OBITUARY

Joseph Hardy Funderburk, Sr.

September 9, 1934February 5, 2021
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Joseph Hardy Funderburk, Sr., born September 9, 1934 in Meridian, MS, died February 5, 2021 in Lucedale, MS. He spent most of his life in Mobile, AL. He was preceded in death by his father, John Morgan Funderburk; mother, Lessie Mae Long Funderburk; his wife of 41 years, Lurlee Tatum Funderburk; his daughters, Zoie Van Zette Funderburk and Wanda Jo Barnett; and long-time companion, Pauline Franks. He is survived by his son, Joe (Debbie) H. Funderburk, Jr.; granddaughter, Kayla Welford; great-grandkids, Reyna, Taylah, Da’Markus, and Jeremiah; as well as sister, Mrs. Ruth (Bingy) Bernaducci. He is also survived by Mrs. Pauline Franks’ children, Deedra Franks, Zac Franks, Bobby (Phyllis) Franks, Debra (Pat) Cary, Pam (Bobby) Flowers; as well as other family and friends. In 1999, he retired from Teledyne Continental Motors after 30 years. After retirement, he spent time driving delivery trucks for several companies because he did not want to stop working. He also worked for Mobile County, drove wreckers when he was just starting out. He was a diver for the Sheriff’s Flotilla when he was younger. He was a Master Mason, belonging to Azalea Lodge 998 after transferring from Mobile Lodge 40. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and the Abba Shrine Temple Director’s Staff. He spent many years as a secretary of Mobile 40, and he truly enjoyed teaching the Masonic Lessons. He also spent time driving the Shrine van – carrying children to the Shriners Hospitals. He was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. He loved being active while his children were in school by serving in the PTA and Band. He will be buried at Pine Crest Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 9a.m. to 11 a.m. with a Masonic Graveside Service following at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and mailed c/o BlackTop Posse – Amanda Howard; 168 Cowart St Suite 2; Lucedale MS 39452.

  • FAMILY

  • Lurlee Tatum Funderburk, Wife (deceased)
  • Zoie Van Zette Funderburk, Daughter (deceased)
  • Wanda Jo Barnett, Daughter (deceased)
  • Pauline Franks, Long-time Companion (deceased)
  • Joe and Debbie Funderburk, Son and Daughter-in-law

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 13, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, February 13, 2021

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Shirley Brown

February 11, 2021

I remember Joe was always smiling at the Brown- Funderburk reunions.
My dad, Morgan Brown, was named after Joe's father. Sending prayers and sympathy to Joe's immediate family and to Pauline.

Dorinda Miller

February 11, 2021

So sorry to hear about Joe. Thinking of all the family. Will miss Joe at the Brown/Funderburk reunions.

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