Patrice Jean Cunningham

October 31, 1940 ~ May 25, 2021 (age 80)


"We never lose the ones we love for even though they are gone. Within the hearts of those who care their memories linger on.”


Patrice Jean Cunningham transitioned peacefully to her Eternal home Tuesday, May 25, 2021 in Greensboro, North Carolina surrounded by her sister, Regina, niece, Shanta and family friend, Pamela. “Pat”, as she was affectionately known was born October 31, 1940 in Stanly County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Edna Cook Cunningham. “Pat”, a woman of grace and dignity, enriched our lives and always brightened our days. She was generous and extended a helping hand ‘in love’ to help others as she passed along the way. “If I can help somebody along the way, then my living will not have been in vain”, epitomized the life “Pat” lived. She was a treasure on earth, may Heaven’s Eternal joy be thine.

She was educated in the Stanly County public schools and was a 1959 graduate of West Badin High School, Badin, North Carolina. After high school graduation, “Pat” received her cosmetology certification. She was later employed with Miller Brewery Company, Eden, North Carolina where she retired after many years of dedicated service.

Her first Christian experience was with McDonald Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Badin where she was a faithful member until she moved to Greensboro, North Carolina. After moving to Greensboro, “Pat” joined Swift Street African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and was a member of the Deaconess, Missionary, and Usher Boards.

“Pat” loved her family unconditionally and they loved her. She enjoyed the holidays with them, and they always had a grand time. She and her parents were world travelers. One of their favorite destinations was traveling to the mountains. “Pat” also loved shopping and gardening. She was a great philanthropist and supported the youth in both secondary and collegiate endeavors. An avid reader, “Pat” loved books, read the newspaper, and watched the news programs daily.

She has joined her parents, her son, Lance T. Cunningham, and brothers: John Clyde and William Jordan Cunningham in a place of tranquility and peace.

Saddened by her death, but comforted by cherished memories are: one brother, H. A. “Pete” Cunningham, Red Springs, North Carolina; two sisters: Regina Louise (Pastor Curtis) Whitehead and Brenda (George) Smitherman, both of Clinton, Maryland; sister-in-law, Hester Cunningham, High Point, North Carolina; nephews: Corey (Erica) Cagle, Gastonia, North Carolina and James (Frankie) Cunningham, East Bend, North Carolina; nieces: Shandace and Shira Smitherman, both of Clinton, Maryland; great nephews: Arvel Major and Cashmere Smitherman, both of Clinton, and Cameron Cagle, Gastonia; special sons: Steve (Crystal) People, ElRico Howell and W. Demar Huntley; special granddaughter, Karen Young; special nieces and nephew: Shanta Havner, Revorda Howell, Crystal Carpenter, Terayah Goolsby, and Brooks Boulware Jr.; cousins: Althea Hill, Hiram Blackmon, and Francho People; special friend, Carol Mosley; a host of other relatives and friends.

“When tomorrow starts without our dear Patrice, we will find solace in knowing she lived a fulfilled life and was dearly loved. We will see her again in that Great Getting-Up Morning”.

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May 31, 2021

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Kelsey Funeral Home
217 T. E. White Sr. Drive PO Box 1116
Albemarle, NC 28001

Funeral Service
June 1, 2021

12:00 PM
Swift Street AME Zion Church
4408 Swift Street
Greensboro, NC 27407

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