Lona Elaine Baldwin

Born on March 6, 1948

Departed on April 20, 2021 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Lona “Elaine” Baldwin age 73, passed away on April 20, 2021 in Nashville, TN. She was born on March 6, 1948 in Meador, WV. She is preceded in death by her parents, Everette and Margaret Simpkins; brothers James Everette, L.E. (Judy) and Eddie Lee Simpkins

Elaine is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Joe Orville Baldwin; her son, Joey Baldwin (Pamela); her daughter, Melinda Baldwin; her grandchildren, Joey Baldwin II, Rachel Baldwin, Calvin Lester II, and Cory Lester as well as her best friend, Robin Hendricks Matson. Elaine was also a lifetime member of the Church of Christ.


Elaine was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother with unsurpassed devotion to her loving husband Joe. She treasured her children and especially loved her role as "Nanny" and was elated over the resemblance between herself and her only granddaughter, Rachel. She had an outgoing personality, made friends everywhere she went and always had a smile on her face. Her passion for music, holidays, interior design, and decorating was second to none.  Of course, last but not least... she had an uncanny zeal for "a lot of shopping". She loved to give gifts to family and friends even if there wasn’t an occasion.

Without a doubt, she made the best German Chocolate cake anywhere on the planet. Just ask Joe, her husband! One of the things that Elaine loved to do was spend the weekend at the lake with her family. We can remember a time where she was so bold as to hop on the back of her son Joey's jet ski and go for a ride with him!

Elaine also stood by Joe's side through the years while he was banging the piano keys in a band back in West Virginia and worked beside him in the family business. She was only 14 years old when she met Joe and from that point on, they stole each other’s hearts. Joe adored and loved Elaine and always will forever and ever.

Visitation with the family will be held from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the West Harpeth Funeral Home followed by a memorial service beginning at 2:00 pm.

29 Comments to Lona Elaine Baldwin

  1. Patsy Bragg says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the family

  2. Lydia Chafin says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Elaine was such a beautiful person and always had a smile on her face. She was a blessing to all who met her. I pray that you all will find comfort that she was loved my many. Prayers for comfort at this most difficult time.

  3. Terry and Amanda ward says:

    I’m so sorry. I hate to hear this. Your mom was so sweet and caring and a loving person. My heart goes out to You,Joey and Joe and all her grandkids. Praying for comfort

  4. Robin Hendricks Matson says:

    My Dear friend Elaine, I will not say goodbye to you, as the next chapter of your life has begun. But I will think of you so often, and carry this love in my heart for you always. Your devoted friendship is one of the sweetest blessings of my life. I am eternally grateful for you. Love, Your best friend next to Jesus…(this always made you smile).

  5. Gwen Johnson says:

    A very sweet lady and dear friend .RIP Elaine ! ❤

  6. Kelly Carson says:

    I have so many beautiful memories of the family living with my family after a flood and then staying with them on beach creek. It was always a special treat to go visit. Elaine will truly be missed! Love you all!

  7. Samuel Hinkle says:

    So sorry for your loss prayers for you and your family

  8. Tammy Whitt says:

    So sorry for your loss , My condolences to the family, Elaine was a very special lady , I loved her dearly.

  9. Simon & Jacqui Henderson says:

    Sorry to read of the sad loss of your dear mum.
    Our love to you at the horrible time.

  10. Sue Light says:

    So sorry to hear this, you are in prayers

  11. Tony Graley says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Elaine was a great woman and will be missed by so many, praying for you all

  12. George Young says:

    One sweet lady heaven has gained another angel

  13. curt says:

    Sad to hear this, good thoughts to Joe and the kids. Will miss Elaine as i do LE and Eddie.

  14. Eula Ward says:

    I am so sorry to hear this. May the lord bless each and everyone of you.eula ward

  15. Lisa Sherrill Crum says:

    Some of the best memories of my childhood were spent in this home with this family, and Elaine was like a second mother to me. In all the years I knew her (since Melinda and I were in the first grade), I never heard Elaine raise her voice or utter a vulgar or inappropriate word. What a true lady. She was gentle, patient, kind, and so compassionate. She was a good cook and knew how to make their home a beautiful and inviting place to be. She and Joe were lifetime sweethearts and their daughter and son were (and remain) like my siblings. As young kids, Melinda and Joey and I were constantly in one another’s homes. I’m so very sad to lose her, but I trust that God has her in His care and that I’ll see our precious Elaine again.

  16. Jeannie Lester Dotson says:

    So sorry for the loss of your mom taughts & prayers God will give you the strength to get threw these hard times .🙏❤️❤️

  17. Robin Dixon says:

    I am so sorry for your loss she always had a smile loved her

  18. Bruce e Mullins says:

    So sorry for your Loss joe prayers be with you and your family.

  19. Tanya Lockhart says:

    So sorry for your loss! Elaine was always so sweet and kind!
    Prayers for you all during this difficult time!

  20. David &Bonnie says:

    Sending our prayers to the Family,May God bless you each

  21. Aunt Betty, Geretha and Dennis says:

    We are so saddened to hear of Elaines passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  22. Mac and Anne Vaughan says:

    Our prayers are with you Melinda, Joey, and Joe on this most difficult of days. May perpetual light shine upon Elaine and her soul rest in peace.

  23. Mac and Anne Vaughan says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Melinda, Joey and Joe on this most difficult day. May perpetual light shine upon Elaine and her soul rest in peace!! Love you

  24. Mike and Judy Edwards says:

    Prayers for peace and comfort for the family. Elaine was a very sweet person and respected by everyone who knew her.

  25. Loretta Looney says:

    Prayers for the Family, Elaine was such a wonderful person.

  26. Pamela Jude Edwards says:

    I am sad to learn of your family’s great loss . Elaine was everything a true lady should be . I never saw her what she wasn’t wearing that big beautiful smile. Always so sweet & kind to me down through the years . May God comfort each of you at this most difficult time as only He is able to do so . Hugs , much love , & prayers .

  27. Jeana Simpkins May says:

    Sending prayers and love for all of you..

  28. Charlie Murphy says:

    Joe, prayers to you and the family. Her memory will give you strength.

  29. Brenda Sipple says:

    So sorry for the family’s loss, a lot of blessings given through Elaine. Sweet Elaine!

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