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Betty Diggs

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Betty Jean Johnson Diggs was born September 12, 1942 in Savannah, GA. She has always been brave and fearless; at the age of three she walked a mile through her neighborhood to her grandmother s house. No one knew where Betty was except Granny . She stood before the church congregation also at age three to recite the Welcome address and a speech every Easter until age eight. Betty Jean attended East Broad Street Elementary School where as we know she fascinated the teachers, students , and parents when they saw her at age six lead the entire school on May Day to the May Festival in her majorette outfit and her baton. During her tender year of eight she was baptized and afterwards became a Junior Missionary at Evergreen Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia. During her Junior High years she was an Operetta Ballerina, a runner, and an actress in the Drama Club, and while attending A. E. Beach High School she was the newspaper associate editor, recipient of the Thespian Award and Head Majorette. As a young adult I became interested in politics and also during that time I married a wonderful and loving man, Benjamin Diggs, who has preceded me in death as of 2007. We were blessed with two daughters Sonia & Stephanie. In addition to my being a wife and mother now, I was also honored to be elected as a Delegate to the 1972 National Democratic Convention. During these happy times I was also a volunteer at my daughters school and was elected PTA President and recognized as a Life Member of PTA. Because I was a late bloomer I was blessed with a son of the century, Anwar and five years later a miracle baby girl, Sadiqa. The late bloomer syndrome continued when four years later I continued my education at Paine College. During my matriculation I became President of SGAE (Student Government Association of Education), Editor of the SGAE newsletter, and Vice President for SGAE for the State of Georgia 2yrs consecutively. After graduating I pursed my teaching career. I became a Science teacher at East Augusta Middle School (EAMS). During my years at EAMS I was appointed Science Representative for the County Team which consisted of two UGA Professors, County Coordinators, an elementary teacher and a high school teacher and we traveled the US doing demonstrations for other Science teachers. I was also voted Teacher Delegate to the GAE (Georgia Association of Educators) Representative Assembly for many years. While continuing my career I also became First Lady of the Clothing of Power Church of Restoration in Savannah, GA and also the President and CEO of the Children Education Fund, which was a fund started to assist our children as they started college or a business, Now that I m gone to be with Jesus and my beloved husband, I ask for your continual prayers for my family, friends, neighbors and strangers who seek and already have God s divine grace, guidance and favor. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, November 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney Walker Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 with Reverend Dr. Charles E. Goodman, Jr., pastor-officiating. Interment will be in Westover Memorial Park. **The family will receive friends Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Betty was preceded in death by her father Willie C. Johnson, Sr., her mother Leila Mae Johnson, her brother Willie C. Johnson, Jr. and her sister Lucille H. Brooks. She leaves to cherish precious memories in the hearts of her courageous three daughters, Sonia Diggs (Aaron) England, Stephanie M.D. (Aaron) Talley, Sadiqa A. Diggs of Augusta, Georgia; the son of the century Anwar S. (Kim) Diggs of Wilmington, Delaware; eleven grandchildren; one godbrother, Willie (Annette) Reid affectionately known as Willie B; one goddaughter Phyllis E. (Samuel) Washington of Snellville, Georgia; seven godsons, Nathan Rembert, Thomas Gaffney, Theodore Gilyard, Roy Fielding of Augusta, Georgia, Freddie Harmon of Germany, Jo Nathan Pickney of North Augusta, South Carolina, Robert Berry III of Savannah, Georgia; one sister Marilyn J. (Johnnie) McKay of New York, New York , and two brothers Nathaniel (Deotha) Johnson and Earl Johnson of Savannah, Georgia and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-6401.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2012
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