Walter Funderburk – Fletcher Class of 1985
In Memory of Walter Lee Funderburk.
Walter was born in Quantico, Virginia on October 7, 1967, during the time his father was serving in the US Navy at the White House. He lived with his parents and six other older brothers and sisters until 1969 when the family moved to Jacksonville because his father was transferred to Mayport Naval Station. The family moved into the house where Walter was living at the time of his death.
At the time of his death he was survived by his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Lee Marsden of Dawson, Georgia; his parents , Mr. and Mrs. Norman Funderburk of Jacksonville; his brother Donald Funderburk of Jacksonville; his brother Michael Funderburk and wife Brenda and son Michael Thomas all of Jacksonville; his brother Danny Funderburk and his oldest sister Cheryl Funderburk both of Atlanta, Georgia; his brother Roger Funderburk of Jacksonville; and his sister Bernice Funderburk Leone and husband Joseph of Paris, Tennessee.
After Walter’s graduation from Fletcher High School in 1985 he began working for several different construction companies across the city building houses, apartments and he even worked on the Intracoastal Bridge off JTB. He was considered an excellent framing carpenter in the construction field.
In the early morning of November 14, 1992, Walter was shot in the chest at close range by Paul Edward Wentworth where he was pronounced dead. Wentworth pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced up to 15 years in prison. On July 23, 1993 the Funderburk family received information from the State of Florida Parole Board informing us that Paul Wentworth was being considered for parole and we could appear there in Tallahassee for our input. We went as a family and stated our concerns for why they should not consider him for early release. On August of 1993 we received a letter from the parole board telling us that Mr. Wentworth was not considered for early parole but in June of 1995 we were informed that Paul E. Wentworth was being released due to overcrowding at the prison. For murdering our son and your classmate, Mr. Wentworth spent only less than 3 years of a 15 year sentence.
Walter was loved by many and still missed dearly to this day.