“Ida, I’ve been washed in the blood.” Soon after saying these words, Mrs. Bertha Mae McCoy Whittle was called home peacefully from labor to reward at 12:45 A.M. on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. She was blessed by God to spend 102 years, 7 months, and 16 days, equaling 5,354 weeks, 37,484 days, 899,616 hours, and 53,976 minutes on this earth. She was born on November 9, 1914, in Halifax County, North Carolina, and was preceded in death by her mother, Emma McCoy.
During her youth, Mrs. Bertha accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and joined the Simmons Grove Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. She worked diligently in her church, was faithful in attending Sunday school, Bible study, prayer meetings, and Sunday worship services. She served as an Usher, member and President of the Gospel Chorus, Missionary Circle, Pastor’s Aid Club, Nurse’s aide, advisor to the Junior Missionaries, secretary of the Prayer Band Union, and for a time, was dutiful as the church custodian. On many Sunday mornings, she would pick up the young people for Sunday school and church. This required her to make sometimes two or three trips, but she never hesitated to share the goodness of the Lord with the young and old. Mrs. Bertha truly loved Simmons Grove and was the oldest living member until her demise.
Mrs. Bertha obtained her formal education in the Halifax County Public School System and later attended Halifax Community College to pursue her General Equivalency Diploma (GED). She was employed at the former Halifax Memorial Hospital in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and retired after approximately nineteen years of dedicated service.
Mrs. Bertha enjoyed being active in the community as a loyal member of the Widow’s Club, past President of the Senior Citizen’s Club, (Jo Story), and the Precious Jewel Chapter #607 Order of Eastern Star, P.H.A.
Mrs. Bertha was united in Holy Matrimony to Pearlie Whittle, Sr., who preceded her in death. She was a loving wife and mother who raised seven sons and three daughters, and was always hands-on with her grandchildren who visited.
In addition to her mother and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, William Thomas Whittle and Waverly Conelly Whittle.
Loving memories of her life and the legacy of her love will forever remain with her three daughters, Ida Mae Whittle of the home, Carolyn Mayo of Greensboro, NC, and Kathy Whittle- Davis and husband, Rev. Dr. Kenneth Davis of Martinsville, VA; her five sons, Paul Morris Whittle of Roanoke Rapids, NC, Pearlie “Bo” Whittle and wife, Joyce Whittle of Queens, NY, Henry Whittle and wife, Martha Whittle, and Larry Donnell Whittle all Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Darryl Wayne Whittle and wife, Anna Whittle of Garysburg, NC; her precious grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren who affectionately called her, “Nana”, “Mawma”, and “Grandma”, and will remember her life, joy, and love as treasures in their hearts forever more. Other survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends who will all miss her earthly presence and share the wisdom she imparted to infuse their lives during their Christian walk.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Simmons Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, NC. The Pastor, Rev. Nehemiah Smith, Jr., will officiate, and burial will follow in the Crestview Memorial Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids, NC. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, and the body will repose at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.