Danny Ray Altman, 63, died peacefully on Friday, February 20, 2015, at Duke Raleigh Hospital, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Harnett County on January 11, 1952 to the late Paul W. and Hilda C. Altman.
Danny’s strong work ethic was an integral part of who he was. Overlapping careers included 25 years with the Army National Guard, 32 years as an EMS paramedic and over 40 years in the construction industry.
He was a valued member of Four Oaks United Methodist Church, where he participated in many activities over the years but was most noted for his enthusiastic membership in the choir and in the Pairs and Spares Sunday School class. Whether referring to Sunday School or Wednesday night choir practice, Danny was fond of saying, “There’s no place in the world I’d rather be.” Because of his construction experience, he was a key leader during several of the youth’s annual Carolina Cross Connection trips, providing home repairs for families in need in western North Carolina.
Danny was the quintessential people person. He loved to cook—but more than the actual cooking, it was sharing the food he prepared that brought him joy. He loved boating and fishing—not as solitary activities, but as activities that bought him time with others. He loved to sing, but not as a soloist—he was never happier than during the years he spent as part of a large group making music at Angier’s Seven Sisters Restaurant.
Danny is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Susanne Price Altman; children Danny Paul Altman, David Patrick Altman and wife Veronica, Amy Altman Pope and husband Michael, and Christopher Craig Altman; grandchildren Austin Altman, Connor Altman, Perla Flores, Grayson Pope and David Altman; sister Peggy Mangum; and brother Richard Altman.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Shirley A. Thompson and Betty Sue Matthews; and brothers Thomas Altman, James W. Altman and Randy C. Altman.
A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 am, Sunday, March 1st at Four Oaks United Methodist Church, 302 North Church St., Four Oaks.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Selma EMS, PO Box 158, Selma, NC, 27576 or Four Oaks United Methodist Church (choir), PO Box 177, Four Oaks, NC 27524.