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Helen Ruth (Stephens) Cunningham

February 11, 1925 ~ June 1, 2019 (age 94)
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Helen Ruth Stephens Cunningham, age 94 of Whiteville and formally of North Myrtle Beach and Gastonia, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Columbus Regional Healthcare in Whiteville, NC.

Born in Evergreen, NC on February 11, 1925, Mrs. Cunningham was the daughter of the late Bud Stephens and Lyda Benton Stephens, and was the widow of Mr. Hoyt Cunningham, Jr.  Along with her parents, Mrs. Cunningham was preceded in death by four siblings: Lucian “Luke” P. Stephens, Brunson Stephens, Leona S. Martin, and Jack Stephens.

A service celebrating Helen's life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019 at Whiteville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Paul Stallsworth officiating. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. An interment service celebrating Helen’s life will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Gaston Memorial Park in Gastonia. 

After graduating High School, Mrs. Cunningham attended Meredith College and later received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Queens College in Charlotte. Upon receiving her degree, Mrs. Cunningham worked as a Juvenile Program Director for the 27th Judicial District in Gaston and surrounding Counties until her retirement in 1982.

Survivors include her two beloved children, Jeffrey James Cunningham and wife, Linda of North Myrtle Beach, SC, Ann Cunningham Russell of Concord, NC; two siblings, Sue S. Gore of Whiteville, Ann S. Gore of Whiteville; four grandchildren, Lauren B. Gardner, Northey Grice Gardner, Catherine C. Hooks, James “Trask” Cunningham; three great-grandchildren and a host of beloved nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be addressed to the

Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach: 409 Bay Street, N Myrtle Beach, SC 29582


Whiteville United Methodist Church:902 Pickney Street, Whiteville, NC 28472     

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