She was one of twin daughters, born in Kansas, Ala., in Walker County on Jan. 22, 1916, to Belle and Emory Cunningham Sr.
Frances was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Albert Brunner Nix; and their son, Frank Albert Nix. Also preceding her in death were her sisters, Charlene Cunningham Oden (Emmett) and Mattie Lou Patton (Vernon); and two brothers, Carlos Kelley Cunningham (Melba) and Emory Cunningham Jr. (Jeanne).
Frances is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Nix Rogers of Birmingham; her twin sister, Dorcas Cunningham Allen of Tupelo, Miss.; daughter-in-law, Marjorie Kay Nix; and her five grandchildren, Frances Caroline Rogers Ivey (Johnny), Eric Thomas Rogers, Melody Nix Saueressig (Joe), Melissa Nix Turnipseed (Thad), and Frank Christopher Nix (Melissa). Other survivors include 10 great-grandchildren, all of whom Frances adored and they returned that adoration. Additional surviving family members include sister-in-law, Esther Nix of Tuscaloosa and a host of loving nieces and nephews, as well as many friends.
Frances lived all but eight years of her life in the community of Kansas. Most of those years she resided in the house that her father built in 1924, and where she and her husband, Brunner, raised their beloved son and daughter.
Frances was a graduate of Carbon Hill High School and Howard College, now Samford University, in Birmingham. The daughter of a schoolteacher, Frances taught in Carbon Hill for 34 years, and was a lifelong active member of Kansas Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and directed Vacation Bible School for many years. She made the bread for communion services regularly for 50 years.
Frances was past president of the Carbon Hill Culture Club and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma teachers’ honorary society. Frances’s life was one of caring, giving, loving, serving and educating. Her most profound impact has been upon her family. Her influence upon them will be her greatest legacy.
Funeral services will be held at Kansas Baptist Church in Kansas at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Kansas Baptist Church, Kansas, AL 35573; or the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, 2681 Rocky Ridge Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216.
Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-9503