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Ulice Archie Funderburk, affectionately known as UA, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2024, in San Antonio, Texas, from cardiac arrest. Born on October 31, 1945, in Pageland, South Carolina, UA embodied the very essence of wisdom, humor, and courage throughout his 78 years of a well-lived life.
UA's journey began as the beloved son of Atha Mae Robinson and Ganson Funderburk, and as a brother within a large and loving family. Though he is now reunited with his parents; his siblings Ella Ruth “Peg,” Curtis, Jack, Leo, Reece, and Leroy; and his sons Ulice Archie Jr. and Anthony, his legacy continues through his devoted siblings Hazel, Patsy, Joyce, Georgia, and Shirley, as well as his cherished daughter Amber. His legacy continues through his grandchildren, Ulice Archie III, Justice, Chancelor, Aaliyah, Elton, Zoë, and Zion, who will carry on the family's voyage into the future.
UA's life was a testament to the power of perseverance and joy. Educated in the Chesterfield County School District, he built a career as a skilled carpet mechanic, avid entrepreneur, and later ventured into real estate, where his keen eye for detail and his steadfast work ethic were well known. His professional achievements were only a part of his story, as UA's heart was truly at home, with his loved ones and the great outdoors.
An adventurer at heart, UA found tranquility and excitement in activities near the water—be it boating, fishing, crabbing, or simply enjoying the serenity of nature. His love for gardening allowed him to nurture life in another facet, cultivating beauty and growth with the same care he extended to his family and friends. UA was also an exceptional storyteller, with the ability to transport listeners to the heart of each tale, captivating audiences with his wit and boundless imagination.
To all who knew him, UA was the "boss" of his own life, steering his ship with an unwavering hand and a smile that could light up the darkest night. He was the embodiment of the kind of wisdom that comes from experience, the humor that makes life sweeter, and the courage to face life's challenges head-on.
UA's life reminds us of the enduring words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." He lived by this philosophy, harnessing the strength within to achieve his goals, inspire his family, and spread joy and laughter wherever he went.
As we bid farewell to Ulice Archie Funderburk, we not only mourn his passing but also celebrate the extraordinary life he led. UA's memory will live on as a beacon of inspiration, encouraging us all to embrace life's adventures with zest, to nurture our relationships with love and humor, and to face each day with the courage that he exemplified.
In honoring UA, we recognize that the footprints he left on the hearts of those he touched are indelible and that his stories will echo through the generations. Let us hold fast to the memories, the lessons, and the love he shared, and let his spirit guide us to live our lives with the same passion and purpose. For in doing so, UA's legacy will continue to flourish, and his presence will forever be felt in the gentle sway of the trees, the ripple of the water, and the laughter of his family.
ANNE LINDGREN DAVISON'S ORIGINAL POEM
Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I’ve found that peace at the close of day
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much,
Good friends, good times, my loved one’s touch
If my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart, rejoice with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.