Carl Cunningham, 80, a 58 year Riverside resident succumbed on January 7, 2003. He was funeralized at Second Baptist Church in Riverside on Thursday.
The cowboy loved horses and probably learned their importance from his early life as a farmer.
Almore Carl Cunningham was born June 21, 1921. His mother and father Lee Andrew and Eliza Cunningham preceeded him in death. Cunningham was the fifth of fourteen children.
At a young age he attended school in Victoria County, Texas. As a child he worked with his father and siblings sharecropping on the farm where they were raised.
Cunninghams travels led him to Riverside in 1946. He set his sights on a job at Kaiser Steel in Fontana, where he worked for 37 years until he retired. His family and friends considered him a true cowboy because of his strong passion for horses.
He loved family and social gatherings, good food, dancing, and especially enjoying life.
Cunninghams love of God, family and friends molded his character and personality. His charisma and charm was felt by all who knew him.
Cunningham was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He is survived by his wife Essie, four sons, Maurice of Colton, Carl and his wife Renee of Chino Hills, Ray of Carson, and Ronald (Shorty) and wife Wilinda of Adelanto; two daughters, Barbara Badger of Riverside and Gwendolyn and husband Hamilton (Keo) Hanley III of Anaheim, twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by sisters Lucy Tilman and Maggie Phillip of Houston, TX, Martha Grizel of Jamaica, NY, Dora Bell Terrell of Victoria, TX, Mary Lee and husband Andrew Kelly of Los Angeles, Adalia Jean and husband John L. McHenry of Riverside, Dolores Williams of Los Angeles, and one brother, Lee Andrew Cunningham of Victoria, TX, and a host of nieces, nephews who knew him lovingly as Uncle Bubba.
Tillman Riverside Mortuary, Inc. was in charge of the service. Interment was private.
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