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50 North Pinch Road
Elkview, WV 25071
Phone: (304) 965-3331
Fax: 304-965-5238
Dr. Michael Cunningham

Dr. Michael L. Cunningham

Friday, November 10th, 1950 - Friday, May 24th, 2019
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Dr. Michael L. Cunningham, 68, of Elkview passed away peacefully on May 25, 2019. Mike worked in education for 45 years and held degrees from WVU and Marshall University. He was the principal of Clendenin Jr. High/Middle School and was a Professor Emeritus at Marshall University. Mike was a beloved member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. He was a loving grandfather, father and educator who mentored all around him. Mike loved helping friends and was a do-it-yourselfer who enjoyed home repair and woodworking. He loved life and is remembered by his friends and family for always telling jokes and being a trickster.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Wanda Wanner Cunningham, and his wife Sherry Gainer Cunningham. He is survived by his daughter Amanda Cunningham Karle (Brian) of Fredrick, Maryland and his granddaughter Emily Karle. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Cunningham Wilson (Carl) of Shallotte, NC. He was the proud uncle of Andrea and Ben.

A service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday June 1st at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Pinch, WV, with Dr. Bill Carmines officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 80 St. Andrew Lane, Elkview, WV 25071.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
    80 Saint Andrew Lane
    PINCH, WV 25156
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 11:00am
    St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
    80 Saint Andrew Lane
    PINCH, WV 25156
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    Dr. Bill Carmines
  • Interment

    Elk Hills Memorial Park
    4705 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Big Chimney , WV
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Lori Tate

Posted at 03:29pm
RIP Mike, prayers for your family. It was a pleasure working with you at Marshall University. I'll never forget how kind and supportive you always were to me.

Jim Long and Shari Akhtar

Posted at 02:34pm
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Peggy Waller

Posted at 10:08am
RIP Mike - Lots of fond memories from HHHS . Prayers for your family.

Carolyn Sizemore

Posted at 09:51am
Growing up I got to know Michael through my sister and Herbert Hoover High School. How could I ever imagine that our friendship would remain for the rest of our lives? When I started to earn my doctorate at Marshall University's Graduate School. the person that I always trusted to answer my silly questions was Dr. Michael Cunningham. One example was when I asked Michael what was the difference between a Prospectus and a Dissertation. He helped me to realize that many other students had confused these terms and my question was not silly at all . Michael was a practitioner unlike so many other professors. I remember him as a mentor whom used his wicked sense of humor along with an extensive vocabulary to make each encounter a gem. To Patricia and his family, I pray that our good Lord will comfort you in your time of grief. Dr. Cunningham was a terrific teacher, mentor and friend. He will be remembered.

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