Bertha Worley Brooks
In God's Care
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
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.