Robert L. “Bob” Altman, 83, of Folkston, passed away in Jacksonville, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. He was born June 4, 1935, in Brantley County, to the late Ozzie Monroe and Gertrude “Johnnie” Allen Altman.
Bob was a 1953 graduate of Charlton County High School. He served honorably in the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army from 1953- 1958. He returned to Charlton County from Jacksonville in 1971, following 18 years of employment with St. Regis Paper Company.
He was a former partner of Johnson Brothers Hardware and a longtime employee with Southeastern Bank in Folkston and Darien. Bob also worked with his longtime friend, Harry Johnson, Jr. at the Suwannee Canal Recreation Center in the Okefenokee Swamp for 12 years.
He was an avid racecar fan and began attending races at Speedway Park in Jacksonville during the ’40s and ’50s. Throughout his life, he regularly attended races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway and countless other tracks across America.
Bob was a longtime member of Highland Methodist Church in Jacksonville and Folkston United Methodist Church.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Monroe Altman, of Brandon, FL and Howard Allen Altman, of Dade City, FL.
He is survived by his children, Robert L. “Ozzie” Altman, of Ashville, NC and Stephanie Altman (George) Mader, of Brantley County; grandchildren, Amara Nicole Altman, of Augusta, Matthew Ezekiel “Zeke” Altman, of Woodstock, Robert W. “Rob” Cannon, of Brunswick, Zachary Stephen “Zach” Cannon, of Jesup; numerous nieces, nephews, and many cherished friends.
The family received friends Friday, May 10 at Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home. Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, May 11, at Pineview Cemetery with Rev. Ronnie Pollock officiating.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the online guest registry at www.shepardfh.com. Arrangements were under the direction of Shepard- Roberson Funeral Home in Folkston.