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Rowland W. "Short" Cunningham

May 16, 1936February 17, 2021
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Cunningham, Rowland W. “Short” age 84, passed peacefully on Feb. 17, 2021 at his home in Louisville, KY surrounded by his loved ones. Born on May 16, 1936 in Mauckport, IN to Clarence Ruel Cunningham and Louise (Fisher) Cunningham, he received the nickname “Short” at 2 years old because he was as wide as he was tall. Following graduation at Corydon Central High School, Short began his career at GE Appliance Park in 1955 where he worked until his retirement in 1996. Short met his future bride, Anita Carman McCarty, at Sherrell’s Skating Rink in 1956. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958 where he served for two years in the 1st Cavalry, in Korea as a Radio Operator. Short returned from his service and he and Carman married in 1961. They settled in Louisville where they raised their two daughters. He was a member of Newburg Christian Church where he served as Elder, Trustee, Board Chair, Treasurer, Property Chairman as well as singing in the Choir. Short was always involved in anything else that may have come up at church and was a man of great faith. He was an avid volunteer, always collecting donations for various charities in his neighborhood and donating money to others on a regular basis. He was a member of the Local Union 761, served on his neighborhood Civics Club as well as serving as a Polling Captain for many elections. Short joined the Louisville Harmonics in 2003 and enjoyed playing at local nursing homes and other facilities. Short enjoyed tinkering around the house. He finished their basement, built a garage and added an addition all by himself. Short loved the outdoors and could often be found at home or church mowing grass, trimming bushes, planting flowers and cutting down numerous dead trees to feed their wood burning stove. Short and Carman took several cruises and trips after retirement and made many trips to Georgia to visit their girls and grandchildren. He was a humble UK fan living in a house of female Cardinal fans. He was a devoted husband, father, papaw and friend.

Short is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carman (McCarty) Cunningham of Louisville, KY; daughters Michele Shimizu (Jeff) of Marietta, GA; Deanna Bishop (Tim) of Dallas, GA; grandchildren Zack & Zane Shimizu and Carleigh & Christian Bishop all of GA; Marissa Vega Velez (Nedry) of Simpsonville, KY.

Preceded in death by his parents, brother Clarence Cunningham and sister Rowena Miller, granddaughter Lynn Shimizu-Sison. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and a multitude of extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at Evergreen Funeral Home, 4623 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 40213. Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 23rd from 2pm-8pm. Funeral on Wednesday, Feb. 24th at Noon, officiated by: Rev. Anne Smith. Final resting place, Evergreen Cemetery.

The family would like to express sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses at Norton Cancer Center, the team at Hosparus Health of Louisville and the caregivers at Care Builders at Home.

Memorial donations in Short’s memory may be made to Newburg Christian Church, 5225 Poplar Level Rd. Louisville, KY 40219.

  • FAMILY

  • Short is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carman (McCarty) Cunningham of Louisville, KY; daughters Michele Shimizu (Jeff) of Marietta, GA; Deanna Bishop (Tim) of Dallas, GA; grandchildren Zack & Zane Shimizu and Carleigh & Christian Bishop all of GA; Marissa Vega Velez (Nedry) of Simpsonville, KY.
    Preceded in death by his parents, brother Clarence Cunningham and sister Rowena Miller, granddaughter Lynn Shimizu-Sison. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and a multitude of extended family and friends.
  • DONATIONS

  • Newburg Christian Church

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Debbie Miles

February 24, 2021

It is truly hard to put into words what a wonderful man Short Cunningham was. He was the epitome of what I think we all strive to be. He fought for our country and served with distinction. He was a devoted and loving husband, Dad, son, brother, grandfather and friend. But above all else he was a truly DEVOTED man of God! If you only spent five minutes with him, you knew immediately he was a man of God and a man of deep faith. It was truly an honor to have known him for about 50 years. My memories are too numerous to recount here but some of my favorite times with him were just standing outside on the church steps after church had ended, and talking about our favorite team... the University of Kentucky Wildcats! I will miss him tremendously but I am so very thankful that God blessed my life by giving me such a wonderful friend and role model in Short and Carman Cunningham. Short may you rest in eternal peace now... You are no longer suffering and I know that one glorious day, I will see you again. May your memory be a blessing. Well done thy good and faithful servant.

Much love to all the family.... Debbie Miles.

Lynn Braden

February 20, 2021

Growing up as Michelle’s best friend, I spent a lot of time at their house. Short always treated me like family. He was a humble man with a wonderful sense of humor who played a mean harmonica and was a fellow UK fan. Until we meet again 💙

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Biography

Cunningham, Rowland W. “Short” age 84, passed peacefully on Feb. 17, 2021 at his home in Louisville, KY surrounded by his loved ones. Born on May 16, 1936 in Mauckport, IN to Clarence Ruel Cunningham and Louise (Fisher) Cunningham, he received the nickname “Short” at 2 years old because he was as wide as he was tall. Following graduation at Corydon Central High School, Short began his career at GE Appliance Park in 1955 where he worked until his retirement in 1996. Short met his future bride, Anita Carman McCarty, at Sherrell’s Skating Rink in 1956. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958 where he served for two years in the 1st Cavalry, in Korea as a Radio Operator. Short returned from his service and he and Carman married in 1961. They settled in Louisville where they raised their two daughters. He was a member of Newburg Christian Church where he served as Elder, Trustee, Board Chair, Treasurer, Property Chairman as well as singing in the Choir. Short was always involved in anything else that may have come up at church and was a man of great faith. He was an avid volunteer, always collecting donations for various charities in his neighborhood and donating money to others on a regular basis. He was a member of the Local Union 761, served on his neighborhood Civics Club as well as serving as a Polling Captain for many elections. Short joined the Louisville Harmonics in 2003 and enjoyed playing at local nursing homes and other facilities. Short enjoyed tinkering around the house. He finished their basement, built a garage and added an addition all by himself. Short loved the outdoors and could often be found at home or church mowing grass, trimming bushes, planting flowers and cutting down numerous dead trees to feed their wood burning stove. Short and Carman took several cruises and trips after retirement and made many trips to Georgia to visit their girls and grandchildren. He was a humble UK fan living in a house of female Cardinal fans. He was a devoted husband, father, papaw and friend.

Short is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carman (McCarty) Cunningham of Louisville, KY; daughters Michele Shimizu (Jeff) of Marietta, GA; Deanna Bishop (Tim) of Dallas, GA; grandchildren Zack & Zane Shimizu and Carleigh & Christian Bishop all of GA; Marissa Vega Velez (Nedry) of Simpsonville, KY.

Preceded in death by his parents, brother Clarence Cunningham and sister Rowena Miller, granddaughter Lynn Shimizu-Sison. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and a multitude of extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at Evergreen Funeral Home, 4623 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 40213. Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 23rd from 2pm-8pm. Funeral on Wednesday, Feb. 24th at Noon, officiated by: Rev. Anne Smith. Final resting place, Evergreen Cemetery.

The family would like to express sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses at Norton Cancer Center, the team at Hosparus Health of Louisville and the caregivers at Care Builders at Home.

Memorial donations in Short’s memory may be made to Newburg Christian Church, 5225 Poplar Level Rd. Louisville, KY 40219.