Born on December 31, 1935, in Bastrop, Louisiana to Sam Sylvester Sr and Minerva Iles Allgood. The youngest and only daughter of four children, the family moved to Lake Charles where Janet lived until she met a young (however, eight years her senior) Air Force officer, Sam Hartman. The two wed on June 1, 1957. They remained happily married for forty-seven years until Sam’s passing in 2004.
A teacher by profession, she taught at Goldsboro Elementary School in Sanford, Fl. She was most happy at home and her church. Janet was a lover of the Lord Jesus Christ and people, with a particular bias toward her family (with an even more particular bias toward her grandchildren). To walk in her door was to become family. One was rarely around Janet when food was not involved. A meal usually meant an opportunity to serve and fellowship with those she cared so much for.
An ardent fan of the Florida Gators and Atlanta Braves, Janet never missed her sons’ sporting events.
A member of Forest City First Baptist Church for over 45 years, she taught a woman’s bible study for most of that time.
Along with her husband, Janet was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers (Glen, Frank, and Sam Jr), a daughter who was stillborn, and grandson, Jonathan.
Survivors include three sons, Lee (Angela), Steve (Sue), and Billy (Kim). Grandchildren, Jessica (Jason), Amanda (Jess), Sarah (Richard), Kelsey (Jeremy) and their mother Melissa. Other grandchildren, Kara (Josh), Quinn, Karla (Chris), Alaric, Katie (Matt), Sam, and Amelia, and seventeen great-grandchildren.
Services will Tuesday, September 21, at Forest City First Baptist Church with visitation at 9:00 followed by funeral service at 10:00. Burial will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fl at 1:30. Reverend Matt Groce will officiate. Pallbearers will be Quinn Hartman, Sam Hartman, Nick Hartman, David Shore, Will Beach, and Jess Register.
The family requests that any donations be made to Forest City First Baptist Church, 721 W Lake Brantley Rd, Altamonte Springs, Fl 32714.
What a beautiful dedication to a beautiful woman! My prayers are with the entire family as they mourn the loss of this amazing life. Her warmth will truly be missed by all.
My memories of going to Aunt Janet and Uncle Sam’s with Grandmom are of laughter, baseball, discussions of Evil Knievel, nightly milk shakes with raw eggs, Billy’s cake of the day, more baseball, smushed in the back seat with 4 of us for road trips, going through the coupon box for the best rides in the early days of Disney, Uncle Sam taking us to Daytona beach, making lots of sandwiches for whatever trip we were going on. She spoiled us all and taught us that love is not a word but an action. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Nancy Allgood Samson.
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