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Cunningham, Annette

Annette Cunningham, of McDonough, passed away Monday, June 6, 2011. Born in Mountain View, Ga., Annette was a longtime resident of Forest Park. During the 60's and 70's residents of Forest Park made a ritual of going by to view the Christmas decorations at the Embrey's home on North Ave. She was a life-long Baptist and taught kindergarten at Morrow Baptist Church for years. Annette retired from Delta Air Lines. She enjoyed spending time with her family and taking trips until her diagnosis of Alzheimer's made it impractical for her to travel. She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Mack Embrey, of Forest Park; her husband of nine years, Col. Robert I. Pate of Boling Green, Ky.; and her parents, Erskine and Elizabeth Reid. She is survived by her spouse, Lt. Col. Donald Cunningham of Jacksonville, Ala.; daughters, Claudia (Taisha) Makaike, of Stockbridge, Jeanne (Glen Smith) of Heflin, Ala.; sons, Jay (Kay) Embrey, of Stockbridge, Steve Pate, of Nashville, Tenn., Alan Cunningham, of Jacksonville, Ala. Annette was very proud of her grandchildren, Brandon (Adrienne) Embrey, Nicholas Earles, Chris (Rachel) Embrey, Shane Embrey, and Jessica (Jared) Joiner, of Heflin, Ala. She is also survived by her five great-grandchildren, Taylor, Claudia, Hannah, Ava, and James; mother-in-law, Gladys Cunningham, of Jacksonville, Ala.; Aunt, Louise Brown, of Union City, several cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Morrow, Thursday, June 9, at 11 a.m. She will lie in state starting at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Sarah Withers officiating. Interment to follow at Jonesboro City Cemetery. Family will receive friends Wednesday (TODAY) from 4 p.m., to 7 p.m. Flowers acceptable, or donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2828.