Bertha (Ma) Halcomb of Little Leatherwood, passed away on Monday, October 16 2000 at her residence.  
She was born October 4, 1912, being 88 years and 12 days at her passing.  She was the daughter of Irvine and
Vina Morgan.  Ma was preceded in death by her first husband, Flow Ingram, her second husband, Arch
Halcomb and sons, Irvin Ingram and Dale Halcomb, daughter, Vina Shepherd, brother, Jesse, and two sisters,
Settla and Reda.  Surviving are three sons: Frank Ingram, Gilbert Ingram and Mike Halcomb, three daughters:
Sandra Halcomb, Sherry  Combs and Ann Halcomb Jones, one brother, Henry Morgan, and one sister, Reva
Ison, thirteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren.

    She was a member of Cedar Grove Old Regular Baptist but she also loved the Big Leatherwood Old
Regular Baptist Church and one of the many songs she loved was “Ninety and Nine.”  We do not need a special
day to bring you to our minds.  The days we do not think of you are very hard to find, each morning when we
awake we know that you are gone and no one knows the heartache.  As we try to carry on our hearts still ache
with sadness and secret tears still flows.  What it meant to lose you no one will ever know, our thoughts are
always with you, your place no one can fill.  In life we loved you dearly in death we love you still.  There will
always be a heartache and often a silent tear but always a precious memory of the days when you were here.  
If tears would make a staircase and heartaches make a road, we’d walk the path to Heaven and bring you home
again.  We hold you close within our hearts.  There you will remain to walk with us throughout our lives until we
meet again.  Our family chain is broken now and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us home, one by
one, the chain will link again.  We miss you very much, Ma.

                            Written by Helen Halcomb.
Bertha Halcomb