James Cunningham

James Porter Cunningham Jr.

Sunday, February 18th, 1951 - Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
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James “Jim” Porter Cunningham Jr., 69, of Franklin passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

Born in Franklin, NC, he was the son of the late James Porter Cunningham, Sr. and Esther Minerva Clouse Cunningham. Jim attended Life Spring Community Church and was a motorcycle enthusiast who loved riding locally and long distance. He was an avid outdoorsman, very active in the Carson Community Club and was formerly a Carson Cemetery Committee Trustee. Jim was President of United Steel Workers Local 7202 and later began organizing for USW on a level that allowed him to travel the US and Japan. He retired from Duke Energy as a Quality Control Specialist after more than 35 years. Jim began his work with Nantahala Power and Light working on a survey crew, then as a lineman and later a powerhouse operator. He enjoyed serving others and loved his family and friends.

Jim is survived by his daughters, LeighAnn Cunningham of Sylva and Jessica McHan of Franklin; sisters, Brenda Elliott and Suzanne Williams, both of Franklin and one granddaughter, Kalyn McHan.

Funeral Services will be at 2:00 on Friday , November 20, 2020 at Macon Funeral Home with Rev. Bryan Lamb officiating. Burial will follow in the Carson Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Fred Shope, Bob Stewart, Todd McGaha, Jim Williams, Mike Lequire,
Mike Bingham, Brandon Brown, Harold Elliott

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 20th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Friday, November 20th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Macon Funeral Home
    261 Iotla Street
    FRANKLIN, NC 28734
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  • Service

    Macon Funeral Home
    261 Iotla Street
    FRANKLIN, NC 28734
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  • Interment

    Carson Community Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Franklin, NC 28734
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June Angel

Posted at 12:53pm
Dear Family,
Jim was such a good person. I have know him since I was a freshman in HS. He was always a gentleman, kind and ready to help. I know he loved his family and his friends. Jim was a hard worker, never idle. He will be missed by many. We will always remember his laughter. RIP my friend. Love and hugs to his family.
June H. Angel

Kim Williams

Posted at 08:57am
So sorry to read this...Rest in Peace dear friend and co-worker.

Bo Bryant

Posted at 01:58am
Jim was always so nice and kind. I’m thinking of his family and sending sincere sympathy snd prayers. Rest In Peace, Jim.

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