Expect delays, altered traffic patterns for Gen. Mundy's funeral

By Rachel Robles, Lifestyles Editor | Apr 15, 2014
Gen. Carl Epting Mundy Jr.

The funeral of four-star Gen. Carl Epting Mundy Jr., the 30th commandant of the United States Marine Corps, will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.

He will lie in state for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery.

Though details are still forthcoming, residents of Waynesville should be advised of changing traffic patterns as parts of downtown Waynesville will be closed during the funeral and procession to the cemetery.

“We are trying to minimize impact to the community,” said Capt. Eric Flanagan, a public affairs officer at the Pentagon. “I don't have the exact roads being closed, but it will be along the route from the First United Methodist Church to the Green Hill Cemetery.”

Roy Presley, commander of American Legion Post 47, has been in contact with top military officials, and believes the projected funeral procession will leave the church, turn right on South Haywood Street, pass the Waynesville Branch Library, turn right onto South Main Street and then proceed to Veterans Circle at the cemetery.

In addition to road closures, Gen. Mundy will be buried with full military honors, which will include a flyover and a gun salute.

“The plan is to have MV-22 Ospreys conduct the ceremonial flyover during the service at the cemetery,” said Flanagan.

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission military, tiltrotor aircraft that has the ability to carry 24 Marine combat troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous helicopters.

And the gun salute, due Gen. Mundy’s high rank and position in the military, will be a little different.

“There will be a ceremonial artillery firing battery during the cemetery service,” said Flanagan. “This may produce some noise around 3 p.m. I don't know the layout of the land, but it could set off a car alarm or two.”

Top Washington officials are expected to attend the services Saturday, and rumors have circulated that Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and former President Bill Clinton will be in town, along with 200-300 Marines, congressmen, representatives, military top brass and various officials.

Presley believes McDonough will attend; he attended the funeral of Mundy's wife Linda Sloan Mundy, the first lady of the Marine Corps, who died June 26, 2013.

Garrett's Funerals and Cremations will have a guest book available at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, to Friday, April 18. The guest book is available to anyone who may not be able to attend the funeral but who desire to leave a memory and/or condolence for the family.