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Fallen East Texas Soldier Remembered

A former Rusk High School student was honored Thursday afternoon in South Texas for giving the ultimate sacrifice.  First Lieutenant Timothy Cunningham, 26 was killed in Iraq last week in a vehicle accident.  He was said to have been rushing to help a fellow soldier when the accident happened.  

"You'd be proud that you knew him and that you met him," said Freddie White.  Freddie and Houston White say they will always remember the little boy who went to their church who had a giving personality.

"He really wanted to be of service to people, and that came I think because of his Christian education," said Houston White.  Cunningham's father was the Music Minister at Rusk First Baptist Church for many years.  The White's say Cunningham was very involved at church and school as well.  Before moving his junior year to Alvin, Texas Cunningham was an honor student at Rusk High School, member of the National Honor Society and ran track.

"If you could describe someone as being a perfect student, I would describe him as being perfect," said Cunningham's former teacher Bettye Turney. 

"He was one of those kids that did everything perfect and prided himself in doing what was right," said Rusk High School Principal Ricky Hassell.  Like his older brother John David, Cunningham graduated from West Point Military Academy in 2006.

"That in itself was a selfless act, knowing what he was doing and where he was going in life and what the possibilities were, you know he was a hero," said Turney.  A hero, those that knew him say will never be forgotten.  

Cunningham leaves behind a wife and one-year-old baby girl.  His funeral was Thursday afternoon in Pearland.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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