Alice Bertha Cunningham

September 16, 1916 - September 18, 2012
Alice Bertha Cunningham

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Alice (Bertha) Cunningham, 96, of Fletcher went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 18, 2012, with her family by her side.

Bertha was born September 16, 1916 to Brownlow Pickens Connor and Eliza Mae Garren Connor. She had celebrated her 96th birthday on Sunday.

In addition to her parents, Bertha was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie B. Cunningham, who died September 4, 1993, and her son-in-law, Ray Donald Coates, who died in 2010. She was the last of eleven children: brothers, Hoover, Jim, Herman, Fred, Porter and Warren, and sisters, Geneva, Isabel, Pauline and Myrtle.

Bertha worked at Mountain Rug Mills of Fletcher and Cranston Print Works, retiring there after many years of service.

Her greatest joy was her family. Making pound cakes and the best-ever chocolate chip cookies and raking leaves were some of her favorite pastimes.

Bertha is survived by her only daughter, Jane Cunningham Coates and three granddaughters who were her pride and joy, Shawna and husband, Pastor Jeff Wilkie with whom she had lived for seven months; LaShay and husband Rodney Hunt; and Shannon and husband, Jacob Laughter; seven great-grandchildren, Dylan Wilkie and wife, Shelby; Jaika and ShaKinley Wilkie; Connor and Locklan Hunt; and Eli and Karlie Laughter; a great-great-granddaughter, Raylyn Wilkie, who is due in October; and many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

Bertha was the oldest member of Hooperís Creek Baptist Church, of which she was a dedicated member, and she loved her heavenly father. A funeral service will be held at 8 PM Friday, September 21, 2012 at Hooperís Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Phillip Youngblood and Pastor Jeff Wilkie officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 5:00 ñ 7:45 PM prior to the service. Burial will be at 11 AM Saturday at Shepherd Memorial Park. At other times, the family will be at the residence of her daughter, Jane Cunningham Coates, 215 Benetta Lane in Fletcher.

The family offers a special ìThank Youî to Four Seasons Hospice for their support and care.

Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.


Friday, September 21, 2012
12:00 AM

Hooper’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery - Directions



Saturday, September 22, 2012

Shepherd Memorial Park - Directions
5045 Asheville Highway
Hendersonville, NC 28791

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  • September 21, 2012
    Dale, Karrie Farr and Family says:
    Shawna, Jeff and Family, we are so sorry for you loss. Our prayers for comfort are with you all today and in the days to come. Dale and Karrie Farr and Family

  • September 24, 2012
    John Strickland says:
    A sweet and wonderful woman!

  • September 24, 2012
    Debra Smith-Jones says:
    Wishing Bertha's family the comfort of friends, wonderful memories of her to strengthen you all, and the love Bertha brought to your hearts - May God bless and be with you during your sorrow. Sincerely, Debbie

  • September 22, 2012
    Steve and Michele King says:
    What a blessing to have been a small part of Mrs. Bertha's life. Always a smile....always a positive and kind word.....always a helping hand.....and always a thankful and loving spirit.....her humility and Christian character were such a light and inspiration. Love and Prayers to a most Precious Family. Steve and Michele

  • September 22, 2012
    judy souther says:
    She was such a loving Christian lady with such a beautiful smile. I shall miss her greatly.