August 24, 1949 - July 14, 2017
Martha Yates Wallace Cunningham, affectionately known as Nana, Ma, and Marti, daughter of the late John Yates and Eva Mae Brown Yates Skees, was born August 24, 1949 in Elizabethtown, KY. She went to be with the Lord and entered rest on July 14, 2017.
She graduated from Angela Merisi High School in 1969 and was employee for the Constar Plastics for a number of years. She was a member of the Statesville Road Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC, where she was involved in Nicaragua Missions, Senior Citizens (YADA), and the Jesus Ministry. She was also a member of and involved in the Rock Hill, Kannapolis, and Charlotte Coin Clubs, DBSA Charlotte Chapter, and DAV Queen City Chapter 10.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Lawrence Anthony Skees; and her first husband, David Wallace.
She leaves to cherish love memories with her daughter, Sabrina Wallace; son-in-law, Terrence Coker; grandsons, Anthony Bookman and Justin Rowell; granddaughter, Tayla Coker; a godson, John Epperson; and a host of nieces and nephews. She is also survived by five brothers, Jerry (Ann) Yates, Michael (Gail) Yates, Ray (Teresa) Yates, Donnie (Debbie) Yates, and Ronnie Yates; and sister, Alice Wall (Joseph).
She will forever be remembered for her loving, caring, and joyful personality, and her love of Christ.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 2:00PM with with the funeral service to follow at 3:00PM at Statesville Road Baptist Church, 4901 Statesville Road, Charlotte, NC 28269. Burial will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 9:00AM at Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, NC.
Flowers may be sent to the church on Tuesday after 12:00 Noon. Donations may be made in Martha's honor to Disabled American Veterans – Queen City Chapter 10 Charlotte, PO Box 480441, Charlotte, NC 28269.
"Martha Cunningham was like family to me.... When I lived in Charlotte, we went to church together and we were great friends!!! She considered me like a son she never had!!! She mentioned to my parents one time she wanted to adopt me!!! My Dad said ok! He asked her if she wanted financial responsibility too!!! She then declined, and said she couldn't afford me but she loved me anyway! She was a character and very funny!!! I believe she had the biggest heart I ever knew.... She loved her family and friends!!! If she said she will pray for you, she meant it! I will miss her terribly! We hanged out a lot from church to going to watch pro wrestling. She love Jesus and everyone! There was nothing she wouldn't do for her family and friends! Martha Cunningham was definitely one of a kind! There would be no one quite like her and this world will not be the same without her. God Bless Everyone that knew her!" ~ Jonathan Epperson
"I don't think Nana ever met a stranger. She was such a caring lady and she loved her family dearly! From our first introduction, we became like family. She didn't mind sharing and I believe God blessed her because she was a giver from her heart. Nana's days of illness are no more. She is rejoicing and at peace. Heaven has definitely gained an angel! Rest in heaven my dear. I pray that the Lord will strengthen and comfort Sabrina and all of Nana's family. Be with them in these difficult days ahead and each one after! Our love and condolences to the family. Love you all always." ~ Sterling, Manda, Nah-Nah & Shine