GRAFTON - Bertha Lorene Whitaker McLaughlin, aged 79, passed away February 15, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. McLaughlin accepted Christ, was baptized and later joined New Bethel Baptist Church, Big Bethel Rd. Yorktown, VA, where she served as the Head Usher for many years. In 1992 she later found Victory Life Church, Newport News, VA. Later in life she became a dedicated member of World Outreach Worship Center 1233 Shields Road, Newport News VA, under the administration of Pastor Russell E. Evenson. Bertha settled in Yorktown VA, in 1965 and retired from Public Service in 1985. Her career as a community organizer was legendary. Left to cherish memories of her are her beloved children Gary and Kevin McLaughlin and Renee E. McLaughlin Sturdivant, four brothers, four sisters, nine grand children, twelve great grandchildren and other loving relatives. A viewing will be held at Carter Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel, 251 Richneck Rd., Newport News, VA from 7-8 PM on Friday February 21, 2014. Funeral Services will be held at World Outreach Worship Center at 10:00 on Saturday February 22, 2014. A interment will be held at Hampton Memorial Gardens immediately thereafter. A guestbook is available at www.carterfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Daily Press on Feb. 20, 2014