Date of Death: July 19, 2021
In accordance with family wishes, cremation will be conducted, and a memorial service will be held Saturday, July 24, 2021 at noon at Bethel Baptist Church, 17852 River Rd., Three Rivers with Pastor Terry Cropper officiating.
William Cunningham passed peacefully from this life the morning of July 19, 2021 after a gradual decline in health.
He was surrounded and supported by his loving family and caregivers during the last day of his life.
He was the husband of Rosie Marie Cunningham, and they shared 35 years of marriage together.
William was born May 12, 1946 in Varner, Arkansas. He graduated from Dusable High School in Chicago, Illinois. He was employed in Owens, Illinois and worked as a mechanic.
He attended Bethel Baptist Church led by the late Bobby Joe Tolbert. He enjoyed casinos, cards, and baseball. He will be remembered for his years served in Vietnam. His personality was amazing. He was always filled with grace, joy, and in high spirits always with a smile that you just can’t forget. We will miss his baseball tournaments. He is preceded in death by his mother and father Grace and Thomas Cunningham and his son William Cunningham Jr.
He is survived by his beautiful wife Rosie Marie Cunningham. He was a father to Venita Cunningham, Juan, John Cunningham, Billy (Courtney) Cunningham, Joan Crump, Juanita (Winston) Baker, James (Chris) Crump, and Julie (Lonnie) Wright. William was a brother to Bertha Jamison who took on the mother role to raise him and his siblings Mikki Raines, Tony Raines, Joyce Marie Cunningham, Michal Jamison, and Cheryl Jamison.
William left behind grandchildren that will carry on his legacy … Erianna Nelson, Corday Cunningham, Canaa Cunningham, Glenda George, Westly George, Ericka George, Christopher George, Anthony Henderson, Demario Scott, Rashawnda (Lamont) Dick, Devon (Autumn) Scott, Domonic Scott, Destiny and Amanda Crump, Lizzion Lonnie Wright, Pauline Mondal, Luciano Lon. William left behind many great-grandchildren …
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My condolences to Willie’s family,
I worked with him at Owen’s Illinois. He was one of the hardest working guys, he was also the very nicest. If you wanted to know something about sports, just ask Willie. He will be missed by all who knew him. RIP my friend.
Willie was one of my favorite co-workers at Owens-Illinois in Constantine. He helped me out tremendously whenever I had a question, or whenever I needed help solving a problem. He and I shared the love of the Chicago Cubs, and we still have the little Cub’s outfit he and his wife gave us when our daughter was born. You were a fine man, Willie. A gentleman through and through. My thoughts and sincere condolences to your family.