Tnellia Bertha McCoury Young, 69, of Newland, North Carolina, passed away Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Saint Joseph Campus in Asheville, North Carolina.
She was born Feb. 4, 1948, in Avery County, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Eddie C. McCoury and the late Anna Roth McCoury.
Bertha graduated from Cranberry High School in Cranberry, North Carolina and Sacred Heart Belmont Abby in Charlotte. She received her Master's in Education from Appalachian University in Boone, North Carolina. She retired from North Carolina Public Schools after 30 plus years. She was a 5 year volunteer with Vista (a division of the Peace Corp). She then became a home bound school teacher. She began the handicap program in Avery County and was the first teacher in Avery County to teach the multi-handicapped. She worked with Mayland Community College in the GED program for many years.
Bertha enjoyed life and will be missed by so many. She especially enjoyed visiting and playing with her nieces and nephews or working outdoors making rock gardens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Colleen McCoury Martincak, Barbara McCoury Ward, and Sheila McCoury Perry; four brothers, Tommy McCoury, TY McCoury, Eddie McCoury, Jr., and David McCoury, Sr. Bertha leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband of 35 years Dale Young of Newland, North Carolina; sisters Mary (Roberto) Perez of High Point, North Carolina, and Rosa (John) King of Lebanon; and a host of nieces and nephews including her best friend and nephew David McCoury, Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Mon., Oct. 23, 2017 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Linville, North Carolina with Father Christopher Gober officiating. Internment followed in the Upper Roaring Creek Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Yellow Mountain Enterprises, P.O. Box 548, Newland, NC or to St. Lucien Catholic Church, 695 Summit Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC.
The care of Bertha and her family were entrusted to Reins-Sturdivent Funeral Home in Newland, North Carolina.
Published on October 23, 2017