"On behalf of the Clemson Corps, we send our condolences on your loss. First Lt Funchess made an impact on Clemson's military history in many different ways through-out the years, with the most recent being when he spoke at the Clemson University ROTC POW/MIA day ceremonies. In his honor we have donated to the SC Military History Museum.
-Chair, Clemson Corps Board of Directors"
"Bill was a fellow agronomist and extension worker, and his accomplishments are many in working with farmers and agribusiness. He had an easy-going style that made working with him a pleasure. I only learned later of his heroism in war and treasure our relationship after retirement. His book chronicles the many challenges he faced as a POW, and forever stamps his title of American hero. May his family find peace in knowing that Bill touched the lives of so many."
"Another great American soldier and Clemson Alumnus now rests in heavenly glory as God's newest angel. One can only imagine how grueling the Korean War was for American's finest and being a POW brought even more unimaginable pain to those honorable patriotic soles. May God's merciful grace and loving hand guide each family member as they long remember the sterling and everlasting legacy of this American hero. "Where the Blue Ridge yawns its greatness, where the Tigers play.........." A final salute is hereby rendered! Earl Hansford Grubbs, CU 67 and retired Army Officer"
"I had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Funchess when I worked with him in the District Extension Office at Clemson back in the 70's. He was a a gentleman and always was willing to help the farmer(s) and other Extension Agents whenever or however he could. His fortitude and bravery during his captivity is admirable and quite a story. The Extension Service was fortunate to have a man like him serving the citizens of this state. To his family, I send deep condolences; he loved his family and country deeply - a true hero in my estimation. The world and country is a better place for his life and service. ... Mary S. Harvey"