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Former City Councilwoman Bertha Goss dies

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

COVINGTON -- Former Covington City Councilwoman Bertha Goss died Thursday at the age of 87. A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. today at New Beginning Full Gospel Ministries at 453 Oxford Road in Oxford with the Rev. Willie Tigner Jr. officiating.

Goss served on the City Council for 12 years, from January 1994 through December 2005.

"I always liked Bertha. I could always talk to her and I knew where she stood on the issues and she was usually looking after the best interest of everybody," former Mayor Sam Ramsey said.

Goss was also one of the first black business owners in downtown Covington, opening Bertha's Beauty Lounge in 1969. She introduced the technique of hair weaving and hair relaxers to the women of Covington, according to information provided by her family.

"She was a bold and beautiful black woman," said Dot Hardeman, who worked with Goss for 20 years in her salon. "She was very ambitious, very classy, very determined and very giving, caring and loving. She really paved the road for us up and coming cosmetologists."

A Georgia native, Goss began her career as a hairstylist at age 16 and worked in New York for several years before moving back to Atlanta, where she opened a salon. She won several awards as a participant in the Bronner Brothers Hair Show.

Goss was an active member of New Beginning Full Gospel Ministries, serving as a Sunday School teacher and treasurer. She also spent a great deal of time working to better the community of Nelson Heights, where she lived.

Goss is survived by son Curtis Goss and three stepsons, Larry Rivers and his wife Barbara; Shelton Bolden; and Forlaipea Bolden; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Goss.