Arthur Lee Funches Sr. was born on December 2, 1940 to Adolph and Vernell Funches in Branchville, SC. From humble beginnings, he became a man of intellect, faith, integrity and compassion. While holding onto God’s unchanging hand, he transitioned peacefully on October 10, 2020. The bible states that a “Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord.” Arthur’s
steps led him to Stamford, Connecticut where he completed high school and met his soulmate -a petite, vivacious, God-fearing woman - Rosa Jane Gordon.
Arthur and Rosa married on July 23,1960 and began to lay the foundation of what would become a true and pure example of love and marriage. Together, Arthur and Rosa perpetually displayed love for the Lord and the Christian values of hard work, respect and responsibility to their three children and Arthur’s youngest brother, Charlie, who became their second son, and ultimately to their grandchildren.
While in Stamford, Arthur began his career with Clairol (Bristol Myer Squibb) and later retired as a Quality Control District Manager. Upon retirement, Arthur and Rosa returned home to South Carolina, where they continued to cherish one another and reunite with family and childhood friends. Arthur always possessed an infectious laugh, which triggered laughter and joy for everyone around him. Towards the end of his journey, Arthur was an unwavering and dedicated caretaker for his wife Rosa, during her illness. Arthur answered his call to ministry by becoming a humble and faithful deacon at the Second Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in Pineland, SC.
In addition to his parents, Arthur was preceded in death by his beloved wife - Rosa JaneFunches; his remarkable daughter - Janifer Lynn Lighten (who is survived by her husband William E. Lighten); his eldest brother - Willie Funches; and his youngest brother - Charles Funches.
Left to honor his legacy includes his son Arthur Lee Funches Jr. (Wendi); daughter Lynette Parker (Darryl); five granddaughters - Adrienne Lighten, Alexis Lighten Wesley (Robert), Dionne, Desiree and Taylor Parker; three grandsons - Christopher and Michael Lighten, Arthur Enrique Funches; three brothers - Clarence Funches (Mary), James Funches (Mable) and Adolph Funches Jr; two sisters - Ella Grier (Jerry) and Vernell English. In addition, he hasalways been embraced and is survived by the entire Gordon family and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Arthur Funches Sr. will forever be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and neighbor. May, he rest in eternal peace as he reunites with his loving wife, elder daughter, parents and brothers. May God grant his Grace and Peace upon Us All.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. I Corinthians 15:58
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