John W.

Cunningham, Jr.

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John W. Cunningham, Jr.

Sep 14 1923 - Dec 22 2006

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away on December 22, 2006, in Dallas, TX at the age of 83. Born to John W. Cunningham and Annie Mae (Barnett) Cunningham in Dallas, TX on September 14, 1923. He was the husband of the late Joy (Billings) Cunningham. He is survived by their three children, John W. Cunningham, III of Dallas, TX, Joan Rives and husband, George Rives of Lafayette, LA and Jay Cunningham of Forney, TX. Grandchildren include Spencer Rives of Lafayette, LA, Chelsea Cunningham and Cody Cunningham of Plano, TX. Preceded in death by his brother, Hubert Cunningham and sisters, Gertrude Johnston, Lena Mae Gerald and Louise Lee. He was a graduate of Sunset High School in Dallas and attended SMU. He was a Captain in the US Air Force serving as a Bombiader in WWII. After being shot down three times behind enemy lines and coming out through the underground, his group was awarded with a Presidential Citation. After the war he joined the fledging Luby’s Corp. where he worked in management for over 20 years before starting his own successful cafeteria chain, J’s Cafeteria, in Dallas, TX for an additional 20 years. Then retired to fishing, hunting and visiting with family and friends. Other past accomplishments and memberships include becoming a 32nd Degree Mason, past President of the Dallas Restaurant Association, and member of Prestonwood Baptist Church. During his restaurant career, he received many awards and acknowledgements of achievement for outstanding service to the community from the National Restaurant Association, the Texas Restaurant Association and the Dallas Restaurant Association, and was recognized from many community organizations. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 26, 2006, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel. Visitation with the family will be held at 9:00 a.m., prior to the service. A graveside service will be held in honor of his remembrance at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Restland Cemetery in Roxton, Texas. Mr. Cunningham would have wanted to best be remembered for being together with family at the holiday time of year.
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