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1935 "Polly" 2023

Pocahontas Duncan

April 22, 1935 — November 3, 2023


Pocahontas "Polly" Simpson Duncan, 88, departed her earthly life on November 3, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. 

Polly and her twin sister, Peggy, were born to Visa Lou and Charles Archer Simpson of Prospect, VA, April, 1935.    She graduated from Farmville High School, where she played the flute in the band, and attended Longwood College.   In 1956, she married William Earl "Willie" Duncan and moved to the Duncan's family farm.   There she raised two daughters and helped care for several grandchildren when they were young.    She enjoyed singing in the Oakwood Methodist Church Choir and being a member of the Cartersville Garden Club.  Above all, she treasured time with her family and attended every grandchild's and great-grandchild's game, event, or recital whenever possible. 

She was predeceased by her parents and husband as well as by siblings Mildred, Lena Rose, and Richard.  She is survived by daughters Terry Duncan Stokes (Dennis) and Emily Duncan Lyster (Michael), grandchildren; Lisa Richter, Kendall Tanaka (Jonathan), Jacob Stokes (Mary Ellen), Stuart Lyster, Archer Lyster, and Andrea Lyster as well as by great-grandchildren Berkeley Richter, Bo Richter, Woody Richter, Kai Tanaka, and Ivy Tanaka, and many close nieces and nephews.   She is also survived by her cherished twin sister, Peggy, whom she loved dearly and treasured their time talking, watching Washington Nationals baseball, or cheering on the Hampden-Sydney Tigers. 

One of Polly's great joys was being part of the Oakwood United Methodist family.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Oakwood at 1291 Columbia Road, Columbia, VA 23038.    The family also wishes to thank the medical, nursing, and support staff at The Woodland in Farmville as well as Centra - Southside Community Hospital for their compassionate care and support. 

Interment will be private.   The family will hold a Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. December 27, 2023,  at Oakwood United Methodist Church, 1291 Columbia Road, Columbia, VA 23038. 

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Oakwood United Methodist Church

1291 Columbia Rd. , Columbia , VA 23038

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