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Michael J. Mungo

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He volunteered for service in the Army Air Corps from 1946-47 and in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1952 during the Korean War. He did graduate work at USC from 1952 to 1953, teaching American government.

After a year working in real estate, Mungo started his own home-building company and developed Riverside Forest off Broad River Road. He then bought 200 acres that would become his flagship subdivision, Whitehall, located in Irmo, and the place where he lived until his death Sunday.

In addition to his work as a developer, Mungo was active in public service and charitable work. He endowed hundreds of scholarships for students at colleges and universities around the state, including USC, Midlands Technical College, Columbia College and Voorhees College. Three years ago, Mungo raised money to make sure 1,600 members of the S.C. National Guard, training in Mississippi, were home for Christmas. Through his family-run Mungo Foundation, he provided Christmas toys for tens of thousands of children living in homes with incomes below the poverty level.

In 1969, he was the South Carolina chairman of the United Negro College Fund. He created the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Housing, now the S.C. Housing Authority. Mungo worked with the Rev. I. DeQuincey Newman to develop and establish the Statewide Homes Foundation, a self-help organization in the African-American community for development of homes.

In 1996, he received the Order of the Palmetto for his philanthropic and humanitarian works and was inducted into the South Carolina Housing Hall of Fame.

Mungo married twice, first to Mary Meech Mungo and then to Jennifer Brewer Mungo, both of whom died of breast cancer.

Mungo’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1512 Blanding St., Columbia. The family will receive friends from 5 - 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, 7600 Woodrow St., Irmo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harvest Hope Food Bank, 2220 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201 or Episcopal Relief and Development, ATTN: Haiti Fund, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

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