Alice Bertha Cunningham

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

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
    Jerry Suttles says:
    Ms. Bertha was always a ray of sunshine with a broad smile and loving handshake and hug regardless of how long since you had seen her. A truly sainted mother, our lives are diminished at her passing but I know Heaven is rejoicing.

  • September 20, 2012
    Yvonne Gantt says:
    Bertha was a lovely person. She was a good friend to my mother, Lessie. I will surely miss her wonderful smile.

  • September 21, 2012
    Carroll Wilkie says:
    For Jane Coates and Family An earthly saint has been called home. What a reunion in heaven that must have been! Carroll W. Wilkie

  • September 21, 2012
    Dallas and Faye says:
    You all are in our hearts and prayers. God bless each one and we are here for you.

  • September 20, 2012
    Joe and Thia Kilpatrick says:
    We are thinking of your precious family and keeping you close to our hearts. We know you're sad that Mamaw Cunningham has gone but think of what a glorious place she's living now. We pray for peace and comfort now and please let us know if there's anything you need at all. We love you! Joe, Thia, Colby and Kendall