Benedict College National Alumni Association

Miss BCNAA 2002

Betty Martin Brightman ´68

Betty Martin Brightman was born and reared in Piedmont, SC located in Greenville, County. She is the first born of the late Adell R. Martin and Evangelist Elizabeth W. Martin. She has three brothers (one of which is deceased) and three sisters.

During her early years of life, she played on the basketball team served on the yearbook staff, participated as Miss Eighth grade and Miss Mathematics. Subsequently in 1964, she graduated from Bryson High School.

With the support of her family, she began her matriculation at Benedict College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education 1968. While at Benedict College, Betty also met the man of her dreams and married Mr. Truman Brightman (who is a 1967 graduate). They have been married for 35 years. To this union, they have two children, a son-in-law and one precious granddaughter.

Upon graduation, she later received a Masters of Education degree from Converse College located in Spartanburg, SC. She utilized her teaching expertise within Spartanburg County District Three, in which she taught for over thirty years. She retired in May of 2000. During her tenure, she was teacher of the year for Glendale Elementary and chaired the Afro-American Committee for more than twenty years.

Mrs. Brightman attends Zet Court First Church of God, where she serves as Sunday School teacher, Usher Board president, Elder of the Christian Board of Education and member of the Missionary Society.

She received several awards from various organizations. Presently, she serves as president of the Spartanburg Benedict College Alumni Club, president of the Piedmont District Missionary Society for the Church of God, historian for the Missionary Society of the SC State Presbytery of the Church of God, an active member of the East Spartanburg Branch of the NAACP and member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. Previously, she served for four years as secretary of the National Benedict College Alumni Association and former president of the Spartanburg County Teacher Association. She is a long time, faithful supporter of her Alma Mater.

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