Mrs. Betty Downs Altman, age 90, of Vidalia, died Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at The Oaks Bethany in Vidalia after an extended illness. She was a native of Lumber City, and a 1948 graduate of Lumber City High School. She was a graduate of Brewton-Parker College, and Georgia Teachers College in Statesboro. She taught first grade for sixteen years, and middle school for several years. After retiring from public school, she taught at Amicord in Hazlehurst. She was a former member of the Georgia Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Altman was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lumber City, and attended First United Methodist of Lumber City. She is preceded in death by her husband, Watson Altman; and parents, Lorenzo Dow “LD” Downs and Sarah Ethelyn Googe Altman.
Her family includes a special cousin, Doris Still of Vidalia; two daughters, Sarah Jean Altman and Kristi Battleson; three grandchildren, Kyle Johnson, Kirk Johnson, and Bryn Battleson; several nieces, nephews, and cousins, including nieces Peggy Bowen and Patti Tatum; cousins, Rebecca Mitchell, Jack Parish, and Brent Parrish.
A graveside funeral service will Friday, September 10th, at 5:00 p.m. at Lumber City Cemetery with Chaplain Gregory Ely officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pruitt Health Hospice, 667 South Main St., Swainsboro, GA 30401.
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