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Alona Cunningham

Apr 04, 1944 - Nov 25, 2023

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Birmingham, AL

On November 25 th 2023, God decided that he was ready for his faithful servant Alona to come home. Alona Sperling Cunningham was born on April 4, 1944 to the late Alex and Bama Lee Sperling of Birmingham, Alabama. She attended Tuggle Elementary School and A. H. Parker High School, where she graduated in January of 1961. Alona accepted Christ at an early age. She started taking piano lessons at the age of 10 and started playing for the Sunday School at Sardis Baptist Church at the age of 12. As a...Read More

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Birmingham, AL

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Howard Furman

Nov 30, 1938 - Feb 27, 2024

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Birmingham, AL

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Dec 14, 1958 - Feb 24, 2024

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Birmingham, AL

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Birmingham, AL

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Died : Feb 23, 2024

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Birmingham, AL

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Birmingham, AL

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Birmingham, AL

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Birmingham, AL

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Birmingham, AL

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Birmingham, AL

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