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Henry Smith Cunningham

1957 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Henry Smith Cunningham Obituary
Henry Smith Cunningham, M.D., passed from this life Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, after a courageous struggle with colon carcinoma. Memorial service: 6 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, 800 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate gifts being made to the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation on line at, or at 500 W. Third St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102; or to the Crystal Heart Gala, Texas Health Huguley, P.O. Box 6115, Fort Worth, Texas 76115. Henry Smith Cunningham was born May 8, 1957, in Cadiz, Ky., the third of three children born to Shirley Allen and Marie Curlin Cunningham. He graduated valedictorian of Trigg County High School. Henry participated in cross-country track, basketball and band all four years of high school. He played both the trumpet and bass trumpet. In basketball, Cunningham was a left-handed point guard. He possessed great intelligence, knowledge of the game, leadership skills and was physically strong. The coaches throughout the district recognized his many contributions to Trigg's team. He was selected All-District his senior year even though he scored just a few points in the district tournament. Pursuing his love of science, he earned his BS degree in chemistry at Vanderbilt University in 1979. While attending, he was a true Commodores sports fan. Henry was the first basketball coach for the Vandy women's intercollegiate varsity team. He continued his education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Nashville, Tenn., where he graduated 1983. After completing his residency training in internal medicine and fellowship training in pulmonary medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1988, he joined Pulmonary Consultants of Texas in Fort Worth, now known as Texas Pulmonary & Critical Care Consultants. His hospital leadership positions included presidency of the Huguley Hospital medical staff from 1995 and 1996; chair of Huguley Hospital Physician Well-Being Committee from 2005-2010; member of the Adventist Health System Corporate Physicians Committee; chair of the Huguley Memorial Hospital Physician Health and Well-Being Committee; member of Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital Community Board; and president of the Kindred Fort Worth Southwest Hospital medical staff. He will be remembered for his pursuit and continued support of patient care, quality health care and medical staff leadership. Henry was a sport fanatic and his life cycles were measured by the sport seasons, fall football, winter basketball, then NCAA college tournament, spring and summer baseball, and soccer. He was a huge supporter of Kentucky and Louisville basketball, Vanderbilt in every sport, the Dallas Mavericks, TCU (if not playing Kentucky or Vanderbilt) and Texas Rangers. Henry and his family were faithful members at Cadiz Baptist Church. In later years he rededicated his life to Christ and joined New Life Fellowship in Arlington. Dr. Cunningham was preceded in death by his parents, Marie Curlin and Shirley Allen Cunningham; and a newborn sister, Molly Sue Cunningham. Survivors: Henry Smith is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Linda Fairries Cunningham, M.D. They were blessed with two sons, Brandon Adolphus Cunningham and Thomas Ricardo Cunningham. Also left behind to cherish his memory are his brother, Shirley Allen Cunningham II; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mamie and Namon Fairries of Montgomery, Ala.; his brother-in-law, Bertram Ricardo Fairries, Washington, D.C.; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Andrea Fairries and Eugene Tyrone Moore, and niece Akaiyah J. Moore of Atlanta, Ga.; his nephews, Christopher Allen Cunningham, Weldon Taylor Cunningham, Shirley A. "Trae" Cunningham III and J.M. Christen Cunningham, all of Kentucky, and Armon Jamal Moore of San Francisco; and a host of cousins, extended family, dear friends, former classmates and former patients.
Published in Star-Telegram from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13, 2014
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