CHARLESTON — Samuel B. Cunningham, 61, of Charleston, died at his home on Sunday, February 10, 2013.
The funeral service honoring his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Caudill-King Funeral Home with Pastor Lindo Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, it was his request to make memorials to Marcy Cunningham, for philanthropic work that will benefit other cancer patients.
Sam was born April 14, 1951 in Paris, Illinois, son of Samuel O. and Dorothy (Baird) Cunningham. He married Marcy Newell, May 18, 1996; she survives. Also surviving are four children: Samuel D. Cunningham of St. Elmo, IL, Amie (James) Calvert of Ashmore, Sarah (Cecil) Spradling of Pocassett, OK, and Mary Jo Cunningham of Mattoon. Two sisters: Judy (John) Berry of Oakland and Marilyn (Ron) Groves of Charleston; as well as twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and his favorite imaginary friend; Puffy of Fisherman’s Wharf, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one sister.
Sam was a retired Building Service Worker at EIU, a member of AFSCME Local 981, and had served as Union Steward. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church, where he has served as Board President, and taught the adult Sunday School Class. Sam raised boxed turtles, and absolutely loved shopping garage sales, flea markets, and especially Gordyville. Sam was strong in his faith, and loved the Lord Jesus Christ. He looked upon the last year as another part of his ministry, sharing his attitude of “never give up”, not only to his family and friends, but to strangers he encountered as he underwent treatment.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for all the excellent care of the doctors, nurses, and staff at University of Illinois-Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and the SBLHC Cancer Center, as well as the numerous friends, family, and churches who have lifted them up in prayer through this time.