Belt retires as C Plant branch manager
By Jason Travis
A New Year brings new horizons for Paula Belt. On Jan. 10, 2019, Belt retired as branch manager of C Plant Federal Credit Union in Smithland. She has held the position since 2010. Before that, Belt was the branch manager at Regions Bank at both Salem and Smithland.
Belt's presence will be greatly missed. She is not only a prominent leader in the local business community, she presided as treasurer of the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Crittenden County, Belt and her husband, Jerry, reside in Tolu. The couple have two children and two grandchildren.
"That's going to be my new full-time job, raising the grandkids," Belt said on the first day of her retirement. She also plans to spend time on the family farm, enjoying the outdoors and having free time to catch up on projects. Nevertheless, saying goodbye to her colleagues and friends in Livingston County isn't easy.
"They've kind of become my family. Crittenden is home but I've worked in Livingston County more than I've worked in Crittenden County in my whole career," she said. "I'll miss seeing them."
Belt said it is sad to leave C Plant and her colleagues, but she is confident the people of Livingston County and C Plant members will get the same quality of excellent customer service from her colleagues.
Belt's C Plant colleague, Sunnie Edging, commented on the imprint Belt has left in the community.
"I have worked with Paula Belt for the last seven years here at C-Plant. During that time, I saw her go above and beyond what is expected to help anyone that walked through those doors. With her many years in banking, she gained unbelievable knowledge that I can only hope to one day have. She strived to be involved in our community and succeeded in establishing the Smithland Branch. I admire her ambition," she said. "She is far more than just a co-worker, she is a dear friend. To say she will be missed is an understatement."
To honor Belt and celebrate her friendship and retirement, a reception will be held in her honor from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at C Plant Federal Credit Union in Smithland.
"I hope a lot can make it," Belt said of the gathering. "I would like to see everyone before I leave."