When Norman Funderburk and David Pierce bleed, they “bleed purple.”
Bleeding purple is an old Humble saying for Humble High graduates who live and breathe the Wildcat way. The Wildcat, for those not in the know, is the Humble High mascot and the Humble color is purple.
Bleeding purple fits Funderburk and Pierce to a T. Both grew up in Humble. Pierce is a native. Funderburk is practically a native. They both care deeply about Humble, its residents and businesses, and the vast area that makes up what is now the Lake Houston community.
They ran unopposed for the seats they currently hold on the Humble City Council and were declared elected, according to City Secretary Jenny Page. They were sworn to their positions prior to the May 18 Humble City Council meeting.
Funderburk was first elected to the Humble City Council Place 3 in 2014. He now begins his fourth two-year term.
Pierce previously served eight terms on the Humble City Council before taking a 13-year break, then returned to the council when he was elected to Place 5 in 2015.
Both Funderburk and Pierce have an illustrious history with Humble and Lake Houston. Funderburk has lived in Humble most of his life while Pierce’s family has called Humble home for six generations.
In his election statement, Funderburk said he is running for re-election because “ … while we’ve made significant accomplishments … there’s still much work to do.”
His focus, priority and commitment to Humble residents is concentrated on three priorities — quality of life/safety and security, fiscal responsibility and sustainability.
“I have a servant’s heart,” Funderburk said. “I want to have a positive impact and make a difference for the community.”
This includes protecting neighborhood integrity, keeping the city attractive and safe, setting high expectations for all core services, and continuing the strong focus on drainage and flood mitigation.
Pierce, in his election statement, notes that “ … I love my hometown and will always work and strive to keep its charm while serving all citizens who call Humble home.”
His top three goals are a city-wide recycling program, down-town improvements including Christmas parade decorations, and an increase in the visibility of police in Humble neighborhoods through bike patrols and the Citizens on Patrol program.
Funderburk spent 42 years in the engineering and construction industry. He retired in 2016 as vice president of project services after 30 years with Koch Specialty Plant Services, Inc.
Pierce is founder and chief executive officer of Humble Industries, Inc., manufacturing products for energy, oil and gas, water wells, tank trucks and mining in Humble for more than 32 years.
Both Funderburk and Pierce have deservedly accumulated several tributes and commendations during their years of service in the Lake Houston community.
Funderburk is a distinguished alumnus from the Humble ISD Education Foundation, honoree of the Northeast Hospital Foundation, was named a community builder by the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas, was inducted into the Humble High Baseball Hall of Fame, and is a past recipient of the Lake Houston Area Chamber Haden McKay Citizen of the Year award.
Pierce received the Humble High Alumni Association’s Mamie Morris service award, is a past honoree of the Humble Livestock Show and Rodeo, and a life member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
They both continue to serve on many local and regional organizations. Funderburk is the city’s liaison to the Northeast Hospital Board of Authority, an alumnus of the Humble Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy, past president of the Humble High Alumni Association, and the Humble High Baseball Booster Club.
Pierce is the class agent for the Texas A&M Class of 1975, past city representative to the Houston-Galveston Area Council, and founding member of the Humble Preservation/Beautification Committee and the Humble Lighted Christmas Parade.
Funderburk is a deacon at United City Church and a member of the Lake Houston Area Chamber, North Harris County Criminal Justice Association, and an NRA life member.
Pierce is a member of First United Methodist Church of Humble, where he was baptized, and a member of the Harris County Criminal Justice Association, Noon Lions and Optimists clubs.
Funderburk and Pierce recognize that while Humble and the Lake Houston Area are experiencing tremendous growth, they both want the city to flourish while retaining its unique identity and small-town atmosphere.