Obituaries: Cunningham, McGee, Solomon

Wade Cunningham, 94, April 19 in Duncanville. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Cunningham worked in the mailroom of the Baptist Standard 38 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Eva. He is survived by his son, Richard; daughter, Vicki Hooten; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Dan McGee, 80, April 19 in Waco. He was a Baylor University professor and emeritus Melton Endowed Chair of Religion. He joined the Baylor faculty in 1966, where he pioneered the ethics program, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses. dan mcgee130Dan McGeeDuring his 40-year teaching career, he also advised the doctoral and masters’ theses of many students who now serve around the world. He received both the student-selected and university-designated “best teacher” awards. In 2005, Baylor awarded him the Herbert H. Reynolds Award for Exemplary Service, which included serving as the chair of Baylor’s Faculty Senate, its representative to the Baptist World Alliance, chair of the committees that created Baylor’s Institute for Environmental Studies and the university’s program in medical humanities, on the university’s review board and as director of graduate studies in religion. In 2002, the Daniel B. McGee Lectureship in Religious Studies was established. A member of Seventh and James Baptist Church since 1966, he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, church moderator and chairman of the pastor-search committee. He also served as interim pastor of Edgefield Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Merolyn; son, Glenn; daughter, Caroline Jones; brother, Alden; and five grandchildren.

Emmett Solomon Jr., 78, April 22 in Huntsville. He began serving as a chaplain in the Texas Department of Corrections in 1965. In 1985, he moved to Huntsville and became the director of chaplains. After retirement, he served 20 years as founder and executive director of the Restorative Justice Ministries Network, housed in the educational building of First Baptist Church in Huntsville. He served on the board of directors of Hospitality House, a ministry to the families of incarcerated individuals. He was a Sunday school teacher and department director at First Baptist Church in Huntsville. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Garland and Henry; sister, Betty Stanford; and son, Emmett. He is survived by wife, Janet; son, John; and three grandchildren.

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