Bertha Worley Brooks

Thursday, April 5, 1945 - Wednesday, January 24, 2024

In God's Care

Photo of Bertha Worley Brooks  - 1945-2024

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 

                                                                         Matthew 5:4

Our hearts are broken by the loss of our beloved Bertha Worley Brooks, age 78, who passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 24, 2024. We rejoice that she is with her Lord and Savior on this day.

She was born April 5, 1945, in Haywood County to the late Albert Worley and the late Lou Ellen Putnam McKinnish. She had made her home here most of her life and was proud of her mountain heritage. 

Bertha was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She had a great love for her family and was always there for them in good times and bad. She was a kind and strong lady, and was always giving to others. She was blessed with patience, grace, a positive attitude and a listening ear. Bertha was non-judgmental and accepted everyone as they were. She had a playful personality and loved to have fun with her children and grandchildren. She taught them how to play card games and checkers, and always had a smile on her face. She loved to be pampered, having her hair done and her make-up perfect every chance she could find. Bertha was also a fan of Elvis Presley and had a dream of seeing him in concert. She was heartbroken when he passed away but never stopped listening to his music and admiring his talent. She also enjoyed watching wrestling on television and would always cheer along with the crowd. Watching Western movies was a favorite pastime and she often reminisced about going horseback riding in her younger years.

Bertha was a talented cook and seamstress, and her home was always cozy and welcoming. She loved to prepare delicious meals for her loved ones and always had something tasty in the oven or on the stove. She had a great love for all animals and always had a dog or two by her side or in her lap. She loved them just like her children and they brought her great comfort and joy. Bertha also loved to garden and spent many hours tending to her flowers and vegetables. She would then work tirelessly canning and freezing her harvest to share with others. Bertha was generous, kindhearted, and always thought of others before herself.

Most importantly, Bertha was a woman of faith. She attended Longs Chapel Methodist Church where she was well loved by her church family. She placed her faith in her Lord and Savior and lived according to His word. She was a shining example of Christian love and service and touched many lives with her kindness and compassion. Bertha was a blessing to all who knew her. 

As we say goodbye to Bertha, let us not mourn her death but celebrate her life. Let us remember the good times we shared with her and the lessons she taught us. Let us honor her legacy and follow her example. Let us find comfort in knowing that Bertha is now in Heaven, surrounded by peace and joy. She is now reunited with her loved ones who have gone before her and she is watching over us from above. She is still with us, in spirit and in memory and she will always be.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Perry Southerland; a daughter, Joy Marlene Southerland; her sons, Harold Southerland and Timmy Joe Millington; a grandchild, Tommy Brooks, and many others who loved Bertha dearly.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Frankie Southerland of Leicester, Glenn Southerland of Georgia, Mary Southerland of Leicester, Sheila Earley of Maryville, TN, and Jamie Southerland of Canton; her eight grandchildren; her five great-grandchildren; brothers, Bill Guffey and Joe Guffey; sisters, Dean Brooks and Donna Walker; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

A service of remembrance to honor the life of Bertha will be held at 3:00PM on Sunday, February 4, 2024, in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Brooks family.

Condolences from family and friends

Love and will always be missed and loveed
Robbie hensley and donny hensley
She was a very sweet lady loved her an you will never meet other one like her
Brenda mccannon
In loving member from sister dean and brother bill and we will meet you in heaven love forever will never be forgotten love you
Nevada brooks and sport and bill
In loving memory of sister Berthy brooks from sister dean and brother bill always loved but never forgotten will meet you in heaven love always sister and brother
So sorry for your lost I'm praying for you and your families we will missed her we love her
Angel Franklin
To the family of Miss Bertha. I only met her a few times when she came to church. She was a beautiful and sweet lady. Always had a smile on her face and a kind word. She will be missed. Take comfort in knowing she's home now and walking on the street of gold. GOD bless all of you.
We are so sorry for your family at this time our thoughts and prayers go out you at this time Frankie, Mary and Jamie Bertha was fun to be around she loved her dogs RIP Bertha and Cowboy and your dog and squirrel
Gene &Trish Ledford
Such a loving and caring soul. You will be truly missed.
Christy Putnam Duyck
Thought and prays go out for Family trip Bertha
Gene & Trish Ledford
I am so sorry for the loss of a great lady I had the honor of knowing her I am praying for each one of you she is now in the arms of Jesus
Heather Parris
I will miss this sweet lady! Prayers for family and friends!
Renee Scott
Mary Im so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
Jamie Russell
I'm gonna miss talking to you Bertha. You was such a sweet soul. And your going to missed by everyone who knew you.w May you be walking the streets of gold with no more pain. Prayers for your family. Rest easy sweet Bertha. Until we meet again
Dear family , so sad to hear of Bertha ‘s passing. I met her at the Community Kitchen years ago. She was a sweet , humble lady who I considered my friend. Prayers and thoughts for the family and may God comfort you during this difficult time.
Gayle Ammons
We will miss sharing Sunday mornings and special times with sweet Miss Bertha. Such a special lady, she will be dearly missed.
The Beaver Family
I am so sorry for your loss, Berta was a very special woman she was kind to me all time I just loved her so much her and cowboy was perfect together they always looked out for each other, they were truly a a sweet couple. I will see them in heaven it is not the end for them. No more crying no more pain for them. My prayers of comfort go out for the family.
Peggy Briede
My heart is broken sister. I miss you so much and all the good times we had together. I know that your pain and suffering is over and you are with GOD now. Fly high with the angels sis you will be missed greatly . We will be together again in heaven. Your sister Donna
Berth was a good friend an missed selling with her at the Candler Flea Market.Bertha will b dearly missed by all.
Dear family, Iam deeply saddened by the sudden passing of both Bertha and Herbert "Cowboy" Coward last week. I have been keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers during your time of grief and loss. I never had the opportunity to meet them in person or get to know them personally, but they seemed to be very nice people and were loved by everyone who did know them. I would like to personally thank Mr. Charlie Windburn for posting and sharing his videos of Bertha and Cowboy on his YouTube channel when he went to visit them at their home and the other places that they visited. Thank you, God and the Lord Jesus, for blessing everyone with those two very special people and for all of the joy that they brought to the people whose lives they touched by simply being their unique selves! I know that Bertha and Cowboy's spirits are now in the Lord's everlasting care. Please accept my deepest condolences, Allen W. Saunders Jr---Ashland, Virginia
Allen W. Saunders Jr
I am so sorry for your loss of your love one Bertha. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I have known most of the family for years. They are all a wonderful family. Donna I love you and Jennifer and you are in my heart. Bertha I know you are in heaven with your mommy. RIP to you and Cowboy, little dog and squirrel. Love always Carol
Carol Burnette Trammell
I just recently found out about my mothers passing I know over the years we haven’t been close but she would call me every year after Christmas to see how I was doing and how is the family, I talked to her this year and she let me know Frankie was in the hospital and then asked how I was and how’s the family I said I good and the family is fine, that was the last time I heard from her till I found out about her the web it would have been nice to get a call from my estranged family about what happened then I could have gone to the funeral service. I am also saddened to hear about cowboy, My mother had mentioned she had a boyfriend several years ago but never told me who exactly he was and I didn’t pry It was nice to read on the web how much they loved each other and I’m glad they found each other Looking back on my life now I know my mother did what was best for me at the time by giving me up to the court I was a troubled kid who would have probably wound up in prison but because she did what she did I am who I am today Retired from Navy (Navy Corpsman FMF) and now working for DOD, That’s the story with me and my mom and yes for years I resented her for giving me up I thought at the time she didn’t love me but over the years I realized she was just protecting me and keeping me safe by letting me go,
Glenn Southerland