AUGUSTA, Ga. - Betty J. Diggs born September 12, 1942 in Savannah, GA. She has always been brave and fearless. During her tender year of eight she was baptized and afterwards became a Junior Missionary at Evergreen Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia. She attended A. E. Beach High School she was the newspaper associate editor, recipient of the Thespian Award and Head Majorette. As a young adult she became interested in politics and also during that time she married a wonderful and loving man, Benjamin Diggs, who has preceded her in death as of 2007. They were blessed with two daughters Sonia and Stephanie. In addition to her being a wife and mother she was also honored to be elected as a Delegate to the 1972 National Democratic Convention. Because she was a late bloomer she was blessed with a son of the century, Anwar and five years later a miracle baby girl, Sadiqa.
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The late bloomer syndrome continued when four years later she continued her education at Paine College. After graduating she pursued her teaching career.
She became a Science teacher at East Augusta Middle School (EAMS). . She was also voted Teacher Delegate to the GAE (Georgia Association of Educators) Representative Assembly for many years and she retired From the Richmond County Board of Education. She also became First Lady of the Clothing of Power Church of Restoration in Savannah, Georgia.
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 this evening 5:00 -7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
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 sister, Marilyn J. (Johnnie) McKay of New York, New York; 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 Blvd., Augusta, GA 30901 (706)722-6401
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Nov. 18, 2012