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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.

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