Charles Harwood Funderburk "Pop" MATTHEWS - Mr. Funderburk, 94, died Sunday, June 8, 2014 at home. A graveside service remembering his life will be held at the Matthews Historic Cemetery on Friday, June 13th at 3:00 p.m. with Reverend Emily Owen from Matthews Presbyterian Church and Reverend Donald K. Funderburk of Winston-Salem, younger brother of Mr. Funderburk, conducting the service. Mr. Funderburk was born on September 23, 1919 in Matthews to the late Thomas Lee Funderburk and Rena Harwood Funderburk. He was preceded in death by brothers, Thomas Lee Funderburk, Jr. and Ellison James Funderburk. In addition to his parents and brothers, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Kuck Funderburk who was killed in an automobile accident in 1952 and his wife, Madrid Fincher Funderburk who passed away in 2006. Mr. Funderburk is survived by his son, Dr. Charles H. Funderburk, Jr. (Chuck) and his wife, Dr. Beverly White Funderburk, and their children, Rachel and Carrie of Edmond, Oklahoma and Charles III (Chase) of NYC; and by his daughter, Diane Funderburk Adams and her husband, Dr. Donald P. Adams of Matthews and their daughters Emily of NYC and Jennifer of Vienna, Austria. He is also survived by his brother, Reverend Donald K. Funderburk and his wife, Marian of Winston-Salem and by numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Funderburk's life was defined by his love of his church, his town, his country and his family. He was a senior member of Matthews Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder for years and worked tirelessly on church business. He was born and died on the same piece of property in downtown Matthews which he left only to serve his country in World War II. Mr. Funderburk was one of the many men and women Tom Brokow wrote about in his book, The Greatest Generation, in which he wrote that, "these men and women fought not for fame and recognition, but because it was the right thing to do." He was an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and fought in the Pacific during World War II. He cherished his family and took special notice and care of senior relatives who thought he "hung the moon." His garden was his pride and joy and he shared the bounty "all over town." He was known for his dry wit and the twinkle in his eye when he was joking and he will be sorely missed by many. The family would like to thank the following caregivers who, by providing continuous support for him, allowed him his last wish of remaining in his home until the end. Hazel Gore, Eleanor Benn, Janie Kaufman, Michelle Smith, and Gertrude Booth were his guardian angels and we appreciate their tireless efforts in his care. We would also like to thank the Hospice staff; nurse, Tiffany Deitz, social worker, Coleen Ferry, and nursing assistant, Cassandra Wilder, for their frequent visits and sage advice which was invaluable in making his last days comfortable. Memorials in memory of Mr. Funderburk may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, 1420 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. Arrangements are in the care of the Matthews/Weddington Chapel of Heritage Funeral and Cremation Service. On line condolences may be left at heritagefuneral.net.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on June 11, 2014