Bertha Heydock Whitt, 87, of Bat Cave passed away Thursday morning, March 1, 2018 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock. Bertha was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Ellen Heydock and her husband, Joe Marion Whitt, who died in 2016.
She was raised and attended schools in Rutherfordton, Spindale, and Edneyville. She graduated from the School of Cosmetology in Asheville. Bertha married Joe Marion Whitt in 1952. They moved from Asheville to Bat Cave in 1961. She opened a beauty shop in her home known as Kuntry Kurl. Bertha was a friend of nature. If an animal came to visit and was hungry or needed care, it was fed and taken care of. She loved her raccoons and turkeys and would make sure they were never hungry. She also found great pleasure in maintaining the old log home, “Inglenook,” which was built in 1886 and was where she and her mother grew up.
She is survived by her son, Mitch (Brenda) of Mills River; grandchildren, Zeb and Megan; a sister, Carolyn Vess (Harold and their son, Dean); along with extended family and friends.
A memorial service will be at 9:30 AM Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Bat Cave. Father Wes Shields will officiate. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Greenville SC Shriners Hospital for Children.
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