Sheila Cunningham

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Sheila Ann Long Cunningham, 63, of Cleveland, received her reward in heaven on Tuesday morning, March 18, 2017, at her residence.

She was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, granny and sister.

She was preceeded in death by her husband of 41 years, the Rev. Vaughn D. Cunningham; father, Artis Long; brother, Ronnie Long; and grandparents, aunts and uncles.

She is survived by her daughter, Vonda (Joshua) Bethel; son, Anthony (Jennifer) Cunningham; six grandchildren: Waylan Pleger, Alexander Cunningham, Jada Cunningham, John Bethel, Shealana Bethel and Khalon Bethel; mother, Doris Long; sister, Janet (Leon) Daniel; brother, Jackie Long; and her niece and nephews.

She was a classically trained pianist and organist who worked for the Lord by using her talents of playing and singing all her life. She, her husband and daughter made up the Cunningham Trio and were a blessing to many with their pastoral and singing ministry.

She was a phenomenal pastor’s wife who cared for others like they were her own. She was always welcoming, hospitable and full of wisdom and love. She will truly be deeply missed by her family and friends, but will be celebrating with her husband what would have been their 44th wedding anniversary on April 20.

A Remembrance of Life service will be held Friday, April 21, 2017, at 6 p.m. at Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, North Ocoee Street Chapel.

The committal service will be held Saturday at noon CDT, at Yellow Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, 15515 Yellow Creek Road, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The family will receive friends Friday, from 4 until 6 p.m., at the funeral home.

We encourage you to share your memories and or condolences with the family by going to www.jimrushfuneralhomes. com.

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