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John Joyner CUNNINGHAM Sr. Obituary
CUNNINGHAM, SR. John JoynerAge 87 of Nashville, TN. October 10, 2012. Peacefully at his home after a brief illness. Mr. Cunningham was born January 29, 1925 in Nashville, TN to Annie Gilmore and Issac Walton Cunningham, Sr. He attended parochial and public schools, as well as Morningside College in Sioux City, IA and Peabody College in Nashville. He married the former Dorothy Taylor in December, 1946. He was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, flying 35 combat missions over Japan; and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. A former Grand Knight of the Nashville Council 544 of the Knights of Columbus, he served as Faithful Navigator of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He received the honor of a Knight of St. Gregory by Pope Paul VI. He was an Affiliate of the Daughters of Charity. He has served on various boards, including: Catholic Charities of TN, St. Vincent dePaul Society, Catholic Youth Organizations, Goodwill Industries, Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, TN Agri. Industry Board with the TN Dept. of Corrections, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) Birmingham, AL, Lifetime member of the Father Ryan High School Board of Trustees, and the Vanderbilt Peabody Development Board. He received the Human Relations Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Nashville Chapter. He was past President of the Tennessee Wholesale Grocers Assoc., President of Big Brothers of Nashville, President of Serra International, and President of the Melrose Civitan. He was a member of the Nashville area Chamber of Commerce and a 50 year member of the American Legion. In 1984, he served as Foreman of the Davidson County Grand Jury. He was elected University of Notre Dame Man of the Year in 1979. For 40 years, he served in every facet of his family's business the Robert Orr/Sysco Company and was the Executive Vice-President until he retired in 1983. Mr. Cunningham is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Taylor Cunningham of Nashville; his son, Mark A. (Beth) Cunningham, Sr. of Dickson, TN; grandson, Mark A. (Nikki ) Cunningham, Jr.; granddaughters, Christine, Emily, Katie, Maggie and Abby Cunningham; great-grandchildren, Hayley, Natalie and John Richard Cunningham, all of Dickson, TN; sister, Anne Cunningham (Joe) Maddux of Nashville, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, John Joyner Cunningham, Jr.; sister, Mary Cunningham (Nick) Ford; brother, Walton "Bud" Cunningham, Jr. Visitation with the family will be Friday afternoon and evening, October 12th, 2012 at St. Henry Catholic Church, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., with the Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, October 13th, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Henry's, with Bishop David Choby, Officiant. Place of rest will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Those desiring, memorials may be made to St. Patrick School in McEwen, TN, St. Henry Catholic Church, Nashville, TN, St. Vincent dePaul Society, St. Cecilia Dominican Sisters, Nashville, TN. Services under the direction of the TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, Dickson, TN (615) 446-2808.
Published in The Tennessean on Oct. 12, 2012
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