James Parker Cunningham Nov. 15,1955 - Oct. 7, 2016 For those of us who are fortunate there comes into our lives one who enriched our world with his gentleness, brought out the better nature of all who knew or met him, whose ingenuous soul brightened the day of everyone. Jim was that gift. He surmounted every challenge he faced from a difficult beginning, surprising all as he conquered one hurdle after another, always with cheerful determination. Jim was a lifelong resident of Redlands, a Redlands High alum, class of '75. He continued to pursue his talent in art at Valley College. His interests ranged from the weather to trains, to astronomy and space, to music and art. But his lifelong passion was horses. Although unable to ride, highlighting his days were visits to a horse ranch with his friend Suzanne Coonradt and trips to Barnes & Noble for books with friend Suzanne Owens. He enjoyed horse and veterinary programs, listening to music, people. He was taken all too soon by his heart and a stroke caused by a fall. His last hours were at home with his family by his bedside. Jim lost his mother, Beverley, in 2009. He is survived by his father, William Cunningham. Brother Andrew(Barbara) of Redlands and sister Virginia (David) Cleave of Maui. Uncle Thurmon Cunningham of Manhattan Beach. Aunt Ardee Buck of Meadview, Arizona. Nieces and nephews Jennifer (Kyle) Forsythe, Peter (Nicole) Cunningham and Rebecca Cunningham of Redlands, Elizabeth and Andrew Cleave of Maui. Great nephews and nieces. William, Gloria and Patricia Chavez, Conner Forsythe, Patrick and Sierra Larsen, as well as a number of cousins. Services will be at Redlands First Baptist Church, Tuesday, October 18 Viewing at 10:00, Service at 11:00, Reception following Reverend Randy Boldt (cousin) Officiating Interment and brief graveside service at Hillside Memorial Park.
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