Robert Wayne Funderburk

June 28, 1943November 30, 2018
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Robert Wayne Funderburk, 75, of LaGrange, GA went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 30, 2018. Mr. Funderburk was born June 28, 1943 in Manchester, GA to the late Hubert Rupert Funderburk and Curtis Ruth Lanier Funderburk. He is survived by his loving wife June Mills Funderburk; sons, Bobby Funderburk and wife Cindy, Brian Funderburk, Tony Mills; daughters, Belinda Benson and husband Frank, Becky Funderburk and Valerie Benton; brothers, Ricky Funderburk and Johnny Funderburk; sister, Gloria Creel and husband Ralph; grandchildren, Michael Funderburk & wife Haley, Justin Funderburk, Haley Rickett, Trent Rickett, Taylor Benton, Betsy Mills, Jasmine Funderburk, Kyle Funderburk and Wyatt Benson. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held Monday, December 3, 2018 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am in the Chapel of Striffler-Hamby Mortuary in LaGrange, GA. The Celebration of Life will begin at 11:00 am. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636


  • June Funderburk, Wife
  • Bobby Funderburk, Son
  • Brian Funderburk, Son
  • Tony Mills, Son
  • Becky Funderburk, Daughter
  • Belinda Benson, Daughter
  • Valarie Benton, Daughter
  • Ricky Funderburk, Brother
  • Johnny Funderburk, Brother
  • Gloria Creel, Sister
  • Michael Funderburk, Grandchild
  • Justin Funderburk, Grandchild
  • Haley Rickett, Grandchild
  • Trent Rickett, Grandchild
  • Taylor Benton, Grandchild
  • Betsy Mills, Grandchild
  • Jasmine Funderburk, Grandchild
  • Kyle Funderburk, Grandchild
  • Wyatt Benson, Grandchild


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Monday, December 3, 2018

Robert Wayne Funderburk

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April Riccardino

December 3, 2018

I loved my Uncle Wayne immensely. I do, however, remember the one and only time he got me good. I wrecked a vehicle and he made me pay for it and that taught me a huge lesson! Uncle Wayne, I love you and I will miss you!

Lee Stephens

December 2, 2018

What a great man! Mr. Wayne was always good to me when I was a kid and such a great friend to all of us. He will be greatly missed by many. Fly high my friend until we meet again!

Pat Hendrix

December 2, 2018

A wonderful neighbor. Always willing to lend a hand. He showed through the life he lived how a Christian should live. We will miss you, but we`'ll see you again. God bless you June and family.

Linda Jaeger

December 2, 2018

My heart goes out to June and all hers and Wayne’s families during this difficult time. Only God’s peace, love, and comfort will sustain each of you during this grieving process. Be wrapped in His Presence and know that you are loved by many family and friends. I love you June.

Michael & Susan Chatterton

December 1, 2018

Thinking of all the family. We thought very fondly of Wayne and will miss his presence. We are very sorry for your loss.
With love, Mike & Susan



“Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Robert Wayne Funderburk, it summarized in every way who he was. He was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around him and always thinking before acting. He was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything he did. He was a friendly person who truly cared about those around him.

Wayne was born on June 28, 1943 at Dr. Johnson's Clinic in Manchester, Georgia. He was the son of Rupert and Ruth Funderburk. Raised in Manchester, Georgia, he was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, he learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that he would carry with him throughout his life.

As a young boy, Wayne was always aware of how others around him felt and this quality served him well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Wayne was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Wayne was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where he could concentrate, Wayne also had the ability to relate well with his family and friends. Wayne was raised with five siblings. Their names were Lamar, James, Peggy, Gloria, and Torchy. Wayne was constantly involved in activities with his family. Wayne and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

Growing up, Wayne was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. He was content to entertain himself. Wayne was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, he was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything he did as a child, Wayne was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around him. Wayne took part in a number of activities as a child. He took part in baseball. In his spare time he liked to repair bicycles for himself and the neighborhood kids.

Wayne enjoyed learning. He always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Wayne was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. He often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, Wayne was painstaking and accurate in his efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. He graduated from Manchester High School in 1963. Wayne enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math.

Wayne had a good disposition for the challenges of college. He always enjoyed reading, so all of those lengthy required reading assignments seemed to be less of a burden for him. In fact, Wayne seemed to absorb and remember everything he read. Not all things came easily to Wayne, however, and he found success by being a diligent and accurate person who would dig into a project and work through until it reached its completion. He was very thorough and labored long and hard in order to reach his goals. He earned his Machine shop, Tool & Dye degree at Columbus Tech. His favorite courses were all machinist courses.

Most folks would say that Wayne was shy until they got to know him. Those who were privileged to know him well learned that he was a solid, good friend. Wayne was reluctant to generalize about people, and he based his friendships on his personal experiences. Because of this, Wayne best trusted those people that he truly knew. He was concerned about how those around him felt, and he always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. He could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that he made, Wayne kept. While growing up, some of his best friends were Wayne Wilson, Charlie Will Rowe, and Billy Farris. Later in life, he became friends with James Brinson, Bill Brantley, Bob Seymour, Ralph Creel, and Billy Jones.

Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Wayne. On September 25, 1963 Wayne married June Mills at their home in LaGrange, Georgia. He was totally committed to June and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Wayne naturally sensed his spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally.

Wayne was a good father to his children. He had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because he trusted emotions, Wayne was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way he seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around him, always thinking before acting. In addition, Wayne was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around him might be, he seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Wayne was blessed with five children, two sons, Bobby and Brain, three daughters, Tracy (deceased), Belinda, and Becky. They were also blessed with nine grandchildren, Michael, Justin, Trent, Kyle, Wyatt, Haley, Taylor, Jasmyne, and Betsy.

If you gave Wayne a deadline, he would meet it. At work, Wayne was always on task. Without hesitation, Wayne could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. His primary occupation was a machinist. He was employed for Goody's Hair Products for 25 years, and The Roosevelt Institute for 12 years. During that time, Wayne excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. He was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Wayne was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Wayne had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. He was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

Wayne was an Army Veteran. He seemed to thrive on the routines offered up by the military. Being a literal thinker with a calm exterior helped him handle the rigors of the military. Later he was in the National Guard.

Wayne liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Wayne's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Wayne preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on his hobbies. He was an avid collector of many things such as baseball cards, die cast cars and trucks, watches, tools, etc. Wayne was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying his hobbies all by himself and could often be found just reading about his favorite pastimes.

While thorough and measured in his approach to things, Wayne often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. He was like that with sports. In high school, Wayne played baseball. Recreational sports included baseball. He also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind the sports. In this way, he was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were baseball, football, and golf.

Wayne was active in the community. He was practical and grounded and based his decisions on first- hand experience. He was responsible and liked working to achieve results rather than just chattering about possibilities. Wayne was a volunteer Fireman in Manchester, Georgia.

An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, his faith was important to Wayne. His compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in his personal beliefs. He was a member Second Baptist Church.

Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Wayne had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that he was the trip planner. He would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included the mountains, especially The Great Smoky Mountains. He also in enjoyed the beach at Pensacola, Florida. He enjoyed the cruise to the Caribbean, too.

When Wayne's retirement finally arrived in 2006, he was well prepared. He had taken the time to learn about his various options and chose his course wisely. He lived in LaGrange, Georgia for 25 years. In retirement, he found new pleasure in his collections. He enjoyed repairing lawn mowers, motorcycles, 4 wheelers among other things for the neighbors in his workshop. He was practically the neighborhood repairman. Even in retirement, Wayne continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.

Wayne passed away on November 30, 2018 at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange, Georgia. He fought a brave battle against Pulmonary Disease. He is survived by his wife, June; his children Bobby, Brian, Belinda, and Becky; step-children Tony and Valarie; and his grandchildren. Services were held at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary Chapel.

It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Wayne was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Wayne was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of man to whom everyone was drawn. He was thorough and practical. Wayne Funderburk was very literal with his words. You always knew where you stood with him. He will be missed.