Bertha  Carpenter


The family wishes to express deep appreciation and heartfelt thanks for all the acts of kindness and thoughtful expressions of sympathy and love shown during this time of bereavement. Your caring support, words of comfort, visits, cards, flowers, and prayers will be long remembered.

Obituary of Bertha Hunter Carpenter

Bertha Hunter Carpenter was born January 19, 1919, in Seneca, South Carolina to the late James “Jimmy” Hunter and the late Henrietta “Hennie” Mack Hunter. She passed away peacefully on July 26, 2021, in New York, NY, after 102 years of remarkable health followed by a brief illness.

Bertha was a beautiful and loving woman who touched the lives of so many with her generosity and charm. A woman of great faith, she dedicated her life to the Christian church and after moving to New York City, she became a member of the Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem where she worshiped faithfully for almost 50 years.

Known for her style and grace, she spent her professional career sharing her impeccable taste with others as a sales associate at some of New York’s finest stores including Lord & Taylor’s. She was also a devoted volunteer, sharing her time and talents with her church and with children in her community.

A beloved aunt and neighbor to so many, Bertha made friends everywhere she went. She nurtured lifelong relationships with neighbors and was adored by everyone from the aides who cared for her to the shopkeepers in the local stores she frequented. She spent decades cooking and caring for all those around her, even introducing one former neighbor and surrogate daughter Alice Faye Clark Davis to her future husband Rev. George Davis. 

Those left to cherish her memory and celebrate her life include nephews Gerald Hunter, Sr. (Marie Hunter), Rufus Williams, Robert Pitts, Jr., and Jackie Hunter (Bonita Hunter); nieces Lenora Hunter Joseph (Clyde Joseph Sr.) and Portia Pitts; cousins Perry Mack (Gloria Mack) and Roy Mack; and a host of other doting cousins, great-nephews and nieces; and great great-nephews and nieces. She also leaves those she loved like family including George Davis, Alisha Davis (Michael Roberts), Marc Davis, Alice Roberts, Sylvia Roberts, and many other devoted neighbors and dear friends.

Due to rising cases of Covid-19, her memorial service has been postponed. A full celebration of her life will be held when public health conditions allow us to safely gather again.


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