Mr. Lee Andrew Cunningham Lee Cunningham pic1

E. Stefan Morris

Obituary for Mr. Lee Andrew Cunningham Lee Cunningham pic1

March 26, 1934
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September 12, 2021

Lee Andrew Cunningham was born on Monday, March 26, 1934 at 7:30a.m. to Levi Cunningham and Cordelia Swinton in Atkins, Arkansas. He took his last breath early Sunday, September 12, 2021. He grew up in the family community of Happy Bend, Arkansas and attended the local schools in the area. Lee was drafted into the Army, October 9, 1956 and received a honorable discharge on September 27, 1957. (Eleven months and 19 days to be exact) He worked as a detailer for Don Stein Buick for many years. He was married to Azer L. Garrett, Beulah E. McCluney, Betty J. Caldwell and Georgia Beasley.
Lee was a long-standing member of the Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church where he served on the Deacon board, choir, male chorus and briefly as a Sunday school teacher, singing was his passion and he could be heard throughout the community with several quartet groups. He was regularly called upon to sing solo at various events.
Lee was a man with extreme facial expressions, very fashionable in the wardrobe (or at least he thought) and very, very fundamentally developed in his choice of words and if you came in contact with him you could say yes to that. One of Lee’s favorite saying were “butter rue (looking over his glasses) you alright”. There were many, many others but this setting does not allow those words to be mentioned. Lee was adamant on no five minute comments on his home going service, because as he put it he didn’t want folk lying. He also did not want no funeral foods as he called it.
Damian Caldwell, Lee’s youngest son’s Tribute
There will never be another Lee Andrew Cunningham…EVER!!!! One of the premium if not THE premium and godfather of quartet singers in Kansas City. He didn’t like pretty signing lol. If you’re going to sing…SING and he didn’t have any problem telling you or letting you know EXACTLY how he felt. He was my dad and I KNOW he loved me, my brother and sisters, You will be missed Pop, but you have earned your reward, Rest well dad Love you man.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents, sister Voicy Mae Stewart, son Derrick Beasley, wives Azer, Beulah and Georgia.
Lee is survived by five children: three sons, Stevonia (Annette) Cunningham of Bellevue, Nebraska, Damian (Tamera) Caldwell of Kansas City, Missouri, Glen (Auline-BOO) Gunnels of Kansas City, Missouri, two daughters; Renajarett (Ahmad) Abdulrahman of Fresno, Texas and Wandean (Karl) Rivers of Manhattan, Kansas. Fourteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Visitation Details

Date and Time:

Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Location:

Mt Pleasant Baptist Church

2200 Olive St, Kansas City, MO 64127

Service Details

Date and Time:

Saturday, September 25, 2021 at
11:00 AM

Location:

Mt Pleasant Baptist Church

2200 Olive St, Kansas City, MO 64127

Interment Details

Interment Type: Cemetery

Leavenworth National Cemetery

850 Muncie Rd. Leavenworth, Kansas 66101

Professional Services Entrusted to Elite Funeral Chapel 11525 Blue Ridge Blvd. Kansas City, MO. 64134. Tel: (816) 765-0141 Fax (816) 765-5500