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Perlie Cunningham

Birth Date: November 4, 1934
Death Date: June 9, 2017

Perlie Mae Cunningham, 82, of Decatur went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 9, 2017 in her home surrounded by her family.

Perlie was born on November 4, 1934 in Ripley, TN to the union of Willie Mack Dyson and Julia Pugh. She was a member of God’s Place of Deliverance Church. She enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and running rummage sales. She married Robert Cunningham on November 10, 1953 in Ripley, TN. He preceded her in death on July, 17, 2008.

She leaves to cherish fond memories her sons, Robert Cunningham (Clora); Victor Cunningham (Mary); Keith Cunningham (Coclecia); Calvin Cunningham; Larry Cunningham; Danny Cunningham; Van Cunningham all of Decatur; daughters, Brenda Jarrett (James) of Gates, TN; Stella Hill (Charles) of Decatur; Michelle Capers-Cunningham (David) of Decatur; Robbie Rawls (Jerry) of Decatur; brothers, George Dyson of Mattoon; John Dyson of Decatur; Charlie Dyson of Ripley, TN; Will Dyson of Union City, TN; sisters, Linda Heggie and Anna Thompson both of Ripley, TN; 70 grandchildren, 177 great-grandchildren, 53 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 13 siblings, 6 grandchildren, and 1 daughter Julia Cunningham.

Homegoing service to celebrate Perlie’s life will be12 PM Friday, June 16, 2017 in Life Changers Church, 1305 E. Prairie Street, Decatur, IL 62521. Visitation will be 11 AM -12 PM Friday in the church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

The family of Perlie Mae Cunningham has entrusted the care of their loved one to Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur, IL 62526. Send condolences and share memories with the family at

Homegoing Celebration Service
June 16, 2017
12:00 pm
Life Changers Church
1305 E. Prairie Decatur, IL 62521
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June 16, 2017
11:00 am
- 12:00 pm
Life Changers Church
1305 E. Prairie Decatur, IL 62521
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  1. I thought of you today and I swear I heard you say "you know grandma love you to" and just as I would always say awwwe grandma I love you to. We lost a lot of years, but you were always in my heart. Rest in heaven grandma until we see each other again. You will remain in my heart.

  2. I miss u so so so so much AUNTIE! No matter what anyone says, cause WE NO, u were my favorite and I WAS URS!!! Rest easy sweet lady! I love u and my life will NEVER B THE SAME!!

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