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Mrs. Vercie  Hanberry

Obituary for Mrs. Vercie Hanberry

June 24, 1918 - December 31, 2020
Sicklerville, New Jersey | Age 102

Obituary

Vercie Etta Surratt Hanberry was born on June 24, 1918 in Cleveland County North Carolina. Her parents Otho and Mary Alice (Williamson) Surratt soon settled in Hickory, North Carolina, where they raised their family. They joined Friendship Baptist, where Vercie gave her life to Christ and was baptized at the age of 12.
She received her formal education at Ridgeview School in Hickory, where at an early age voiced her desire to become a teacher. Her dream came true as a graduate of Winston-Salem Teachers College (now Winston Salem State University) in 1942, and she taught in the state for 3 years. She later moved to Philadelphia, PA in 1945, where she met and married Johnnie Frank Hanberry.
To this marriage was one son Barry and one daughter Alice. Vercie continued her teaching career in the Philadelphia School System, focusing on grades 1 through 3, until her retirement in 1981. During the early years (mid 1950's), she joined North Penn Baptist Church in PHL under the leadership of Reverend Risden DeBerry and remained a member for close to 40 years. Vercie was preceded in death by her husband Johnnie in 1992.
In June of 1998, she moved to Sicklerville NJ to be near her children, where she joined Bethany Baptist Church, where she remained a member. She lived independently until shortly after her 95th birthday, moving to Meadow View Nursing Home in Williamstown to continue her journey. There she made new friends and remained active in her environment.
To those who knew her, she was known as soft-spoken and easy to get along with. She never desired to be in the spotlight or draw attention to herself, but allowed those around her to shine.
She leaves to mourn one son, Barry and his wife Nicola of Carney's Point NJ, and one daughter Alice of Sicklerville, NJ. She also leaves to cherish her memory many cousins, in-laws, former students, coworkers and friends.

Acknowledgment
We would like to thank all of our friends and family who have embraced us during this time of sorrow. We thank you for your prayers, your (virtual) hugs, words of comfort, your cards and thoughtfulness. We feel your love. We would like to also thank the staff at Meadowview/Cedar Grove Respiratory and Nursing facility in Williamstown, NJ for your love and care of our mother for the last seven and a half years. You are a great team of caring people who comforted her, cried with her, laughed with her and filled her latter days with a new found joy. God bless you all.

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