I was born February 1. 1942 to Joe and Vernice Funk of
Denton, Texas. The place of my birth, the old Denton Hospital on South
Locust street still stands.. I grew up in Denton and Arygle, Texas.
My school years were spent at Texas State College for Women (now TWU) Demonstration
School, Denton Jr. High on Denton Street, and I graduated from Denton
High School in 1960. On August 24, 1960 Dana and I tied the knot at
Cole Chapel, First Methodist Church, Denton, Texas. At that time our
lifelong adventure began and 56 years later it continues. We have three
children, two girls and one boy, we are blessed with eight grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and two great-grandsons. Dana and I both attended North Texas State College
(now UNT). After two semesters at NTSC we transferred to East Texas State
College so that I could pursue a pre-theology degree with a minor in psychology.
With our move to East Texas the adventure became more exciting as is chronicled
in my books, MINISTRY AND MOONSHINE and MOONSHINER’S
REVENGE and MOONSHINE MEMORIES
I had never even written a short story, but I thoroughly enjoyed telling my tales. As a member of the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club, I told my stories to numerous fellow members. One Monday evening the program chairman called and informed me that our guest speaker for our meeting the next day cancelled and she asked if I would present a program chronicling our adventures. The presentation was well received and numerous members suggested that I should write a book, but not being a writer, I brushed off the idea. Several months later the program committee requested that I present another series of stories and I gladly agreed. After that presentation several Kiwanians urged me to write the book and one in particular, Dr. Ray Stephens offered his help in an editing capacity. I started writing that afternoon. MINISTRY AND MOONSHINE was born.
After serving several years as a local supply pastor I switched careers to accounting and finance and I worked in that field for 35 years at a large national furniture company. In 1994 I took an early retirement due to health issues and Dana and I have lived the good life ever since.
MINISTRY AND MOONSHINE
Matt Reynolds, a young Methodist minister, and his pregnant wife, Beth, arrive in rural Pruett, Texas, in the early 1960s to begin his first pastorate away from home. On the surface, Pruett is just a sleepy little town in the Piney Woods, and the folks in his small congregation are nice enough, if a bit peculiar.
Little do Matt and Beth know that the woods outside the town conceal the profitable and illegal enterprises of the local moonshiners, and no one in town is what they seem. Having led a somewhat sheltered existence until now, Matt and Beth have their eyes opened to human nature in ways they never could have imagined.
From a convicted
murderer living next door on one side to a suspicious widow on the other, his
congregation includes a cast of colorful characters who become unlikely friends
and surprising enemies. Matt learns the hard way that members of his
flock are capable of great love and warmth . . . and of great violence and
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Young preacher Matt Reynolds and his wife, Beth, spent a year in the tiny East Texas Town of Pruett, spreading the gospel, making remarkable friendships, and facing many unforeseen troubles. As they prepare to move to a new town and a new beginning, an unexpected development changes everything. Instead of moving on, they find themselves thrown once again into the peculiar life of the town and its colorful characters. The preacher and his wife have already faced malicious gossips, murderers, bootleggers, adulterers, and moonshiners, and have come through mostly unscathed. What could be worse than any of those?
Matt had never doubted that "The Man Upstairs" was in control, but he wonders what message He is sending when he must form an unlikely alliance with some of the meanest, most disreputable folks in the area to fight forces much more sinister than moonshiners. He and Beth find themselves staring down a dark road filled with mystery and danger that could threaten not only their own safety but the very survival of the town.
More than forty years have passed since Matt and Beth Reynolds lived in the small East Texas town of Pruett, where he served as pastor of the Methodist church, and where they got an eye-opening education about human nature. Some of those lessons resulted in lifelong friendships, and others became the stuff of nightmares---quite literally, in Matt’s case. As a homecoming celebration at the old church approaches, Matt relives in his dreams one of the most harrowing experiences of his life during that time: the murder of a troublesome moonshiner and the conviction for that crime of a man Matt had looked upon as good friend.
Convinced that there was more to the story, Matt and Beth take the occasion of the homecoming to ask questions of the surviving cast of characters in hopes of finding out the truth and stopping the nightmares. What they discover only raises more questions, as they learn how much their friends and fellow citizens had withheld from them by “looking out for their own”. . . and how both the victim and the convicted murderer, like most of the peculiar folks in Pruett, were not who they seemed to be.
LIFE AND DEATH ON CANNON CREEK
In Civil War days the banks of Cannon Creek became the final resting place for Confederate soldiers who died in a battle there. Now it quietly meanders through the genteel suburb of Shelby, Georgia, where wars of a different type are fought behind closed plantation doors.
Upon the death of his favorite aunt, Victoria, Adam Westfall returns to Shelby's distinctive Middleton Manor to help with the estate. Something is not right, the circumstances of Victoria's decline and death were suspicious, as were the death of her husband and others in the Middleton family circle over the years.
What goes on in the "best" families comes as a shock to Adam as he attempts to discover what really happened to the latest victims to fall on the banks of Cannon Creek.
THE THROWAWAY SON
“Damn! Damn! How could she treat me this way?”
Boston Ray Wilford, 1932 - 2005
To Dale and Julia he had always been Boss, who, with his wife, Addie, had been their best friend. They had never known him to be anything other than a kind, generous hard-working man, endlessly cheerful, and a joy to be with.
At the end of his life, Boss calls his friend to his side to unburden his soul. Dale listens as the story of his early life unfolds, revealing him to have been an abused, unwanted child who did whatever it took to survive in a hardscrabble mining town in West Virginia. As he grew he embarked on a career as a grifter, getting by on his good looks and silver tongue. The abused child became in turn an abusive man who neglected and abandoned his own family the same way he had been.
Nothing good ever happened to Boss until he met Addie, whose love had finally turned his life around to become the man Dale thought he knew. Boss had spent most of his life trying to get his mother to love him. How different would his life have been if only she had not thrown him away?
JUSTICE FOR CASSIE----------NOW AVAILABLE
Elise Brighton’s beloved aunt, Cassie Bienville died at the hand of those who had been entrusted to care for her in her declining years; not through simple negligence but through fraud and outright homicide. The evidence was brutally damning, yet the perpetrators were cleared of criminal charges in a miscarriage of justice that resounded with fury throughout the Louisiana Delta. The Grayson family’s stately plantation house was only a façade for their horrific treatment of loved ones who resided there, unable to defend themselves, and yet the court allowed the killers to go free. Will Cassie ever receive the justice she and the other victims deserve?
Fred L. Funk has crafted a chilling story that has its roots in true headlines of predators exploiting the most vulnerable members of society.