John O. Cunningham was presented with the annual Douglas “Moose” Mansell award during the association’s annual meeting and banquet. The award, named in honor of the late Mansell who served as PCDA executive director, is given annually to someone who has dedicated themselves and their careers to making Prentiss County better.
Cunningham was the co-owner of Cunningham’s Grocery in Baldwyn for 50 years, served for three decades on the PCDA Board of Directors and 20 years on the Northeast Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees. He also served as a Baldwyn alderman and director of the Baldwyn Housing Authority.
Outgoing PCDA Board President Mark Tapp said Cunningham has been instrumental in championing growth and creating a better and stronger community for the people of Prentiss County and has served as a role model for others to follow.
“He’s really been an example to me, he’s been a role model to me,” said Tapp.