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Philip Cunningham

Philip Cunningham

Jun 5, 1953 - Oct 23, 2019
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Philip Eugene Cunningham “Big Phil” was born June 5,1953 in Toledo, OH to Paul and Lessie (Moon) Cunningham. He graduated from Rogers High School in 1971. He attended BGSU for a short period of time, where he became a member of the Epsilon Phi chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. This was a critical period in his life, one where he began to embody the fraternity's mission of “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.” He left school and began employment at Phillip Morris as a salesman. He later completed his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from The University of Toledo. He was also employed at several places including the Toledo Chapter of the National Urban League, the Private Industry Council, and retired from LMHA.

Philip became an avid photographer, helped to organize and DJ various events, and met many prominent figures of the time; including members of Parliament Funkadelic and James Baldwin. Philip spent two decades as a mentor and a connector, eventually, becoming a regional expert on career development and self-sufficiency. He enjoyed roles that connected people to jobs and opportunities. In his later years, Philip spent his time growing into his new role as grandparent. Philip originally grew up attending Third Baptist Church with his grandmother where he gained his primary relationship with Jesus. He also became a deacon at the church. In later years, he became a member of Cornerstone Church where he attended the Global School of Ministry and he obtained his certificate in Marketplace Ministry. He was also a “Cornerstone Crew” member and a part of the photography team.

Philip believed in people. He encouraged everyone he met to follow their dreams and to see the world. He had the unique ability to see potential in everyone. Philip loved his family. He was extremely proud of his sons for becoming the men that they are. Philip cherished his friends. Philip was also a founding member of The NETT (a monthly networking event in Toledo, OH) that ran from 2007-2011, which led to the conception of “419 Day,” a celebration of Toledo.

Philip was preceded in death by both parents. He is survived by his devoted wife, Donna Cunningham, his brother Joshua Carter, and three sons, Philip (Shanon), Joshua (Priscilla) and Malcolm Cunningham, his stepdaughters Deonna Gregory and Erika Frazier, three grandchildren, and a host of loving relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank the Men’s Connect Group from Cornerstone Church for their kindness and compassionately spending time with Philip on a regular basis. He loved them and always looked forward to the visits.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    October 29, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    October 29, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    The House of Day Funeral Services Chapel
    Address
    Address Not Available
  • Second Visitation

    October 30, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    October 30, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Cornerstone Church
    Address
    1520 S. Reynolds Rd
    Maumee, Ohio 43537
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  • Service

    October 30, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    October 30, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    Cornerstone Church
    Address
    1520 S. Reynolds Rd
    Maumee, Ohio 43537
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Phil, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Wishing your family comfort in this time. --Mayerson Academy Team
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Philip (Philly Dog) will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He will always be a Sigma brother (Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.) When at Bowling Green State University we were young and had a lot of fun. Until we meet again may "God Bless a true Sigma Man". Also to the Cunningham family please know that you will be blessed as the days pass.

Bro. Marion V. Perkins & Family
Massillon, Ohio
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