Jones, of Charleston;
Grandchildren, Shawn (Gary) Moses, Tiffany (Joe) Saul, Trevor (Jessica) Bivens, Jeremy (Olivia) Bivens, Clayton Bivens, Melissa (David) Crowe, Matthew (Jamie) Bivens, Rick Childs, Keith Childs, Lorenzo Bivens, Amy (Craig) Chastain, Kurt (Annette) Ellis, Jessica Graham, Aaron Jones, Preston Jones;
Sisters and brothers, Sue (Bob) Kirkland, Gladys (Lloyd Jr.) Matoy, Margaret Bright, Beulah Spurling, Roy (Sharon) Smalling, Lowell Smalling, Ronald Smalling, Lois Smalling;
Many nieces and nephews.
The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville. The funeral was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Antioch Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bob Kirkland officiating. Interment in church cemetery.