Bettye S. Alderman

December 22, 1928September 1, 2010

ALDERMAN, BETTYE JO SIMMONS, age 81, died Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Bettye was born on December 22, 1928, in Chattanooga TN, to Marion Lucille Callicott Simmons and Clifford Hatchet Simmons, both deceased. She graduated from Chattanooga City High School in 1946 and attended University of Chattanooga. Bettye transferred to Jacksonville with Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company in 1949 and retired in 1956 as a commercial office supervisor to become a full time mother and homemaker. Bettye married Jacksonville firefighter, Romulous Ellis Alderman, Jr., on January 29, 1953, in South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church.

While a stay-at-home Mom, Bettye worked to glorify God as a member of Murray Hill Presbyterian Church where she served our Lord for over 55 years and was elected Elder Emeritus, after working as an Elder, trustee, church school superintendent, teacher of children and adults, bell choir ringer, finance and stewardship chairman. She served as Moderator of Presbyterian Women, who awarded her an Honorary Life Membership. The Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Firemen (FOOF), where her husband served as president, received over thirty-five years of her volunteer work on behalf of firefighters and their families. She helped Rom with the farming chores, baling hay, raising their own beef, fruit and vegetables.

Bettye is survived by her husband, Rom, and their three children and six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; Mary Lucille Alderman Rausch, Ed.D, of Chattanooga, TN, and her two daughters, Ellisa Anne Rausch, MD, Memphis, TN, and Christen Elaine Rausch Hill, her husband, Samuel Joseph Hill, and their two sons Canaan Edwards Hill, and Marcus Calvin Hill, Athens, GA; Romulous Ellis Alderman, III, and his wife Mary Godwin Alderman, MD, and their son Thomas Ellis Alderman and daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Alderman, Jacksonville; and Kenneth Irvin Alderman, his wife Heather Lea Mathews Alderman, and their two sons, Matthew Paul Alderman, and Daniel James Alderman, Jacksonville. Other survivors are a sister-in-law, Edwina Alderman Pace, Flat Rock, NC, two nieces and six nephews. In addition to her parents, Bettye was preceded in death by her grandson William Godwin Alderman in 2001, sister Janella Simmons Tubb, in 2000, sister Elaine Simmons Martin Tiller in 1994, and brother Clifford Hatchett Simmons, Jr. in 1959.

Her husband and family wish to express gratitude to the supportive and professional CCU team at St. Vincent’s Hospital for providing two weeks of extraordinary care for Bettye. Special thanks to Alma, Bre, Catherine, Deanna, Kim, Melissa, Renee, Ronda, Robin, Terry and Tina as well as Dr. Shaalon’s faithful care throughout her stay and Dr. Szwed’s compassionate expertise during her last week. The entire CCU staff worked tirelessly to minister not only to Bettye, but also to her family.

A celebration of Bettye’s life will be at Murray Hill Presbyterian Church, 940 Talbot Avenue, on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 10:00 am with Pastor Drew Marshall and Rev. Clyde Ray officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation at the funeral home on Monday, September 6, 2010 from 5-7 pm. Burial will be in Jacksonville Memory Gardens, Orange Park. A memorial is suggested to The Jacksonville School for Children with Autism, (JSCA), 400 Spring Park Road, Jacksonville, FL 32207.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 5753 Blanding Blvd., 904-777-5727. Condolences may be shared at


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 7, 2010
  • Visitation Monday, September 6, 2010

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Joy Taylor Atkins

September 10, 2010

Rom and family, I was sadden to learn of Bettye's passing. My memories of her are that of a warm, loving Christian women who put her family first. She was such a lovely lady. I'm so glad I knew her. God's peace during this time and please hold onto the wonderful memories.

Carol Knauff

September 9, 2010

Rom and family,

There are no words to express my sorrow for the loss of such a truly beautiful lady.

Those who give of themselves freely are the saints of the earth. Forever in our hearts. Rest in peace sweet lady.

September 8, 2010

Dear Mr. Rom,

The staff of Hardage-Giddens extends our deepest sympathy to you & your family. May peace, undrstanding & love surround you always.

Most respectfully,
Taimiko M. Green, LFD
Hardage-Giddens Blanding Chapel

Bill & Ann Crabtree

September 8, 2010

Rom and Family, So sorry for your loss.
I known the great memories you and Bettye shared will remain forever in your hearts
She may be gone but, she will be remembered always.

September 8, 2010

Faith Sims

September 7, 2010

Mary, May God bless and comfort you and family on this day! Your mom could truly say like Paul,"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." May you take great comfort in knowing that she is in the presence of the Lord God!

Shannon Mathews

September 7, 2010

Mary and family, my prayers are with you as you celebrate your mom's life today. I pray that God will give you comfort and peace in your time of loss.

Dennis & Tracy Cunningham

September 7, 2010

You are in our thoughts and prayers. With Deepest Sympathy, Dennis & Tracy Cunnigham

Michelle & Gary Irby

September 7, 2010

To the Alderman Family,
We want to extend our sincere sympathy in the passing of Bettye! Wow, what a lady!! She was one of a kind that always had a smile for everyone that she came in contact with. If we could live life to the fullest as she did and touch some many people with the friendship and warmth as she did... well, we would be living right! Thank you Bettye for being such a blessing to us and to others! You will be greatly missed and we will pray that the Lord watches over your family and comforts them in your absence! I'm sure you're up there dancing your heart out and smiling down upon your loved ones!

With Love and Sympathy,
Michelle and Gary Irby

September 7, 2010

Rom, Ken and family, patty and I wanted you to have our condolances with passing of betty. she was a real go getter and without her there will be a lot of functions in this city with a great void. we thought a lot of you and betty as you'll were the glue that held the foof together. again, we are sorry for betty's passing.
Fred & Patty Henkle