Judith Metts Mundy Burns
Judith Metts Mundy Burns, 72, president and publisher of the Index-Journal newspaper since 1998, died August 15, 2019, at Self Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
Judi was born May 2, 1947 in Greenwood, SC, where she grew up. She was an only child of the late R. Frank Mundy and Eleanor Metts Mundy of Greenwood.
She graduated from Greenwood High School and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina’s College of Journalism.
Judi was preceded in death by an infant son and daughter.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, James “Jimmy” Calhoun Burns III; her daughters and sons-in-law, Alison Mundy Burns Parham (Curtiss Edward “Eddie” Parham), Judith St. Claire Burns Donaghy (Glenn Michael Donaghy) and Eleanor Mundy Burns Price (Kenneth “Kenny” Ray Price); seven grandchildren, Judith Chandler Burns, Paul Clayton Thomas Jr., Virginia Glenn Donaghy, Charles Burns Price, Julia St. Claire Donaghy, Kenneth McGowan “Mac” Price, Benjamin Mundy Price; and one great-grandchild, Ava Delaney Rouse, all of Greenwood and Hodges, along with a number of cousins, nieces and nephews and her beloved pets, Catfish and Miss Kitty.
Judi was named South Carolina’s Outstanding Young Woman of the Year in 1976. She was an avid gardener and a former president of the Greenwood Federation of Garden Clubs. She served five years on the executive committee of the South Carolina Press Association and was elected president of SCPA in 2015.
Judi was named Index-Journal president in 1998. The newspaper has been owned by Greenwood families since it was founded on Feb. 6, 1919. Judi succeeded her mother, Eleanor Metts Mundy, who was publisher from 1982 to 1998. Eleanor was named to the post after her husband, Judi’s father, R. Frank Mundy died in 1982. He became the Index-Journal’s sole owner and publisher from 1977. Two of Judi’s daughters also work at the paper, Judith St. Claire Burns Donaghy and Eleanor Mundy Burns Price. Daughter Alison Mundy Burns-Parham is a shareholder.
Judi was extremely private and an unassuming woman who loved her family and community.
She served on numerous boards and committees, including the South Carolina Festival of Flowers committee, March of Dimes, and Cancer Society Drives. She was involved in organizations including garden and study clubs, along with boards for colleges and universities, as well as the Cambridge Academy Board of Trustees. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Greenwood.
She doted on her grandchildren and great-grandchild. Family Christmas gatherings included huge “Santa Sacks” with the caveat, “If you don’t believe, you don’t receive.” She also taught her daughters and grandchildren to love Southern cooking, particularly her fried okra.
Judi grew up on East Henrietta Avenue in her parents’ Greenwood home. It was a neighborhood street with more than 30 children, close in age. Those now adult children remain lifelong friends. Their formative years were full of shenanigans, including imaginative play, where boys in the neighborhood attempted to have a “Joan of Arc” day, until Judi’s father intervened.
A diehard USC Gamecock, Judi loved Carolina football, baseball and women’s basketball. She hated anything orange, especially if it pertained to Clemson.
Judi’s family would like to offer sincere thanks to the Self Regional CICU care team for their compassionate care.
The family respectfully requests privacy at this time. A private memorial service has been planned.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Greenwood, the Humane Society of Greenwood, or to the SC Press Association Foundation.
Blyth Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family.