Mrs. Bertha Louise Jefferson, 73, of 20302 Harris Drive, Sutherland, Va., departed this life on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at River View on the Appomattox Health & Rehab Center, Hopewell, Va.

Bertha was born on March 19, 1941, to Iva and Thomas Wilkins in Dinwiddie County, Va. She was a graduate of Southside High School in Dinwiddie, Va. She was employed at Seward Luggage Co. and Arnold Penn Co., both in Petersburg, Va. Bertha was known as a helping and caring person and she loves to cook. Bertha touched many lives during her times here on Earth.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Syndell Mason; son, Calvin Jefferson; parents, Iva and Thomas Wilkins; and two brothers, James Wilkins and Curtis Wilkins.

Bertha leaves to cherish her memories her husband, Gilbert Jefferson; children, Gilbert Jefferson Jr. (Brenda), Carolyn Jefferson, Warren Lee Jefferson, Curtis Jefferson and Betty Jean Fairley (Evander); numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lillie Mae Hayes and Pecolia Thorpe; godchild, Derrickus Hayes; sister-in-law, Alma Wilkins; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services for Mrs. Bertha L. Jefferson will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the Chapel of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va.; Rev. Alveria Parrish, eulogist. The interment to follow at Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 20302 Harris Drive, Sutherland, Va., and may be contacted by calling 804-862-9925.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mrs. Jefferson and watch the funeral services live online at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,

Funeral Home

J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc.
102 South Avenue  Petersburg, VA 23803

Published in The Progress-Index from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2014