Bernice Murphy Cunningham

Bernice Murphy Cunningham, 81, of Hamburg, died on July 10, 2019 at her residence.

She was a native and resident of the Milo community in Ashley County for many years and a former resident of Bastrop, Louisiana for 32 years.

Mrs. Cunningham was a 1956 graduate of Hamburg High School, a homemaker, and worked at the Summerland Lane Nursing Home and Whit’s Pharmacy in Bastrop. She was a member of the Judson Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Cunningham loved spending time with her family, mostly her grandchildren and and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, decorating and traveling. Everything she did, she did so with others’ happiness in mind.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Billy Giles Word in 1981; her parents, Hugh Buck and Feddie Amos Murphy; and four brothers, Billy Faye Murphy, Robert Dennis Murphy, James Edward “Dick” Murphy, and W.E. “Hoss” Murphy.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Robbie Cunningham of Hamburg; her children, Billy C. Word and wife, Beverly, of Oak Ridge, Louisiana, Dana Word Maddox and husband, Stephen, of Marianna, Florida, Keith Cunningham and wife, Janet, Steve Cunningham and wife, Laura, all of Hamburg, David Cunningham and wife, Susan, of Benton and Teresa Cunningham of Hamburg; four brothers, Ed Murphy of Hamburg, Jerry Murphy and wife, Linda, of Albany, Georgia, Harold “Sugar” Murphy and wife, Shirley, of West Monroe, Louisiana and Doyle Murphy and wife, Beverly, of Bastrop, Louisiana; 21 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 12 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Bro. Steve Franklin officiating. Burial will be in the Dailey Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Junior Jeffers, Wade Pennington, Roy Murphy, James Cunningham, Jonathan Ezell, and Mickey Amos. Honorary pallbearers are Frankie White, Jeff Foote, Ken Byers, Ronnie Livingston, William Moffatt, and Mike Murphy.

Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.