Dr. Charles William Cunningham passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Salem Memorial District Hospital. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 19, 1942. Charlie was raised by his uncle and aunt, Dr. Don and Marcie Cunningham along with his brother Ira “Howard” and sister Kay.
In 1960, Charlie graduated from Holden High School in Holden, Missouri. Prior to attending medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Kirksville, Missouri, he served his country in the United States Marine Corps. After graduation and completing an internship in Lansing, Michigan, he began his medical practice as a family physician in Salem in 1972 with his dear friend, Dr. Bob Carnett. He proudly served Salem and Dent County for more than 40 years.
Charlie was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church, a Shriner, Lodge #225, and Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. He enjoyed bass fishing, reading, collecting gadgets, and traveling until his health no longer permitted. But his greatest pleasure and most enjoyable moments were spent with his family.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Jan Bay Cunningham; children Lisa and husband Steven Street, Chuck and wife Shelly Cunningham; Dr. Cristie Cunningham; grandchildren Christopher, Justin, and Johnny Seber, Sarah and husband Ronny Sherwood, Skylar Cunningham and Riley Cunningham; great-grandchildren Blake Sherwood and Sophia Sherwood; nephews Dr. Chris Billings and wife Jill, Josh Cunningham and wife Shana, Matt Dillon, Dr. Tyler Dillon and wife Judy; great nieces Grace Dillon, Faith Dillon, Brook Billings, Hailey Billings, McKinley Billings and Maddyn Billings; great nephews Gus Dillon, Grant Cunningham, Jackson Cunningham, Zach Billings, Michael Billings and wife Leslie, Bryson Billings, Nick Billings and Cole Billings; sisters-in-law Senna Cunningham and Jeanne Dillon; brothers-in-law Tom Dillon and Jim Billings; many family, friends, former colleagues, and patients.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, uncle and aunt, Dr. Don and Marcie Cunningham, brother Ira “Howard” Cunningham, sister Kay Billings, and in-laws Gene and Marie Bay; nephew Dr. Scott Billings and niece Marcie Marie Billings.