The Picayune Item
Remembering Our Loved One….
The beautiful and virtuous life of Bertha M. Bester began on September 23, 1933 in Poplarville, Miss. She was born to the union of Robert Daniel Alford and Velma Fredrick Alford.
Bertha was educated in the public schools of Poplarville and accepted Christ at an early age at New Welcome Baptist Church in Whitesand Community. Bertha was an active member of New Welcome where she worked diligently in the church serving as Financial Secretary, member of the choir and Jr., Mission Association. She was employed a Pearl River County Hospital in Poplarville.
Bertha united in marriage to the love of her life, Lee Andrea Bester and to this union seven children were born. She later moved to Texas City, Texas and united with Mt. Paran Missionary Baptist Church in Texas City under the pastorate of the late Rev. E.J. Johnson. She was an active member serving in the choir and other ministries of the church. She was employed at County Memorial hospital, presently, Mainland Medical Center serving until her retirement.
Bertha was a loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, mother in law and friend. She loved her family and the Lord.
On Saturday, November 10, 2012, Bertha completed her earthly journey and went home to rest. Preceded in death by: her loving parents, Robert Daniel and Velma Alford; devoted husband, Lee Andrea Bester; beloved children, Louis Edward and Alvin Ray Bester; her siblings, Lillie McGee, Inna Katherine Allen and Edward James Alford. She leaves to celebrate and cherish her legacy of Christian family values: her children, Barbara Ann Reaves (Jay), Wayne Allen Bester (Cynthia), Michelle Bester Jones (Barney), Ron Terrell Bester (Theresa) and Roderick Andrew (Miacone Charles ) Bester; 20 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Bobbie Garrett, Royan Hinton, Joyce L. Johnson, Earl C. Alford (Iretha), Lonnie C. Alford (Josephine), and Ronald Douglas Alford (Doris); sister-in-law, Emily Doris Raine; brother-in-law, Mose Bester; devoted and special friends, Lana and Roben Mason; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held today at Mt. Paran Missionary Baptist Church at 11 a.m. in Texas City under the direction of Mainland Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held Monday, November 26, 2012 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. in White Funeral Home Chapel in Poplarville, Miss.
Interment will be in the Dave Mondy Cemetery, Whitesand Community.
Entrusted to Brown’s Funeral Home.