Betty Jean Antia-Obong, a well-respected Charleston physician, died Saturday. She was 62.
A native of Warrenton, N.C., Antia-Obong graduated from North Carolina Central University.
She completed post-graduate studies at the University of Toledo and received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina.
After finishing her medical residency in Fayetteville, N.C., Antia-Obong joined a practice in Rock Hill.
She moved to Charleston in 1989 and practiced with Navcare and Franklin C. Fetter before joining Ashley River Family Physicians.
During her 20 years with Ashley River Family Physicians, she became “like family” to her patients and co-workers, according to Peggy Oswalt, a nurse who worked with Antia-Obong there for 15 years.
“We’ve been deluged with patients expressing their devastation when they hear of her death,” Oswalt said. “She was much more than a doctor to them. She knew details about each person’s life, and treated the full person — physical, mental and spiritual.”
Antia-Obong is survived by her children, Obot Antia-Obong, Akai Antia-Obong, Enimini Antia-Obong, Andiam Antia-Obong and Amami Antia-Obong.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Charleston Baptist Church. Arrangements are being handled by Carolina Memorial Funeral Home of North Charleston.