July 17, 1955 ~ April 30, 2023
Resided in: McQueeney, Texas
John Alfred Cunningham Jr. age, 67 years, 9 months, and 18 days old, grabbed a fishing pole and went fishing with our Lord on Sunday, April 30, 2023.
Jr. wore many hats and answered to many names throughout his life, including Pops, son, J.J., Jr. Boy, dad, grandpa, Uncle Jr., husband, and friend. JJ was born to John Alfred Cunningham Sr. and Ola B. Cunningham on July 17, 1955 in Seguin, Texas where he was raised to be an honest man of his word, a hard worker, and a fisherman. From 1977-1979, J.J. resided in Corpus Christi, Texas where he lived his dream temporarily as “Super Carrot” while playing minor league baseball for the Corpus Christi Hooks and being a dance junkie at the White Rabbit Disco. While in Corpus, J.J. married Grace and became Pops to his son, Rudy while taking the roll of dad to six children he honored by raising as his own. Throughout the next 23 years while living in New Braunfels, Texas, he worked at ADM Flour Mill, J.J. taught his children to fish, hunt, bbq, cook, clean house, raise rabbits and chickens. In 1989, J.J. became a proud grandpa to his 1st of 22 grandchildren whom he adored and taught to fish and hunt as well. In 2005, while working at Coleman, J.J. met Yolanda and inherited an additional family of 4 children, and 5 of 22 more grandchildren, which he also raised as his own. J.J. was blessed with an amazingly large family to carry on his legacy and teachings.
J.J.’s passion was fishing; at any given time of day or season he held a rod and reel in hand. Whether he went to the coast, a lake, or pier, he relaxed doing what gave him peace of mind. Fishing seemed to be his way of communicating and teaching, this is where he took his family to talk, learn, listen, and be quiet. If your rod was extended and that bell rings, by golly start reeling it in slowly and be prepared to filet what you catch.
Survivors include his six sons, Rudy Cunningham, Mario Bejarano Jr., Michael Herrera, Charles Herrera, Julian Medina, and Javier Medina; five daughter’s, Brenda Kuebke, Belinda Almarez, Michelle Baughman, Reyna Medina and Amanda Medina; forty-four grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; his mom, Ola B. Cunningham; five brothers; two sisters; and numerous niece’s and nephew’s.
J.J. is preceded in death by his dad, John A. Cunningham Sr.; his brother, Jimmy “Chuka” Cunningham; his great grandson, Walter Calvin Herrera; his grandparents, George and Eva May Cunningham and Ollen and Nareen Mathis.
In lieu of floral arrangements, the Cunningham family asks for prayer and peace for all by grabbing a rod and reel to take some time to go fishing.
My sincere condolences 🙏❤️🥲! Paula Cmielewski! You know it’s only been 2 months I lost my husband please forgive me for not being there in person, but I’m with you in thoughts and prayers! Love you prima
Sending our deepest condolences and prayers for his soul and for peace and comfort in the broken hearts left behind. May he RIP.
Tio Tonio and family
Cruz Carlos Acosta and family
That was my Uncle JJ
My Deepest Sympathy and Condolences for your loss Yolanda. Not was he only a good guy he was an amazing friend that I could call him my brother from another mother. I will miss him dearly. He was there when my daughter was born and immediately gave her the nickname “Big Cheeks” which will never be forgotten. J.J. you will absolutely be missed. Till we meet again Brother!!!!!
Luis & Natalie Chapa
Our deepest sympathy 🙏 so sorry for ur loss!