Mrs. Sylvia Cunningham Nethercutt, 76, passed away Friday evening, January 19, 2018. A native of Greene County, she was born October 19, 1941, the daughter of Roland and Nellie Pate Cunningham.
Following graduation from high school, Sylvia attended the Lenoir Memorial School of Nursing graduating in 1962 and becoming a Registered Nurse; in 1975 she graduated from East Carolina University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Following 13 years of clinical nursing at Cherry Hospital, she joined the Wayne County Schools where she taught health occupations (HOSA) for 16 years. In 1986 she was named the HOSA advisor of the year for North Carolina and was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 1987 in recognition of her contributions to HOSA and the students it served. Sylvia completed her teaching career by returning to the Greene County Schools and initiating the HOSA program at Greene Central High School. While accomplishing much professionally as a nurse and educator, her first love was her family and she cherished being a wife, mother, and grandmother. Sylvia was a member of Brooks Frizzelle Memorial United Methodist Church where she worshiped for many years and served on various church committees and boards.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a step-grandson, David Jennings Dawson III; and siblings, Roland Cunningham, Jr, Mack P. Cunningham, Dixie C. Braxton, and Jerry A. Cunningham, Sr.
Her surviving family includes her husband, Robert Lynn “Bob” Nethercutt; daughter, Carla Nethercutt Dawson and husband, David of LaGrange; grandson, Robert David “Rob” Dawson of LaGrange; sisters, Annalean C. Reeves and husband, Edward Earl of Goldsboro and Janice Cunningham Raper and husband, Wayne of Snow Hill; brother, Joe Cunningham and wife, Ann of Goldsboro; and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service to remember and celebrate Sylvia’s life will be held 2 PM Tuesday, January 23, at Brooks Frizzelle Memorial United Methodist Church. Committal services will be held privately at the Snow Hill Cemetery at a later time.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall and other times at the Nethercutt residence. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Brooks Frizzelle Memorial UMC, PO Box 225, Maury, NC 28554. Online condolences may be made at www.taylor-tyson.com
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We are so sorry about Mrs. Sylvia. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers! She will be truly missed!
Submitted by Sam and Rosie Pasour on Jan 21 2018 03:49:58 PM
Carla-Please know I am thinking of you. I always loved spending time at your parents home when we were kids. Your mom was such a wonderful woman. Love, Laurie
Submitted by Laurie Kent on Jan 21 2018 03:15:38 PM
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Donald and Sandra Huber lit a candle on Jan 21 2018 02:24:45 PM
Mrs. Nethercutt taught at my high school, Eastern Wayne Senior High. I graduated in 1984. I knew her daughter Carla. I’m so sorry for the loss to the family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of grieving. But I’m sure you all are comforted to know that she is in a much better place.
Submitted by Don King on Jan 21 2018 11:31:48 AM
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Sorry for your loss! Mrs. Nethercutt was a wonderful teacher to me many many years ago. She was one you never forgot. Heaven gained a beautiful angel. Love and prayers for her family.
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Dear Bob, Carla, and family,
Rudolph and I are so saddened by Sylvia's passing. She was a truly kind and sweet lady.
We will miss seeing her at the table at Bojangles! She loved all of you so much. We had already missed her cooking for a long while. May God grant you his comfort in the coming days as you go forward.
Love, Rudolph and Deborah
Submitted by Deborah V. Joyner on Jan 20 2018 03:48:31 PM
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