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This profile was last updated on 11/4/13  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Beauvoir
  • Board Member
    Parklane Academy
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Web References
Ed Funchess Vice ...
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Ed Funchess Vice Chairman and Treasurer
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Ed Funchess
The Sun Herald | 10/21/2006 | Dust settles after war between Beauvoir factions Change of guard
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Ed Funchess, commander of the Mississippi Division and a new Beauvoir board member, said the group would never be involved in politics and legally endanger its nonprofit status.
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But Funchess acknowledged that no organization is immune to unsavory characters and others could have acted wrongfully, but he has personally seen no evidence of racist agendas pushed by the group.
"If I found something of substance that showed the SCV was actively racial, I wouldn't even get home before I would leave the organization.I would make a phone call on the way."
Funchess said the SCV's affiliation with the Confederate battle flag, which has been seized by the Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups as a symbol of hate, has caused the group to draw fire from the left.He said groups like the SPLC see the flag and automatically think those who wave it are racists.
He said many have misconceptions about the reasons the Civil War was fought.
"In their minds, the whole war was fought over slavery," Funchess said."They probably think that."
Tariffs levied by the government against the South were a major contributor to the war, he said.
But despite the allegations raised by activist groups, Funchess said that since the lawsuit was settled Beauvoir meetings have been productive and harmonious and the new board is enthusiastic.
"I just feel there is a unity there I have not seen in years," he said.
Ed Funchess (601) ...
parklane.ms.schoolwebpages.com, 25 Aug 2011 [cached]
Ed Funchess (601) 250-0029 midgulf@bellsouth.net
Boards
www.beauvoir.org, 8 Oct 2012 [cached]
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e. Ed Funchess reported that ...
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e. Ed Funchess reported that the Chronicles of Beauvoir book is now on sale. A previous issue with the book has been resolved. 8. Meeting was adjourned at 6:05 PM
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E. Chief of Staff Ed Funchess discussed the Division supporting a sesquicentennial commemorative coin set being initiated by the South Carolina Division SCV. There would be an initial cost of up to $300 with a subsequent potential of receiving a percentage of the total sales of the coins. The Commander appointed a committee consisting of Ed Funchess, Jim Strickland, Sr., Alan Palmer and Paul B. Johnson, III will look into the matter and report back at the next Executive Council meeting.
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Chief of Staff Ed Funchess gave a report on behalf of Jim Huffman about the Save the Battleflag Cups and urged everyone to sell or buy the cups.
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2. appointed Ed Funchess as Chief of Staff
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11. Chief of Staff Ed Funchess addressed the assembly about the SCV race car and its accomplishments on the track. He also spoke on the Bricks for Beauvoir program and brought everyone up to date on the project.
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Beauvoir Board Member and former Division Commander Ed Funchess related the fact that we could add a portico later, should we choose, but it would be at our own expense.
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Ed Funchess.
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Ed is the Facilities Chair on the Board of Directors, making him responsible for the 52 acres of property excluding the buildings on the site. Ed said we've come a long way toward getting the grounds back to normal since Hurricane Katrina. Ed said the front part of the property is more beautiful than ever, with the restored mansion and the white fence.
Ed is currently working on three major projects at Beauvoir. One is the Bricks for Beauvoir project. Ed said he'd only learned in the last three weeks that any work at Beauvoir beyond repair and maintenance requires an official application for same which, in turn, must be approved by the MDAH. This circumstance has momentarily stalled every grounds project that Ed is currently heading requiring construction, earth movement, etc. MDAH requires this because of Beauvoir's historic site status and not to deter or delay our activities.
The entire 52 acres is an historic site, not just the mansion. Ed noted that nothing had been done on the north side of Oyster Bayou in years. Ed did note that everyone was surprised that even the non-mansion portions of the property fell under the MDAH mandate. However, since we've never really made any major changes north of the bayou in many decades, MDAH's attention was never brought to bear on that area. Now that we are wanting to make changes in that region, MDAH necessarily must be involved. For this reason, MDAH must approve our cemetery enhancement program, including the installation of the old UDC arch and the Bricks for Beauvoir plaza and Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier enhancements. Ed does not anticipate any problem with MDAH approving these projects because they are appropriate from a memorial and historical perspective. MDAH didn't say they didn't like the project; they simply said they'd like to look over the plans and approve them, if appropriate.
Ed's second big project is the walking bridge over Oyster Bayou. This is the small bridge that is located on a line running directly between the mansion and the cemetery. As background, Ed noted that, last year, we had a contractor who was supposed to remove the silt from the bayou, install a catch basin, etc. When this contractor's contract had expired, some portions of the work had not been completed, particularly the removal of silt from the bayou, with the goal of returning the bayou to its usual six-foot depth, rather than the 1-2-foot depth it has had since Katrina. Ed had another contractor working at this time, so, while the water was drawn down in the bayou, he had the pilings for the foot bridge put in.
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Also, our Corps of Engineers permit has expired, so Ed has engineers working on the design of the flow control device, which Ed also characterized as a flow mediator. The mediator would slow the flow of culvert water, especially during peak flow, and allow the water to spread out, rather than blasting through Oyster Bayou. The catch basin's purpose is to catch most of the debris that enters the bayou; otherwise, we'll be removing silt from the bayou "till Doomsday. [Laughter.] Ed made some hilarious remarks about the permitting processes he's seen in other parts of the country, which caused the assembly to guffaw. He said the permitting process here in Mississippi and along the Gulf Coast is nothing compared to other areas of the country, and that we should be glad we don't have to go through the paperwork that other parts of the country do. Ed said that the estimated cost of the basin/mediator is $20,000, of which $9,600 is permit fees!
Ed's third major project is the cemetery enhancement project. Ed said that Lt. Comdr.
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Ed said he thought this was a grand idea, since the entire cemetery/memorial for the Ship Island POWs is lost. If we don't memorialize these POWs at Beauvoir, their sacrifices and lives won't be remembered anywhere.
Ed said we only have one permit to obtain for the cemetery work, which is the aforementioned MDAH permit. Our memorial design has been completed and submitted to MDAH for approval. The flagpoles and columns have been chosen. We're going to have six-seven-foot tiered fountains at each wing, along with a "monster" fountain right at the entranceway. Ed said that he had originally wanted a couple of mirror pools at the site, but that they had proven too expensive, or, as he phrased it, "that was just too much sugar for a dime. [Laughter.] Ed said the tiered fountains were cheaper and easier to assemble and maintain than mirror pools.
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Ed said that this is the only place for the arch at Beauvoir. He said the Beauvoir Board of Directors needs to address the arch issue specifically, even in the midst of the whirlwind of other, pressing issues it has to deal with. Ed said that he would personally see that this gets done.
Ed said that he and Comdr.
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Ed said that the bricks that will immediately surround the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier could only be for individual Confederate soldiers. However, he said that the walkway leading to the Tomb could certainly be paved with bricks honoring UDC and OCR Chapters, SCV Camps, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, General Barksdale, etc.
In response to a question by Division Editor Allen Terrell, Ed and Comdr.
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Ed said that we need about 35,000 bricks to pave the area around the Tomb. Comdr.
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Ed opined that it will be a lot easier to sell bricks once the plaza is in place, because people will be able to see the real results of brick purchases. Ed praised Larry for his work to date on the project.
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Ed said that the completed project/enhancement is "going to be a beautiful thing. Ed said that we would all be proud to have been a part of the project once we see the results.
In response to a question from esteemed elder Compatriot Hon. George Church of the Meridian Camp, Ed reiterated that individual ancestral bricks would surround the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier, while ancillary honorary bricks (for camps, chapters, etc.) would be on the walkway leading up to the Tomb. Ed and Larry confirmed that individual ancestral bricks would be placed in order of purchase beginning at the Tomb and radiating out from there.
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Ed emphasized that every brick purchased would be either immediately around the Tomb or on the walkway leading up to the Tomb.
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Ed said that there would also be a "mirror image" set of flagpoles opposite these thirteen, including a Mississippi Secession Flag, the Bonnie Blue Flag, and the Confederate Battleflag. Ed said that he was vigorously pursuing this project because it was an important one and because so many people had put so much time, effort, and money into it. Ed said that he and Comdr.
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Ed thanked the assembly for their support of Beauvoir, of him personally, and of "our collective effort to honor our ancestors. [Warm applause.]
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