It is with great sadness that the family of Lena Johnson Altman of Raeford announces her passing on October 25, 2018 at the SECU Hospice House in Smithfield. Mrs. Altman was born in Dillon County, SC on May 13th, 1923 to the late Dal and Georgia Johnson. Lena (“Johnnie” to many) will be lovingly remembered by a son, Bill Altman Jr. and wife Carol of Holden Beach, NC and one daughter Debi Dallas and husband Gerald of Fayetteville, NC. Johnnie will be fondly missed by her 5 grandchildren (David Wright, Terral (Christina) Altman, John Paul (Natalie) Altman, Amy (Michael) Armstrong and Kaitlyn (Andrew) Epps. Her greatest pride was being a great grandmother of 10. She is survived by one sibling, Virginia J. Meekins of Latta, SC and several nieces and nephews.
Johnnie was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Major (Retired) William T. Altman, a daughter, Belva Gayle Altman, a son in law, Ivan Gene Collins Jr., a grandson, Andrew Gene Collins, her parents and two brothers. She raised her three children, many times alone as her husband fulfilled his obligation to our Country. Following moves to Germany, Georgia and Oklahoma, the Altman family settled in Raeford which became their forever home. Johnnie was very proud of her home and her impeccable taste in decorating. Her cooking skills and meal preparation was always a joy to her and she loved entertaining. Johnnie loved gardening, both vegetables and flowers. Each summer she spent hours canning and freezing fresh vegetables that she shared selflessly with her friends and family. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing. Johnnie was a friend to all, a true southern lady and a woman who provided never-ending devotion to her family.
She became a member of the First Baptist Church in 1964 and attended faithfully until her health declined in 2013. She retired from her position of Operations Officer at Southern National Bank in 1984. Long before the existence of “personal bankers” she assumed that role with ease and commitment.
Services are entrusted to Crumpler Funeral Home of Raeford. A visitation will be held from 11:00 AM to 12 Noon on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Raeford First Baptist Church. A funeral service will follow at 12:00 Noon in the church with Rev. Tom Lee officiating. Burial will follow in the Raeford Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the visitation and following the graveside service.
Memorials may be made to: Raeford First Baptist Church, 333 North Main Street, Raeford, NC 28376 of to, SECU Hospice House, 426 Hospital Road, Smithfield, NC 27577.