Morris Cunningham, 74, of Hamburg, died January 31, 2014 at his residence.
He was a veteran of the United States Army, a volunteer fireman and retired from Georgia Pacific Corporation paper mill.
Mr. Cunningham served in the U.S. Army from 1959 until 1961 and was a Specialist 5th Class Paratrooper in Vietnam. He made jumps out of C130, C-119 “the flying boxcar” and C124. He always said the worst thing about jumping at night was that the gravel roads looked like water.
While in Germany he went on patrols at night with every one of all ranks, picking up people and bringing them back to post. He got to see all of the sites of Germany.
Mr. Cunningham retired from Georgia-Pacific Corporation Paper Mill in 1996 after many years of service and he was a member of the Ouachita Missionary Baptist Church in Harvey. He served as a volunteer fireman in every place he lived and he served as the Fountain Hill fire chief at one time.
He never met a stranger, had a great sense of humor and loved the outdoors, gardening and his grandchildren.
Mr. Cunningham was a native of Fountain Hill; a life long resident of Ashley County and a resident of Redfield for the past two years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Tommy and Viola Owens Cunningham; two brothers, Don and C.B. Cunningham and a very special son-in-law, James Meeks.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lillian Curtis Cunningham of Redfield; three daughters, Sharon Lovette and husband, Frank, of Redfield, Angela Payne and husband, Johnny, of Columbus, Texas and Melissa Lovett and husband, Kenneth, of Hamburg; a brother, Robbie Cunningham of Hamburg; six sisters, Pauline McNiece and Connie Vanhook both of Crossett, Marcille Hill, Climmie Palumbo, Madie Carpenter and Austoline Croswell all of Hamburg; nine grandchildren, Dammon McGilton and wife, Debbie, Brandon McGilton, Tamara Lara and husband, Oscar, Brittany Neal, Tara and Tanya Hawk, Josh, Jordan and Will Lovett; four step-grandchildren, Jennifer Powell and husband, Chad, Nicholas Lovette and wife, Crystal, Kindell and Jessica Payne; seven great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held February 2 at 2 p.m. at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel at Hamburg with Rev. George Crump officiating. Burial will be in the Flat Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Dammon McGilton, Brandon McGilton, Josh Lovett, Will Lovett, Jason Johnson, Sam Slater, Scott Moffatt and David Cunningham.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice Angles, 3801 Camden Road, Chapel Village 1, Suite 12, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.
Visitation will be February 1 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.