Dr. Henry Hanly Funderburk, Jr.

June 19, 1931August 4, 2012

FUNDERBURK, Dr. Henry Hanly, Jr., 81, of Montgomery, AL, passed away August 4, 2012 following an extended illness. Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Tim Thompson and Dr. John Ed Mathison officiating. Burial will be private. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Helen Hanson Funderburk, daughter Debra Funderburk Cox (Al), son Kenneth Cliff Funderburk (Annette), and grandchildren Ashley Dahl Denney (Brad), Hanly Paul Funderburk and Wesley Reid Funderburk. Dr. Funderburk was born in Carrollton, AL in 1931, and grew up working on his grandparents’ farm. He attended Auburn University where he received agricultural degrees, and then served in the US Army as a 1st Lieutenant at Ft. Sill, OK and Ft. Hood, TX. After continuing his education at LSU attaining a PH.D in plant physiology, he returned to Auburn where he worked 30 years as a professor and researcher, dean, vice president, founding chancellor of the Montgomery campus, and president of Auburn University. He has fond memories of his 12 years spent at AUM, working with the original faculty and staff to build an institution from cotton fields in east Montgomery. He served 14 years as president of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, where many lifelong friends were made. Dr. Funderburk enjoyed golfing and traveling with Helen and their many friends. He has been a member of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church since 1969. The family would like to thank special caregiver Mrs. Amelia Gorman for her excellent care and many kindnesses. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, the Auburn University at Montgomery Scholarship Fund or Saint James School. The Jack Thompson Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers. Condolences to the family may be offered at Alabama Heritage Directing.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, August 8, 2012
  • Visitation Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dr. Henry Hanly Funderburk, Jr.

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Teresa Grant

August 18, 2012

My sincere condolences to the Funderburk family. I worked at the EKU Libraries during his presidency at EKU and would meet him sometimes in passing on his walks and he always greeted me with a smile...

Don and Judy Calitri

August 10, 2012

It was indeed a great professional experience to have worked for Dr. Funderburk during his entire time at EKU. He was a true southern gentleman who always did his best for the faculty, staff and students during tough economic times. He was always supportive of me and my wife during his years in Kentucky. We have lost a great educator. We send Mrs. Funderburk and her family our sympathy during this difficult time for them. May God be with all of the family.

Stan and Rhonda McGraw

August 9, 2012

Dr. Funderburk and Mrs. Funderburk always made our crew of boys feel like they were family. Not only was he book smart but he always knew when we were up to something. I always appreciate that he and Mrs. Funderburk welcomed us in their home and often fed the whole crew. I am so sorry we were not able to attend the services. Your family is in our prayers. I know from losing my Dad, I am comforted that he is no longer suffering.

August 8, 2012

I have fond memories of visiting Dr. Funderburk and Mrs. Funderburk in their EKU home. Dr. Funderburk would call and ask me to come over to his home to resolve a technical problem with the TV set. After the problem was resolved, sometimes Dr. Funderburk would invite me to sit down with them just to talk about whatever we wanted to talk about. They were fine people and an asset to EKU. My sympathies go out to the family. May God comfort Mrs. Funderburk and the family.

Glenn Wise (Irvine, KY)

Sarah Hall

August 8, 2012

Dr. Funderburk was an outstanding man and president of Eastern Kentucky University. It was so reassuring to have him at our helm. I am so sorry for your loss. The world was a better place when he was here.
Sarah F. Hall

August 8, 2012

"May God bless each of you during this time of sorrow
Your in our thoughts and prayers.
Billy & Diana Pence
EKU Food Service

Carol Gabbard

August 8, 2012

Many prayers to Ms. Funderburk and the family regarding the lose of a wonderful educator/leader. I have many great memories relating to Dr. Funderburk's passion and support for the extended campus programs/centers that were developed, especially in Eastern Kentucky, during his tenure at EKU. His vision continues; his leadership was invaluable.

John Rowlett

August 7, 2012

Mrs. Funderburk and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time; thank you for your warm friendship to our parents and the kind and loving stewardship you gave our beloved EKU. Debra, Janet, Johnny, and Virginia Rowlett

Clara Myers

August 7, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this loss.

Graham Champion

August 7, 2012

Dr. Funderburk was a great man. His vision, dedication and leadership has had a tremendous impact on the lives of every person he came in contact with. He will be missed by those of us fortunate enough to have had the honor and pleasure to be associated with him.