Obituary – Elias Bryant Cunningham (2017 – 2021)


Elias Bryant Cunningham was born January 6, 2017 and passed away on May 28, 2021.

Elias had a life that was far too short. But, he showed the world that the amount of time a person has is far less important than making every moment count. Elias lived each day to the fullest. He made the most of every waking moment, even when others thought he should be asleep. And there were nights he kept his family awake with him to witness to his many exploits.

Elias led a very meaningful life. He showed others that the impact one has on the world is not dependent on age, education or status. His influence will last for generations. Even with his passing he saved the lives of other children and spread hope to many suffering families who will always remember him with gratitude. He faced life with bravery and determination. And he overcame obstacles and barriers with a spirit and personality too big to be contained.

Elias laughed loudly and smiled big. His pretty blue eyes would light up the whole room when he was happy. He enjoyed watching cat videos and shows such as Larvae Island and Oscar’s Oasis. He also liked Grizzly and the Lemmings, Zig and Sharko, and Toy Story. He loved bananas. He had many toys found ways to get them all out, often with a big brother nearby playing with him. He had fun dive-bombing the puppies and he loved to cuddle while someone brushed his hair. He enjoyed wearing his daddy’s glasses, dressing up in his daddy’s clothes and pretending to be his daddy. One of his final joys was riding his brand new scooter through the house blowing kisses to his grandma and grandpa.

Elias loved his family dearly. His family was his whole world, especially his parents, brothers and grandparents. They were present for each daily adventure and milestone, filling his life with warmth, hugs and laughter. He will continue to be an inspiration to each of them and he will continue to live on in the memories and hearts of those he touched. Elias lived a beautiful life.

Elias is survived by his parents David Cunningham and Jessica Ezell of Rogers, AR; four older brothers David Cunningham, Jonathan Cunningham, Isaac Cunningham and Samuel Cunningham, and one sister Abigail Ezell; paternal grandparents Thom and Patricia Cunningham of Rogers, AR; maternal grandparents Charles Ezell of Leesburg, FL and Teri Homen of Clear Lake, CA; paternal great-grandmother Cleaver Lunsford of Enid, OK; maternal great- grandparents George and Patricia Ezell of Enid, OK and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by brothers Saxxon Jodi Levi Cunningham and Andreas Thomas Ezell-Hinajosa, and a sister Amelia Marie Cunningham. He was joined by his great-uncle Drew Harrison who passed away on the same day.

Elias’ life celebration will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 3, 2021 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Pastor David Gosvenor officiating. Interment will follow in the Hunt Cemetery near Waldron. Arrangements are being entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home.

Family visitation was held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Sisco Funeral Chapel in Springdale, AR at 3 p.m.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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