In Memoriam – Melody Funderburgh

The Accent staff is sad to announce the death of Melody Funderburgh. Funderburgh was editor in chief of  Accent newspaper at Austin Community College during the spring 2014 semester.

Funderburgh represented Accent at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association conference April 10-12 in San Antonio with four other  staff members.

“We had a wonderful time and enjoyed getting to know her,” Era Sundar, Accent Student Media Adviser, said. “Melody had great ideas for the newspaper and was always enthusiastic. During the conference, she was intense and  passionate about journalism. Then, on the final evening of our stay in San Antonio, we saw the fun-loving teenager emerge.”

Although Funderburgh was with Accent for a short time, she made a lasting impression on those with whom she worked.

“One thing that really impressed me about Melody was that she knew what she wanted to do in life at a young age  and was pursuing that path,” Ruby Pinon, Accent layout/design editor, said. ” Most of us go through life not knowing what we want and figure things out late in life,  but she was on her way.”

Justin Hobby, Accent multimedia editor, remembered Funderburgh as full of energy and excitement.

“She brought an infectious energy and passion for news to the ACCENT team that helped carry us through a transitional period,” Hobby said.  “Those of us who were lucky enough to attend conferences and competitions with her got a chance to enjoy her humorous side. Her smile and fervid ambition will be missed yet not forgotten.”

Melody Funderburgh was 19.

For the obituary in the Austin American-Statesman Click Here.


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SIGHTSEEING — Justin Hobby and Melody Funderburgh take in the sights April 11, 2014 near the Alamo in San Antonio after a busy day at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association conference. Hobby and Funderburgh represented Accent at TIPA along with two other Accent staff members.


Funderburgh at the base of the Cenotaph in Alamo Plaza, a memorial to the Alamo defenders. The memorial was lit by the pink lights set up in preparation for Fiesta San Antonio.


ACCENT DELEGATION — (left to right) Justin Hobby, Andrew Hikel, Carizma Barrera and Melody Funderburgh outside the Alamo on April 11, 2014. Not pictured — Ruby Pinon.