The Passing of Godfrey Funkby Representative Doug Collins
Posted on 2014-01-15
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Mr. COLLINS of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, Northeast Georgia lost a valued
community member when Godfrey Funk passed away on January 8, 2014.
Godfrey spent 35 years teaching in the Hall County School System. During his tenure in the classroom, he touched thousands of young Georgians' lives--including mine.
Born and raised in Georgia, Godfrey came into the world on May 10, 1926. He graduated from Cornelia High School in 1944 and served in the United States Navy for two years immediately following graduation. He went on to study at the University of Georgia and received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1950. Godfrey moved to the community of Clermont upon graduation, where he met and married his wife, Patty. They raised four sons together and enjoyed 63 years of marriage. The Funks were active members of Concord Baptist Church, where Godfrey served as a deacon for more than 60 years.
Godfrey will be remembered not only for his decades of investment in the community, but also for his well-known green thumb. Gardening was a lifelong love for Godfrey, whose beautiful yard and prolific vegetable garden were well-known and admired by family, friends and neighbors.
My prayers and thoughts are with Patty and the rest of Godfrey's family as they mourn their loss.