Charles Dunlap Cunningham, 99, of Nolensville, died peacefully on December 3, 2018. He was a decorated WWII veteran, retired Lt. Col. (USAF) with Command Pilot Wings. Charlie was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Sue Brooks Bates Cunningham, and is survived by daughters, Charlotte Cunningham (Mark) Crawford of Nolensville, TN, Susan Bates (Gene) Holtrey of Oviedo, FL, sons, Michael L. (Lisa) Cunningham of Houston, TX, James V. (Joan) Cunningham of Austin, TX and Robert Brooks (Mary Zorn) Bates of Athens, GA, eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Donations may be made in Charlie’s memory to Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church.
Charlotte’s remembrance…. When Mom died & Dad came to live with us, I watched as he did not retreat from a new situation but slowly & steadily grew in new friendships and adventures. At 91, he bought a new Mustang & in 5 years had put over 100,000 miles on it! Started delivering Meals on Wheels & was still doing that 5 months ago! Attended Triune Baptist & had a regular Sunday “lunch bunch.” Did Israel tour at age 94. All was accompanied by a constant desire to give back from a grateful heart for how much God had blessed him. Dad rightly got a lot of recognition for having been a WWII fighter pilot. But that same sense of adventure, bravery, and humility was equally present with him to the end. I miss you Dad but wow, what an adventure you’re having now.