Cunningham, Paul

Paul Dorman Cunningham, 90, died Oct. 12, 2019, in Fairfield Glade, Tenn.

Paul was the second of two children born to Paul R. and Blanche L. Cunningham in Adrian, Mich. He grew up and graduated from high school in Adrian where he also met and married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Jean Bliss, on June 19, 1948. They lived in Adrian until moving to Morenci, Mich., in the 1970s where they lived on Toad Creek Farm, on Mulberry Road, a gentleman’s farm on a dirt road. They retired in 1999 to Fairfield Glade.

Paul was a long-standing member of the Methodist Church. He served as a member, board member and president of the Kiwanis Club. He also served on the Morenci Board of Education as a member and president.

Together, he and Dorothy had three children and one adopted daughter. Paul worked as a mail carrier for 20 years on walking and motor routes, then retired from the post office and started a new career as a real estate broker.

His lifetime passion was competitive target shooting where he excelled, starting in his early 20s and continuing until his late 80s when he was physically unable to compete. He then continued the sport as a teacher and club officer. He achieved the status of Lifetime Master in both rifle and pistol and was invited to the 1974 Olympic Trials in Phoenix, Ariz. During his competitive years, he also served as an instructor to several police departments, Boy Scout troops and recreational groups.

Paul is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons Lynn Dorman (and Evelyn) Cunningham of Atlanta, Ga., and Mark Allan (and Cassi) Cunningham of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren Melissa (and John) Stull of Hudsonville, Mich., James (and Rachel) Cunningham of Nolensville, Tenn.; and four great-grandchildren, Kayla (Arial) Sosa of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Charlotte, Claire, and Colton Cunningham of Nolensville.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, infant Eileen Marie and adopted daughter Lee Ann. 

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church.