Frances M. Cunion

March 19, 1941 ~ June 1, 2019 (age 78)

Frances M. Cunion, daughter of the late Samuel and Gladys Green, was born on March 19, 1941. She departed this life on June 1, 2019

Frances loved the Lord and at the age of 5 she joined the Holabird Church. After moving from Holabird Homes at the age of 8 she was baptized at the David Memorial Baptist church under the leadership of Rev. William Baymon Davis, Pastor and founder. Frances loved to sing more than to eat and everywhere she went her voice would ring out praising the Lord. Frances joined the Old Land Mark Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. George M. Cockrell. She worked hard with others to get this church together and by the grace of God they marched in. People would say this was her church because of all the Special Services they had. God blessed her with a gift that no matter what the services, the church would be full and on Holy Ghost fire for the Lord. She was always a faithful Bible Study student and never missed Wednesday night Bible Study or Sunday School. She was president of the Senior Choir and Pastor Aide. No matter which church they were invited to Sis. Gibbs would always strike up “He Touched Me” for her to sing. She attended Old Land Mark Church for 20 years.

Frances Joined New Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church April 20, 1988 under the leadership of Rev. Robert L. Haynes. She was the president of the New Unity Choir for 9 years. Frances started the Prayer Band with the Missionary of NPG; she was chairperson of Men and Women’s Day 1992 and 1993; In charge of Evangelist and every Saturday was out alone or with her group. When Frances joined NPG she began traveling to the National Baptist Conventions. She was a part of the church wide Institutional and the Pre-Congress Musical Choir. Wherever she went she represented NPG and Pastor Haynes well. She was a member of the New Unity Choir Missionaries Vocal Choir, Mass choir and any other choir that needed her.

Frances close girlfriends are Delores Gantt, Pastor Evelyn J. Marshall (Greenville, NC.), Velner Carrol, Cleo Neal (Buffalo, NY.), Arnetta Johnson and Catherine Johnson. She had several preacher friends that she supported: Elder Lassiter Bassett, Elder Earl Robinson, Pastor Lorenzo Maddox, Prayer House and Rev. John Vennie. Her loveable preacher is her son in the ministry, Rev. Duane Simmons whom she loved from a child until her death.

Frances leaves to cherish her memory, four beautiful daughters, Denise J. Simms (Marcus), Joyce M. Brown(Keith Sr. deceased), Darlene C. Cunion, Lesha M. Joseph (Gary); Nine grandchildren, Keith Brown Jr., Tyesha Joseph, Marcus Simms II, Antionette Cunion, Andrea Jenkins, Lakesha Joseph, Marc Simms, Kennard Brown and Anthony Cunion Jr.; Five great grandsons, 4 great granddaughters. Four brothers Samuel, Wilbert and Marvin Green preceded her in death, Roland Johnson of Buffalo, NY.; three sisters Loretta Johnson (Ellsworth), Ann Philmore of Baltimore, MD and Sandra Solomon of Buffalo, NY; 1 sister-in-law, Ida Pearl Lee;  A loving mother to her son’s two children, Alice (Angie) King; A special bond with Andre` Jenkins; 1 Goddaughter, Imani Scott; 1 Godson, Randy Gantt; a host of nieces and nephews and many sons and daughters she called her own. Her favorite sayings were, “You have not because you ask not and I can show you better than I can tell you.”


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