OBITUARY

Joyce Henley Baughan

April 26, 1941November 15, 2018
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Joyce Henley Baughan, 77, of Mechanicsville, joined the angels on Thursday, November 15, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas A. Baughan. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Donna Loving (Larry) and Carole Forkey (Walter); grandchildren, Christina Fang (Gary), Heather Hamilton (Ken), Jacob Forkey (Hannah), and Kara Forkey; great grandchildren, John, Micah, Henry, Emily, and Sydney; cherished pets, Daisy and Dixie; sister, Joan Wade; and beloved cousin, Faye Crilley. We give a heartfelt thank you to her devoted caregivers, church family, and At Home Care. As founder of Baughan's Tax Service of 42 years, she cherished her many clients and dear friends. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and family, RV camping, jigsaw puzzles, Hallmark movies, and especially loved the ocean. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 19, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Woody Funeral Home, Atlee Chapel, 9271 Shady Grove Rd., Mechanicsville, Va. 23116. A funeral service will be held at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, 7046 Cold Harbor Rd., Mechanicsville, Va. 23111, on Tuesday, November 20, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please bring a canned good to the funeral home for Feed More or donations may be made to Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Online condolences at www.woodyfuneralhomeatlee.com.

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  • She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas A. Baughan. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Donna Loving (Larry) and Carole Forkey (Walter); grandchildren, Christina Fang (Gary), Heather Hamilton (Ken), Jacob Forkey (Hannah), and Kara Forkey; great grandchildren, John, Micah, Henry, Emily, and Sydney; cherished pets, Daisy and Dixie; sister, Joan Wade; and beloved cousin, Faye Crilley.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • Interment Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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Biography

Joyce Henley Baughan was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Joyce always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Joyce was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Joyce was born on April 26, 1941 at Richmond Memorial Hospital in Richmond, VA. Her parents were Ida and Wilson Henley. Joyce was raised in Virginia. Always able to express herself well, Joyce possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Joyce was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Joyce was able to relate well with others. Her occasional role as family mediator gave her the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Joyce was raised with Three. She had two brothers, and one sister. Joyce had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Joyce showed her creative ability in many ways. She was outgoing and animated. Joyce enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. She was a Member of the FBLA and helped her mother with Heart Association volunteering. In her spare time she liked to do crafts, and learn how to make clothes. Joyce's memorable achievements included President of the FBLA club in high school.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Joyce was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. Her curious nature was spurred by her ability to maximize her personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. She was good with facts and had an excellent memory. She graduated from Hermitage High School in 1958. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was Business Math. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. Smith.

      When the goal of making a good living for her future family, it became important to Joyce. Again, her direct, “down to earth” approach served her well. She was able to absorb complex concepts and had an acute sense of how things worked. She earned her Certification of Tax Preparers Association from VA Tech.

      Friends and acquaintances found Joyce an easy woman to get to know, and those close to her would often praise her open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Joyce was uncomplicated and straightforward in her relationships, which allowed her to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of her best friends were Jimmy and Myrtle Willis, Joyce and Freddie Baughan, and Faye Crilley. Later in life, she became friends with Jean Barlow, Wayne Jester, Carolyn Mundy, Faye Crilley and countless other friends from her tax business.

      On November 30, 1958 Joyce exchanged wedding vows with Douglas Archer Baughan as they eloped to Dillon, South Carolina. Joyce was attentive to Douglas's feelings, and she charmed Douglas and others with her gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Joyce was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid herself, Joyce identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Joyce was blessed with two, daughters, Donna and Carole. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren, Christina Fang (Gary), with great grandchildren Henry,Emily and Sydney; Heather Hamilton(Ken) with great grandchildren John and Micah; Jacob Forkey(Hannah) and Kara Forkey.

      Joyce was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Joyce’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Joyce was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Joyce could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. Her primary occupation was a Bookkeeper Accountant Tax Preparer. She began working as a tax preparer in 1967, and son opened her own Tax Preparation company. She owned and managed Baughan's Tax Service for 42 years. She had over 1000 clients and worked very hard to make everyone feel cared for.

      Joyce enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. She loved traveling her husband, whether RV camping, cruising or just driving through the mountains. She loved crafts with the grandchildren and gardening. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Because she liked to take risks. she was enthusiastic and confident about taking on challenging activities. She was on a Church bowling team for many seasons with her husband and daughter, Donna. Joyce was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. She enjoyed watching her daughter Donna, and grandchildren at baseball games and soccer. She enjoyed football and basketball with her Doug.

      Joyce was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made her a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which she belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Joyce worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. In high school, Joyce was a member of the FBLA. NATP Association of Tax Preparers, and Heart Association volunteer.

      Joyce was a generous woman who prized that same quality in others. So it’s little wonder that she was so active and giving in her community. Joyce was a member of several community groups, including Meals on Wheels (Feedmore), the Mechanicsville Local Business Association, and Red Cross.

      Joyce held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to her. She was a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church for 40 years. During that time, she was active with the Youth, attending Centrifuge Christian Camp several summers as a chaperon. She was active as an accountant for the church, a Sunday School teacher, Bible School leader, and active member in church functions.

      Joyce’s natural leadership qualities placed her in consideration for public recognition, earning her accolades for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included NATP certification as a recognized outstanding business owner and tax preparer.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Joyce truly enjoyed. She would seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Sandbridge, VA Beach at their RV resort, Myrtle Beach in her RV with Donna and her family, and Blue Ridge mountain camping trips in the fall.

      Joyce was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Joyce’s favorites was Dixie, Cocker Spaniel. They were best friends for 7 years. Her family was rounded out by her cat of 12 years, Daisy.

      When Joyce’s retirement finally came in 2014, she was well prepared. She used logical analysis of her retirement options in order to ensure her retirement would be fulfilling. Still, she was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. In retirement, she found new pleasure in traveling in her RV to the beach and mountains. She also spent much time with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

      Joyce passed away on November 15, 2018 at Comfortably in her home with her daughter Donna beside her, with her last words saying "i love you honey'. Joyce fought a brave battle of 5 years against Heart disease, and Alzheimer's. She is survived by her children, Donna and Carole, her grandchildren Christina, Heather, Jacob, and Kara, her great grandchildren John, Micah, Henry, Emily and Sydney; her sister Joan, and Beloved cousin Faye. Services were held at Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Joyce was laid to rest in Signal Hill Cemetery in Hanover, VA.

      Joyce was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Joyce had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Joyce Henley Baughan.