Bertha Rudolph, 94, of Woodbine received the call of her heavenly Father from the labor of this life to the sweet rest and fellowship of the saints in Heaven on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at her home, surrounded by family and friends.
On June 10, 1922, Jordan and Rosalee Simpson were blessed with the birth of a daughter whom they named Bertha. She was one of seven children, all having preceded her in death.
Mother Bertha grew up in a home where she was taught to love God, her family and her fellow man. She exemplified these teachings throughout her life. Very early on she confessed Christ and joined Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church. She served faithfully until she moved her membership to First African Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. E.L. Hart. She served on the mothers’ board for many years. She also fellowshipped at the Potter’s House Worship Center under the leadership of Bishop Kenny Knight.
Mother Rudolph was a well-known citizen of Camden County. She was affectionately known to many as “Nanna.” Mother Rudolph believed in helping others, giving when she didn’t have much to give and sharing whatever she had. Bertha met and married Robert Lee Rudolph and to this union two children were born. One daughter, Yvonne Rudolph Woods, preceded her in death. She had a great love for her church and served in many capacities until failing health would no longer permit her to do. She was always willing to work wherever and whenever there was a need.
She leaves to cherish her memories: her devoted daughter, Barbara (Ralph) King of Woodbine; three special and devoted granddaughters and caretakers, Kimmie (Charles) Carey of Woodbine and Natalie and Nicole Shivers of Kingsland; a loving and devoted grandson, Eric Dawson of Woodbine; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Lucille Rudolph of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at First African Missionary Baptist Church. There will be no wake. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Woodbine Cemetery.
Sunset Funeral Home is in charge of final arrangements.