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Michelle E H Cunningham
Dec 03, 1959 to Oct 25, 2014


Michelle Elois Holmes Cunningham, 54, departed this earthly life on Saturday, October 25, 2014 in Sumter County. Born December 3, 1959, in Elizabeth, N. J., she was the adored first daughter of the late Arthur and Lillie Mae McLaughlin Holmes. Michelle was raised in Linden, N. J. and joined the First Baptist Church of Linden at an early age. She had a lovely singing voice and used her talent to glorify God through singing with the First Baptist Choir, where she was often the lead vocalist. During her younger years, she sang solo for many churches in the Linden area. Michelle was a 1977 graduate of Linden High School. She was a member of her high school’s flag twirling team. In September 1980, she married Carl Cunningham and during their marriage they became the proud and loving parents of two children, Carl Jr. and Michelle Lanique. Michelle was employed for many years with the United States Postal service in New Jersey. She relocated to Sumter in 2004 and worked for Gold Kist Poultry Hatchery briefly and Harkins Moving and Storage for a number of years. Michelle had a friendly spirit and a ready smile. She was articulate and well-spoken. She enjoyed spending time with family. She formed an especially close bond with her cousin, Casandra “Sandy” Hales and her daughters, Jayda and Jaylin, whom she would often babysit. Michelle enjoyed sewing and became an accomplished seamstress. She made many wedding dresses, coats, hats and other clothing, as well as knitted and crotched, and even reupholstered furniture. She was also skilled at hair braiding. She was well known in Linden, N. J. for her many talents. She leaves to cherish precious memories: one son, Carl Michael “C. J.” Cunningham, Jr.; one daughter, Michelle Lanique Cunningham Leger; two grandchildren, Terrell Michael and Ta’Shaun Nazier Leger, all of Hillside, N. J.; one sister, Jacqueline Holmes of Howell, N. J.; two brothers, Christopher W. Holmes of Elizabeth, N. J. and Charles Randolph Holmes of Sumter; one paternal uncle, Richard Holmes of Linden, N. J.; one maternal uncle, John McLaughlin of Philadelphia, PA; four aunts, Arlene Holmes of Sacramento, CA, Flossie Green of Newark, N. J., Ethel Mitchell of Roselle, N. J., and Mary Dawson McLaughlin of Linden, N. J.; one nephew; three nieces; and a host of cousins and friends. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Ronald Winston, Benjamin Anthony and Arthur James Holmes. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a. m., Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. George P. Windley, Jr., pastor of First Baptist Missionary Church, Sumter, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Ollie J. Hanna. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of Gloria McLaughlin, 52 Carrol Drive, Sumter. The processional will leave from the home at 10:30 a. m.
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