Betty Galloway Carringer
Betty Galloway Carringer
  • January 27, 1932 - May 17, 2017
  • Alpharetta, Georgia

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Betty Galloway Carringer, died May 17, 2017 at the age of 85. Betty was born January 27, 1932 in Young Harris, Georgia to the late Mary Adams Galloway and Willis Harvey Galloway. Preceded in death by her husband of forty-one years, Ralph L. Carringer, Betty is survived by their three daughters, Jennifer Carringer Langley of Austin, Texas, Debbie Carringer (Fred) Spangler, of Dunwoody, Georgia, and Roxanne Carringer Luce, of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; five grandchildren, Melissa (Russ), Jason (Emmy), Ted (Anne Louise), Carol Anne, and Connor, and three great-grandchildren.

Betty graduated from Young Harris Academy at the age of 16, returning to campus to attend Young Harris Junior College, graduating in December 1949. Betty remained an active member of the YHC Alumni Association throughout her life. Moving to Atlanta in 1950, Betty attended Emory University’s School of Nursing, graduating in 1952 as a member of the first BS-degreed class, representing one of Betty’s proudest life achievements. Later, Betty and Ralph partnered together to first open Blairsville Pharmacy in Blairsville, Georgia, and later, Embry Hills Pharmacy, located in Chamblee. The drugstore remained a family-centered business, active in the local community for thirty years, from 1963 until Ralph’s death in 1993. Here, the couple joined forces, with Ralph providing pharmacy services and business management and Betty overseeing retail sales.

Betty loved all things Atlanta, including Rich’s department store, Coca-Cola, Lenox Square Mall, Chick-fil-A, the Fox Theater, and the Varsity. She was famous for her sweet tea, prepared daily with more sugar than tea bags.

Following Ralph’s death, Betty enjoyed many active years, filled with family, friends, church activities during her 50+ years as a member of Embry Hills Methodist Church, and frequent travel adventures. She returned to private duty nursing in her later years as well. Leaving her much-loved home in Chamblee, custom built for her by her own father, Betty resided at Dogwood Forest Alpharetta (now Morningside Alpharetta) for the past six years. The family expresses gratitude to the many loving caregivers at Dogwood Forest, as well as Vitas Hospice, who have attended to her progressively changing needs. In addition, the family also remains greatly appreciative to the United Methodist Women (UMW) and Caring Connections outreach ministries of Embry Hills United Methodist Church for their continued support.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Betty’s memory to the Nursing School Scholarship Fund (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Development and Alumni Relations, 1520 Clifton Road, Suite 446, Atlanta, Georgia 30322-4207 or online at Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing), the E. L. and May Adams Scholarship Fund at Young Harris College (Attn: Kelley Gibson, YHC Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 275, Young Harris, Georgia 30582 or online at, or to another charity of your choice.

The family will receive friends at H. M. Patterson and Son Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Road, NE, Brookhaven, GA 30319, from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Funeral services will be held on June 4, 2017 at 2:30 pm at Embry Hills United Methodist Church, 3304 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30341. Family will greet guests one hour prior to the service in the church narthex. Reverends Miguel Vélez and Mark Westmoreland will officiate. Burial service will be private.