Bernice (Burgemeister) Southard

May 5, 1924April 27, 2019

Bernice Southard, 94, passed away Saturday April 27, 2019. Bernice was born in North Dakota, but considered Gastonia her home. She enjoyed bowling. She was a Christian in the Lutheran tradition. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

She is the daughter of the late Edna and Conrad Burgemeister. She is preceded in death by a son – Stewart Southard and her sister Marvel and brother Dean.

Left to remember Bernice are her sons Donald (Tama) and Thomas Southard. Grieving the loss of their sister are Vivian Scott, JoAnn Thompson and brother Horace Conrad. She leaves behind grandsons Chris and Justin Southard and great-grandsons Caleb and Joshua.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM on Tuesday April 30, 2019 in the Garden of Prayer at Gaston Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 before the service at Carothers Funeral Home, 2205 Williamsburg Drive, Gastonia.

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Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is honored to serve the Southard family.


  • Receiving of Friends Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Bernice (Burgemeister) Southard

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Sue Dodd

April 30, 2019

Dear Don and Tama,
David and I wanted you to know that you are in our prayers. We know that you have many beautiful memories of your mother. We are sincerely sorry for your loss.
Sue and David Dodd

Beth Russell

April 30, 2019

My husband and I will truly miss Bernice. Bernice and I shared the same birthday. We bowled with her on Mondsys in the Senior Fun Time. The last time I saw her was last Monday evening on April 22nd and told her that I loved her and she told me the same. May she rest in peace. Sending prayers and comfort to the family. Bob and Beth