Donald J. Cunningham

Cause of Death:
August 22, 1967.
September 2, 2015.
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September 23, 2015

Surrounded by family and friends, Don's soul left this earth, at the young age of 48, on Sept. 2, 2015. A funeral service was held on Sept. 5, 2015, at the Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksville, Ark.,

To honor his time spent in Alaska, a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at 3 p.m., at the Portage Valley RV Park Pavilion, 355 Wyatt's Windy Road in Anchorage, Alaska. It will be potluck and bonfire style, so please dress warm and informal. This was one of Don's favorite places to be. We will be sharing good memories and stories of Don, so please bring your stories and come join us as we remember him.

Don was a graduate of Bartlett High School, in Anchorage. He served our country as a proud member of the United States Air Force and spent many years working at a variety of car dealerships in Anchorage; but the job he was most proud of was with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department in Clarksville, Ark., where he spent many years doing what he truly loved.

Although Don didn't have children of his own, he had an amazing knack for relating to kids. He was a mentor and a friend to young people and hoped that his support and guidance would direct them to a brighter future. He often showed up with gifts for the kids when visiting friends. He would give you the shirt off his back and would not hesitate to go without, if it meant someone else received something they needed. Don's priority was to make everyone's world a little brighter, and he succeeded.

He leaves behind his father, Phillip Cunningham of Anchorage; his mother and step-father, Freda and Ken Lough of Clarksville; his brother and sister-in-law, Leland and Sharon Cunningham of Yakota, Japan; brother, Geoffrey White of Kansas City, Kan.; and sister, Jennifer White of Anchorage. Don also leaves behind a niece and nephew he loved deeply, Chloe and Preston Cunningham; and former sister-in-law, Tonya Gibson-Cunningham. Don was preceded in death by his most favorite friend and dog, "Buddy," the Bassett Hound. Now they are once together again.

We hope that you will come and join us to celebrate the beautiful imprint Don has left in each of our hearts. Don's smile and Billy Bob-Slingblade-grunt "mmm-hmm" will forever be missed. Please send your favorite memories of Don, some will be used for us to enjoy at the service. You can send them to:


Don's soul left this earth, at the young age of 48, on September 2, 2015. He was surrounded by family and friends, who had been staying around the clock with him at St. Mary's Hospital in Russellville.

He had worked with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department in various capacities for many years doing something that he truly loved doing.

He leaves behind his parents, Ken and Freda Lough, of Clarksville. His father, Phillip Cunningham of Anchorage, Alaska; his brothers Leland Cunningham of Yakota, Japan; Geoffrey White of Kansas City, KS and sister, Jennifer White of Anchorage, Alaska. Don is greatly missed by all of his family and his many close friends.

We, as parents, would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all of your thoughtfulness and prayers. Don joins his most favorite friend and dog, Buddy, the Bassett Hound in Heaven. We would like to acknowledge all of Don's lifelong friends, both near and far, that showed what true friendship is. We witnessed so much love and support from so many people. It was truly amazing to see what effect he had made in their lives in the short time he was here.

In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to the Lamar High School Booster Club, C/O Brett Sampley, 301 Elberta St., Lamar, AR 72846. Don truly loved working with these young people during their sporting events.

Donald's visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, September 04, 2015, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksville. Mr. Cunningham's funeral service will be at 2:00p.m., Saturday, September 5, 2015, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Boen officiating and Wes Kendrick speaking. Chip Riddle, Jerry Dorney, David Smothers, Jason Daggs, Scott Shelley, Jimmy Dorney, and Geoffrey White will serve as Pallbearers. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office will serve as Honorary Pallbearers. Arrangements are under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home (479) 754-2201. Online guestbook

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#26 Derrick Spruill (aka "wheels") and
#80 Don Cunningham going for a fumble recovery!
Sent by Derrick in November 2020.