Deaconess Bertha Grimes

February 2019

Deaconess Bertha Grimes

Deaconess Bertha Mae Smith Grimes was born on July 14, 1938 in Parrott, Terrell County, Georgia to the parents of the late Ms. Mary Lou Smith Baker and the late Mr. T. J. Jackson. She was raised in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia, where she received her formal education. She left Georgia to reside briefly in Hartford, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts. She settled in Newark, New Jersey in 1972. She was a dedicated Deaconess at the House of God Church, Inc. Keith Dominion in Newark, New Jersey. She tirelessly provided childcare and foster care services from her home. She returned to Smithville, Georgia in February of 2006. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Americus, Georgia. She continued her Deaconship at The House of God Church, Inc., Keith Dominion in Americus, Georgia.

To know her was to love her. She was the person to call when you just needed someone to listen and to make you feel better. She was a woman of God. She deeply loved her daughter, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved planting flowers and sitting on her front porch. She was known for singing old hymns during church services, including “My Savior Wrote Me A Letter” and “I Believe I’ll Run On”.

She met and later married the late Mr. James Thomas Grimes and to their union was born one son, the late Allen Milton Grimes and a daughter, Elsie Lodonia Grimes, who survives. She is also preceded in death by two sister, Carolyn Baker and Hattie Mae Burton.

In addition to her daughter, Ms. Elsie Lodonia Grimes, Americus, GA, she leaves to cherish her memories: one brother, Mr. Litt (Ada) Martin, Americus, GA; one sister, Ms. Willie Pearl Wright, Smithville, GA; four grandchildren: Victor, Veronica, David and Corey Grimes, all of Ewing, New Jersey; seven great grandchildren: Ashaene, Tynasia, Amani, J’mahri, Victoria, Jaionna and Makiyah Grimes; special nieces, Ms. Leazie Burton-Smith and Ms. Paulette Baker; a special foster daughter, Ms. April Rutherford; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and friends also survive.