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Melinda Ann Deaner

May 23, 1979 - April 18, 2020

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Melinda Ann Deaner, 40, of Lynchburg, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 18, 2020 in her home.

She was born on May 23, 1979 in Lynchburg, the daughter of Tom Deaner of Lynchburg and the late Karen Trent of Rocky Mount. Her father remarried to her stepmother, Helen, and she thereby gained a bonus sister. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Glen and Ida Deaner, Reuben and Bertie Trent, as well as three aunts, and an uncle.

Melinda is survived by two brothers, Chris Deaner of Lynchburg and Scott Fraser of Greensboro, N.C.;  two sisters, Torii Deaner of Staunton and Dona Steppe of Evington. She is also survived by niece Cierra Nowlin, two nephews, Caleb Nowlin and Dalton Fraser, great nephew Casyn Robinson, Aunt Janet Wolfe of Huntington, WV, family and friends too numerous to count.

After graduating from Heritage High School in 1998, she had dreams of pursuing a modeling career in her early twenties. She also held many job positions in the field of billing, and she was most recently employed at the Centra Health as a medical billing & accounts receivable.

Melinda was a prideful, independent woman, strong-willed, and full of determination. Even though she suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis for much of her life, she rarely complained or never let RA stop her from enjoying life. She spent three years living in Bradenton, FL, she loved going to the beach especially her favorite spot, Siesta Key Beach.

She enjoyed music, line dancing, concerts, nightclubs, wine festivals with wonderful long-life friends, writing, and watching her favorite movies. She was a big fan of the television show “The Walking Dead”. Although Melinda did not regularly attend a church, she believed that Jesus was her Savior. She is joining in heaven those who have gone before her, especially her beloved mom, grandma, family, and friends.

Due to the virus COVID-19 outbreak, a celebration of her life will be announced at a later date. Please follow the family Facebook page for details. Since Melinda loved Siesta Key Beach so much, her ashes will be spread over the ocean at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Melinda’s life may make donation to support victims of domestic violence at and National Alliance on Mental Illness at If you are in an abusive relationship, we encourage you to get out. If you need help, please reach out to The National Domestic Violence hotline at 800-799-7233. Between 960,000 and 3,000,000 incidents of domestic violence are reported each year, while many other incidents go unreported. You don’t have to be one of the many who suffer in pain.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.


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