Timothy Luke Cunningham, 24, of Duluth, Ga., passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2009, as the result of a tragic car/pedestrian accident in Talladega, Ala.

He was born Feb. 8, 1985 in Yakima to Mike and Jeanne Cunningham. Tim was the seventh of nine siblings. He spent his early years in Sunnyside and Yakima, attending St Paul's, Robertson, Franklin, and Eisenhower schools. He graduated from Olympia High School in 2003. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Western Washington University.

He worked for Spider Safe Works. He and his family had moved to Duluth in January.

Tim's life was defined by his GREAT love of family, friends and fun. Tim was gregarious, fun-loving and full of life. His quick smile and sense of humor won him many friends; and his generosity and loyalty kept them close.

Tim will be greatly missed by all who came to love him including his rugby brothers at WWU, his large extended family.

He is survived by the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Jennifer Gafford-Cunningham; their daughter, Adeline Owen Cunningham (six months old); his parents, Mike and Jeanne Cunningham of Olympia; two brothers, Isaac (Eva) of Yakima and Joel of Olympia; five sisters, Leona (Nathan) Bushman of Yakima, Angela (Chris) Van Gordon of Spokane, Cheri (Pete) Salas of Sunnyside, Theresa (Sal) Diaz of Salem, Ore. and Rebecca Cunningham of Olympia; his grandmother, Loretta Cunningham; his God-sons, Benjamin Esquivel and Chita Diaz; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. All of whom loved him and will miss his wild and adventurous ways dearly.

Tim was preceded in death by his brother, Benjamin; his grandpa Cunningham; and grandpa and grandma, Robinson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, April 30, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 812 Bowker Street S.E. in Lacey, WA.

A fund for Tim's daughter, Adeline Cunningham, has been established at Chase/WAMU bank.

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Arrangements by Funeral Alternatives of Washington.


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