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Obituary: Bertha Dunaway Bruning

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Bertha Dunaway Bruning

Bertha Dunaway Bruning

Bertha Dunaway Bruning, 94, of Franklin and formerly of Flintstone, Georgia, passed on to join her Lord on Sept. 9, 2019.  

Mrs. Bruning was born in Unionville in Bedford County, Tennessee on June 11, 1925. She was educated in Murfreesboro schools, graduating from Central High School in 1943. She was married in 1950 to George W. Bruning and lived and worked in Idaho and Augusta, Georgia before moving to Flintstone.  

She worked for 37 years in government civil service, principally with TVA in Chattanooga. She retired in 1980 and began a second career working as a secretary for Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church for nine years, which she dearly loved. She was also a church clerk for many years. 

After the death of her husband in 2013, she moved to Franklin to be near her son. Bertha enjoyed caring for her husband and grandchildren, cooking meals for those in need and visiting folks in the nursing home. She was an accomplished quilter, cook and blackberry picker, and, most of all, a wonderful wife, mother and friend.  

We all will miss her cheer, boundless energy, optimism and love of God’s grace.

She was predeceased by her parents, Newman and Ola Gill Dunaway; husband, George W. Bruning; brother, Willie Dunaway; and sisters, Sue Dunaway Stafford and Verna Dunaway McCurdy.  

She’s survived by sisters, Ida Dunaway Read (Murfreesboro) and Martha Dunaway (Bob) Adams (Washington, DC); sons, William Howard Bruning (Tampa, Florida) and George Thomas (Beth) Bruning (Franklin); and grandchildren, Will Bruning and Allison Bruning.

Visitation will be held at Heritage Funeral Home, located at 3239 Battlefield Pkwy in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia, on Friday, Sept. 13, from 5-7 p.m. Services will be on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m., with visitation one hour prior also at Heritage Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens South. 

Pallbearers will be Will Bruning, Allison Bruning, Bob Dunaway, Walter Bruning, David McCurdy and Jim McCurdy. Honorary Pallbearer will be Ric Poorbaugh.

Special thanks to caregivers at Belvedere Memory Care Franklin for their love and attention.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the Hannah Bruning Memorial Scholarship at Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church, 90 Nick A Jack Lane, Flintstone, GA 30725, or a charity of your choice.