Irene Josey Funderburk died June 4, 2013 at St.
Joseph's Hospital surrounded by her children.
She was born on February 8, 1922 in Sumter,
SC and lived most of her life in Savannah,
Georgia. Irene opened
"Coiffures by Irene" in 1959 in MedicalArtsShopping Center,
earning a distinguished reputation as a cosmetologist. She served as President
of the Georgia Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association and was the first
living inductee into the Georgia Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association's
Hall of Fame. She semi-retired in 1987 when she sold the
Medical Arts establishment, along with her shops in Beaufort, SC and on the southside of Savannah. She formally retired at the age of 88.
She was a longstanding member of BullStreetBaptistChurch.
Surviving are her five children, Michael B. Williams (Diane), Dolores W.
Bennett (James), Robert L. Williams (Lynette), David A. Williams (Patricia),
and Deborah W. Cannon; eleven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; three
great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was
preceded in death by her husbands, William Doy
Williams and Ellis F. Funderburk; her parents, Marion
Sumter Josey and Theodocia Bell Maye;
four sisters and four brothers.
The family will receive friends from
until on Friday, June 7, 2013 at Fox & Weeks Funeral
Directors, Hodgson Chapel.
The funeral service will be in the Hodgson Chapel of Fox & Weeks Funeral
Directors, at , on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Interment will follow in BonaventureCemetery.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Bennett, Paul Cannon, Ronald Floyd, Patrick Gray,
Michael Lynch, and Nicholas Williams.