CHILLICOTHE, Ohio: Bertha Cornelia DeRamus Gadson, the oldest child of the late Dock Calvin DeRamus, Sr. and the late Lillian Smith DeRamus, was born on December 6, 1936, in Autaugaville, Alabama.
Her earthly journey ended Friday evening, April 29, 2011, in Chillicothe, Ohio, after an extended illness.
Bertha began her early education at Autauga County Elementary and graduated from Carver Senior High School in 1955 in Gadsden, AL. She matriculated to Alabama State University, where she received the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education and English. She received her Master's degree and her Education Specialist degree from Alabama State University in Elementary Education.
Bertha joined Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in Autaugaville, Alabama. Later she joined Goodsell Methodist Church in Gadsden, Alabama.
After marriage she joined First Baptist Church in Alabama City, Alabama.
When Bertha moved to Montgomery, Alabama, she joined First Baptist Church under Rev. E. Baxter Morris.
Bertha leaves to mourn a loving husband, Johnny B. Gadson; two children, Saundra B. Gadson and Jonnetta D. Gadson, Esq.; and two grandchildren, Michal Alexaundra Gadson and Asher Madison Gadson, all of Chillicothe, OHIO; she also leaves to mourn two sisters, Dr. Tyna B. DeRamus (Warren) Davis, Montgomery, Alabama, and Brenda G. DeRamus Coleman, Opelika, AL; one brother, Ranier Jharrod DeRamus, Montgomery, AL; one special cousin, who is like a brother, Adolph (Annie Jean) Goodson, Washington, DC; three brothers-in-law, Roszell (Delores) Gadson, Wallace (Zell) Gadson, and George W. Gadson, all of Gadsden, AL; one sister-in-law, Josephine Harrold, Gadsden, AL; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.
Bertha was an active member of the community. She held many leadership positions in professional, social, and civic organizations. Bertha was a member of the National Education Association, Alabama Education Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Gadsden Alumnae charter member) and CARATS, Inc. (Montgomery Chapter charter member).
She was a retired elementary school teacher who served in leadership positions in the Professional Association of Gadsden Educators, the Montgomery County Education Association, the Montgomery Association of Classroom Teachers (past-President), the Southeastern Regional Association of Classroom Teachers (SER-ACT) (past-President),She also served as a member of the Alabama Education Association Board of Directors.
Bertha was a renowned educator who was loved and revered by students, parents, and administrators. She was an accomplished businesswoman and real estate investor. Bertha served her professions with honor and dignity. She loved life and she loved people. Bertha's life was a reflection of her passion, caring, and commitment to others.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 347 North Ripley Street, Montgomery, AL 36104, Rev. E. Baxter Morris, officiating.
Interment will be held immediately following at Lincoln Hill Memorial Park, Gadsden, AL.
The committal service will be performed by Rev. Roszell L. Gadson. The family was assisted locally by the WARE FUNERAL HOME.
You may sign her online register at www.warefh.com
Published in the Chillicothe Gazette on May 5, 2011