Claudine Cunningham Pearson


Mrs. Claudine Cunningham Peterson, the youngest daughter of the late Reverend Nathaniel and Elizabeth Cunningham began life’s journey on December 29, 1932 in McCormick, South Carolina. Growing up in a prayer meeting house, Claudine started her personal relationship with GOD at a young age. She later became a faithful member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Plum Branch, South Carolina and later she started attending Springfield Missionary Baptist Church with her husband. She attended Mims School to obtain her education.

It was in 1948, Claudine met the love of her life, the late Thomas Peterson, Sr. and from their union of love, they were blessed with 3 children: Shirley-Ann, Thomas Jr. and Priscilla. Claudine was employed with Lantec Corporation (20 years), Kemet (15 years) and Emerald Gardens (18 years) during her many years. She faithfully retired from Emerald Gardens at the age of 82. As we all know, Claudine’s true calling was to minister love and faith to all that she came in contact. Mama, Grandma, Deen-Deen, Miss 16, auntie and friend as she was affectionately known by her family and friends.

Claudine was preceded in death by her late husband. Thomas Peterson, Sr. Her parents, Nathaniel and Elizabeth Cunningham. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 8 siblings: James Cunningham, Marion Cunningham, Luther Cunningham, Walter Cunningham, Effie Tolbert, Maebelle Broadwater, Everleen Woods and Eddie Mae Leverette.

She leaves a legacy of love and servitude to her children: Priscilla (Stanley) Starks, Mary-Lee (Larry) Hearst and Thomas (Lorraine) Peterson, Jr. Surviving in addition to her children are a devoted nephew and niece, Rev. Otis E. Cunningham, Sr. and Mrs. Laura Cunningham. A surviving brother, George C. (Diane) Cunningham and a loving God-daughter, Dr.Valeria (Brian) Walker-Coley. Grandchildren reared in the home: Lenteague Peterson, Charletha Starks, Demarcus Rappley, Celeste (Chris) Starks, Shaniya Starks Belcher, Jon’nae Starks Fuller, and Major Starks. In addition to the grandchildren reared in the home, she leaves a total of 11 additional grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and a host of family and friends to cherish her legacy.

Services are private. Public viewing will be from 2-7 on Friday

Percival Tompkins Funeral Home is honored to serve the Peterson family

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