January 24, 1944 – May 28, 2021
J.W. Cunningham Jr. was born on January 24th, 1944 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Jesse W. Cunningham (1915-1990) and Helen (Thomas) Cunningham (1919-1970). He has 14 siblings, graduated from Merrill High School, and went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Oakland City University. J.W. served proudly in the U.S. Army for 30 years, retiring as Command Sergeant Major. He then retired again as an analyst for the Department of Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) after 20 years of civilian service. J.W. married his wife Pamela, on August 3rd, 1985. He is survived by his 5 children and their spouses – Mia (m. Rod Naseth), Gary, Ebony (m. Tyronza Snowden II), Constance (m. Ralph Reed), and Helen. He is also survived by his 6 grandchildren – Sofia, Natasha, Madeline, Juliana, Tyronza III (Tripp), and Titan. His favorite past time was history and gardening. He enjoyed football, researching his ancestral roots, and also took pride in his yardwork. Additionally, he enjoyed writing, as his first publication is called Cunningham’s Poems and Epigrams (1994). J.W. was a dedicated man of God. He served on the deacon board for St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. The most admired person in J.W.’s life has always been his father. He was his father’s namesake and he respected and highly cherished his humble roots. He will forever be beloved by family and friends touching many lives.
Funeral service, Tuesday June 8, 2021, 12pm at Williams & Bluitt Funeral Home. Family will receive friends 10am- until time of service. Private Interment at Marion National Cemetery.
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June 9, 2021
CSM Cunningham was my NCOIC when I had the account at Ft. McPherson from 1980-1982. At the time he was an SFC. I lost track of him after that assignment but always remembered that he could be counted on no matter what the issue was. I trusted his decision making. He knew how to lead and was respected by everyone, both military and civilian. I will miss him but am comforted to know that he made it to the top and continued to do so in retirement. RIP CSM🙏🇺🇸
June 8, 2021
Rest well Uncle and consider your job well done!
June 7, 2021
JW displayed the highest integrity and respect as a senior noncommissioned officer, but more as a fellow friend and man of God. He always too care of the soldiers under his Command and will forever be remember and cherish for long conversations, guidance, and support we shared. Rest in peace and comfort.
June 6, 2021
My memories of mr Cunningham are the happy times we spent working at dfas aka fort harrison finance center. We would have lunch and would spend more than the allotted time for lunch. He would share his epigrams with us. He would talk a lot about his family and he loved his children. We shared a lot of storie about our families. When I retired i didn't see much of him but I will always remember the times We spent in the cafeteria. Rest now JW.