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Appalachian Funeral Services
Thursday March 18th, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Appalachian Funeral Services Chapel
Thursday March 18th, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Ethel Louise Cunningham

Ethel Smith Cunningham, 89, of Sylva, formerly of Cherokee, went home to be with the Lord, Monday March 15, 2021.

A native and lifelong resident of Western North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late James "Budge" and Cecilia Smith.

Ethel was a member of Laurel Branch Baptist Church and she enjoyed gardening and working with her flowers. She loved helping people  as well as making arts and crafts. 

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Leroy Cunningham, her sons; Mikey and David Smith, brothers; Charlie and Buck Smith, sisters; Edna Lossiah, Stella Ball and Mary Ann Pierce, as well as Bertha Saunooke and John Ross Smith

She is survived by ;

Her son, Bobby (Kathy) Smith of South Carolina 

Her daughter, Debbie (Corey Meeks) Queen of Sylva

2 Sisters; Lucille Winchester of Cherokee and Ruby Dobbings of Whittier

Numerous nieces and nephews also survive

Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Eddie Stillwell and Joe Wolfe officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon till 1:00 pm  prior to the Service at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Parris Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzeimers Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave  F1 17, Chicago, IL, 60601

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She was always so beautiful and nice. We will see her again some day, for it is written. Amen. Teresa Rickman

Teresa Rickman Apr 11 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ethel Cunningham

Teresa Rickman Apr 11 2021 12:00 AM

What a beautiful spirit this one woman had. A quiet gentle soul...I send my condolences to Debbie and the rest of your family.

Ellerna Bryson Forney Mar 22 2021 12:00 AM

Debbie, I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. She was such a sweet lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Jammie Sutton Ray Mar 16 2021 12:00 AM

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