Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, VA
Obituary of John G. Bundy
May 19, 1911
DEATH CLAIMS JNO. G. BUNDY
Was One of Tazewell's Foremost Citizens and Wealthy Grazier and Farmer.
John G. Bundy died at his home near Liberty, in the western part of the county last Sunday night, in the 72nd year of his age. The funeral and burial took place on Tuesday afternoon at the home, conducted by Rev. H. M. Fugate, of Farmville, formerly pastor of the Baptist churches of this community, in the presence of a large concourse of people from all sections of the county.
Mr. Bundy leaves a family of ten children-six boys and four girls, his wife preceeding him to the Better Land several years ago. Two daughters and two sons are married.
Besides these, deceased has several brothers in Russell county, and one sister, in West Virginia, Mrs. Joseph Dorton.
John G. Bundy came to Tazewell from his native county, Russell, immediately after the war through which he served. He began life here without means. When he died he owned about 2,000 acres of fine bluegrass land, practically free from incumbrances, all of which estate he made by honest, hard work. He was a find cattle and stock grower, and by industrious, careful management, accumulated one of the best estates in the county, and it has been said frequently that no one ever knew or ever suspicioned, that he owned a dollar or property that he did not get honestly and fairly. He was a quiet, unobtrusive man taking small part in public affairs, attended strictly to his own business, was strictly moral, a zealous member of the Baptist church, and its main support in his community, being Superintendent of the Sunday School at the time of his death, and for many years before.
He came into the church somewhat late in life, and lost afterwards no opportunity to do what he could for its advancement. He was, by far, the largest contributor to the denominational insitutions of the State. A year or so ago he gave one thousand dollars to the endowment fund of Greater Richmond College, besides his yearly contribution on one hundred dollars to the pastor's salary, and his share of the missionary collections as well. He was "an example to the flock" in this regard, and it is to be hoped, and is strongly believed, that his children after him will take up all the work of the church where the father left off. Such a character is a credit to the race, and an honor to the church and his family.
A short time before his death he divided his entire estate among his children, giving to each one the portion he desired them to have, and when the messenger called he found his house in order all the way through, and the old soldier, citizen and father calmly waiting to answer the summons without fear.