Gayle Cunningham

September 15, 1942February 16, 2021

Gayle Kincaid Cunningham, 78, of Harrison, TN., went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday February 16, 2021. She was born in Nashville, TN., to the late, John Francis and Josephine Elizabeth Kincaid on September 15, 1942. Gayle was a highly educated woman, having received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and continuing her post graduate studies at Vanderbilt University.

Some of Gayle’s favorite hobbies were gardening and sewing. She helped with humanitarian efforts in Guatemala by teaching sewing.

Gayle held various teaching positions in and around Chattanooga. She taught at Notre Dame High School in the late 70’s, she was a member of the Adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for over 25 years. She also tutored math and sciences in the Athletics Department at UTC for many years.

She was a Parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and was a member of the Ruritan Women’s Club.

She was preceded in death by her aforementioned parents.

Left behind to cherish Gayle’s memory are her loving husband, James R. Cunningham, her sons, Sean Cunningham, Kyle Cunningham, Kevin Cunningham, and Colin Cunningham, and a brother, Joseph D. Kincaid, a niece, Dana Kincaid, and a nephew, Jason Kincaid, and 13 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412.

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Virginia Cole

February 22, 2021

Dear Jim and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Gayle's death. I so admired her for obtaining her engineering degree at a time when few women did.

And she was so kind and lovely to everyone.

I will be praying for you and your family.

Best always, Virginia

James Gardenhire

February 19, 2021

Sandra and I are sad to hear of Gayle's passing. We will keep you and the boys in our prayers.
James Gardenhire

John Lovett

February 18, 2021

Hello, Jim and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Gayle. She had been a friend for 45 years. In fact, you and Gayle were the first of the UTC family I met when I came to Chattanooga for my faculty interview. Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. We will always remember Gayle as an intelligent and delightful person.
John and Janie Lovett