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John Paul Cunningham

July 28, 1931 ~ June 28, 2018 (age 86)

John Paul Cunningham, 86 of Chattanooga, TN died on Thursday, June 28, 2018.

He was born to the late Fred and Ruth Cunningham of Laurens, SC.  John graduated in 1953 from the University of South Carolina, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.  After graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force Aviation Cadet Program.  As a pilot, John rose to the rank of Captain, flying many missions in Korea.  From there, he was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base where he met the love of his life and married Reba Wood, recently celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary.  John and Reba are members of the First Baptist Church of Greenville. 

John was preceded in death by his son, Paul Wood Cunningham.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Reba; daughter, Alice Oehmig; son-in-law, William C. Oehmig and five grandchildren, Margaret (Sissy) Oehmig, William C. Oehmig, Jr., Alex, Nick and Quincy Cunningham. 

The family will conduct a private memorial service honoring John’s life.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, or other acts of kindness, a donation be made to the Believe Campaign, Erlanger Children’s Hospital, 975 East 3rd Street, Suite B-508, Chattanooga, TN 37403 or at

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Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

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