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FUNK, Florrie FLORRIE MARGARET GUY FUNK Florrie Margaret Guy was born Dec 7, 1919, daughter of Dr. J. Sam Guy and Allie Candler Guy of Druid Hills, granddaughter of Judge John S. Candler and Florrie George Candler of Druid Hills. She was born into a family of love and privilege and spent the rest of her life sharing that love and her material blessings. She grew up in a small Atlanta and had many of the same friends for her entire life. While a true southern girl, she spoke her mind matter of factly, was without guile and prejudice and quietly but firmly stood up for her beliefs and positions. As a girl she loved girl scouting and Camp Juliet Lowe. She sang the camp songs she loved to all her children and grandchildren. She received her 50 year scouting pin and served as a scout leader for her daughter's scout troops, then later for troops in the housing projects of Atlanta in the 60's and 70's. She was proud of her scouts and kept in touch as several of them completed college. She graduated from Druid Hills High School (1936), Gulf Park College and Agnes Scott College. She regaled her children and grandchildren with tales of her wonderful school days. She was queen of the first Atlanta Dogwood festival in 1936. She married Forest James Funk Jr., in 1942 and loved and supported him in all of his endeavors for 67 years, raising his family and making possible his many accomplishments. She was well loved and returned that love by opening her home to students from all over the world: Sweden, Brazil, France, Turkey, Thailand, China, and Mexico as well as many local students who needed a temporary haven and home. She was a founding member of Northside United Methodist church and was a faithful attendee sitting always in the right side, 6th pew (row F for Funk). She loved spending time at her home in Lakemont, in north Georgia and even into her 90's enjoyed swimming with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was active on the board of Breakthrough House, Literacy Action and on the board of Young Harris College. She died peacefully at home with family, on April 12th and was greeted in heaven by her family preceding her in death: her parents J. Sam and Allie Candler Guy, her brothers, John Candler and Sam Guy, her husband, Dr. F. James Funk Jr. and her son Jimmy (F. James Funk III). She is survived by daughters: Allie Garnier Funk and Husband Louis Acker, Helen Funk McSwain and husband Laurin McSwain, and Florrie Margaret Funk and husband Tom Gonzalez, grandchildren: Forest James Acker, Peter Hills Acker, Erin Acker Sampson, Margaret McSwain Mann, Allie McSwain Byrd, Sallie McLean McSwain, Emma Jane Gonzalez and Thomas Candler Gonzalez and ten great-grand children. She loved and was loved by her wonderful caregivers, Jackie McClinton, Anaya Paris, Shun Johnson and Deandre Moon. Services will be at Northside United Methodist Church Tuesday April 16th at 2 o'clock with interment at Westview cemetery to follow. Visitation will be at her home Chatham Hill #8, 3000 Andrews Drive, NW, at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon, April 15th, and again following the interment. Memorial gifts may be made to Agnes Scott College, Northside Methodist Church, Funk Heritage Museum at Reinhardt College, the Jimmy Funk scholarship fund at The Westminster Schools, or Lake Rabun Foundation. Online condolences may be made at hmpattersonspringhill.com.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Apr. 13 to Apr. 15, 2013
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