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Tombstone Tuesday: Edrie Cunningham

In Oakwood Cemetery, Obituary, The OTHER Cunninghams, William Henry on January 24, 2017 at 11:20 am

Edrei from family portrait

I mentioned last week that the photo of Jim Holmsley came to me from Edrie Cunningham’s scrapbook. I realized I should honor her with her own post to thank her for her scrapbook of local news clippings. A great number of the Comanche Chief newspapers do not exist. The librarian Margaret Waring told me that sad news years ago and I wonder what pieces of information about our Comanche ancestors lives we might know if we had those newspapers.

But Edrie cut out many local citizens’ obituaries and most of her relatives. I haven’t made an inventory of them all, but it will be interesting to see the time span of her scrapbook. Even after she died, her daughter Mabel continued to put loose clippings into the book. And that is why we have Edrie’s obituary.


There is one fact about Edrie that no one else in the family can claim. She is our only family member whose name was Cunningham at her birth and still Cunningham after her marriage. Edrie married William Albert Cunningham, a member of the “other” Cunningham family that we’ve referred to before. His ancestors are buried in the Newburg Cemetery just like hers.

This was their wedding photo. They married December 4, 1902.


Edrie Susannah was born January 6, 1881. She was baby number 6 our of 8 born to William Henry Cunningham of the original 12 Cunningham children. Her middle name is the same as her grandmother Susannah.

Edrie lived her whole life in Comanche County, much of it in the Newburg Community before they moved into town.

Edrie and Albert had three daughters: Willie Mildred “Miller,” Mattie Lucille “Sade,” and Mabel Edrie “Bud.” They died at 87, 92, and 88 and they were all faithful to the reunion until their dying day.


Here are the “girls” in 2001 (Miller, Bud, Sade).

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Of course, Edrie was faithful to the reunion as well. Here is a picture of Edrie (third from left) with her brothers and sisters at the reunion.

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When Edrie died on May 11, 1965, she lived in a nursing home in Dublin. In the obituary I see that my grandfather, Arla Hallford, was a pallbearer. He was her nephew.

Edrie and Albert were buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche.


Thanks to findagrave contributory GenLady for this photo.


Tombstone Tuesday

In Newburg Cemetery, The OTHER Cunninghams, Tombstone Tuesday on August 11, 2015 at 1:15 am

Another amazing Cunningham Family Reunion has come and gone. I will soon post some pictures and try to describe it for those of you that were not there. In the meantime, I just want to get back on this horse and blog! Thank you Randy Walton for the encouragement to continue the Tombstone Tuesday. So this will ease me back in.

I visited the Newburg Cemetery on Sunday, as many of you did. Every time I have ever walked into the cemetery, I’ve seen the Cunninghams immediately to my left in the new section of the cemetery. I’ve always wondered if they were “our” Cunninghams.

Anyone who has done research on the Comanche County Cunninghams knows there are 2 groups of Cunninghams. Most of them are buried in the Newburg Cemetery and there has been marrying between the 2 groups (Edrie Cunningham from “our” group married Albert Cunningham of “their” group). This year I took pictures of the two Cunningham gravestones immediately to the left and swore I’d go home and research it a little.

I have some trepidation when I write some of these stories because I know so many people in Comanche County know more about these folks than I do. I get my knowledge from the Internet, they grew up with the stories. So I welcome their thoughts and corrections in the comments or by email, but I will tell you what I know.

The fifth grave on the left, right by the drive into the cemetery, is the single headstone of Ira G. Cunningham.


As you can see, he was 45 years old and had been in the military.

Spoiler:  he isn’t one of “our” Cunninghams. His name is Ira George Cunningham and he was born May 1, 1915, in Texas (and I would presume in Comanche County). His parents were Allen Cunningham and Annie Belle Talley. Their grave is the third one on the path as you enter the cemetery.


Allen’s father was Jesse Hammock Cunningham and Jesse’s father was the OTHER George Washington Cunningham (we had one, too).

Ira and his family lived in Brady when he was a teenager and his father ran a lumber yard. He had an older sister and a younger sister.  He enlisted for the air corps in San Antonio December 20, 1945 when he was 30. This was the only enlistment I found. I wonder if there was an earlier one and he was in World War II from the start? The served in the Medical Administrative Corps as an officer, and enlisted to serve in Hawaii, according to the documents. He never married and died of a heart attack on November 5, 1960, at his home in Comanche, where he was retired.

That is all I know about Ira Cunningham. I’m sure there are people in Comanche that remember him and will maybe fill in some details.

Now that I’ve said that he was not one of OUR Cunninghams, I will tell you that his aunt WAS one of our Cunninghams. And I’ll tell that story next week.