Anniston - Funeral services for John Earl Cunningham, 88, of Anniston, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Gray Brown-Service Chapel with the Rev's. Chuck and Dianne Whitehead officiating. Burial will follow at Eulaton United Methodist Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Cunningham died June 17, 2013 at his residence. Survivors include wife, Ruby Winn Cunningham; three daughters, Dianne Whitehead (Chuck), Vicki Hixon (Bob) and Teresa Bentley (Travis); grandchildren, Tiffany Grimes (Paul), Nathan Whitehead and Dresden Whitehead; great-grandchildren, Brody and Eli Grimes; sister, Catherine Mattheson (Robert) and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Cunningham is preceded in death by his son, Johnny Cunningham; father, Earl Oliver Cunningham; mother, Mary Pinson Cunningham; sister, Mary Ruth Snelling and brother-in-law, Henry Snelling. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be the shipmates of the USS Richard P. Leary. Mr. Cunningham was a native and lifelong resident of Anniston. He retired from the Anniston Army Depot where he was a foreman in the machine shop. He was a World War II U. S. Navy veteran and a member of the VFW. Mr. Cunningham also was an avid fisherman. The family will accept flowers or memorials may be made to The Johnny Cunningham Sunday School Class at Eulaton United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.graybrownservice.com.
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Published in The Anniston Star on June 20, 2013