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Obituary
Charles Bundy

Charles
Bundy


September 29, 1939
to
May 22, 2017

Visitation Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Centralia
Funeral Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10:00a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Centralia

Charles “Charlie” L. Bundy, 77, of Centralia, died Monday, May 22, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia with his family by his side.

Mr. Bundy was born in Salem to Samuel T. and Thelma (Mulvany) Bundy. He married Carrell Childers on July 17, 1964 at the First Baptist Church in Centralia. In addition to his wife of 53 years, Mr. Bundy is survived by his children, Scott Bundy and wife, Andi, of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Allison Alli and husband, Jason, of Nashville; and Carey Bundy of St. Louis, Mo. Other survivors include his brothers and sisters, Jean Monical, Pat Vest, and Eddie See and wife, Phyllis, all of Salem; Ron See of Florida; Rita See of Omega; Vickie Wilkerson and husband, Bud, of Iuka; Jim See and wife, Glenda, of Ontario, California; Fannie Grey Lipford of West Virginia; and step-mother Grace Bundy of Idaho. He was devoted “Papa” to his grandchildren, Emma Alli, Blake, Kaia and Kali Bundy. A son, Judd Gregory; his parents; and a step-father, Merle See, preceded him in death.

He completed his elementary school education at the one-room school house in Omega and served on the committee to restore the school back to its original appearance, which was recently completed. He graduated from the Kinmundy-Alma High School 60 years ago. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1961 with a degree in Journalism and worked at the SIU Information Service. He returned to Graduate School at SIU for a year of study, where he worked for the campus newspaper, The Egyptian. He majored in journalism with minors in English and government. He taught English at Mt. Vernon High School and Junior College then returned to journalism. He began work at the Centralia Sentinel as area editor writing news stories and features from the 5-county area. In October of 1966, he went to work in public relations at Warren G. Murray Children’s Center and later became Training Coordinator until his retirement in 2001.

He served on the Optimist Club, the Willow Grove School Board, and advisory boards at an area college, the local Salvation Army Advisory Board, and was a member of the Centralia Elks Lodge for about 45 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Centralia and taught the J.O.Y. Sunday School class for many years up until his death.

His hobbies in retirement included writing poetry, listening to music, watching Cardinal games, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a pop culture enthusiast, avid reader, and writer creating many volumes of poetry; finishing his last volume just a day before his illness.

Celebration of life service will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Centralia with Pastors Roger Randolph and Greg Alvis officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. -8:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Centralia. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church in Centralia, or Centralia’s Humane Society. Arrangements are under the care of Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia. Condolences and memories of Charlie may be shared with the family at www.maczfuneralhomes.com or on the Macz Funeral Homes Facebook page.