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Funeral services for John "Mr. C." Cunningham, will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Bailey & Foster Chapel, with Chaplain Randall Ator officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey & Foster Funeral Home Palestine.
John "Mr. C." Cunningham, age 85 passed away peacefully at home in care of Hospice Plus in Palestine, Tx., on November 18, 2017. John was born October 20, 1932 in Houston, Tx., to Luther and Thelma Nolen Cunningham. He graduated from Sam Houston University in 1955, he went on and received his Masters Degree at the University of Houston in 1964. John began his teaching career in 1956 in Freeport Jr. High, Freeport, Tx., where he taught for 22 years., and became known as Mr. C. He retired from BISD to go to work for TDCJ-ID as an academic teacher in Brazoria, Tx. In 1984 he transferred to Palestine, Tx., where he taught for 12 years at Beto 1 Unit. John also served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957, in Germany. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and could not pass up a garage sale.
John was preceded in death by his father Luther Cunningham of Ark., mother Thelma Cunningham, and sister Jesse Cuningham Johnson of Pearland, Tx. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Leigh Willis Cunningham, daughter Julie Cunningham both of Palestine, TX., and son John Chris Cunningham of New York, NY., his twin brother Luther Cunningham of Pearland, Tx., his grandchildren Matthew and Naomi Gayle, Caleb and Dara Gayle all of Palestine, TX., and Amy and Ryan Moore of St. Martinville, LA., great grandchildren Delilah, Connor and Amara, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Condolence calls will be received from 12:30PM until service time at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home Palestine.
To view online leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 21, 2017
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