Woodward, Okla. — Susie Cunningham 34 year old former Woodward resident died Saturday September 8, 2012 in Norman. Funeral services were held at 2:30 pm in the Living Word Fellowship Church with Reverend Eric Cox and Reverend Helen Crain officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Susie Mae Cunningham was born on November 15, 1977, the day after her mother's birthday in Dunlap, Tennessee to Clarence "Bulldog" McKinley Cunningham and Glenda "Sue" Childers. She was the third child. She had a big brother, Jamie McKinley and big sister, Linnie Jane. Her parents later added two more sisters, Dixie Sue and Amy Quinn. Later on after her parents divorced, her father added another brother, Gregory Lee Cunningham.
Susie and family lived and attended school in Monteagle and Tracy City, Tennessee until they moved to Oklahoma in the winter of 1989. Susie and her siblings lived and attended school in Woodward and Mooreland.
Susie had a love for animals and the outdoors. She loved playing in the woods near their home. Susie and her sisters enjoyed playing in the many clubhouses their big brother built. As a family they loved to go hiking to Monteagle Falls, and riding bikes, and swimming at Tracy Lake. Susie and Jamie would often catch snakes, crawdads, lizards, etc. She even slept with a 5 foot black snake in the room that she shared with her sister, Linnie.
Her mother described her as a very fascinating child and named her Goldilocks for the beautiful, golden, blonde hair she had. It was said about Susie that she had a smile that could light up a whole room. She was very likeable and people easily took a liking to her. Susie enjoyed working with the elderly like her mom.
When Amy was a baby, Susie would mother her. She would say "her blocks are off, her blocks are off." This was back when they had diapers that had blocks on them and when the baby would wet its diaper, the blocks would fade.
There was a time when her sister, Dixie was being picked on by a much bigger, older boy and Susie went after him with a blue milk crate. It never mattered to her if it was a male or not, she was always ready to defend her family. She reminded everyone of Michael O’her in the movie, Blind Side.
Although, she never had children of her own, that never stopped her from mothering, loving, supporting and giving children her time. She did this to many children, especially the ones in her neighborhood and her nieces and nephews. It wasn't rare for her to come from the city with a load of kids to Linnie’s, Natasha's or Dixie's house and ask if they could stay with them and for them to call her sisters Aunt. She wasn't just an aunt, she was a super hero. She climbed trees with her nephews and was the star of the skating rink when she would take her nieces and nephews there. She could skate like no other and all the kids stood in AWE. She loved taking them to parks and the water park.
Susie married Jeremy Ray Pinkley in July of 2008. They resided in Midwest City and Del City. They enjoyed watching OU football together. She would often joke and say, "You marry the man, you marry the team." Jeremy shared Susie's love of dogs and they would often help his mom with the Woof Pet Rescue. Susie and Jeremy had many dogs and adventures together from rescuing animals, kids, pushing people out of the snow in Oklahoma City and him going along with her giving away anything and everything he'd given her or anyone else, from the last few dollars they had, to her new shoes, phones or the coat he just gave her.
Her family compared her to an officer that fights the drug cartel quoted saying " If I have to lose my life to protect someone else, so be it!" This is how Susie lived. Every living creature was worth more to her than her own life. She would take in the homeless, stray animals, addicts, abused children, rescue prostitutes, be a friend to the pimps, sell and give anything she had to give someone something they didn't have. She is the closest thing to Jesus her family ever met! She lived a life of laying down her life for others. She didn't just judge the outward appearance and peoples actions, she took the time to know them. May we all leave a Legacy of Love as Susie did.
She is survived by her husband Jeremy Pinkley of Woodward; mother, Glenda Sue Childers of Elk City; brothers, Jamie McKinley Cunningham of Mountain City, TN; Gregory Lee Cunningham of Manchester, TN; sisters, Linnie Long and husband Dewayne of Woodward; Amy Fuentes and husband Fletcher of Boston, MA; Dixie Taylor and husband Charles of Woodward; nieces and nephews who were her pride and joy, Natasha Gonser and husband Tyler, Kaitlynne Hough, Jamie Cunningham, Ethian McClellan, Marina Long, Krisslynne Cunningham, Raven Cunningham, Yasmeen Fuentes, Serenity Long, Kross Long, Zachariah Taylor, Fletcher Fuentes, Kichlynne Taylor; and great-niece, Promise Gonser; several other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Clarence McKinley Cunningham.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to O.A.T.H. ( Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans) with the funeral home accepting the contributions.
Remembrances may be made online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com