Cover photo for John Sheperd Cunningham's Obituary
John Sheperd Cunningham Profile Photo

John Sheperd Cunningham

May 23, 1929 — November 15, 2023


John Sheperd Cunningham

John Sheperd Cunningham, born May 23, 1929, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at the age of 94.

He was a graduate of Central High School, where he was the captain of the basketball team. He attended Carson Newman College. On September 3, 1949, John married the love of his life, Barbara Whited Cunningham. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, before becoming a salesman at Leinart Engineering Co. John was a former member of Beaver Brook Country Club, where he enjoyed playing golf, and also enjoyed hunting, and fishing.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William D. and Lina Cunningham; and brother, William A. Cunningham.

John is survived by his wife of 74 years, Barbara W. Cunningham; sister, Elizabeth C. Kuykendall; God children, Michael Mussleman, Tammy Mussleman, Suzanne M. Beeler, and Bryan Beeler; as well as, fur baby, Abigail.

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 20, 2023 at Mynatt Funeral Home Fountain City Chapel from 4:00-6:00 PM. A private graveside will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Paul Episcopal Church in Seymour TN, in John’s honor. Online condolences may be left at

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of John Sheperd Cunningham, please visit our flower store.

Past Services


Monday, November 20, 2023

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 364

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree