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Cunningham, Jr. (III)
Edward Eugene Cunningham, Jr. (III) passed away November 15, 2012 at his home in Mobile, Alabama at the age of 91. Born in Ashville, North Carolina, he was a long-time resident of Mobile, Alabama after living in Milton, Florida for a number of years. He served for many years in the U.S. Navy as a flight instructor and was stationed at both Saufley as well as Whiting fields. He loved to fly both in the Navy then as a private pilot where he built and restored airplanes he owned with friends. He was a local Milton businessman, establishing "OK Tires" (later "Big 10 Tires") in Milton's Gateway Plaza, managed the "Thrift Motel", then co-owned/managed the "IGA" Food Store at the corner of Park Avenue/Dogwood road. Known as "Mr. C." he employed many Milton residents before opening an "Orange Bowl" when University Mall opened in the early 1970's. He then moved to Mobile, Alabama where he worked for "Greer's" Food Stores and "McLeod Marine". After retirement until his failing vision interfered, he was a volunteer at 15 Place in Mobile and was the 2004 recipient of the Heart of Gold Award. He considered volunteering an honor.
Dad was predeceased by his sister, Marceline Martin, and his daughter Stacey Sutton. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Cunningham of Mobile Alabama, and his "two batches of kids".
Pamela (Geoff) Harrison of Remer, MN, Mary (David) Raisler of Milton, FL, Karen Sutton of Louisville, KY, Erin Carter of Pensacola, FL, Edward E. Cunningham IV of Milton, FL, Sherman Sutton of Provo, UT, Tracey Sutton of Gloucester, VA. Also surviving are his previous wife, Carol (Cunningham) Bartlett of Milton, FL and previous son-in-law, Allen Ates of Milton, FL.
Services were held Sunday, November 18th at Serenity Funeral Home in Theodore, AL. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to 15 Place, 15 Joachim Street, Mobile, AL 36602 or Ozonam Charitable Pharmacy, 571 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36602
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Nov. 25, 2012