Betty Ruth Vandergriff Cunningham Tate was the fourth child of Issac Hubbert “Hub” and Lula Mae Hood Vandergriff. She was born May 1, 1920, in Campbell. On Sept. 21, 1938, she married Martin Edward “Goat” Cunningham and lived near Cooper, near Commerce and in Fairlie and Branom. In 1949 she was employed by Adams and Haggard Sewing Factories. She was also employed by Sherwood Medical. She was licensed as an LVN and worked in nursing homes in the community. She was a super saleswoman and sold products for Avon, Watkins and Stanley Brushes at different times in her life. In 1985, she and “Goat” retired in Jacksonville. After the death of Martin Edward in October 1987, she met G.C. “Bill” Tate of Sulphur Springs. They were married in September of 1992. In May of 2003, she lost her second husband, “Bill.” She was a member of Craft Baptist Church in Jacksonville where she lived for 25 years. She was an avid bowler, fisherwoman, and gardener.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents, Issac Hubbert “Hub” and Lula Mae Hood Vandergriff, and her four brothers and one sister, Jessie Doyle Vandergriff, Robert Roy Vandergriff, Bessie Mae Vandergriff, William “Willie” Bland Vandergriff and William Earl Vandergriff.
She is survived by her two sons, Edward Earl Cunningham and wife Maredia Maye Haddock Cunningham of Arlington and James Herbert Cunningham and wife Rose Ann O’Dell Cunningham of Jacksonville; four grandchildren, Barry Cunningham of North Richland Hills, Lisa Cunningham Sepulveda and husband Brian of Arlington, Bryce Cunningham and wife Megan of Round Rock and Kelly Cunningham Taber and husband Chris of Tyler; and 13 great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Cunningham Family will receive family and friends at the visitation held at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home in Commerce which will be followed by a graveside service at Sonora Cemetery in Fairlie.
Visitation will be held on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home. The procession will leave the funeral home at 2 p.m. for graveside services at the cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.jones-walkerandson.com or www.heraldbanner.com.
Published on  November 4, 2011