Leah Arlene Cunningham, age 81, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, 401 N. Ennis Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC. Family will receive friends between 10 am to 12 pm followed immediately by a committal service with interment at Wake Chapel Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Cunningham is preceded in death by her parents, John W. Sr. and Helen Lewis Hyde; daughter, Katherine Joyce Yates Lee; brothers, John W. Hyde Jr., Thomas Hyde, Harry Hyde, Clarence Hyde, Bernard Hyde; and sister, Louise Yates.
Arlene retired from Fidelity Bank after 28 years as Assistant Vice President in charge of the human resource department and was the corporate secretary.
Mrs. Cunningham is survived by her husband, Howard Cunningham; sons, Harold Malcolm Yates and wife, Michele of Raleigh, and Robert Alan Yates of Raleigh; sisters, Helen Wallace and husband, Phillip of Moundsville, WV, and Vernon Hyde of Moundsville, WV; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Special thanks to all the staff of Clare Bridge Assisted Living, special friend Pam Watson, and to Hospice of Wake County for the care of Mrs. Cunningham.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made in honor of Mrs. Cunningham to Hospice of Wake County, 200 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Arrangement by Thomas Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.thomasfuneral.com.