Curtis Cunningham, 85, a nursing assistant at Howard University Hospital and its predecessor, Freedmen's Hospital, for nearly 45 years before his retirement in 1965, died Saturday at Doctor's Hospital of Prince George's County of injuries received in an automobile accident in Greenbelt.

A Greenbelt police department spokesman said car driven by Mr. Cunningham was struck by another car at the intersection of South Way and Greenbelt Road on Saturday. Police said no one else was injured in the accident and that no charges have been made pending a complete investigation.

Mr. Cunningham was born in Abbeville, S.c., and attended Morris College in Sumter, S.c.

After serving in the Army in France during World War I, he moved to Washington and went to work for Freedmen's Hospital, now Howard University Hospital.

Mr. Cunningham, who lived in Washington, was a member for more than 60 years of St. Matthew's Baptist Church here, and served as a deacon and trustee.

He was a member of the Kingman Park Civic Association.

Hiw wife, the former Nona Dean, died in 1945.

Survivors include a son, John J., and two daughters, Prince L., and Fannie Davis, all of Washington; four sisters, Nancy Goosby of Detroit, Myrtle Jamison of Chicago, Genive King of New York City, and Rose Milford of Greenbelt, 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.