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Fmr Charlotte Lawmaker Pete Cunningham To Lie In Repose Monday

Funeral services are being held Monday and Tuesday for long-time Charlotte lawmaker and African American businessman Pete Cunningham. Pete Cunningham was 81 when he died last Tuesday after an extended illness. Poor health led him to resign his seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives back in 2008. At the time Cunningham, who was a Democrat, was the longest serving member of Mecklenburg County's delegation, with 21 years in the House. In the 80's and 90's, Cunningham owned The Excelsior Club - Charlotte's first black social club where Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong once performed. "He was a trusted voice and very well respected in the African American community in Charlotte," says recently elected NC House Member Rodney Moore of Charlotte. Moore is one of many young African American politicians who looked to Pete Cunningham as a mentor. "He was very accessible and very, very helpful to his constituents in his district and those who came to him," says Moore. The late Pete Cunningham will lie in repose Monday from noon to 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church-West in Charlotte. A funeral service will be held at noon on Tuesday at First Baptist Church-West.