Jerry Don Funkhouser
Fri, 02/15/2019 - 1:26pm
Jerry Don Funkhouser, former resident of Brownsville, Texas, passed peacefully in Houston, Texas, on February 11, 2019.
Jerry was born in Comanche, Oklahoma, on December 23, 1943, to Ephraim Byron and Niola M. (Jeffries) Funkhouser. His sister Nola Bea (Funkhouser) Noble went to be with the Lord before Jerry on March 31, 2008.
Jerry grew up in the El Jardin area of east Brownsville, riding his horse to school on occasion. He was a talented musician, playing the guitar while his sister Nola sang songs to entertain guests at fish fries. Jerry married Linda Dorothy Jahns on September 3, 1963, and they had two girls: Nola D'Ann and Audra Lynn. Most of Jerry's professional career was spent in construction where he was an expert machine operator and eventually created his own business, J & L Construction. Later he owned and operated, with his wife Linda, a small business, Jerry's Farm Supply on FM 511. He was a 4-H leader in Brownsville, assisting his daughters and other youth with their hog projects. Jerry was a skilled horseman and enjoyed the company of animals, most recently, his bedside companion Buddy.
He is survived by his daughters D'Ann Loop and husband Ray Loop, of Brownsville, TX, and Audra Lynn Marks and husband Ty Marks, of Wimberly, Texas; granddaughters Georgia Rae Blunt, Shelby Lynn Loop, Taylor Mae Loop, and Tarah Nicole Marks; grandson Joshua Anthony Marks; and great grandson Callum James Blunt. He is also survived by a son Ely Funkhouser, nephews Louis Noble and Calvin Noble, and his uncle, Bobby Funkhouser of Duncan, Oklahoma. Jerry Don was proceeded in death by his parents, Ephraim Byron and Niola M. (Jeffries) Funkhouser, and his grandparents, Walter Byron and Tempie Tiny (Shelby) Funkhouser of Comanche, Oklahoma.