Cosby is the third son and last child of William Joseph Cunningham and his first wife Rhoda Frances South. His mother died on July 1, 1897 when he was a little over a year old and he had no memory of her. He married Myra Agatha Sanders on February 16, 1916 sitting in a buggy in her father’s front yard. Cosby worked in sawmills, on road and railroad construction, share-cropping, and in the shipyards in Mobile, Alabama immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December, 1941. Myra, in addition to raising the family, worked as a civil service worker at the Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Mississippi during World War 2 and in a retail store in Aberdeen, Mississippi afterwards. This eventually led them to open a dry goods store in Hamilton, Mississippi, where they lived the remainder of their lives. Cosby and Myra are buried at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen, Mississippi.
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