FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT Service for Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham

            The funeral service for Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham, the 53rd Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, will be on Friday, June 12, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. at the Cedar Crest Cathedral CME Church, 1616 E. Illinois Avenue, Dallas, Texas  75216.

            Bishop Cunningham died Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

            Because of coronavirus related health regulations in Dallas County, in-person attendance is limited to the Cunningham family, service participants, invited guests, and persons producing the livestream.  Only those authorized persons will be admitted into the Cedar Crest Cathedral facility.  All others are asked to attend the service virtually.

            Before planning or making travel arrangements, persons should contact Pastor Van C. Williams [at 214-376-2601] to confirm their status as an authorized attendee.

            Persons wishing to view the service via live streaming should use the following web address: .    

.  The stream is to begin at least 30 minutes before the actual service begins so that a slideshow of photos, etc., that the family might desire can be seen.

Bishop Cunningham was elected bishop in 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia, and retired in 2010 in Mobile, Alabama.  He served the Tenth and Eighth Episcopal Districts before retiring.  Then, In March 2011, he was recalled to serve the Eleventh Episcopal District until the 2014 General Conference.

Prior to his election, he had served 16 years as General Secretary of the Department of Christian Education, and had been professor at Lane College and pastor of several congregations. 

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. (“Lady”) Clarice Cunningham; a daughter, Ms. Bridgette Cunningham; and a son, Ronald M. Cunningham, Jr.  Condolences can be sent to Mrs. Cunningham and the Family at 200 Big Bend, DeSoto, Texas  75115 (901-338-4978).

Black and Clark Funeral Home (2517 E. Illinois Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75216; 214-376-8297) is in charge of arrangements.

Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick


  1. Anthony & Spring Smoaks on June 7, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Prayers for Lady Clarice and family. May The work and service that Bishop Cunningham gave to the church and community speak for him. Praying for comfort and peace for the family.
    Anthony and Spring Smoaks & Family

  2. Rev. Linda Bell on June 7, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Our prayers go out to the family. What a great Bishop, he led us with dignity and peace and will certainly be missed.

    Grace & Peace
    Rev. Linda Bell, Pastor
    Daniel House of Deliverance CME Church
    Sherman, Texas

  3. Ms. Darol McGhee on June 7, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    May the peace of God be with the Cunningham family.

  4. Rev. Caleb Shinyega, elder,Kenya on June 7, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    We loved Bishop Cunningham since his service in Kenya and we mourn with the family and pray for the now became widow for God’s strength to cope with the new situation she’s found herself in.

  5. Wanda E Vaughn on June 7, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Rest well my cousin Ronald. The family are all waiting to rejoice your entrance into heaven.

  6. Anthony Falls-Vaughn on June 7, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Rest in POWER Cousin. Become the heavenly warrior that we will continue to need and call upon. May his peace be with you til we meet again. Tell Aunt Connie hi and giver a big hug.

  7. Joyce Crowder on June 7, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Praying for the family and friends comfort and strength during this difficult time of sorrow.

    He was a blessing for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.


  8. Joe and Regina Oliver on June 7, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Our Condolences to this sweet and loving family in the passing of a wonderful and kind man Bishop Cunningham. Our prayers are with and for you. God Bless you.

  9. Allen D. Thompson Sir. on June 8, 2020 at 2:20 am

    My Professor and my Brother may in Omega Chapter. I would like thank you for the wisdom gave while I was at Lane College

    Allen D. Thompson Sr.
    Lane College class of 1979
    Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
    Kappa Sigma Chapter 1976

  10. John Ross on June 8, 2020 at 3:59 am

    Prayers and condolences to ally he friends Family and love ones , that crossed his path while he on this earth. Heaven has another Bishop left a great legacy on this earth.Really Gonna miss You.

  11. Wendy Gladney on June 11, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Rest well Uncle Ronnie. Well done good and faithful servant. I will forever be grateful for the seeds you planted in my life. Love Always, Wendy

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