Funk & Ray Records

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library / Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

Funk & Ray Records, 984 WFCHS

Scope and Content: This collection contains the records for the businesses Funk Furniture, Funk and Ray, and Funk and Son, all of Winchester, VA, USA. The first three boxes contain account ledgers of the Funk Furniture store for 1881 through 1929. The fourth box contains the Funk and Ray Funeral records which provide information about the deceased such as cause of death, relatives, church, birth and death dates, internment information, etc. for the years 1901 to 1923. (4 boxes) Last updated 02/07.

Biographical/Historical: The business was located at 7 South Market Street in Winchester, VA. James N. W. Funk and his son H.C.A. Funk founded Funk and Son in Winchester, VA. Little is known about the Funks, except Helen Ray Funk Brewer, H.C.A. Funk’s daughter. She became the first licensed embalmer in Winchester, having passed the State Board Examination with a high score in 1927. John Ray was born in 1841 and died in 1905. He proved to be fearless, intrepid, and daring often putting his life in danger during the Civil War. He served in the Stonewall Brigade and was wounded many times. Ray was a businessman in Winchester for 25 years; most of that time he spent in partnership with James Funk. It was said that he was the "soul of fairness and integrity." One of Winchester’s leading citizens, he served several terms in the city council and as a member of the school board. He was also a director of the Union Bank. John Ray’s first wife was Nellie Funk, the sister of his partner, and his second wife was Jennie Smith. He won the affection and esteem of all who knew him.

Bibliography: Winchester Evening Star, June 17, 1927. Unknown newspaper of Oct. 20, 1905.

Cite As: Funk & Ray Records, 984 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

Organization:

Box 1

Accounts ledger, partial book, 1881-1882, manuscript

Accounts ledger, August 1, 1898-November 1905, manuscript

Accounts ledger, July 1914-September 1917, manuscript

Box 2

Accounts ledger, May 1914-1927, manuscript

Accounts ledger, May 1915-1928, manuscript

Loose papers from accounts ledger, May 1915-1928, 6 leaves, manuscript

Box 3

Accounts ledger, August 1918-March 1922, manuscript

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1924-1929, manuscript and typescript

Box 4

Funk & Ray funeral service, miscellaneous notes, 14 items, manuscript

Funk & Sons funeral records abstracts, 1901-1907, prepared by Ben Ritter, 1982, 17 leaves, typescript

Funk & Sons funeral records abstracts, 1914-1916, including some entries for 1906, 1907, 1923, and 1989, 11 leaves, typescript

Funk & Sons funeral records abstracts, 1921-1927, including some entries for 1906-1919, 20 leaves, typescript

Funk, Helen - biographical material, news articles, 2 leaves

Funk & Ray funeral service records, 1901, 3 leaves, manuscript on printed form

Funk & Ray funeral service records, 1903, 7 leaves, manuscript on printed form

Funk & Ray funeral service records, 1904, 38 leaves, manuscript on printed form

Funk & Ray funeral service records, 1905, 45 leaves, manuscript on printed form

Funk & Ray funeral service records, 1906, 86 leaves, manuscript on printed form

Funk & Ray funeral service records, 1907, 71 leaves, manuscript on printed form

Funk & Ray funeral service records, 1914, 54 leaves, manuscript on printed form

Funk & Ray funeral service records, 1915, 91 leaves, manuscript on printed form

Funk & Ray funeral service records, 1916, 64 leaves, manuscript on printed form

Funk & Ray funeral service records, 1920, 1922, 1923, 4 leaves, manuscript on printed form

Undertaking Ledger #1, 1921-1928, 1 item, manuscript

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

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