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Mrs. Betty Jean Pittman ,74, of Dawson, Georgia departed this life Wednesday, October 14 , 2020 at Phoebe Sumter Hospital in Americus, Georgia. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. in the St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Wilbur Gamble Road, Terrell County, GA. Meadows Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Proverbs 3: 5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct their paths.

“Trust in the Lord,” is something that Betty Jean Nelson Pittman would always tell her loved ones. On October 14, 2020, Betty’s continual faith in God would prove to be her testament to life, as she trusted the Lord and departed this life for her eternal home. She was born to the late Arthur T. Nelson and Sallie Viola Myricks on March 14, 1946, in Bronwood, Georgia, the third of nine children. Preceding her in death her husband, Thomas Pittman; son, Cedric Pittman; and a brother, Emanuel Nelson.

Growing up as a young girl, she was taught early on the importance of faith in God. She had a love for the Lord, and received Jesus Christ as her savior at the age of fifteen years old, when she joined Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church in Camilla, Georgia. Betty Jean attended the public schools of Terrell County, Georgia; graduating from George Washington Carver High School in 1963. After graduating from high school, she attended Albany State College (Albany State University) in Albany, Georgia. She earned a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. She later did further studies in education at the University of Northern Colorado in Greely, Colorado.

She exhibited her love for the Lord by her actions in the classroom. She wanted to treat everyone right. Betty worked hard helping students in any way she could. She showed love to all of them, regardless of who they were, or where they came from. She tried to make all of the students feel good about themselves. She didn’t believe in special treatment for some students, but special treatment for all students. She educated students for over thirty years, with the majority of her years spent in the Marion County School System in Buena Vista, Georgia. Over the years, students visited and communicated with Betty Jean, letting her know how she impacted their lives in a positive way.

Another way that she showed her love for the Lord is when she would help anyone, she could that needed it. Her philosophy of life was “out of a little, divide.” She believed that it was important to be there for those in need. Betty lived a good life and left an impression that won’t be forgotten.

She leaves behind a daughter, Khanya Jackson; two grandsons, Miles and Nicholas Jackson; two brothers, Robert and Samuel; five sisters, Annie, Josephine, Sallie, Luella, and Debbie; Five nephews and nieces, Ricky Nelson, Troy Nelson, Linda Barnes, Juwana Baskerville, and Beth Sterling; Brother-in-law, Roger Pittman, and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Pittman.

Lasting thoughts Mama, I will always love you. You’ve always taught me that putting God first is what’s most important in life. You’ve always shown your love for your children, family, and friends. I know that your spirit will be with us as we navigate this journey called life. We are going to miss you so much. I’m thankful that through the ups and downs of life, your love remained steadfast. I will miss calling to talk with you, to just say hello and see how your day is going. I will remember what you said about enjoying life and being happy. I know you’re free and not feeling any pain, and for that, I’m thankful. - Khanya

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  • Thursday, October 15, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Meadows Funeral Home
  • Sunday, October 18, 2020
    Mrs Pittman was a very beautiful friend and co-worker in Marion county! She believed in a firm classroom with structure and most of all, she loved her students! We had so many great conversations about life and mainly the Lord! She would always ask about her friends in Buena Vista. She had a love for her children that was so unique and special. Her favorite words when getting ready to say bye bye to me was trust in the Lord! It will always stay with me and she will always be special in my ❤️ heart!
    ~ Debra Graham   BUENA VISTA
  • Monday, October 19, 2020
    My wife and I worked with Mrs. Pittman for many years. She was an excellent teacher and she really cared for her students. She was also a good Christian lady and loved and cared for everyone. She will surely be missed.
    ~ Bobby and Virginia Dennis   Buena Vista, GA
  • Monday, October 19, 2020
    My wife and I worked with Mrs. Pittman for many years. She was an excellent teacher and she really cared for her students. She was also a good Christian lady and loved and cared for everyone. She will surely be missed.
    ~ Bobby and Virginia Dennis   Buena Vista, GA
  • Monday, October 19, 2020
    My wife and I worked with Mrs. Pittman for many years. She was an excellent teacher and she really cared for her students. She was also a good Christian lady and loved and cared for everyone. She will surely be missed.
    ~ Bobby and Virginia Dennis   Buena Vista, GA
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    To the family of Mrs. Betty Jean Nelson Pittman, I would like to express my condolences. We had something in common, we were both born in the big city of Bronwood, GA. She had a loving spirit and was always kind whenever you met or spoke with her. She touched the lives of her students in that same manner I am sure. Rest in peace Mrs. Pittman and it was certainly my pleasure to have know you!
    ~ Mary Coleman-Harris   Albany, GA