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Obituary-Theresia “Terri” Adams Gwinn

The late Theresia “Terri” Adams Gwinn

Theresia “Terri” Adams Gwinn, 49, of Mount Hope, went to rest in Gods loving arms, Monday, May 21, 2007, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN, following a horseback riding accident.


Born May 15, 1958, in Pineville, she was the daughter of the Patsy Green Adams of Pineville and the late Virgil Adams Jr. She is survived by her husband, LL and two daughters, Taylor Gwinn of the home, and Kimberly “Dee Dee” Gwinn of  Durham, North Carolina.  Terri has a sister who loves her very much, Yvonne Adams and her fiance Brian Raye, and children Courtney and Zack of Pineville, her loving brother Eddie Adams and his fiance, Libby of Princeton, two uncles, Kenny Green and wife Laura and daughter Lauren of Princeton and Winston Balderson of Warsaw, Virginia, a special great aunt, Bonnie Rose of Houston, Texas, two special cousins, Kevin Balderson and wife, Gretchen, and children, Bridgette and Brett of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Derek Balderson and wife, Kathleen and children, Ava and Faith, of Sunderland, Maryland, a nephew, Eddie Adams and wife Pam of Princeton, West Virginia, mother and father-in-law, Olen and Deloris Gwinn of Meadow Bridge, sister-in-law, Shelia Ames and husband Doug of Cortland, Ohio, nephew Michael Ames, of Cortland Ohio, niece, Melissa and husband Tom Dailey of Deerfield, Ohio, and great nephews, Tommy and Tyler Dailey of Deerfield, Ohio.


Gone on to heaven to welcome Terri was her Daddy, Virgil Adams, Jr., her maternal grandparents whom she spent so much time with growing up, Nola Tilley Green and Virgil Green and paternal grandparents, Telia Adams and Virgil Adams, Sr., and a special aunt, Joyce Green Balderson.


Terri was a loving wife and mother as well as a loyal friend to many.  She had been a resident of the Beckley area for the last 30 years.  She was formerly a Wyoming County resident, where she graduated from Pineville High School in 1976.


She was employed by Superior Highwall Miners, Inc. of Beckley as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.  She was a graduate from Beckley College with an Associate of Science in Business Administration, a graduate of Concord College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a certified public accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia Society of Accountants, and the Institute of Managerial Accountants, and the 2004 Mountain State University Alumni Achievement Award. She made a successful and rewarding career in the coal industry with early beginnings at Consolidation Coal and Slab Fork Coal, then she invested eighteen years with Wind River Consulting, LC, a local coal conglomerate of Beckley. She had also been an adjunct instructor of business courses for Beckley College. Terri was a devoted professional who took pride in her work, as well as everything else that she did.


She was also an accomplished horsewoman and enjoyed showing her Tennessee Walking horses in east and middle Tennessee with her husband, LL, and daughter, Taylor; where she retained a large family of friends. For Terri, showing and caring for horses had been a part of her life since her early childhood of showing horses with her sister, Yvonne.


Among the already mentioned things that Terri loved to do, she took great joy in being a mother to her two daughters, Kimberly “Dee Dee” and Taylor, she was also an avid reader, enjoyed summertime gardening, and loving memories of her father and grandparents who had passed before her.  Her bright smile and laughter, unending kindness that she showed to others and her passionate personality will be so terribly missed.  The friends and family left behind to miss her will miss her greatly.


Arrangements are being made by Blue Ridge Funeral Home of Beckley.  Visitation will be Thursday from 6-9 p,m. followed by the funeral on Friday at 11:00 a.m.


Pallbearers are Larry McLaughlin, Dante Castrodale, Danny Frye, Gregg Epperly, Randel Richmond and Sammy Bostick, and Steve Antoline as honorary pallbearer.


In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Terri’s honor to Hospice of Southern WV, Inc., 103 Eisenhower Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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