Hilary Herbert Cunningham was on the first Malakoff High School basketball team. He worked at Kirby’s store until he met and married Bettie Byars (Stallcup) Cunningham. He lived and farmed the remainder of his life in the North Texas area. He was an active lay leader in the Methodist Church and a civic leader serving on two school boards. They had one child, Hilary Herbert Cunningham, Jr.