A Celebration of Life for Mrs. Bertha M. Swan, 90 of Somerville, Alabama will be noon Tuesday at St. John M.B. Church in Somerville and inhumation in Somerville Cemetery. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to service. Public viewing will be Monday from 10:00am-5:30pm and the family will receive friends from 5:30pm-6:30pm at Reynolds Funeral Home.
Mother Bertha Burton Swan was born on December 27, 1928 to the late Sam and Cora McDaniel Gaines in the Talucah Community of Morgan County, Alabama. She departed this life at her home in Somerville, Alabama on January 30, 2019.
Mrs. Swan accepted Christ at an early age and joined St. John M.B. Church. She served as president of the Mother’s Board, Financial Clerk and served faithfully on many other auxiliaries and capacities in the church. She remained faithful until her health failed.
She attended Morgan County Training School. She was employed as an office assistant at Priceville High School and at OhioHealth Hospital in Akron, OH for many years.
She was united in holy matrimony to the late Henry Clay Burton and to this union six children born; Curtis, James, Donald, Alfonzo,Henry, Maggie and the late Shelvy. She later married the late Waddel Swan and this union was blessed with two children, Russel and Merrell.
Preceding her in death were: her husbands,Henry Clay Burton and Waddell Swan; one son, Henry Shelvy Burton; grandson, Derrick Mason; siblings, Thelma Burton, Maggie Townsend, Sam Gaines, Lester Binford, Pat Gaines, Mary Anderson and Henry Clay Burton; in-laws, Lisa Burton, Annie P. Burton and Moses Mason.
She leaves to remember and honor her legacy: six sons, Curtis James (Rose) Burton, Amos Hayes Burton both of Somerville, AL, Donald Alfred (Glenda) Burton of Hartselle, Alfonzo “Roachie” Burton of Somerville, AL, Russell Swan, Merrell Swan both of Akron, OH; two daughters, Maggie Faye Mason of Pulaski, TN, Myra Swan of Akron, OH; 26 loving grandchildren; and a plethora of great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Vergie Bell Aldridge of Decatur; one close special friend, Geneva Randell of Decatur and a host of other relatives and friends.