Elbert "Skip" Harry Mudge

January 2, 1936February 10, 2020

On Monday, February 10, 2020, Elbert (Skip) Harry Mudge, Raleigh, NC, passed peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior at the age of 84 after a short illness.

Skip was born on January 2, 1936 in Detroit, MI to Harry E. and Eleanor (Leedham) Mudge.

He received his B. S. degree in Biology from Spring Hill College in Mobile AL, in 1957, and was a textile chemist during his 44-year career. He was awarded nine US Patents in Textile Chemistry.

Skip married his first wife, Ruth Potter, in 1957. They had 4 children: Jennifer, Jeffrey, Scott, and Mary Ruth. At the time of Ruth’s death in 1994 they had been married for 37 years. In 1997, he married his second wife, Jerry Jonas. They were married for 20 years. Together Skip and Jerry founded Our Children’s Memorial Walkway in Charlotte, which provides hope and solace for grieving parents who have lost children. Through their Footprints Ministry, their programs and lectures reached and helped countless people with substance abuse problems. Skip was very involved in church activities at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, and for the past 5 years at Bayleaf Baptist in Raleigh.

Skip was a kind Christian gentleman with a great love of family, storytelling, conversations, watching movies on the Hallmark Channels and reading books…. lots of books!

Skip is survived by his daughter, Mary (Craig) Bunzey, son Scott (Deborah) Mudge; stepdaughters Anne (David) York, Emma (Rick) Hoover and Amy Gray; grandson, Aaron Bunzey, step-grandsons Logan York, Richard Jonas, and Ricco Hoover as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Ruth, second wife, Jerry; son, Jeffrey, daughter, Jennifer; brother Hank Mudge, sister Christine Long and step-grandson Matthew Gray.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service with burial to follow in Forest Lawn West Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at the funeral home prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Children's Memorial Walkway at


  • Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, February 15, 2020


Elbert "Skip" Harry Mudge

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David Dye

February 13, 2020

Skip was a dear friend.
He and Jerry were heroes of

Julie Gaddy

February 13, 2020

I will be forever grateful to Skip and Jerry for their OCW ministry. Our angel daughter Kate has 2 memorial bricks there, and Skip and Jerry made certain that the place was sacred. It is a beautiful, peaceful place. Sending hugs to all of Skip's family. I know his passing leaves a big hole in your hearts. At Forest Lawn West, Jerry and her sons are buried very close to my daughter. I visit their graves when I visit our daughter's grave.

Susan Beam-Gilleland

February 13, 2020

Thoughts and prayers for you, a very nice man...