Nelsen Williamsburg


Lt. Col. James Alvin Cunningham

June 8, 1945September 16, 2021

Lt. Col. James “Jim” A. Cunningham (Ret), 76, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2021 in Williamsburg, VA. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 8, 1945 to John K. and Alma G. Cunningham.

Jim attended Grove City College where he was a member of ROTC. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the United States Air Force. He served for twenty-one years in contracting, procurement and logistics management, was a member of the IG team and had command positions in Pittsburgh, PA and in the UK. He received his Master's degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Upon retirement from the Air Force, Jim held positions with Texas Instruments and Raytheon in supply chain management. He retired from that career in 2007 to focus on family, community service, golf, and travel.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his high school sweetheart, best friend and wife of 55 years, Lois; his daughter, Laura Evans (Mike); his son Carl (Jera); and four cherished grandchildren, Jackson, Caleb, Ainsley and Knox.

Jim was a lifelong traveler and never turned down an opportunity for adventure. He was an avid golfer and most recently was a member of the Colonial Heritage Men's Golf Association. He was a member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church and his service to his Lord, his family and his country was unwavering.

He added meaning to our lives and every life he touched. He was a humble mentor, a comforter, and a constant encourager. His greatest joy was watching the development of his children and his grandchildren, with his beloved wife by his side.

A service will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 1:00pm at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg. Interment will be private. A livestream of the service will be available online. A reception will follow at 2:30pm at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd, Williamsburg.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jim’s honor to the WUMC Legacy Fund or the Courthouse Community UMC Food Pantry, 2708 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. Online condolences may be shared at



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Cheryl Hess Mathews

September 25, 2021

I knew Jim from Deer Creek United Presbyterian Church and West Deer High School as well as GCC. I wish I had known he and Lois were Williamsburg residents! I’ve been in Williamsburg and now Toano since 1980. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Remembering many good times in our youth. Thinking of you Lois.
Cheryl Hess Mathews

David Yemington

September 24, 2021

Lois, Sheryl and I have many fond memories of our years together at CCUMC. The dinners for 8, the church picnics, social gatherings and the occasional by chance seeing you and Jim at different restaurants in the area. But, as you know my favorite memory with Jim was his "always there" assistance in several Memorial Day Services at CCUMC. The one in particular was the 2008 service, honoring past presidents during wartime. Participating in the scene of WWII at the War Room with his "General" uniform was classic. He was so proud to portray an Army Air Corp 4 star General!
We will miss him very much and we will continue to lift you up in prayer during this most difficult time. Dave & Sheryl Yemington

Al & Judy Borrero

September 23, 2021

Rest in peace my friend. You'll always be remembered for your kindness, sense of humor, being a good friend, a wonderful husband/father, and a faithful Christian. You could always be counted on for sound advice and doing the right thing. We know you're already back swinging those clubs and counting the birdies. No doubt hitting them long and straight. You'll be missed greatly dear friend.

Janet Nash

September 22, 2021

Dear Lois and family,
Jim always had a smile and gentle words of encouragement for me whenever our paths crossed. What a wonderful servant of God and country he was! Jim is now set free from all pain and suffering and rests in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior. May His peace hold you through the days ahead. Our thoughts, prayers and love surround you.
Janet and Don Nash

Suzanne McIvor

September 22, 2021

Jim and Lois were members of Courthouse Community United Methodist Church here in Virginia Beach for many years. We have missed them since they moved. Jim was always friendly, willing to help and serve, and a gentleman. Love to Lois and the family.

Howard Hohmann

September 22, 2021

Jim was my youngest cousin. We have many fond memories of famiy times together. He will be missed. Our love to Lois and the children and grandchildren.

Love from Howard and Jan

Rev Janice Power Altenburger

September 22, 2021

Lois, my deepest sympathy to you in the loss of the love of your life. May God comfort you and give you peace in the difficult days ahead. Rest eternal grant Jim, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. You will be in my prayers.


September 21, 2021

Ahhh our dear friend Jim -- how great thou art and how great the memories persist! A delightful bond was formed with you and Lois while in California and that held and holds tight throughout the years. You always presented a delightfully positive and enduring presence that shined forth through thick and thin -- even in our California golf matches when you toppled me at every opportunity. I know that the Lord shines upon you because you delivered your gifts to others whenever the opportunity surfaced. Now the Lord will keep you, and the Lord will keep your family in a pleasing spiritual cocoon. Rest peacefully friend!

Creighton Berrett

September 21, 2021

I have such great memories of Mr. C. He treated me like one of his own for the years I was in England and then again when I lived in Virginia. I always looked up to you Mr. C! I love and will miss you. You showed me and others what a great man, husband and dad should be! Love always Creighton

Steve Tomiczek

September 21, 2021

In pure sadness.all the great memories we all had at the holiday parties.he will be sadly missed.what a great man and gentlemen.may God bless him in heaven.