Rowland W. Cunningham
Rowland W. Cunningham

Louisville - Cunningham, Rowland W. "Short" age 84, passed peacefully on Feb. 17, 2021 at his home in Louisville, KY surrounded by his loved ones. Born on May 16, 1936 in Mauckport, IN to Clarence Ruel Cunningham and Louise (Fisher) Cunningham, he received the nickname "Short" at 2 years old because he was as wide as he was tall. Following graduation at Corydon Central High School, Short began his career at GE Appliance Park in 1955 where he worked until his retirement in 1996. Short met his future bride, Anita Carman McCarty, at Sherrell's Skating Rink in 1956. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958 where he served for two years in the 1st Cavalry, in Korea as a Radio Operator. Short returned from his service and he and Carman married in 1961. They settled in Louisville where they raised their two daughters. He was a member of Newburg Christian Church where he served as Elder, Trustee, Board Chair, Treasurer, Property Chairman as well as singing in the Choir. Short was always involved in anything else that may have come up at church and was a man of great faith. He was an avid volunteer, always collecting donations for various charities in his neighborhood and donating money to others on a regular basis. He was a member of the Local Union 761, served on his neighborhood Civics Club as well as serving as a Polling Captain for many elections. Short joined the Louisville Harmonics in 2003 and enjoyed playing at local nursing homes and other facilities. Short enjoyed tinkering around the house. He finished their basement, built a garage and added an addition all by himself. Short loved the outdoors and could often be found at home or church mowing grass, trimming bushes, planting flowers and cutting down numerous dead trees to feed their wood burning stove. Short and Carman took several cruises and trips after retirement and made many trips to Georgia to visit their girls and grandchildren. He was a humble UK fan living in a house of female Cardinal fans. He was a devoted husband, father, papaw and friend.

Short is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carman (McCarty) Cunningham of Louisville, KY; daughters Michele Shimizu (Jeff) of Marietta, GA; Deanna Bishop (Tim) of Dallas, GA; grandchildren Zack & Zane Shimizu and Carleigh & Christian Bishop all of GA; Marissa Vega Velez (Nedry) of Simpsonville, KY. Preceded in death by his parents, brother Clarence Cunningham and sister Rowena Miller, granddaughter Lynn Shimizu-Sison. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and a multitude of extended family and friends. Funeral services will be held at Evergreen Funeral Home, 4623 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 40213. Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 23rd from 2pm-8pm. Funeral on Wednesday, Feb. 24th at Noon, officiated by: Rev. Anne Smith. Final resting place, Evergreen Cemetery. The family would like to express sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses at Norton Cancer Center, the team at Hosparus Health of Louisville and the caregivers at Care Builders at Home. Memorial donations in Short's memory may be made to Newburg Christian Church, 5225 Poplar Level Rd. Louisville, KY 40219.





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Published by Courier-Journal from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Feb
23
Visitation
2:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Evergreen Funeral Home
4623 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 40213
Feb
24
Funeral
12:00p.m.
Evergreen Funeral Home
4623 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 40213
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Evergreen Funeral Home
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Prayers and sympathy to you and your family. Remember all the wonderful times you had together and I know there were many. I was fortunate enough to be part of the fabulous cruises and our Great time at line dance
Linda Gibson
February 23, 2021
Short was so special to all who knew him. May God grant Carman and the family peace and comfort knowing that he is with God. He will be missed greatly.
Rev. Mary Beth Helton
February 23, 2021
Carmon, so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
Owen & Linda Humphress
February 21, 2021
Thank you, sir for your service to our country. RIP
A grateful American
February 21, 2021
Short will be missed by all the retiree club. he and the Harmonics entertained us many times. Sending prayers for the family
Judy Vittitoe
February 21, 2021
Carmen, Michele and Deanna my heart is broken for you all. I always loved and respected my birthday buddy. I cant count the many fond memories of us growing up with our friends and neighbors. May you rest in peace Short, and thank you for being another role model of a what a wonderful dad is.
Terri Shields Reid
February 19, 2021