HAMPTON - William Harvey "Bill" Cunningham, 80, resident of Hampton, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. He was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on November 13, 1932, the son of Frank C. and Mariam H. Cunningham. He was a Peninsula resident for over 65 years. Bill graduated from Newport News High School in 1950. After serving in the United States Army, as military police man for two years, he worked at AMOCO Oil Refinery and retired after thirty years of service. Bill, known to his loved ones as "Pop," was a man of God, a proud patriot and a loyal Redskins' fan. He spent his life helping and serving others: providing relief for Storm victims, feeding the homeless, a driver for Meals-On-Wheels, and working with "Nights' Welcome" with his church, Northampton Presbyterian Church, where he was a faithful member for over fifty years. He was always there to lend a helping hand and a beautiful smile to whomever he met. William was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Joyce P. Cunningham and by his son, William A. "Chip" Cunningham. Bill is survived by his son, Charles H. Cunningham and his wife Maria B. Cunningham, their children; Catie, Billy, Virginia, Jesse, Caroline, Vicky, Jack, Michael, Patrick and Lucy. Daughter-in-law, Kathyrn D. Cunningham and daughters: Erin Hays and Carole-Anne Cunningham, and four great grandchildren. Family and friends will gather for visitation from 5 to 6:30 pm on Sunday, February 24, at Northampton Presbyterian Church. A funeral service will be held by Pastor Don Neighbours at 11 am on Monday, February 25, at Northampton Presbyterian Church with a graveside service immediately following at Parklawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations may be made to Northampton Presbyterian Church: 1217 Todds Ln. Hampton, VA.
Published in Daily Press on Feb. 23, 2013.