Warren Leonard Cunningham was born in Robertville, South Carolina, on March 25, 1943 to the late Warren and Frances Cunningham. He was the second child of six siblings.
On May 31, 1975 Warren married Ledith Henderson, the wife of his dreams. Their loving family included four children, Darryl, Lavenia, Zandra and Joshua. Ledith fondly remembers Warren as a loving and devoted husband and father. Together they shared 45 years along with many fond memories. Whether calling to mind their love of the ministry, love of music, going to concerts, their many travels abroad both together and with their family and others in the congregation including unassigned territory. Warren and Ledith shared a genuine affection.
Warren was a Veteran and as a young man, he began to study the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses. His love for the Bible truths quickly touched his heart which led the way to dedicating his life to Jehovah God and getting baptized on July 7, 1973. Warren was never shy about his love for Jehovah or his love for others. He shared Bible truths at every opportunity. Ever approachable and down-to-earth, he encouraged many with his big smile and his infectious love of life. He cherished the Brotherhood, and did what he could to encourage those around him to continue serving Jehovah faithfully.
Eventually, Warren was appointed as an elder in the Linden Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, where he served lovingly for many years. During those years he served as the Theocratic Ministry School Overseer, Service Overseer, and Watchtower Conductor. Warren was always reaching out to assist others in the Congregation. Most recently, he served as an elder in the Roselle Park Congregation. There, he and his family were lovingly welcomed, and Warren became a beloved elder and an example of strength and endurance.
After retiring from L’Oréal Company in Clark, NJ, where he worked as a truck driver for 41 years, Warren had the privilege and joy of serving as a pioneer for several years. Serving full time in the ministry was one of his favorite things to do, and friends use to love getting in the “field service van.” In addition to having an enjoyable day preaching, they knew he was sure to take a break at QuickChek! Talking about the end of this system and the “new world” was his absolute FAVORITE topic!
Warren was affectionately known to many as “Dad,” “Papa,” “Little Warren,” “Uncle Dub,”
“Brother Cunningham,” and “Uncle Warren.” The common thread woven through all these names of endearment was his self-sacrificing love. He enjoyed many activities such as pool, ping pong, horseshoes, bowling, skating, the board game Scrabble, and organizing the Linden Congregation Picnic. Before becoming a Witness, he was a singer in a group called Harry and the Keyavas. The group produced a few songs, included one entitled "Tears" and another "If This is Goodbye.” Warren enjoyed singing and would sing at many gatherings with family and friends.
Warren was predeceased by his Mother and Father, Warren and Frances Cunningham; two brothers, Larry and Edward Cunningham, and son, Darryl Dean. He is survived by his devoted wife of 45 years, Ledith; sister, Hazel Cunningham (NJ); brother, Ronald Cunningham (GA); sister-in-law, Annette Cunningham (NJ), and brother, Curtis Gillerson (GA). He is also survived by his loving children, Lavenia, Zandra (Shalah), and Joshua (June), and his grandchildren, Chanel, Takeanna, Shalah II, Denesha, Quinn, Zarah, Alessa, Keturah and Jeremiah and his great grandchildren, Jada and Sihanna. Affectionately known by his grandchildren as Papa, he loved all his grandchildren and had a special closeness with those of his household who were by his side until the very end – Takeanna, Denesha, and Sihanna. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his many adopted spiritual sons and daughters. He will be extremely missed by his family and friends.
The temporary loss of Warren deeply pains us. Warren will be missed by all whose lives he touched. He died faithfully, so we are comforted by the words found at 2 Timothy 4:7.
“I have fought the fine fight, I have run the race to the finish, I have observed the faith.”
Throughout these last month’s Warren reminded those by his bedside again and again that soon “no resident will say: “I am sick.” (Isaiah 33:24) Our God Jehovah promises to resurrect faithful servants like Warren and others to everlasting life on a Paradise Earth. In the meantime, we will, as stated in Warren’s favorite Psalm, ‘To you, O Jehovah, I turn. My God, I trust in you.” So we may be there to see Warren. —Psalms 25:1 and 2.
The family of Warren Cunningham would like to sincerely thank each of you for all of your support through this most difficult time. The phone calls, text messages, flowers, cards, meals, supplies and care you have shown to us has truly been overwhelming and have been a great source of “strength” and “comfort.”
Zoom Memorial Service of Warren Cunningham
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Zoom Room will open at 1:30 p.m.
Slideshow: 1:45 p.m.
Discourse Time: 2:00 p.m.
Zoom Room will open at 1:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting Details:
Meeting ID: 820 0700 2820
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