James Travis “Jim” Cunningham.
Passed away March 28, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas. He was born October 23, 1929 in Temple, Texas to Travis Cunningham and Thelma McDonald Cunningham and grew up in Comanche, Texas.
Jim was a fifth generation Texan, being a direct descendent of Captain James Washington and Suzannah Tate Cunningham, who migrated to Texas from Alabama in 1839. He spent most of his young life on the family ranch where he worked with his dad and other family members raising cattle and horses. He was an expert horseman and usually had a good saddle horse around for pleasure riding.
Jim married Billie Rae Weekes on October 28, 1950 in Comanche and they were married for over 67 years. They had three children, James David and twin daughters, Laura Rae and Dana Lea. Jim and Billie have lived in the Austin area most of their married life, moving to Round Rock in 1981, Jim was employed by the former Texas Air Control Board and after retiring he and Billie raised on their property, at one time or another, cattle, horses, ostriches and Boer goats. After retiring they bought a Model A Ford and joined the Lone Star Model A Ford Club in Georgetown, Texas, and they spent many happy hours driving his coupe all over Texas with members of the club.
Jim was a member of the Masonic Lodge #227 or Round Rock, Masonic Lodge #481 of Comanche, the Scottish Rite Lodge of Austin and the Ben Hur Shrine of Austin. He was awarded the Golden Trowel Award by the Round Rock Lodge and received his 60-year Service Award in 2015.
He is predeceased by his parents, his son David Cunningham, daughter Laura Cunningham Parsons and her husband Joe, sister Lou Cunningham Riley, and brother Don Cunningham. Surviving are his wife Billie, daughter Dana Cunningham, sister-in-law Glenda Weekes and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be nephews Scot and Barry Cunningham, Rock, Randy, Kevin and Kyle Riley, Kevin and Ben Weekes and friend Brent Prosise. Services at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1705 Gattis School Road, Round Rock, at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2018, and burial at Palm Valley Cemetery. Viewing at the church at 10:00 a.m. before the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to All Blind Children of Texas, 1100 W. 45th Street, Austin, TX 787556 or the charity of your choice.