The graveside service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, October 1, 2021, Hopewell Cemetery, Hopewell Road, Ellaville, Georgia.
Please be mindful that we will adhere to all government recommendations and mandates at all services at this time. We are limiting graveside seating to no more than 10 with masks being strongly encouraged. Other masked attendees are welcomed but will be expected to practice social distancing.
Graveside services, including burials, are likely to be held on ground that is uneven, which is out of the control of Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. We ask that you take this into consideration when choosing footwear, such as shoes with high, thin heels. Please be advised that Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. will not be held responsible for injuries at a grave site because of this.
The hour glass with its sands of time, has slowly spilled its contents and with the passing of the last sand, went the life of our beloved Disciple, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Cousin, Sister-in-Law, Mentor and Friend. Sister Bertha Terry was the second youngest of nine children born to the late Bennie James Hill and Nannie Lou Kennedy-Hill. Bertha was the last surviving offspring of this union, she was preceded in death by her Parents, Sisters, Thelma (George) Bivins, Katie Clemons and Brothers, Bennie James Jr, Simmie (Alice), Joel Douglas (Neasie), Willie (Annie Bell), Lorin and Booker.
Bertha was a devoted Christian and faithful member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Andersonville. Bertha served God, family, friends and those who would allow her to minister to them based on their needs. She exemplified service at every level and welcomed the opportunity to bless others in Christ.
She served on the Usher Board, Missionary Society, and Pastor's Aid Ministries while actively supporting and participating in all facets of other ministries in the Church. She was willing to participate and support all ministries that would bring Glory to the Name of Jesus. Never seeking accolades or glory to receive a star in the Hall of Fame but, to wear the crown of Faith. She was joined in holy matrimony to the late Deacon Milton Terry, Sr. on October 9, 1954. They traveled life's highway together until his passing in 2017.
Bertha lived a beautiful life on purpose graduating from Staley A.S. High School in 1948. Thereafter, she relocated to Durham, North Carolina and attended Cosmetology School. Bertha earned her cosmetology certification and returned home to start an in-home Beauty Salon with her sisters and brother Booker. They served the community successfully in this endeavor for many years. Later she would partner with her Brother J.D. in operating Hill's Cleaners in Americus. She was later asked by the City of Andersonville to join their team as a Tour Guide where she served until retirement.
Sister Terry was the matriarch of the family; she disciplined, taught, encouraged, consoled and offered wise counsel to her family and tribe of friends and acquaintances. She never met a stranger because everybody was God's child in her eyes. Bertha loved all things family and her love for family was only exceeded by her love for her Heavenly Father. She welcomed all with a warm smile and caring heart. She would give you food if you were hungry; give you a place to rest if you were weary; and, she would always have a scripture to lift you up if you were downtrodden. She enjoyed welcoming people into her home and would reminisce and share some of her struggles and triumphs of the early years. Bertha was very intentional in promoting and uplifting those who surrounded themselves with her. She wanted to leave everyone better off and propel them to greater, by lifting up the name of Jesus and reminding us of His promises.
Those who will cherish and honor her memory, follow her precepts and examples and rejoice in her purposeful life are her survivors, devoted children: Milton (Geneva) Terry, Jr., Americus GA, Bradley Terry, Americus GA, and Deborah (Blake) Hollis, McDonough GA; Five loving and devoted grandchildren: Ariel (Hasani) McHoney, Diandra (John) Colwell, Anitrice Hollis, Ajayla Powell, and Blake Hollis, II; four great grandchildren: Caden, Hannah, Abigail, and Amari. Special to her are loving and caring nieces and nephews as they were all favorites. She is also survived by three sisters-in-law; Beatrice Hill, Janet Hill, and Josephine (Albert) Cooper; and one brother-in-law: Cooper Clemons; a host of loving cousins and special close friends: Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Frazier, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Grover Jr., Mrs. Annie M. Hamilton, Mrs. Sandra Hall, Mrs. Mildred Rozetta, Mrs. Rosa Myers, the children of the late Joseph and Flynn Hill, the Ebenezer Baptist Church Family and the Andersonville tribe.