Betty and Jamie Golden
Augusta, GA – Betty Morris Golden, 82, and Jamie Golden, 83, entered into rest September 3rd, 2021.
Funeral services are Private.
The family will receive friends at Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, Thursday, September 9, 2021, from 4:00 until 6:00 PM.
Betty was born in Washington County, Georgia, to Pierce Edward and Dovie Moye Morris. She graduated Sandersville High School in 1957 and Medical College of Georgia with a degree in Nursing in 1961. In 1969, she completed a Masters degree of Nursing Administration at the University of Georgia.
Jamie was born in Washington County, Georgia, to Milo Farmer and Mazy Lorene Golden. He graduated Sandersville High School in 1956 and attended Southern Tech University where he graduated with an engineering degree in 1960.
In 1960, Betty and Jamie, elementary school sweethearts, were married at Davisboro Methodist Church.
During her career as a registered nurse, Betty, was charge nurse and assistant director of Gracewood State School and Hospital. At the Medical College of Georgia, she was a staff nurse, head nurse, and ultimately promoted to Director of Nursing in 1971. She was appointed by Governor Joe Frank Harris to be the President of the Georgia Board of Nursing and served in that post for many years. In 1989, she joined the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, Medical Unit (Primus) P0703A, where she served until 1992 as a Lieutenant. In 1991, she retired from the Medical College of Georgia, having served as an Associate Hospital Director for Patient Care and Director of Nursing for 20 years.
In her retirement, Betty spent time volunteering for the food pantry as an active member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. She was dearly loved by her church family and friends. She was a member of the Augusta Garden Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She loved spending time with her friends, cousins, children, and grandchildren.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents.
Jamie worked for the Georgia Department of Transportation from 1960 to 1992, as a transportation engineer in the Augusta District. Some of his career highlights include the construction of the I-20 bridge over the Savannah River and the completion of I-20 from Augusta to Madison. He was also involved in the construction of the John C. Calhoun Expressway and River Watch Parkway, among many other projects around and near Augusta, Georgia.
Jamie was a very faithful Deacon at Hillcrest Baptist Church and was dearly loved by his church family and friends. He enjoyed volunteering at the food pantry at Hillcrest Baptist Church, golfing, fishing, and working in his garden in Riddleville, Georgia. He loved spending time with his brother and sisters, nieces and nephews, and his children and grandchildren.
Jamie was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jean Perdue.
Betty and Jamie would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on September 4, 2021.
Betty and Jamie are survived by their children, Pete Golden (Marci), Julie Nelson (Bill); their grandchildren, Grant Michael Golden (Chelsea), Jesse Sheridan Nelson, Betty Carol Nelson, Lila Kate Golden, and Lyndi Kay Golden; Jamie’s brother, Bill Golden (Barbara); and Jamie’s sisters, Jenny Boatright (Loring – deceased), Harriet Amerson (Howard – deceased), and Jane Arata (Frank – deceased).
Please consider making a memorial contribution to Hillcrest Baptist Church, Attn: Food Pantry, 3045 Deans Bridge Road, Augusta, GA 30906.
Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, GA, 30906.
My Heart breaks for the Golden Family. We will keep them in our Prayers forever🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
The Goldens helped make up the very fiber of Hillcrest Baptist Church. Our hearts are broken for your family as you mourn the sudden loss of these two wonderful people. I know the were greeted at the gates of heaven by our Lord and Savior saying, “Well done, my good and faithful servants.”
Your family is in our prayers.
My heart is broken over hearing this tragic news. Betty was my Director of Nursing from 1972-1989. She was my mentor and I had nothing but respect for her. We worked hard to accomplish goals, but we were also family. I will always have a special place in my heart for her. Prayers for all of her family. I hope you will be able to find peace.
I had only known Jamie and Betty for eighteen months while serving as interim worship leader at Hillcrest. But in many capacities, esp the Food Pantry, I had come to love and appreciate their dedication to anything they were involved in. Faithful servants whom the Lord welcomed as, “Well done thou good and faithful servants”. God bless the family and friends as we all greave the loss of this wonderful couple. I have been blessed to have know them, if only for a short period of time.
Betty Golden was my Supervisor when I worked at MCG, Nursing Service & Administration. I was Peggy Francisco at the time. She was the perfect boss & perfect Director. Condolences to family of this beautiful lady. RIP 🙏
My deepest condolences and prayers for the Golden family in the loss of Betty and Jamie.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. _ Psalm 34:18
Ronnie Ashe, retired GDOT
Danny and I were heart broken to hear about Betty and Jamie. We remember them fondly from our days at Hillcrest. Blessings to all of the family.
These were two of my favorite people coming up in hillcrest baptist church. My parent’s loved them so much. Daddy loved working in the food bank with them. They will be greatly missed. Praying for you all.
Betty was the director of nursing when I began my career at MCG. I remember how soft spoken and approachable she was. I always admired her leadership; she was such a wonderful role model. Condolences to the family on the loss of such a lovely lady.
Betty Golden was the nicest, most compassionate Director of Nursing with whom I ever worked in my 40 years of nursing practice. My sincere condolences to her family for both she and her husband, Jamie.
Our prayers and condolences to the whole family. Betty was my mentor in nursing school. They both will be greatly missed. All the time at Hillcrest they would speak to us. They went together and the Lord knew that is what they wanted.
We are so sorry for your loss. We remember the Golden’s from our time at Hillcrest. They will be greatly missed.
My prayers are with the Golden family. I knew Betty while working at MCG and with the Retirees group.
She was a very sweet person who was well liked and a hard worker.
I was so shocked to hear about Pete’s Mom and Dad.I never got the chance to meet them but after reading the paper I can tell they were really good folks.Just wanted to let you know that we’re praying for the whole family in the up coming weeks and months.Remember Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength,a very present help in trouble. With all our love and prayers
Betty was my Director of Nursing while I was at MCG many years ago. And as someone mentioned, always so approachable and willing to share her expertise. I won’t go into detail and it won’t make much sense to anyone but during a particularly trying day she told me to “set the stage”. Almost 40 years later and I still remember that day and her wise words make me smile. And I still remember to “set the stage”. She was a special person to many of us.
Jamie was my boss at Ga. DOT and I also came to their fifty wedding anniversary at hillcrest baptist church. It was a total shock when I heard of the wreck that claimed their lives.
I would have been present when they had their service but I had fallen and broken my hip and was in bed for approximately three to four weeks with a bad break to the bone at the end of my spine.
I was bed-ridden for and I am still nursing the bones in the lower back.
I am so sorry about the Golden’s but Jamie could not function without miss Betty, or she without him. I loved them dearly and will miss them.
I am not sure if Pete and Julie remember me but I remember them. Pete lived in milledgeville at the time. He also had a little boy with fire-engine hair. Cute as a button.
Julie also left a candle burning on the night stand in her room upstairs when she left to go to school and it caught fire and Jamie had to have her room re-done.
It was a total shock when I heard on the news of the accident that neither of them had survived.
I was so sadden by the passing of mr. Jamie and Mrs. Betty, but the good lord new that mr.Jamie could not survive without ( his) Betty.
Jamie was my boss when I worked at Ga.DOT and Mrs. Betty was working for MCG at the time.he was a great boss and I had a-good relationship with Jamie and Betty. I attended Jamie and Betty’s fifty wedding anniversary at hillcrest baptist church.
I am not sure if Pete or Julie remember me but I remember them. Pete lived in Milledgeville at the time. He also has a little boy with fire-engine red hair. Cute as a button.
Julie left a candle burning on the night stand when she left to go to school and it caught the room on fire. Jamie had to have the room repaired.