James Emmett “Jim” Cunningham Sr. lived a full life as husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Jim was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Aberdeen, Nov. 28, 1933, to Hazel (Thayer) and Emmett Cunningham. He graduated from Weatherwax High School and briefly attended WSU.
He entered the military service in 1953 and was stationed in Korea and Georgia. He became an MP and worked in a military hospital and prison. He re-entered the work force in Grays Harbor as a deputy sheriff/desk sergeant. Jim was later employed at Weyerhaeuser working in the warehouse as a forklift driver for over 31 years.
On July 31, 1953, Jim married Arlene Faye Webster in his family home in Aberdeen, Wash. They had five children. Arlene died of cancer in 1985. Later that year on Aug. 10, Jim married again and his new wife Kathy had three children that enriched and expanded Jim’s life. They made their home in South Aberdeen, Wash.
Jim loved hunting, fishing, camping and anything to do with the great outdoors, and he passed this on to the rest of his family. Jim attended church at South Aberdeen Baptist and most recently, Immanuel Baptist. Jim and Kathy served at the Central Park Lions.
Jim is survived by his wife Kathy of Aberdeen; his children and their spouses, Lawrence and Joyce Cunningham of Aberdeen, Wash., Michael Cunningham of Elma, Wash., Teresa and Byron Foster of Chanute, Kan., Tamera and Daniel Lane of Hoquiam, Wash., Andrew Skipper of Pascagoula, Miss., Jason Skipper of Aberdeen, Wash., and Kimberly (Skipper) Sargent of Burbank, Calif. The extended family includes grandchildren, James, Laryssa, Michael and Angel Cunningham, Jennifer (Lane) Johnson, Joseph Lane, Sarah (Foster) Astbury, Amy (Foster) Daniels, Anna Foster, J.T., Jordan, Kayla and Emily Skipper and sixteen great-grandchildren. In addition to his first wife Arlene, he was preceded by a son James Emmett Jr., a sister, Joan (Russ) Fulgham and grandchild Michelle Danielle Lane.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Central Park Lions Club, P.O. Box 613, Cosmopolis, Wash. 98537 or to a charity of choice.
A celebration of life gathering will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Coleman Mortuary Chapel. An urn committal service will follow at Aberdeen’s Fern Hill Cemetery.
A reception will immediately follow the urn committal service at the Cosmopolis Lions Club, 601 2nd Street.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.