NEWPORT — Drucilla “Dru” Cunningham, 43, of Newport departed this life Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Jonesboro. Drucilla was born Nov. 12, 1976, in Newport.
Drucilla was the eldest daughter of the late Deborah Sue West. Drucilla graduated from Newport High School in 1995 and attended nursing school at Arkansas State University-Newport to get her associate’s degree.
Dru was employed as a registered nurse at St. Bernards Family Clinic. She was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Newport under the Rev. Marvin Alcorn.
Dru is survived by her twin daughters, Kayla and Kianna Fite, her twin sisters, Rhonda and Shonda West, and one brother, Maurice West.
She is also survived by three aunts, Dorthy Robinson “mama,” Willine Person and Robyn Watkins (Terrei); two uncles, Freddie Robinson “papa” and Derrick Person; three nieces, Paris, Hannah and Shalaycia; two nephews, Carmello and Caleb; a host of relatives and friends; and special friends, Deanna Stapleton and Alton Walker.
“Thank God, smile, rejoice, do not cry about me. Pray and thank God that at last, I am free. Please, no sad faces, no screaming and crying.”
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery at Diaz. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Tyson Watkins, Gregory Fite, Tyrone Watkins, Chris Ellis and Jay Crite.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of First Missionary Baptist Church.
Arrangements are provided by Dillinger Funeral Home.
Online registry: www .dillingerfuneralhome.com