PINCKNEYVILLE - Lloyd E. Cunningham, 100, passed away at 5:23 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Friendship Manor in Nashville.
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Lloyd was born Jan. 17, 1913, in Jacksonville, a son to James Edward and Elizabeth Jeanette (Thompson) Cunningham.
On August 29, 1937, he married Ruby Fannin in Pinckneyville, and she preceded him in death after over 74 years of marriage on March 25, 2012.
Lloyd obtained a bachelor's degree in education from Illinois State Normal University and a Master of Sci-ence Degree from the University of Illinois with a major in chemistry and a minor in education. During his senior year at the former he was a chemist for the Bloomington-Normal Sanitary District and also attended the University of Wisconsin one summer.
Lloyd was a high school teacher of science, mathematics and music at Pinckneyville Community High School, Warren Township High School in Gurnee, and Highland Park High School. He was band director at Pinckneyville Community High School for two years. More than 35 years of his working career was spent as a research chemist for United States Gypsum Company. He was also a chemist for Armour and Company for two years.
Lloyd was a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Pinckneyville, where he served as an elder and was the financial secretary for 13 years. Lloyd was a member of Pinckneyville Senior Citizen Club and served as their treasurer for 31 years. He was a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the Perry County Historical Society. In the past he served as both secretary and chairman of the board of directors of the Perry County Gold Plate Program. His hobbies included music, photography, travel and working around his home.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Cunningham of Boston, Mass., and Thomas Cunningham of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Janet (Wallace "Tony") Burnette of Aurora, Colo.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruby; and two brothers, Virgil and William Cunningham and their wives.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in First United Presbyterian Church in Pinckneyville, with Pastor Charles Walden officiating. Interment will be in Mueller Hill Cemetery in Pinckneyville. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to First United Presbyterian Church in Pinckneyville.
Pyatt Funeral Home in Pinckneyville is in charge of the arrangements.
For more information or to sign an online guest register, visit www.pyattfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Aug. 17, 2013