Darvin Lee Baisden

Passed away on September 10, 2018

Darvin Lee (Duke) Baisden, July 29, 1945 – September 10, 2018, is now resting in the arms of God. He passed away quietly surrounded by his family. He was born in Lenore, WV and attended Lenore High School and West Virginia Tech. He was truly a man of all trades and the “go-to man” in the neighborhood. His passion was working on and driving his old cars. He retired from Unisys Corporation in 2013 after 36 years of service. He was a dedicated employee that believed there was only one way to do a job, the right way. He is preceded in death by his parents, J.B. and Winfrede Baisden; his brother, Harold (Bud) Baisden; his grandson, Dakota Torrey; his nephew, James Crum and his maternal aunt, Ethel Tuminello. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy Marshall Baisden; his daughter Sandra (Eric) Torrey; his son, Travis Baisden; his grandson, Austin Torrey; his sisters, Carolyn (Doug) Crum and Kay (Grant) Muncy; nieces, Eva Canitano, Lisa Towery, Kay Crum ,Emily Crum and Courtney Canitano; and nephews, Matthew Towery, Michael Towery, John Crum, Walter Crum, II, Ben Crum and Walter Crum, III. And he was dearly loved by members of the Marshall and Watts family. He was a good man, a good husband, and a good father. He worked hard; he lived hard; and was a good example of “doing it my way”. His family is comforted by knowing he is at peace and in a better place. A memorial service will be held in the near future in Lenore, West Virginia.


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Merlon Howell

September 12, 2018

My brothers, sisters and I grew up across the alley from Darvin and his family. Darvin was near the age of my brother Charles Ronnie, but we were all the best of friends. We walked to school; rode bikes and ponies together, played tin-can alley, ball games, etc., and did lots of activities to keep ourselves entertained. I will never forget the fun we had watching the Friday Night Fights (boxing) at the Baisden's home. We would often ride our bikes or walk up the alley to Darvin's grandparents store for something our parents needed or some candy.
We both learned much from our dads, between J.B. (Darvin's dad) and Lib (my dad) they could grow, build or fix just about anything. No wonder we both grew up to love antique cars and working on them.
Darvin and I both attended WV Tech, thanks to the support of our great teachers, parents and siblings.
What we studied at Tech helped shape our lives for good, but our jobs led us to move from Lenore and the beautiful hills of WV. I only got to see Darvin a few times during our adult lives at High School reunions and such. But I always enjoyed our conversations. I talked with his sister Carolyn at our last (2018) High School reunion and was saddened when I heard that Darvin wasn't doing well.
I will always remember Darvin and pray that his family, and his brothers and sisters families, will have fond memories of him and that they each will continue to do well in life.
My family and I send our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Merlon Howell