SENECA, Mo. —
James Richard Cunningham, age 78, Seneca, Mo., passed away on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at his home with family at his side.
James was born April 30, 1935, in Cleveland, Ohio, son of the late Clarence and Genevieve Brown Cunningham. He graduated from high school in Solon, Ohio, and worked for several years in the construction industry as a sheetrock installer and finisher. He moved to California, where he continued in construction before moving to Missouri in 1969. He worked for some time in construction before going to work for Safeway Bakery in Joplin. He retired from Safeway in 1997. He was a member of the Bakery and Confectionary Union and was a member of Faith and New Hope Church in Carterville.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta Cunningham; daughter, Kathleen Watson and husband, Stanley, of Joplin; sons, Carl Cunningham, of Alvarado, Texas, and Robert Cunningham and wife, Ashley, of Midlothian, Texas; five grandchildren; stepchildren, Tina Fiebio, of St. Joseph, Mo., Lica Brummett and husband, Bob and Sarah Horine and husband, Craig, all of Seneca; four step grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren; and sister, Carol Moyzes and husband, Larry, of Flagstaff, Ariz.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m. in Faith and New Hope Church with Pastor P.J. Hutchinson officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Burial of his ashes will be later in Hornet Cemetery.
Parker Mortuary is in charge of cremation arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, family request that memorial contributions be made to Travel Fund of the Joplin Shrine Club.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermortuary.com