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Bertha Eason Boswell

May 8, 1926 ~ October 6, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old

Bertha Boswell Obituary


On Friday, October 6, 2023, the heavenly gates opened wide to welcome Bertha Eason Boswell. There to greet her were her mother, Josephine Lancaster Pittman and adored father, William Asbury Pittman; two beloved husbands, Robert Eason and Samuel Boswell; sisters, Estelle Eason (Henry), Dillie Pittman (Jacob), Alice Dickens (Allen), Louise Eason (Harry), Eula Worrell (Rufus), Ethel Harris (Melvin); three brothers, William Pittman (Farbie), Leslie Pittman (Edith), and Robert Pittman (Louise); nephews, John Griffin, Delton Eason, Bill Eason, and Timmy Eason; nieces, Anita Branch, Nellie Nelms, Evelyn Powell, Betty Lou Joyner, and Ida Reason; daughter, Linda Glover; daughters-in-law, Sandra Speight and Shirley Speight; great-granddaughters, Adelyn Jane McGee and Kira Coleson; great-grandson, Frankie Glover, great-niece, Wanda Nelms; and many good friends.

Bertha was born on May 8, 1926, and grew up on a farm in Nash County. She later moved to Rocky Mount and made many friends while working at Schotland Mills, Rocky Mount Mills, and Abbott Laboratories. Because of her outgoing personality and love of people, she also thrived while selling Compton’s Encyclopedias, Sarah Coventry jewelry, and Avon. She loved traveling throughout the country and Europe with her husband, Sam. Following his death, Bertha relocated to Cary to be with her daughter. She became involved in her community there and was a faithful member of Green Level Baptist Church. During her 97 years here on this earth, she experienced heartbreaking lows and many, many joyous highs. She loved her family and her God. What a wonderful journey it was and now continues to be in the presence of her Savior!

Bertha is survived by one daughter, Linda Eason Peele and husband, Michael; two grandsons, Adam Peele and wife, Hiromi and Mark Peele and partner, Ashton Drew, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her children by her marriage to Samuel Boswell, Donald Boswell and wife, Kathy, George Speight, and James Speight; grandchildren, Kristen Coggin and husband, Myers, Lauren McGee and husband, Trent, Kathryn Boswell, Tommy Speight and wife, Regina, Brooks Speight, Donna Lynn and husband, Steven, Keith Speight and wife, Betty, Jeff Speight and wife, Karen, Frank Glover and wife, Debbie, Kay Wester and husband, Richard; 18 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren, and 2 great-great-great grandchildren.

A special thank you to her dear friend, Thelma Hillard, who called almost every day for many years and her loving caregivers, Eileen O’Dea and Margie Banks, who enjoyed her wonderful sense of humor up to the very end.

A service to celebrate Bertha’s life will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at 11:00 am at Northside Community Church, 1660 Beaver Pond Road, Rocky Mount, 27804 with Reverend David Baker officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall. Burial will follow at Rocky Mount Memorial Park. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, you consider a contribution to Transitions Lifecare William M. Dunlap Center for Caring, 200 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607, Green Level Baptist Church, 8509 Green Level Church Road, Cary, NC 27519, or NorthSide Community Church, 1660 Beaver Pond Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

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Funeral Service
October 10, 2023

11:00 AM
NorthSide Church (Beaver Pond Drive, Rocky Mount, NC)


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