Mary Harvey McClung Baldwin

Published 5:20 pm Tuesday, November 13, 2012

LYNCHBURG, November 13 – Mary Harvey McClung Baldwin died on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at Westminster Canterbury in Lynchburg.

A native Virginian, Mrs. Baldwin was born in Buckingham County at her home, Ivy Bend, on the Willis River to Mary Friend Baldwin Harvey and Caleb Cushing Harvey on November 5, 1918. The second of four children, she was predeceased by her parents, sisters, Kathryn H. Newman and Carolyn H. Jones, and brother, Caleb C. Harvey Jr.

Mrs. Baldwin attended Westhampton College and graduated from Longwood College in 1939. She taught school in Buckingham County and Pocahontas. In 1940, she married James T. McClung of Bluefield, WVA, and soon thereafter moved to Washington, DC, where her husband served in the Navy at the Pentagon. Following World War II, they ultimately settled in Norton, where she was very active with church work, raising children, and teaching school.

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She was a person of deep and abiding faith. Her quick wit and charming personality endeared her to many. She loved to play golf and bridge. She was the coach of the golf team at John I. Burton High School for a number of years and she also won the Women's Club Championship in golf at the Lonesome Pine Country Club.

Mr. McClung died in April, 1973. In 1976 she married Thomas Kyle Baldwin of Farmville. They lived in Farmville until 1980, at which time they retired to St. Simon's Island, GA, where they spent the ensuing 25 years enjoying golf, new friends, and travel. In 2002, they moved into Westminster Canterbury in Lynchburg. They were well received there by an attentive staff and many new friends from the Lynchburg area, who treated them with warmth and affection. He died in July of 2009.

Mrs. Baldwin is survived by her children, Marcia M. Porter and husband, John of Kingsport, TN, James T. McClung Jr. and wife, Cathy of Roanoke, and John Harvey McClung of Lynchburg; her granddaughters, Lindsay Hunter McClung and Megan Ford McClung. She is also survived by her husband's family, daughters, Margaret Marks and husband, John Marks of Franklin, and Anne Bell and husband, Ed of New Bern, NC, and their children, Clara M. Laing and husband, Kevin, Kate Marks, Win Bell, Ellen B. Thomas and husband, Matthew and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on November 10 at Westminster Canterbury, Lynchburg, with Dr. John M. Scholer officiating.

A graveside service was held in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in Big Stone Gap on November 13 with Dr. David A. Cagle officiating.

The family respectfully suggests that memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lynchburg or the Westminster Canterbury Employee Education Fund.

Whitten Timberlake Chapel, Lynchburg, served the family.