TERRY C. BURD
Mrs. Terry Cunningham Burd, 58, of Matoaca Va., passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at St. Francis Medical Center in Chesterfield, Va. Terry was the loving and devoted mother to four children of whom she was immensely proud: Dejuan (Karima), Nicholas, Kristopher and Jasmine.
She was born in Birmingham, Ala., to James and Barbara (Rosser) Cunningham. Terry’s first love was to become a physician. She was originally accepted into the Pre-Med program at Virginia Commonwealth University. At the onset of the technology revolution, she immediately changed her major and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (1981) with a BS in Business Information Systems.
Terry found her true calling and went on to earn her certifications as a Cisco Certified Network Associate, Microsoft Certified Professional and A+ and Network + Certification. Terry’s technology journey began at John Randolph Hospital and culminated in the City of Hopewell as the Director of Information Technology where she spent the last 16 years.
Terry’s passion for education and her sincere desire to make meaningful differences in the lives of young people was a driving force in all aspects of her life. Terry was dedicated to raising her four children as well as to those who lived in the community. She never hesitated to open her home to all of the children in the community.
Affectionately known to many as “Mama Burd,” she never turned away a child; a typical sleepover would easily have 20-30 boys. Terry’s approach to life was unashamed and unrelenting in her pursuit of educational excellence, bringing people together, and to showing love to those around her; in all things she did, she lived life without restraint. She helped mentor hundreds, many of whom attribute their adult success to the life lessons that she taught them.
While Terry was proud of the many accomplishments of her life, none were dearer to her than the accomplishments of her children. Those who knew Terry knew how proud she was of her children. With a larger than life personality and an infectious sense of humor, Terry was committed to the relationships she formed, with her colleagues and friends. Terry had a warrior’s heart and no matter how busy her life became, Terry was never too busy to help someone in need, even when she had little to spare.
Terry is survived by her daughter, Jasmine; and three sons, Dejuan, Nicholas, Kristopher; five grandchildren, Deja Hutchins, Kyra Hutchins, Jada Hutchins, Jejuan Hutchins and Kayanna Burd; five siblings, Aaron Rosser, Doris Cunningham, Dr. Eric Cunningham, David Cunningham and Barbara Cunningham; a host of nieces and nephews. Additionally, Terry is survived by her dearest friend, Roy Burd who has always been a pillar in her life.
Service for Mrs. Terry C. Burd will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 418 Halifax Street, Petersburg, Va., Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs, Sr., Pastor, and Dr. Eric Cunningham, eulogist. Interment to follow at Bermuda Memorial Park.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mrs. Burd at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.