Willie Seals Cunningham


Mrs. Willie Seals Cunningham was born on September 8, 1920 to the late Mr. Will Grimes and Mrs. Dora Grimes in Greensboro, Georgia. She spent her earlier years in Georgia where she worked on the family farm.

Mrs. Cunningham was a proud graduate of David T. Howard high school in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1948 she entered into holy matrimony with the late Mr. Richard G. Cunningham Sr, together they moved their family to Columbus, Ohio in the mid 1950’s. Her children and grandchildren were the apple of her eye. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, sewing, gardening, and shopping. Mrs. Cunningham was an engaged and praying Jehovah Witness and shared her wisdom and faith lovingly with the people in her life. She was a faithful member of the Kingdom Hall on Hudson Avenue in Columbus, Ohio for many years. Mrs. Cunningham was a constant source of wisdom and advice for several generations.

She was the Matriarch of her family, with a sharp mind and engaging whit throughout her life. She provided the framework upon which her family was built by holding out a standard of how one should hold oneself, even in the face of oppression and racism.

Mrs. Cunningham was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Richard G. Cunningham Sr, parents Mr. Will Grimes and Mrs. Dora Grimes, Children Richard G. Cunningham Jr. Marjorie Myers, Walter and Jerome Cunningham. Siblings Marjorie Gilmore, Ella Edwards, Elise Grimes, and Billy Grimes.

She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Max Smith and Alex M. Cunningham. Grandchildren Gerry Lynn Jenkins, Denise C. Lann, Richard G. (Bevelyn) Cunningham III, Ray Myers, Terry Smith, Walter Eric Myers, Jason Hayden, Janisha Henry, Jerrard Hill, Edward Hill, Jonna (William) Owens, Teryn Henry, Alexandria Wallace, Alex M. Carter and a host of great grandchildren.
Mrs. Cunningham will be dearly missed by her loving family as well as her community and friends.
Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Marlan J. Gary Chapel of Peace North, 2500 Cleveland Ave.
Interment at Evergreen Cemetery

Condolence Messages

  1. Irish J. Richardson

    To the Cunningham family. My heart is with you and your family at this time of your loss. Although it is a sad part of life there is comfort in knowing God’s promises about the resurrection hope. Read Acts 24:15. I would like to discuss more with you about God’s promises. You can contact me at (614) 870-2979. Love Your Neighbor Irish J. Richardson

  2. Remembering the Cunningham family in your time of sorrow. Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayers, because he cares for you. Thoughts of peace

  3. Patterson family

    To the Cunningham family… Please know that you are in our prayers during this very difficult time and with the passing of your loved one. Mrs. Cunningham was such a sweet soul. She exemplified a quiet & gentle spirit, fought a good fight, finished the race and kept the faith. Her crown of righteousness awaits!
    Be encouraged and stand strong.

    Your Chittenden Avenue neighbors, Janet, Annetta, Donnetta, Cookie, Cheryl & Renee

  4. The Hayden family

    To the Cunningham family our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow, may the comfort and oeace of God cover you.

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