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Bennie L. Cunningham, Jr.

Date of Death: 04/23/2018

Mr. Bennie L. Cunningham, Jr., age 63, died Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.  He was a son of Bennie L. Cunningham, Sr. and the late Carol Hamilton Cunningham.  He is survived by two sons, Bennie L. Cunningham, III of Clemson and Brian O’Neale of Bowie, Maryland; one daughter, Candice Cunningham of Greenville; his father, Bennie L. Cunningham, Sr. of Seneca; three brothers, Grant Cunningham and Howard Cunningham of Seneca and Ronald Putman of Greenville; one grandchild, Amani O’Neale and his former wife, the mother of his children (Candice and Bennie,III), Harriet Cunningham of Greenville. 

Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Seneca Baptist Church, 1080 S. Oak Street, Seneca, SC 29678.  Burial will be in Oconee Memorial Gardens. Visiation will be held from 7 p.m., until 8 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, 502 E. South 2nd Street, Seneca, SC 29678.  There will be a public viewing  at the  Beasley Funeral Home Chapel, Greenville, Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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Francine Smith ()

Bennie was a wonderful friend, I hope he was not in much pain. He just knew how to make every one feel special. I really did love him!!!!

Apostle Dr. Larry & Brenda Manley ()

My condolences to the family and to my friend and classmate Bennie... Rest easy & God Bless.

Karen Powell ()

Bennie was an amazing man and one of my very best friends. Over the last 15 years that I have known him, I can honestly say that I only have good memories. We laughed a lot and shared so many stories about life. I am privileged to know him and love him. He will always be a part of me and I cherish the times we had together. He was an incredible football player, but more importantly, he was a humble, giving, kind and loving man. I am praying for all of you.

Gloria Fair (Bo) ()

To the family I'm sorry for your loss Bennie and u go way back during his days at Clemson he was truly a great man he will be greatly missed by everyone he knew my prayers and thoughts are with the entire Cunningham family love you all r. I. P

Lemuel and Patricia Patterson ()

At a time like this, friends and kin want to share the sorrow that you feel and let you know their caring is so very warm and for real. And so, whatever help and comfort can be, it's yours today with warmest thoughts and our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Cousins Lem and Pat

Lynn Irby ()

1 Kings 8:56 He has not failed one word of His good promise. God be with the family. Lynn Irby

Stanley & Terri Stokes ()

Stanley and I are so very sadden about the Loss of Bennie. We are praying for comfort and Strength for the Family. May God continue to strengthen each of you in the Days to come! Our deepest Condolence. Stanley (TOOLEMAN) & Terri Stokes.

Rev. James Blassingame ()

To the Cunningham Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate the life of Bennie Lee Cunningham, Jr., a life well lived dedicated to goodness and kindness.Please be encouraged in the Lord! President James Blassingame and the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of SC Family(Seneca native)

Louise W. Sullivan ()

Many thoughts are with you right now May they help you get through this tough time With deep sympathy Louise Wilson Sullivan

Louise W. Sullivan ()

Many thoughts are with you right now May they help you get through this tough time With deep sympathy Louise Wilson Sullivan

Myra Davis (Ellenburg) ()

I graduated with Bennie, Seneca High School Class of 1972. Bennie loved and helped everybody. When we played powderpuff football our senior year, Bennie coached and encouraged me to do my best, even though I had no athletic skills and was uncoordinated. Bennie also worked with the Special Olympics and worked tirelessly during his career in education. A selfless, sweet, and loving person if there ever was one. Prayers and comforting thoughts to Mr. Cunningham and family. Myra Davis (Ellenburg)

Roger Young Jr ()

You have my deepest condolences and prayers for peace and comfort and strength. Was a fan of Mr. Cunningham when he played at Clemson and the Steelers. God bless!

Kathryn A Beasley ()

So saddened to hear of Bennie passing. Prayers n condolences to the Cunningham Family. STEELER NATION!!

Pastor Carleathea Benson ()

To the Family, My heart is grieved by the death of Bennie Cunningham, Jr. We first met at Blue Ridge High School shortly after his family moved to Seneca. Bennie was kinda chubby, at that time, and I picked at him when he was put into the same grade-level class I was in. Soon, he was moved to a grade behind me. Since we lived in the same neighborhood, we became good friends. What I cherished most was watching him play football for the Pittsburg Steelers. He always made me feel so proud to be from Seneca and Clemson University. His first year playing, he took the time to call me and wish me a happy birthday. I was shocked. But that was the kind of person Bennie was. I enjoyed our chance encounters over the years, after he returned home. He was a good friend. Please know that you all are in my prayers and I send my love and sincere condolences. ~Pastor Carleathea Benson (Seneca native), Serving in Lake City SC~

Mildred Litmon ()

Ourcondolences to the Cunningham family Howard Litmon formerly(Seneca)our prayers go out to all of you, Howard Litmon and family

LC Alexander ()

A great man who set wonderful examples for others. A man who proved if you focus in life you can achieve. Benny was a good person that many people looked up to and he didn't take that for granted. So proud of one of our own. Sad to see him go, but we must trust that God is in control of all our lives. It was time for Benny to move on and live in peace with Jesus.

Carole Robinson Gibson ()

I was truly sorry to hear the death of Bennie. Bennie was a very sweet and funny guy .We was the greatest class to finish for Seneca High class of 1972. May the Lord be with your family during this time . And God Bless your family.

Wanda Graham King ()

I am so sorry for your loss. Bennie was a great man. It was a pleasure to have known him. My prayers go out to his family members in this sorrowful time. May God bless and keep you all.

Vickie Cobb ()

Very sorry for your family.

Teresa Alice Jones-Henry ()

My deepest Sympathy to the family of a great man. Bennie is the reason that I am a die hard Steelers Fan every since 1973. My prayers go out to the family. Bennie sleep in Heavenly Peace❤❤🙌🙌

Roger Thompson ()

Mini Cunningham was a great classmate of mine at Seneca high school. We graduated together in 1972. He became an star player on the Clemson Tiger football team, where he played as a tight end. He went on to be 89 on the Pittsburgh Steelers football team. He was on a special team. He is now on an even more special team in the heavenly realms. Benny, Susan Kilby, and I took the school bus driving test on the same day. Susan Kilby passed and Benny and I had to take it over the next day, but we passed. We drove a school bus during our senior year at Seneca high school Benny was a people person and now he is among some of the best people in the universe. Warm regards to the Cunningham family. Roger Thompson Paducah, Kentucky

Ed Homonoff ()

We send our heartfelt condolences to the Cunningham Family. I was a Clemson teammate of Bennie's. We are so sorry for your lose and pray that your family finds peace and comfort in this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Ed Homonoff

Faye Keasler ()

Bennie's family - I had the privilege of working with Bennie for many years at West Oak High School. He was a wonderful man. He was always giving and willing to help people. I am sorry for your loss as well as the loss to everyone that knew him. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Jackie Galbreath ()

Grant and Family, My sympathy is with you. Jackie

John Gaber ()

I work with Grant at Clemson University and was able to see how close your family are through Grant at work.God's grace from the Gaber family to the Cunningham family.

pfl ()

My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in the fond memories of your loved one and in the assurance of God's words at John 5:28, 29.

Dr. Ronald H. High ()

To the family of Bennie Cunningham, I share in your grief. Although I never met Bennie, I have been Howard's friend since he was a student at South Carolina State University. For thirty years, I have felt a kindred spirit to the Cunningham family by claiming Bennie, Howard, and Grant as my cousins. I will continue to pray for all of you and encourage you to reflect on the beautiful life of Bennie, one of God's special persons.

Patricia Holcombe ()

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.

Veverly Blassingame ()

Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers. Treasure your memories.

Clarence Dollison Jr. ()

To our relative and dear friend Bennie,may God grant you the peace and rest we all seek.Condolences to his immediate family especially his father.

Nesbitt and Sullivan Family ()

He will be greatly missed, The family will be in our prayers and thoughts.

Margaret Thompson Webb ()

My condolences to the family of Bennie Cunningham may God bless each of you at this time.

Alice Long ()

Prayers for the Family.

Emily Terry Peters ()

Words cannot explain what your heart fells .Bennie was a wonderful person and a true friend.

Alice Long ()

Prayers for the Family.

Dr. Jacqueline (Cleveland) Jackson ()

My sincere condolences are extended to you, Cousin Bennie, Sr. and family. It seems just like yesterday when Cousin Bennie, Jr. was drafted to my hometown football team, The Pittsburgh Steelers. He came out to the house and had dinner with me and your cousin James Cleveland and wife Hattie. What a memorable occasion! The next time I saw Cousin Bennie and you was at the Cunningham-Hill Family Reunion in Charleston. Bennie gave me the biggest hug and made me feel so special! He had that way about him which he inherited from you! I pray for comfort and strength for you and the family. I wanted to be there with you and the rest of the family but I had to work this weekend. "Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal", Romans 8:18, Jackie

Steven Durant ()

To Bennie's family, he was a remarkable and humbled man. He fought hard and never complained. He is a championed. It was a honor to have met Bennie. I will never forget watching the Super Bowl with him this year with my wife. He was a celebrity on our hospital floor as many doctors, nurses and staff came in. Listening him talk about his NFL was cool. But he was so passionate about education that was even more moving. Above all he loved his family. I'm grateful that we met Bennie and he will forever be in our hearts. Praying for his family. Your friends, Steve and Moriah

Pastor Ford Grant ()

Benny is an outstanding guy. He was always cheerful and easy to talk with. He never lost his hometown spirit despite all of his success. Our condolences to the family.

Sylvia W. Fowler ()



Jean Williams ()

I have known Bennie all my life we grew up together in Seneca SC went to same schools... The last time I saw Bennie in Orangeburg SC at my brother Willie Aiken Hall Fame rewards.. My condolences goes out to his family.. Rev. 21:3,4. Romans 15:13. Jer. 29:11.

Wentford Gaines ()

My condolences to the Cunningham family. Benny was a true friend that I lost contact with him over the years. We played together with the Steelers and we were roommates our first year in the league. I was raised in Anderson, SC and because of this Benny and I developed this special bond. The last timeI saw Benny was over ten years ago. I have nothing but fond memories of Bennie and will always treasure them. Family remain strong and remember, Bennie is in a better place, we must celebrate his life and be appreciative of all the lives that he touched in a positive way. Be strong. Wentford "Mumbo" Gaines

S. Renee' Cummings ()

The Cummings family would like to send you their deepest sympathy. We hope that you may be comforted by the many warm thoughts of those who care. May God bless. Sincerely: Shirley A. Cummings; S. Renee' Cummings and Helen C. Lee.

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