Dr. Betty Yeomans Brown, 79, of Swainsboro, passed away Monday, April 24, 2023, at Emanuel Medical Center following a brief illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 26, at 5 p.m. at Nunez Baptist Church with Reverend Jim Harrell and Reverend Mark Sweat officiating. Interment followed in Union Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends Wednesday, April 26, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Nunez Baptist Church.
Pallbearers were Russ Yeomans, Blake Adams, Jeff Jenco, Harrison Brown, Peyton Edenfield, Brad Hooks, Courtney Terwilliger, and Henry Terwilliger. Honorary pallbearers were “Friday Girls” – Jamie Lawrence, Jean Schwabe, Roberta Strong, Martha Flanders Candy Powers, Bobbie Collins, Barbara Stokes, Petite Garrett, Faye Hall, Erma Jenkins, Terri Burke, Sara Lumley, Linda Sconyers, Donna Godowns, Bea Hausley, Gail McRae, and Angela McClellan; special friend, Carolyn Williams.
Mrs. Betty was born July 20, 1943, in Metter, to the late Herman Grady Yeomans, Jr. and Frances Cowart Yeomans. She was a member of Nunez Baptist Church. Dr. Betty Yeomans Brown graduated Swainsboro High School in 1961. She went on to receive her Master’s in Education in 1972 from Georgia Southern College. Betty further received her degree as an Education Specialist in 1976. From there, she became employed by Emanuel County Schools where she filled many roles in the education system. Betty was a math teacher and a high school counselor for her Alma Mater. Then, she filled the role of System Curriculum Director before becoming the first female and last elected Superintendent of Emanuel County schools in 1983. Dr. Betty Brown retired with 32 years of service in the Education system in 1999. Dr. Brown is preceded in death by her parents; and brother, H.G. Yeomans, III.
Dr. Brown is survived by her husband of 59 years, James Brown of Swainsboro; sons, Patrick (Kimbie) Brown of Swainsboro, Terry Brown of Augusta, and Brian (Megan) Brown of Okeechobee, FL; grandchildren, Bo Brown, Lexsy Brown, Brody Brown, and Grady Brown; sisters-in-law, Carol Yeomans of Swainsboro and Paulette Brown McNeal (Ellis) of Waycross; brother-in-law, Harrison Brown of Swainsboro; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Nunez Baptist Church, P.O. Box 96, Nunez, GA 30448, Emanuel County Education Foundation Earmarked Yeomans Scholarship or R. Parker Brown 4-H Scholarship, P. O. Box 130, Swainsboro, GA 30401.
Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.