Junior Funderburgh was born on a farm west of Sayre, OK in 2928. He is one of twenty children and lived on that farm with his family until his father’s death. In 1944, with the signed permission of his mother since he was only 15, he was allowed to go work for Norfolk Electric Cooperative in Sayre, OK where he began his career digging holes for and raising poles by hand.
In 1950 he went to work for Tri-County Electric Cooperative in Hooker, OK as a lineman and eventually rose to become purchasing manager. In 1960, Junior went to work for Kansas Electric Cooperative as a pickup and delivery driver for transformer repairs in Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado. Two years later, at the age of 34, Junior began working as a salesperson for Arkansas Electric Cooperative where he worked for twenty-three years before his retirement. But Junior didn’t let retirement slow him down.
Since 1985 he worked as a Marketing Representative for American Safety Utility Corporation in OK and KS and can be found driving to visit his customers at cooperative and municipals to this day.