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Dr. W. Larry Lundy

January 4, 1929 ~ February 23, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Dr. W. Larry Lundy Obituary

Dr. W. Larry Lundy, 95, was an acclaimed podiatrist, businessman, community servant, husband, father, and grandfather. He was born Willie Larry Lundy in Selma, Alabama on January 4, 1929, and went home to be with the Lord in Dallas, Texas on Friday, February 23, 2024.

At a young age, Dr. Lundy accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at First Baptist Church in Selma. Following graduation from Selma’s Knox Academy, he went on to attend Knoxville College in Tennessee where he held several jobs to help pay for his education. While Dr. Lundy stayed busy working and studying, he also managed to play football, run track, and pledge to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 1950.

After graduating from Knoxville College in 1952, he was accepted to the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree in 1956. Excited about working as a podiatrist, Dr. Lundy did his residency in Chicago where he also met his wife, Mary. In 1960, the young couple moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Dr. Lundy set up his podiatry practice and their son and daughter were born. He became a clinical instructor at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine teaching podiatry students.

In 1969, Dr. Lundy was recruited to be the first African American ambulatory foot surgeon in Dallas, Texas. He purchased a home in Hamilton Park and joined the Hamilton Park United Methodist Church where he was an active member and served in various leadership roles for over 55 years. 

During his time in Dallas, Dr. Lundy set up his own practice on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard where he served the community for over 50 years. He later opened a second foot clinic in Hamilton Park in North Dallas until the city acquired the surrounding area to open the now Robert E. Price Post Office. Dr. Lundy also treated patients at several hospitals, including Forest Avenue Hospital which was among the first Black-owned hospitals in Dallas, St. Paul Medical Center, and Methodist Hospital in Oak Cliff. Dr. Lundy was known to make house calls and visit nursing homes to care for his senior patients.

His legacy of care went well beyond his tireless medical work. The Lundy home in Cleveland and Dallas was a place where family members could stay as they started their careers. Dr. Lundy was also involved in the Dallas community where he supported various organizations, including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (lifetime member), the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, the Cotton Bowl Kiwanis Club, the Knights of Pythias Federal Credit Union, the Park South Family YMCA, the Moorland YMCA, and the NAACP (lifetime member).

Throughout the years, Dr. Lundy received numerous awards and recognition for his business accomplishments and community service. Some of his accolades included Podiatrist of the Year from the Dallas County Podiatric Medical Association, the Dallas Black Chamber Quest for Success Award honoring entrepreneurs, the NAACP Juanita Craft Award, and Honorary Grand Marshall of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade. He also helped start several businesses, including one of the first Black banks in Dallas (Sunbelt National Bank) and Lim’s Cafeteria.

Dr. Lundy loved to work out and believed in staying fit and healthy. He joined the Cooper Aerobics Center, ran in several marathons, and worked out well into his 90s. He was a Renaissance man and lifelong learner, taking on subjects like calligraphy and Spanish classes and learning how to snow ski. One of Dr. Lundy’s favorite mantras was “You have to keep on moving!”

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee (Houchins) Lundy; his parents, Willie and Hettie (Crumpton) Lundy; four brothers - Isaac Lamar Lundy, Sylvester Lundy, John Donald Lundy, and Augustus Larry Lundy; and three sisters - Carrie L. Hunter, Marzetta Lundy Baldwin, and Bertha Lee Smith.

Dr. Lundy leaves many to cherish loving and lasting memories, including his son, Larry W. Lundy, and his wife, Audrey Lundy; his daughter, Andrea Breedlove, and her husband, Joe Breedlove, Jr.; his grandchildren - Laurence W. Lundy III, McKenna Breedlove, and Joseph Breedlove III; his sister, Lizzie Maye Farr; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

The family would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff of Emerson on Harvest Hill, Carrara Rehabilitation Center, Hillcrest of North Dallas, Medical City Dallas, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano, and Faith Presbyterian Hospice Care of T. Boone Pickens Center.

In lieu of flowers, to support scholarship funding for deserving students, memorial donations can be made to the following:

Hamilton Park United Methodist Church, 11881 Schroeder Road, Dallas, Texas 75243

Omega Psi Phi Theta Alpha Foundation, P.O. Box 227083, Dallas, Texas 75222 or Zelle to tafdallas@gmail.com

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Services

Visitation
Friday
March 8, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hamilton Park United Methodist Church
11881 Schroeder Road
Dallas, TX 75243

Celebration of Life
Saturday
March 9, 2024

11:00 AM
Hamilton Park United Methodist Church
11881 Schroeder Road
Dallas, TX 75243

Interment
Saturday
March 9, 2024

Restland Memorial Park (Garden of Inspiration)
13005 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75243

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