OBITUARY

William "Bill" Davis Cunningham

December 23, 1952April 5, 2021
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William Davis “Bill” Cunningham, age 68, died on Monday, the 5th of April 2021, at home after a long illness. He was born on the 23rd of December 1952, in Houston, Texas, the son of Jack Ponton Cunningham and Maxine Davis Cunningham.

Bill graduated from Memorial High School in 1971. He also was a proud graduate of Washington & Lee U. in Lexington, VA (1975) and the Bates College of Law at the University of Houston (1978). Following his law school graduation, Bill began his long and successful career as a financial planner at First City National Bank (Houston, TX), then Kanaly Trust Co. (Houston, TX) and finally as President of Woodway Financial Advisors. He retired in 2018.

Bill married Ellen Simpson in 1988. They had one daughter, Emily Anne Cunningham. Bill was an avid tennis player until a back injury ended his playing. He had a lifelong love of baseball, beginning with his childhood passion for Strat-o-Matic and was a loyal fan of the Houston Astros. Bill had a love of history, especially Civil War history. He particularly enjoyed his time as Chairman of the Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington, Va., which allowed him quarterly visits to Lexington, VA. Bill also loved traveling with his daughter & family as well as trips with his companion, Michelle Marie Gill.

In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his older brother, Jack Ponton Cunningham, Jr. Surviving in addition to his ex-wife and daughter, Emily Anne Cunningham, are his twin-sister, Elizabeth Joy Cunningham Conner(Denver, CO) and his older sister, Charlotte Cunningham Knepp (Austin, TX) and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service of remembrance is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 12th of April, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. Guests may also view the service virtually by clicking “Join Livestream” below.

Following the service, guests are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent grand foyer.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed toward Basset Buddies Rescue of Texas, PO Box 130244, Houston, TX 77219.

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    Monday, April 12, 2021

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Marcia Carpenter

April 12, 2021

Betty and family,
I was saddened to learn of another classmate that has passed away. I remember you and Bill from Hunter’s Creek all the way to Memorial High. My condolences to you and the rest of the family.

Wayne Goehrs

April 12, 2021

Betty, Charlotte and Emily,

Patience was indeed Bill's virtue. Between friendly basketball games to fantasy football to simply sharing laughs, I was glad to call him a friend since junior high. Rest in peace Bill.

Donnie Roberts

April 12, 2021

I am forever grateful for having Bill as my mentor in the trust & estate business. For over 18 years I enjoyed watching him root for the Houston Astro’s, talk about civil war generals, and tell many humorous stories. He touched many lives and will be missed.

Amy Parker

April 9, 2021

I worked supporting Bill as his Account Administrator for four years up to his retirement, and thereafter formed a friendship with him. He had his quirks, was very quiet around most others, but to me, he was always kind, would share the best stories with, and showed me a lot more respect as a professional than many others ever did. My favorite chats with him were about his travels, theater, music, and our dogs. I’m very grateful for the time I had to be able to work with and get to know him, and thankful for the friendship we were able to develop. Rest peacefully, Bill- you will be missed.

Laura Genung

April 9, 2021

I am forever grateful to have had Bill as my mentor at Woodway for 6 years. He was the smartest man in the business, generous with his deep knowledge, and patient beyond words. His many stories, calm demeanor and sense of humor brightened the work day for all. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

Miriam Elliott

April 9, 2021

Bill always had a smile and a warm greeting when my husband, Bob and
I visited him in Houston.
May he rest in PEACE.
Miriam Elliott
Louisville, KY

Tom Hamilton

April 9, 2021

We knew Bill from the time he started to work for Judy. Bill had the patience of Job in dealing with clients and an abundance of kind words and a smile to go with his wisdom. He was a true gentleman and will be missed.
Our condolences to his family.

Tom & Carolyn Hamilton

Michelle Marie Gill

April 9, 2021

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, not touched.
But are felt in the heart.
-Helen Keller
Thank you for always believing in me sweetheart making me set goals to be better person and making sure I achieved them!
I miss you beyond words!
Michelle Marie

Irene Abello

April 8, 2021

I was Bill's admin for about 7 years. When I had to get his signature for internal documents, he would always have an interesting story to tell.  I remember everyday he would sign 1 of 10 documents, pause and tell me a story.  So it would take 15-20 minutes to get through those documents, when it could be done in a few minutes.  :) He was a great story teller.  We had some nice chats over those years.  He valued his close relationships with clients, friends and colleagues.  Very intelligent, patient and kind, with a jolly laugh you could hear on the other side of the office.  He will be greatly missed.  Rest in peace, WDC.  

Kevin Lane

April 8, 2021

My condolences to your family. Bill was very kind to our family as he helped us through the years with our accounts but I am especially appreciative of how he took care of my elderly in-laws. He was always patient and thorough and extremely helpful in taking care of all our needs. I always felt that Bill genuinely cared about helping us make the best possible decisions for our families well being. He will be missed!

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