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Official Obituary of

Ray Cunningham

January 10, 1962 ~ August 14, 2023 (age 61) 61 Years Old

Ray Cunningham Obituary

Mr. Ray Cunningham, 61, of Patterson, passed away early Monday, August 14, 2023, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House in Waycross, following an extended illness.

Born January 10, 1962, in Blackshear, he was a son of the late RC and Lucy Anderson Cunningham. He lived most of his life in Pierce County and was a 1980 graduate of Patterson High School. He also obtained his master’s degree from the University of Georgia and was retired from the Pierce County Board of Education as an elementary school teacher with Patterson Elementary School.

He was a longtime member of Patterson Baptist Church and had served as the church pianist since childhood.

An active member of his community, he was the former City Clerk with the City of Patterson and the Director of Eagle Station. He had served on the Eagle Station Board of Directors, the Eagle Station Art Committee, and as a Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.

Following his illness, he continued serving as an advisor to the Eagle Station Board, the Chamber of Commerce Board, and other organizations.  

He was instrumental in bringing wholesome entertainment and revived community spirit, through stage shows, concerts, and other programs. Awarded for his community service, he was the 2021 Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and the 2019 Dow Nimmer Award recipient.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an aunt, Mary Anderson Crawford.

Survivors include his 4 children, Rhett Cunningham (wife Taylor) of Columbus, GA, Reason Cunningham of Wyoming, Emmaline Cunningham of Gainesville, GA, and Ryan Cunningham of Dahlonega, GA; 1 granddaughter, Sophia Cunningham; sister and brother-in-law, Rita and David McNeal of Blackshear; half-brother and sister-in-law, Freddie and Jackie Cunningham of Alma; niece, Bailey Griffis (husband Timothy) of Blackshear; nephew, Dutch McNeal (wife Ally) of Blackshear; 2 aunts, Blanche “Sugar” Coburn and Margaret Hodges, both of Hardeeville, S.C.; uncle, Lloyd Anderson of Patterson; his caregivers, Eric and Erica Wright of Patterson; numerous cousins; and many friends and other relatives.

A funeral service will take place Wednesday morning (8/16/23) at 11 a.m. at Patterson Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the Laura Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday one hour prior and immediately following the service.

The family requests the staff and employees of the City of Patterson to serve as honorary pallbearers. Please be at the church by 10:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31503 or to Patterson Baptist Church, PO Box 385, Patterson, GA 31557.

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August 16, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Patterson Baptist Church
5770 E. Main Street
Patterson, GA 31557

Funeral Service
August 16, 2023

11:00 AM
Patterson Baptist Church
5770 E. Main Street
Patterson, GA 31557


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