Mrs. Elizabeth (Betty) J. Akins Shuman Hart, age 91, of Savannah passed away on July 5, 2021 at PruittHealth Hospice in Savannah. Mrs. Hart was born on May 15, 1930 in Statesboro, Georgia to the late Linton Raleigh Akins and Louise Irene Donaldson Akins. The youngest of eight children, she experienced many hardships in life and always maintained her faith and positivity along the way. She was a long-time member of the Savannah Progressive Primitive Baptist Church. She was a member of the Bulloch County Young at Heart group, Red Hat Society and a special group of ladies who called themselves, "The Mountain Dears". Betty was the devoted mother of Lynne and the beloved grandmother of James and India.
Mrs. Hart was a long-time resident of Savannah and also lived in Bradenton, Florida for many years before returning to Savannah. She loved her family and friends and loved serving the Lord. She was the epitome of a loyal servant of God and never wavered in her faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James Shuman of Bulloch County and husband John Hart of Boston, MA and Bradenton, FL, son-in-law Kenneth Palmer West of Savannah, two brothers and her five sisters who were all true southern Steel Magnolias.
Survivors include daughter, Lynne Shuman West of Savannah, grandchildren James Ewan West of Savannah and Elizabeth India West of Statesboro. She is also survived by nieces Sylvia Parrish (Billy) Prosser of Brooklet and Nancy Parrish Bacenas (Tony) of Ontario, Canada, nephew Mickey Chestnut (Lori) of Lagrange, niece Kay Scarborough of Lagrange, niece Linda Murphy of Savannah and several great nieces and nephews.
Graveside Funeral Service will be at Brooklet Cemetery on Wednesday, July 7th at 3:00 P.M in the Shuman family plot, with Elder Jake Futch officiating.
Deal Funeral Directors is in charge of services.
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