Evans Clark (E.C.) Mundy, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at home in Barboursville, VA with his wife of 43 years by his side.
E.C. was born March 25, 1927 at home on the family farm with the help of Dr.
Sims who came from Eheart on a horse and buggy. E.C. began his education at James
Barbour School in Barboursville and graduated in 1944 from Orange High School in
Orange, VA. After several “tries” to enter the U.S. Marine Corps and being told he was
too small each time, he began eating bananas and drinking water to increase the amount
of his weight on the scales and they finally sent him to “boot camp.” Once in the Marine
Corps during WWII, he was stationed in Guam, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Tokyo Bay,
Japan. He was later sent aboard the USS Columbus to serve under Admiral Bennett and
then transferred to the heavy cruiser USS Chicago to serve with Admiral Bledsoe. E.C.’s
last tour of duty was on the USS Fall River which also returned him home to the USA.
After leaving the Marines he attended the Cincinnati College of Embalming and
graduated Summa Cum Laude. He worked as a licensed embalmer and funeral director
under Frank A. Bliley of Richmond, VA and also at Wheeler-Thompson Funeral Home,
Fredericksburg, VA. After his father died, E.C. moved back to the farm in Barboursville
and opened the State Farm Insurance Office in Orange, VA while also working part time
with horses. He began working full time with horses in the 1950’s. After marrying
Keveney Bliley in 1976, they both began buying, selling and raising young
thoroughbreds for the racetracks. They later moved their horse business to Ocala, FL
where the Ocala Breeders Sales Company was trying to get started. E.C. bought an
interest in this sales company and he and Keveney still own an interest. Thousands of
thoroughbreds are sold each year and the barns in Florida are always full.
One day E.C. decided that it was time to say goodbye to Florida and head back
home to Virginia. They made a home in Barboursville where E.C. was Master of the
Barboursville Masonic Lodge; founding member of the Piedmont Sportsman Club;
Chairman of the Orange County Zoning Board of Appeals; Chairman of the BarboursvilleRuritan Club; a former member of the Farmington Hunt Club and helped start the firedepartment in Barboursville.
E.C. loved dogs and started the first Jack Russell Budweiser line here in Virginia.
He also had some of the first Charolais cattle in the area and the first Goose Neck Horse
Trailer that became the “trailer of choice” after a while. E.C.’s love of the sport of
hunting with his friends and his English Pointers and later, English Setters, brought him
great joy. He brought the first Pointing Lab to this area.
E.C. was preceded in death by his parents Evans C. and Denzil Mundy, sisters
Duvrese M. Marr, Denzil M. Lyne, Beverly M. Collins and his son Evans Clark Mundy,
III. In addition to his wife, Keveney, he is survived by daughter Kimberly Murphy of
Alabama; sister Theresa M. Jesser of Athens, GA and several nieces and nephews.
Honorary pall bearers will be his nephews, cousins and The Hatton Ferry Dead Eyes,
sporting clay friends of E.C. Mundy.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM on Sunday, September 8th at Preddy Funeral Home in Gordonsville, VA. The funeral, with Masonic Rites, will be at 11 AM on
Monday, September 9th at Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville. Interment will be in
Graham Cemetery, 14191 Constitution Highway, Orange, VA. Reception will follow at
the Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department, 5251 Spotswood Trail, Barboursville, VA.
Memorial contributions may be made to Legacy Hospice, 500 Faulconer Dr, Suite
100, Charlottesville, VA 22903; Barboursville Masonic Lodge, P.O. Box 83,
Barboursville, VA 22923; The Ruritan Club, 5259 Barboursville Community Center,
Barboursville, VA 22923; or the Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department P.O. 122,
Barboursville, VA 22923.
Preddy Funeral Home of Gordonsville is serving the Mundy family.