Mr. Funk died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, after an extended illness.
Born May 10, 1926, in Mt. Airy, he was the son of the late Godfrey and Essie Hefner Funk. In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by his sister, Emma Mae Hunter, and brothers, Harvey Funk and Ralph Funk.
He graduated from Cornelia High School in 1944 and served in the United States Navy from 1944-46. He then went on to college and received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Georgia in 1950.
Mr. Funk was a teacher in the Hall County School System for more than 35 years, and had attended and been a member of Concord Baptist Church in Clermont for 63 years, 62 of those years as a Deacon.
He met the love of his life, the former Patty Turner, after moving to Clermont in 1950. They married March 9, 1951, and raised four sons in the family home on Main Street in Clermont. Mr. Funk never left his first love of gardening, making for a prolific vegetable garden and beautiful yard.
Mr. Funk is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mrs. Patty Funk; sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Wesley and Becky Funk of Flowery Branch, Mark and Janet Funk, Gary and Dr. Denise Funk, and Loren and Michelle Funk, all of Gainesville; grandchildren, Brian and Suzanne Funk Aultman of Savannah, the Rev. Matthew and Kirsten Funk of Covington, David and Sarah Funk Harvey of Clayton, Laura Funk of Flowery Branch, Stephen and Kimberlee Funk of Smith Station, Ala., Daniel and Allison Funk of Gainesville, and Joseph Funk, Rachel Funk, David Funk, Zachary Funk and Jacob Funk, all of Gainesville; seven great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Bonnie Lee Chambers of Lilburn, James Funk of Homer, and Agnes Powell, Betty Jean Funk and George Funk, all of Mt. Airy; and special friends Mancel and Emogene Oliver of Clermont.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Concord Baptist Church, P.O. Box 190, Clermont, GA, 30527.
The Northeast Georgian
Wednesday, January 15, 2014