Ann Gettys Cunningham


GOLDSBORO — Mrs. Ann Gettys Cunningham, 81, passed away Sunday morning, Dec. 1, 2019, at her residence in the Walnut Creek Community of Wayne County. A native of Rowan County, she was born March 3, 1938, the daughter of Edgar Woodfin and Stella Fields Gettys. Following graduation from high school, Ann attended the Hamlet School of Nursing where she completed her training and educational requirements to become a Registered Nurse. Ann spent the majority of her career focused in psychiatric nursing and retired from Cherry Hospital.

Ann was a member of the First Baptist Church where she had previously organized all the senior trips for more than 20 years. She gave of her time and talents in many community organizations and clubs. She volunteered with the Red Cross and Wayne Rescue Squad. She was especially proud of her membership and involvement in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Musically talented, Ann loved playing the piano, the guitar and was a member of the Waterbound Dulcimers. She played with the group at many venues and gatherings. Ann truly enjoyed being with people and giving joy to others.

She was an extremely proud grandma and bragged on her grandsons every chance she had.

Her surviving family includes her husband of 58 years, Joseph Nelson “Joe” Cunningham; daughter, Angela Cunningham Tschopp and husband Kevin of Youngsville; grandsons, Tyler Anthony Tschopp and Jon Griffen Tschopp, both of Youngsville; and a brother, Edgar W. “Buddy” Gettys and wife Martha of Salisbury.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Mausoleum Chapel of Wayne Memorial Park with Dr. Glenn Phillips and the Rev. Scott Thrailkill officiating. The service will include a Nightingale Farewell by fellow Nurses.

The family will receive friends on Thursday following the service and other times at the Cunningham residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Senior Travel Fund of First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1538, Goldsboro, NC 27533. Online condolences may be expressed at


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