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Bertha (Biggs) Short-Tate

April 4, 1929 ~ July 6, 2019 (age 90)


Bertha B. Short-Tate, 90, formally of 108 Harris Place and 229 Bel Air Drive in Danville, VA went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, July 6, 2019.  Bertha was born in Danville on April 4th, 1929, a daughter of the late Thomas O. and Ellen M. Biggs. 

She lived all of her life in Danville and had retired from Dan River Mills where she had worked in the sewing room for fifty two years.  She was a faithful member of the First Pentecostal Holiness Church and played the piano for her Sunday school class, was active in the Lunch Bunch, and visited various nursing homes in Danville to sing and play music for the residents.  Along with her family, playing the piano was one of the loves of her life and she loved to entertain when friends came to visit, at church, etc.  Bertha was married to the late James P. Short, Sr. who predeceased her on June 12, 1999 and she later remarried the late Nelson O. Tate.  

Bertha is survived by her two sons, James P. Short, Jr. (Donna) of Indian Trail, NC, Terry L. Short (Debbie) of Fort Mill, SC; a brother, Douglas Biggs (Ina) of Valrico, FL; five grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

A visitation for friends and family is being held at Swicegood-Barker Funeral Home at 564 W. Main Street Danville, VA on Tuesday, July 09, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm and a funeral service is being conducted by the Reverend Myron Bruce at the First Pentecostal Holiness Church on Wednesday, July 10th at 2 pm. Burial will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens on route 58W. 

The family would like to express its appreciation to the Brookdale Assisted Living facility in Danville and the Brookdale-Southpark Memory Care facility in Charlotte, NC for their care over the last three years. Also appreciated is the services provided by Hospice & Palliative Care of the Charlotte Region.  

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July 9, 2019

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Swicegood Funeral Home
564 West Main Street
Danville, VA 24541

Funeral Service
July 10, 2019

2:00 PM
First Pentecostal Holiness Church
North Main Street
Danville, VA 24540

Interment following funeral service
July 10, 2019

Danville Memorial Gardens
510 Church Avenue
Danville, VA 24541

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