Samuel M. Funches, Security Guard, Fan

Posted: January 24, 1997

Samuel Martin Funches, a longtime security guard, Fairmount Park worker and avid sports fan, died Monday. A resident of North Philadelphia, he was 68.

Funches was a security supervisor for the Budd Co.

``He was good at getting people to do what he wanted them to do because he would always joke. He always had a story for them,'' said a daughter, Sandra Funches.

Earlier, he had maintained grounds for the Fairmount Park Commission. ``He loved it,'' Funches said. ``When we were little, we used to go out there with him.''

Funches took his children to Lemon Hill, the playground and other park areas. A lifelong Philadelphian, he liked sports - especially baseball - live or on TV.

``He loved football, baseball, basketball, boxing. He was into all of that,'' Funches said. ``During baseball season, before he got sick, he used to go to the Phillies games.''

He also built up a collection of old black-and-white movies that he watched on the VCR.

``He had a lot of Bogart. He loved cowboy pictures,'' Funches said. He enjoyed reading, especially Sherlock Holmes and other mysteries, she said.

Survivors also include his wife, the former Mary Butler; four other daughters, Dolores Butler, Ethel Epps and Veronica and Antoinette Funches; six sons, Kenneth, Eric, Victor and Arthur Butler, Samuel Jr. and Sterling; 22 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a brother, Irving.

Services will be held at noon Monday at Devereaux Memorial United Methodist Church, 26th Street and Allegheny Avenue. Friends may call at 10 a.m.

Burial will be in Mount Peace Cemetery, 3111 W. Lehigh Ave.

WILLA MAE BROADWATER Services will be held today for Willa Mae Broadwater, a library assistant for a quarter century in South Philadelphia public schools.

Broadwater, of Willow Grove, died Saturday. She was 69.

``Willa understood the value of an education and instilled this value in her children and the children she was involved with in her job,'' said her daughter, Andrea Williams. ``She ran her library like her home - efficiently and with love.''

She worked at various times at Cook Junior High, and the Claghorn and Pennypacker schools.

A believer that reading was the key to knowledge, she kept the library well stocked.

Born in Philadelphia, Broadwater graduated from William Penn High School and attended West Chester University.

Survivors also include her husband of 47 years, Samuel Broadwater; a son, Darryl, and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Paul's Baptist Church, 10th and Wallace streets. Burial will be at Ivy Hill Cemetery, Wadsworth at Woolston avenues.

YVONNE MARIE TAYLOR Yvonne Marie Taylor, administrative director of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association and a devoted community advocate and mother, will be remembered today at funeral services.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson will deliver the eulogy for Taylor, of Voorhees, N.J., who died Sunday at age 53.

Born in Detroit, Taylor moved to Mount Airy about 30 years ago with her husband, H. LeBaron Taylor, now senior vice president of Sony Music Entertainment Inc. The couple then moved to Voorhees.

Also surviving are a son, Eric, and a daughter, Tiffani.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church, 446 Camden Ave., Moorestown, N.J. Friends may call starting at 1 p.m.

Burial will be tomorrow in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Wadsworth and Woolston Avenues, Philadelphia.

GWENDOLYN WARING Services will be held tomorrow for Gwendolyn Waring, a South Philadelphia bar employee who was found shot to death a week ago.

Waring, the mother of five, was 50. She was slain at the Checkmate Bar at 12th and Carpenter streets, where she worked as a barmaid and manager. Police continue to investigate the crime.

``She was a fun-loving person,'' said her niece, Sheila Alston. She was known as ``Mommie'' because ``she was like a Mommie to all of us. She was always the life of the party.''

Waring was a member of Tindley Temple.

Survivors include her husband, Frederick Waring; three daughters, Dierdre, Carliece and Stephanie; two sons, Frederick 2nd and Terrence; 10 grandchildren; her mother, Clara Howard; four sisters, Deborah Russell and Florence, Marshia and Clarice Myers; and three brothers, Angelo, Kenneth and William Myers, and an adopted brother, Freddie Edwards.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Tindley Temple, Broad and Fitzwater streets. Friends may call starting at 9 a.m.

Burial will be in Mount Lawn Cemetery, 84th Street and Hook Road, Sharon Hill, Darby.

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