James As­bury Mundy

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

DEN­VER - Mr. James As­bury Mundy, age 81 of Den­ver, passed away peace­fully on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19, 2018.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at 11: 00 a. m. on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27, 2018, in the Chris­tian Life Cen­ter of Salem United Methodist Church in Den­ver with Rev. David Greene of­fi­ci­at­ing. The fam­ily in­vites friends to join them for a re­cep­tion im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the me­mo­rial ser­vice in the Chris­tian Life Cen­ter. Burial will be pri­vate.

Jim Mundy was born July 9, 1937, in Gas­ton County to the late Julius As­bury and Mary Sher­rill Mundy. Jim was an ed­u­ca­tor in the pub­lic school sys­tem for more than 35 years be­fore re­tir­ing.

As the beloved prin­ci­pal at Rock Springs Ele­men­tary in Den­ver from 1972- 92, Jim pos­i­tively af­fected thou­sands of young peo­ple (and re­mem­bered the names of ev­ery sin­gle one of them). The track at Rock Springs is named for him.

A de­voted and faith­ful Chris­tian, Jim was an ac­tive mem­ber of Salem United Methodist Church for decades. He served as pres­i­dent of the Methodist Men, chair­man of the build­ing com­mit­tee and teacher of the Cru­saders Sun­day School class for many years. He was also a mem­ber of the Lin­coln Bank Board of Di­rec­tors, the Ro­tary Club, the First Char­ter Ad­vi­sory Board and the Lin­coln County Hos­pi­tal Board of Di­rec­tors.

An avid golfer and gar­dener, he en­joyed man­ag­ing the Catawba Springs Hunt Club in re­tire­ment. Among his great­est joys were at­tend­ing his grand­chil­dren’s ath­letic events and watch­ing UNC bas­ket­ball and foot­ball games.

In his younger years, Jim was a stand­out ath­lete at Rock Springs High. In 1953, as a high school sopho­more, he knocked in the win­ning run in the bot­tom of the 13th in­ning to win the state cham­pi­onship in base­ball. He would later be named to the Lin­coln County Sports Hall of Fame for his fine work as an ath­lete and ed­u­ca­tor.

Jim grad­u­ated from Lenoir-Rhyne Col­lege and then re­ceived a Mas­ters de­gree from Ap­palachian State. He was named Prin­ci­pal of the year in 1981 and es­tab­lished the “Writ­ing to Read” pro­gram in the Lin­coln County school sys­tem. He was also named out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tor for dis­trict IV of the state PTA in 1982.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 63 years, Frances Stroupe Mundy of the home; four daugh­ters, An­drea Robin­son of Den­ver, Lori Rapp of Den­ver, Elise Fowler and hus­band Scott of Den­ver and Kristin Cathey and hus­band Chip of Lin­col­nton; one sis­ter, Mer­riel Law­ing of Hick­ory; eleven grand­chil­dren, El­lis Robin­son, Ja­son Robin­son, Brit­tany Phillips, Chapel Fowler, Davis Rapp, Jack­son Cathey, Salem Fowler, Banks Cathey, Lon­don Fowler, Sawyer Cathey and Ge­or­gia Fowler; two great- grand­chil­dren, Ron­nie Giles and Gun­ner Robin­son.

In lieu of f low­ers, the fam­ily re­quests me­mo­ri­als be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 378 N. Pi­lot Knob Road, Den­ver, NC 28037.

War­lick Funeral Home is serv­ing the Mundy fam­ily.

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