Minnie L. Cunningham

May 18, 1930October 22, 2012

Minnie L. Cunningham, 82, of Springfield, entered into peace on Monday October 22, 2012. She was born on May 18, 1930 in Star City, Arkansas, the daughter of Robert and Wilma King Matthews. She married Austin Cunningham Sr., and he preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her devoted son Harry Moore, two sisters, and three brothers.

Minnie is survived by her children: Margret Frye-Williams, James Dunlap, Claudette Cunningham, Auston Cunningham, Shirley Cunningham-Hill, Gary Cunningham, Ivry Cunningham, Anthony Cunningham, and Thomas Cunningham, twenty four grandchildren, many great and great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held at 12:00pm on Monday October 29, 2012 at Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1601 East Laurel St., with Rev. Samuel W. Hale, Jr., officiating. The family will meet friends for a memorial visitation from 11:00am until the time of service Monday at church. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Memorial Visitation Monday, October 29, 2012
  • Memorial Service Monday, October 29, 2012

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Helen A Brazier-Toney

November 4, 2012

To the family of Minnie Cunningham we loved her and the family. You all will continue to be in our hearts and prayers.

Nina Jefferson

November 1, 2012

It has taken me almost a week to write in this guestbook because words cannot express the immense sadness I feel for the loss of my granny nor can words truly capture how valuable she was on this earth not just to her family but to so many people. My grandparents had an open door policy where anyone was welcomed in with open arms to what they had and there was never a day I was at the house where someone didn't come by to visit them or share a meal because they meant a lot to so many people.
I don't know if my granny ever knew how much I truly admired and respected her. She represented every aspect of what a strong, black woman should be and instilled so many character defining qualities in me through her example. She loved her family soooo much; she always put family first and taught that to each generation, she loved through giving of her heart, time, and food : ), she feared the Lord and was a faithful/spiritual person even through very difficult times and uplifted others when needed; she was hard-working and pushed her family to take care of their family and strive to be something in this life.
It was such a blessing to have my granny and, I sincerely thank God for allowing me and my family to have her for the 82 years we had her and how blessed and positively changed we are for knowing her. If I can uphold even half the qualities she stood for and upheld each and every day of her life on a consistent basis, I will be a great person. I will take all those wonderful qualities and memories of my granny with me and store them in mind, body, and soul forever and ever and try my best to model the essence of her sweet spirit and make her proud. I love you granny….forever and always

Herman Cousert

October 30, 2012

I have so many memories in my heart..ones I will forever cherish. I pray for God to keep y'all during this time. Love Uncle Herman

Nicki Renfro

October 30, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Jo Ann Wilson

October 30, 2012

Ivry and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

October 30, 2012

To The Family of Minnie Cunningham:
May your days of seperation from your loved one, & the time allowed, be forever in your hearts. Always remember what God blessed you and your family with. Minnie had, and always will b the link in the Cunningham's family. There's nothing wrong cherishing the time spent with her. Be continuously Blessed.
Calvin & Ethel Shannon & Family

Jeffery King

October 29, 2012

My family know that I am with you in spirt. Due to the east coast storm Carla and I are unable to make it. This year God called Eva Nell, my mother Merline and now Aunt Minnie home. God has truly blessed me in this life to have 3 strong, gifted and black, magnificent women who served as mentors,role models and most of all moms in my life. My Aunt Minnie was a shining light to so many who crossed her path in live. If you we're hungry she feed you, if you needed shelter she opened her home to you, if you needed a word of encouragement she gave you strength, if you needed comfort she comforted you, if you needed advice she advised you, if you needed love she only had to look at you. If you ever need to know the definition of family only reflect, think of and remember my Aunt Minnie Cunningham. May God welcome home a serving faithful loving servant for a job well done on this earth. My heart is heavy having cried so many tears of sorrow for our lose, but my mind and soul is free knowing that she is at peace with Wilma, Austin Sr., Merline, Eva Nell, Glen, Frank, and Horace all of them looking down upon us. Aunt Minnie visited Virginia Beach July 2012 we talked, laughed and cried together she told me she was tired, she was ready to be with her departed family, but her greatest fear was leaving her earthly family here. She wanted all to remember that God's greatest gift was the gift of family. If I can only pass on and sum up our conversation that early morning we shared. As a family we must never let one of us go hungry, without shelter without helping them. Never allow an unkind word to spoken about one another. Never pass another family member on the street without acknowledgment and a hug. And most of all teach our children that we come from a long line of deeply rooted people grounded in faith a family that has withstood poverty, hunger, oppression and many many obstacles. But through it all our strength was unity. Unity as a family each building and relying on each others strengths and weaknesses pulling though times both good and bad, sharing, respecting and most of loving one another. THAT IS THE MEANING OF FAMILY THAT AUNT MINNIE WANTED FROM EACH AND EVERYONE OF US. Let all respect the spirt of her life, remembering her not only in conversations, but how we live, how we treat one another, and most of all how we live as a family. That was Aunt Minnie's greatest wish. May God grant her peace and we thank God for her being in our lives.
Rest my Aunt Minnie
Your tasking is done
Jeffery L King
Virginia Beach, VA

October 29, 2012

To those leaning on the Divine Infinite, today is big with blessings...Divine Love always has met, and always will meet every human need, since to all mankind and in every hour, Divine Love supplies all good. Now you all have another angel to watch over you. Your "Mom" will always be alive in spirit and in the hearts of all who loved her.

Jennifer Moody

October 29, 2012

Many of you do not know me but I was with Claudette when Minnie passed away. I have thought of her and your family ever since. My heart goes out to each one of you. In the few times we interacted I grew fond of her spirit.....she was a lovely woman. My prayer is that each one of you find comfort in each memory of her and that you will all draw closer to one another because of her. Claudette you are an inspiration to so many people here at work. Your strength is remarkable! God's blessings to you all. I am sorry I cannot be with you in person, but know that my heart is with you. May she rest peacefully with her Lord, Jesus Christ.


October 29, 2012

Anthony and family,I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.