"Turk" Cunningham, Jr.
Charles Edward "Turk" Cunningham, Jr., 72, a resident of Gulf Breeze, died on Monday, February 25, 2013 in Pensacola, FL from complications of surgery . He was born on July 18, 1940 in Fairfield, AL. He received a BS degree from Athens College and also held 2 Master's degrees from the USAF. He served in the United States Air Force for 27 yrs; with 3 tours in Vietnam and 2 tours in Misawa, Japan., where he served both as "Deputy Commander of Maintenance" and was responsible for the transitioning of the F-15s and F-16's. He also served as DCM at Eglin AFB, where he and Rose met. He ended his career as Director of Logistics at DMAF in Arizona. Turk was a long-time member of the Krewe of Wrecks, obtaining his position as King. During the last 21 years, he served as personal chef and personal assistant to his Rosie. They traveled and had wonderful adventures together. Their last trip was to Australia and New Zealand. Turk also volunteered with the USO at the Pensacola International Airport. He enjoyed retirement immensely by spending time with family and friends, going to the beach and reading. He was an avid Alabama fan and never missed a Saturday football game.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Helen Cunningham.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Cunningham; brother, Jim Cunningham(Margaret); Sister-in-law Mary Muratore (Dr. Terry); niece, Tappie Villane (Paul); great niece Kaycee Villane ; and nephews Scott and Andy Cunningham.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Rose Lawn Funeral Home in Gulf Breeze with Reverend Ellen Blaise officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to service time. Burial will occur at a later date in Barrancas National Cemetery/NAS Pensacola.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the USO at Pensacola Airport, simply do a spontaneous act of kindness for someone or just say "Roll Tide".
Arrangements entrusted to Rose Lawn Funeral Home of Gulf Breeze. You may offer condolences, share memories and sign the guestbook at www.roselawn-fh.com
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