HUNDLEY, Earl, 86, of St. Clairsville, OH, formerly of Charleston, WV, passed away on Saturday July 13, 2013 at Liza's Place Hospice Care, Wheeling, WV after a long illness.
He was born September 1, 1926 in the Davis Creek area of South Charleston and graduated from South Charleston High School. Earl was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was a member of the Bible Center Church, Charleston, and regularly attended East Richland Evangelical Friends Church, St. Clairsville. At the Bible Center, Earl was involved as an usher, assisted with the Awanas program, and oversaw the caretaking of church vehicles. Some of his happiest moments were when he was sharing with others his testimony and faith in Jesus Christ.
During WWII, Earl served for two years in the United States Navy on the ammunition ship U.S.S. Vesuvius in the Philippine Islands. He returned home after the war and worked alongside his father in the family grocery business in Dunbar, WV. Earl retired from C&O Motors as a new car sales manager in 1992. He worked in automobile sales for over 40 years throughout the Kanawha Valley, and continued to conduct training classes for salesmen after his retirement. He was also employed by Roger Dean Chevrolet, Tag Galyean Chevrolet and Rhodes/Joe Holland Chevrolet. He was a 20-plus year member of the Society of Sales Executives and earned his sales certificate from Wayne State University in Michigan.
He was a 32nd degree Mason with the Dunbar Lodge No. 159, Scottish Rite and a 50-year member of the Beni Kedem Shrine. Some of his favorite pastimes were fishing, golfing, woodworking, boating, camping, dancing and listening to gospel, country and big band music. He always enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and meeting new people through his work, church and travels. Earl visited every state in the Union, as well as most European countries and islands in the Caribbean. Born with the "gift of gab," he was a remarkable storyteller, and was well-known for his quick wit, memory and endless sense of humor.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Everett, Sr. and Allie Hively Hundley; sister, Lois Hundley; son-in-law, Kyle E. King; first cousin, Burman "Junior" Wilson, raised as a brother.
Surviving, loving wife of 66 years, Mildred "Dunnie" Barnett Hundley; daughter, Pam King of Charlottesville, VA; son, Phil and wife Kim of St. Clairsville; daughter, Paula Hundley of Charleston; grandsons, Adam Hundley of Denver, CO, Andy Hundley of Athens, OH; granddaughter, Allie Hundley of Dayton, OH; sister, Pat and her husband Clyde Whitworth of Charleston; six nieces; two great-nieces; four great-nephews.
Service to celebrate Earl's life will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston with Pastor David Jones, of the Campbell Memorial Baptist Church, Smithers, WV, officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, David Creek, where there will be a brief service in the mausoleum chapel. Interment will be in the Hively family plot at Graceland. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.goodshepherdmortuary.net.