ALVIN, TX, USA U.S. Army 1LT, TROOP C, 1ST SQUADRON, 32D CAVALRY, 1 BCT, FORT CAMPBELL, KY BALAD, IRAQ 04/23/2008
Timothy W. Cunningham and his brother loved going to school and would look for efficient ways to get there on time.
“I walked into their room one night and both boys were lying on top of their bedspreads, fully dressed, lying very still with their hands by their sides,” said their mother, Cindy.
“When I asked what was up, they both told me that they talked it over and figured out that they could get extra sleep and get to school sooner if they dressed the night before and didn’t have to make their beds.”
Cunningham, 26, who grew up in Alvin, Texas, died April 23 of injuries from a vehicle accident in Golden Hills, Iraq. He was assigned to Fort Campbell.
“He was the young man that every dad wishes his daughter would marry,” said the Rev. Alfred Perry.
He graduated high school in 2000 and received a nuclear engineering degree from the U.S. Military Academy. “He was a great kid who did everything he was supposed to do,” said Ricky Hassell, his former principal.
Tim wrote a letter to his family before he died that contained instructions for what they were to do if he were killed, wounded or captured – a different set of instructions for each case.
“If I could sum up Tim’s life, it would be that he lived all out,” said his mother.
He is survived by his wife, Samantha, and his 1-year-old daughter, Abigail.