Devron Patience Lunsford

January 24, 1992 - August 16, 2008

01/24/1992 - 08/16/2008

Past Services

Tuesday August 19, 2008
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home - Shadyside
3900 Central Ave.
Shadyside, OH 43947
740-676-4310 | Directions
Wednesday August 20, 2008
Greenwood Cemetery
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0270 | Directions
Wednesday August 20, 2008
1:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home - Shadyside
3900 Central Ave.
Shadyside, OH 43947
740-676-4310 | Directions
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home - Shadyside
3900 Central Ave.
Shadyside, OH 43947
740-676-4310 | Directions

Devron “Dev” Patience Lunsford, 16 of Shadyside, Ohio, died Saturday, August 16, 2008 in the Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.

She was born January 24, 1992 in Bellaire, Ohio the beautiful daughter of Steve and Joyce Lunsford.

Devron was a junior at Shadyside High School, where she
participated in various school sports activities including the Shadyside Lady Tigers, Softball, Track and Golf teams and was coach for the summer league basketball program and a football “Little Sister”.

Surviving including her parents is a brother, Justin Lunsford, at home, maternal grandfather, Don Keyser of Neffs, maternal grandmother Lydia Garloch of Maynard, 3 aunts; Susan Robbins of Warnock, Liz Davis of Shadyside, and Melissa Cork of McMechen. Also several cousins.

Dev will also be missed by her many friends.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, August 19, from 2-4 and 6-8pm at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory, 3900 Central Avenue, Shadyside, Ohio, where services will be held on Wednesday, August 20 at 1:00pm with Pastor Joel Traylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Bellaire, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shadyside Lady Tigers Basketball 3890 Lincoln Avenue Shadyside, Ohio 43947.

Devron’s motto was “Life’s been good”.

In celebration of Devron’s life a gathering for family and friends will be held at the Shadyside Fire Department 4210 Central Avenue Shadyside, Ohio.

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Carolyn Davis
8 years ago

Dear Joyce and Family,

I am so truly sorry for your tradegic loss. There are no words adequate, the death of one’s child has to be the greatest pain of all.

May you find some comfort in your family and friends and in sweet memories of Devron.


Carolyn Davis

Patrice Williams
8 years ago

Dear Joyce,Steve, & Justin

Words can not express how we feel for you during this difficult time.Let God,friends,family and your memories of Devron get you thru this.You are all in our thoughts and prayers.


Patrice & Bob Williams

Jennifer Frankovich-drive-up teller Huntington Bank
8 years ago

Dear Joyce,Steve,Justin & Family, Words cannot express how very sorry I am. I wish there was something I could do or say to help. Devron has been in my thoughts and prayers everyday, and now you and your family will be as well. If there is anything I can help with please don’t hesitate to call me.God Bless You Love,Jennifer

Rebecca Minger
8 years ago

Dear Lunsfords,

Please know our prayers are with you. I will always remember Devron’s sweet smile and spunk. When I had her in fifth grade she made me laugh so much! Taylor will miss her in his classes. Know that God has you in His hands and will help you through this terrible time. All of Shadyside has you in their prayers.

Tamara Meigh
8 years ago

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Lunsford and Justin,

I am so saddened to hear about Devron. She made me smile every day that she was in my classroom and even when she would just pass by. May her great light continue to shine through all of us who knew her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

With my deepest and most sincere sympathy,

Tammy Meigh

8 years ago

Dev and family, I hate the thought of of what happen I think about her everyday of my life and I just hope that everyone will remember her forever, because I know I will.

Joyce Kimble
8 years ago


I can only say that we will keep you in our hearts, prayers, and see you in Heaven someday as Angels.

brooke breyer
8 years ago

Devron was so special to this whole town of shadyside,and what happend was so tragic our prayers are with you,and we are incredibly sorry.

Ashley Campbell
8 years ago

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not meant to be. So He put his arms around you and whsipered, “Come with me.” With tearful eyes we watched you go, as we saw you pass away. Your Golden Heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best. Love&Miss You, Dev!

Anissa Patrick
8 years ago

I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.I have only spent a brief time at Shadyside High School and I did have a chance to know her.Devron was a great girl and very nice too.

I am truly sorry.May God be with you.

Jeanie Rogers
8 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss , i wish there was something to say or do for you ,

Devron use to hang out with Charity, And was friends with Brian, She was a bright and beautiful girl,

we are keeping your Family in our thoughts and Prayers.

Jeanie,Brian,Charity & Brian jr. Rogers

Kris Liberati
8 years ago

I am very sorry for your loss. I hope the Lord watches over you all and helps you through these rough times.

Dean Pasztor
8 years ago

I never knew this guestbook existed until today. It’s going on 4 years and 4 months since Devron passed away. Not a moment passes in my life that I don’t think about her. The experience altogether has made me daily appreciate my life more. I’ll never forget that summer or Dev, all the times we played rock-band in the basement, sheetz runs.. She was the best girl-friend that I ever had, talked to her about everything. One time we stayed on the phone together in 7th or 8th grade for 7 hours straight. Who knows now about what now. I can easily say one of my best friends in general. We made a lot of memories that I’ll keep forever. Not a moment goes by without her in my heart and she constantly still makes me smile. One day I’ll see her in heaven and we’ll reminisce. I love you all! If you ever need anything at all my number is 7402964767.


bonnie wilds
8 years ago

I’m so very sorry about your loss now that Devron is in the Lords hands Give him your hand so he can help you threw this time in need

Michelle Randall
8 years ago

I’m very sry for the loss i kno Devron was i young beautiful outgoing girl.I grew up with Devron when i was little but dont really remember her which hurts because we split up when she moved grew up and made new freinds .My sisters and my parents use to babysit Dev and they absolutley love her but the only memory i have of her is pictures….Dev is in a good place and will always be remembered and loved:She’ll always be in my prayers and in my heart<33333

Sincerely ,

<333Michell L. Randall<333

Chris & Brittany Mehl
8 years ago

Joyce & Family,

We are so sorry to hear about Devron, I remember when Delisha, Devron and Brittany played together when they were little. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. I know there are no words that we could say that would ease the pain you are feeling. May God bless you and your family and keep you close to his heart.

Tracy Mellott and Brittany Sitar
8 years ago

Joyce and family,

We are so sorry for your loss and want you to know you are in our prayers everyday and if you need anything please let me know.

Justin, Brittany wanted you to know how sorry she is and she is thinking about you.

michelle duncan
8 years ago

Joyce, I am so sorry for your loss. It is such a tragedy that her life was ended so shortly. My prayers are with you and your family. The whole town is mourning her loss. God give you the strength to go on.

Roxann Tharp
8 years ago

Joyce, Steve & Justin

My thoughts and Prayers are with you and all of your family. No words can begin to explain the loss that you are feeling now. But be reasured that we are all here for you and your family we love you all!

Sadley missed but always remembered!

The Tharp Family

Jim, Roxann & Jenna

Kathy Shaw and Josh McCulley
8 years ago

Joyce, Steve and Justin,

We are so sorry to hear about Devron’s passing. Josh always had the nicest things to say about her. We will keep you all in our prayers that you may be comforted by the Good Lord and the wonderful memories you have. She is now an Angel for the Lord and her beauty, grace and goodness will continue to shine.

Mike and Shaye Schuetz
8 years ago

Joyce, Steve and Justin,

My son, Nick, only had the opportunity to know Devron for a year but always said how fun and nice she was. Some days after school, she would give him a ride to his grandma’s house. I’ll never forget that light-up-the-world smile as she’d drive away. May God comfort you and give you peace as you try to make sense of something that seems so unfair. May His grace and mercy shine down on you. We will be praying for your family continually. There’s an angel watching over Shadyside with the brightest smile of all.

Shaye and Mike Schuetz

Nick, John Michael and Julee

Missy Woods
8 years ago

Joyce, Steve and JUstin,

We are sorry to hear about Dev. Know that you’re in our hearts and prayers. She was a great gal and we will miss her.

nina randall
8 years ago

Joyce, Steve and Justin,

I know you have heard this time and time again, but i am so truly sorry!!!! Every time i think of Dev,I remember when she was born, and help putting up her baby bed, i babysat her a few times, she was beautiful as a baby and growing up also!! It seemed eveytime i was in Krogers in Bellaire, I would run in to all four of you guys, i used to think, what a happy lookimg family they are. Steve & Joyce you did a wonderful job in raising dev and justin.Our thoughts and prayers are with yo all!!!!

Nina Randall and Family!!!!

christina west
8 years ago

Joyce, Steve and Justin:

I can’t imagine what you are going through right now, and my thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You All and give you the strength to go on.


Christine West

April Marshall
8 years ago

Joyce, Steve, and Justin

Im sure there are no words to describe what you are going through right now, but I am so sorry for the loss of Devron. I didn’t get to know her as a teenager, but I remember that adorable little girl with the cutest little laugh. I can really tell she turned out to be an amazing girl, and that she will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, and again I am so sorry for your loss.

Zac & Heidi Chrisagis
8 years ago

Joyce, Steve, and Justin and all of Devron’s Family and Friends,

My thoughts and prayers are with you throughout this difficult time. Devron was a beautiful young lady. I remember Devron and Justin being in daycare at Miss Syd’s, I always loved both of your children’s smiles. I was “Miss Heidi” at Miss Syd’s. I remember when Steve would pick Justin and Devron up in the Prowler…they would be soooo excited for him to get there…they were waiting at the window watching for him to come through the parking lot. I am praying for your family to find strength throughout this difficult journey. May the Lord’s hands rest upon you and your family.

With much love and prayer,

Zac and Heidi Chrisagis

Ben Cahoon
8 years ago

Joyce, Steve, and Justin,

My deapest sympathies with you in your time of loss. I cannot express the immense sadness I feel for you, your family, and friends.

You are in my thoughts,

Ben Cahoon

Terri Daniels
8 years ago

Joyce, Steve, and Justin,

We are so sorry about Devron. Although I didn’t know her personally, I do know that she has made a lasting impact on her family, friends, and community. My sons talk about how nice she always was and always smiling. May the Lord bless and comfort each of you during this most difficult time.

Terri and Ted Daniels

Joseph and Matthew Mastracci

The Sockman Family, Ray, Dianna, Michelle and Raymond
8 years ago

Joyce, Steve, Justin, and to all of Devron’s family and friends, we were all shocked and saddened by your loss of Devron. You are a great family and this world was greater for having her here. To all her friends and family our condolences to you all in your time of need. Devron will never be forgotten.

8 years ago


Mary Zubak
8 years ago

Mr. and Mrs.Lunsford, I know that nothing can be said to console you for this tragic loss of your daughter. You are in my prayers. M. Zubak, Jefferson Elem.

8 years ago

My angel is the one who looks over me

My angel is the who cares for me

My angel is the one who loves me

My angel has beautiful brown eyes

My angel has beautiful black hair

My angel will be there when I get hurt

My angel will be the one that is always on my mind

He is the angel that keeps me breathing

He is the angel of my dreams

He is the angel that keeps me alive

My angel will cheer me up when IâÄôm sad

Jeana Donahue
8 years ago

My heart broke when I heard the news of Devron’s passing. I am so terribly sorry for your tragic loss. She was such a beautiful, exuberant girl who touched so many lives. Her loss is felt by everyone who knew her, and those who didn’t. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God keep you and help you through this terrible time.

Carol Boston
8 years ago

Our sympathy is with your family in this time of sorrow. My son’s name is Brenton Boston and he would always talk about Devron and how they would loop and just hang out downtown. He always had a nice thing to say about her. I know this is going to be hard on the kids in our community. Again our condolences are with you and your family.

Carol, Brenton and Jennifer Boston

Ken, Ellen, Karen, Christopher and Nicholas Murphy
8 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

Misty Ernest
8 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family in this time of need. So sorry for you loss.

Keith Greenwood
8 years ago

Remembering your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Suzy Brown Beaverson
8 years ago

Steve and Family,

Although I never met your daughter, I can see that she was a beautiful person. I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss.

I want to express my sympathy to you and your family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.


Suzy Brown Beaverson and Family

Jeni Morris
8 years ago

Steve and Joyce,

You have been in my prayers and thoughts these past few weeks. My heart goes out to you. Everyone at the plant has been thinking of all you. I didn’t know Devron personally, but I do know how much she was loved my all. God Bless you. Love, Jeni

David and Rose Elson
8 years ago

Steve Joyce and Jus,

There are no words, we love you and we will be there soon

Dave, Rose and Tiffany Elson

Connie Breyer
8 years ago

Steve, Joyce & Justin,

Our daughter Morgan was a classmate of Devron’s from pre-school through this year & even though they had their differences at times Morgan always spoke of what a great person & friend she was. Our thoughts & prayers will be with you all as the days pass.

With sincere sympathy,

The Breyers, Brian, Connie, Morgan & Brooke

Watson Family
8 years ago

Steve, Joyce and Justin

We are so very sorry for your loss. Devron was a great young lady that we got to know through her friendship with Ashley. We cannot begin to imagine how deeply devastating this has been to you all, but know that you and Devron are all in our thoughts and prayers. Know that if you ever need anything from Ashley or the Watson family that we will always be glad to offer our assistance and help. This has been a real tragic event that no family or individual should go through alone and I am sure you know that the entire community grieves with you.

Tracy, Pam, Amber and Ashley Watson

Timi Grimes
8 years ago

Steve, Joyce,

My deepest sympathy is with you at this time of your loss.

I can’t think of anything to say at a time like this, but my prayers are with you both.


Denise Neavin
8 years ago

Steve, Joyce, & Justin,

We send this with broken hearts. I do not need to tell you how much she meant to David and Sarah. She was a great friend and we all will miss her very much. I too have great memories of Dev through her visits here and basketball trips. What a beautiful girl both in appearance and spirit. The smile says it all.

God Bless you all

Dave,Denise,David & Sarah

Brandon Heath & Family
8 years ago

Steve, Joyce, & Justin..

Our family was crushed to hear about Devron. I grew up with her and I was always friends with her and it’s so hard with her not around anymore. We miss & love her so much and things won’t be the same without her. Everyone knew what a nice and loving person she was. No one thought she was going to go this soon and everyone wishes it wasn’t her. God must have needed a new angel<3 We truely love & miss her, forever.

Chuck and Lois Klug
8 years ago

Steve, Joyce, and Justin

I had the pleasure of being around Devron during her middle school years and seeing her mature into a beautiful girl with a smile that lit up her entire face. We were happy when Casey and Devron went to the homecoming together as friends. Zach and Casey have been on many sports teams together with Justin and want him to know that our door is always open to him. We too are grieving your loss. Something like this reminds all of us how precious and short life can be. Please take heart that God has a plan, and while we may not understand it now, someday we will. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Deepest sympathy,

Chuck, Lois, Zach, Casey and Karly

Lydia Mack
8 years ago

Steve,Joyce,and Justin

I really don’t know what to say. I miss Dev just like everyone else and i’m going to miss her at basketball games and practices. She always knew what to say to cheer us up,even if we lost a game or missed a shot. Love you and miss you,Dev

Zach Holloway
8 years ago

Steve,Joyce,and Justin

My sister , Kelsey ,had the chance to know and be friends with Devron for one year , and even I had a chance to know Dev .Even weekend Kelsey and Dev came to our house to hang out with the other girls. In school every day when I saw her she always said ” Zach ,Prom ,2010 ” with a high – five. And I would say ” Okay ,can’t wait “. I think of her every day and night . I always pray for Devron every night making sure God takes care of her . I will always miss her as well as my sister

Carla Tustin
8 years ago

Steve,Joyce,Justin,Family & Friends,

So sorry to hear about Devron. Though I did not know her personally

I did get to know her parents,family and friends a little as they waited Patiently in the ICU waiting room. In this time you could tell how devoted they were to Devron and how much she was loved. I found this clipping and I think this is what Devron would say:

When tomorrow starts without me,and I’m not there to see. If the sun should find your eyes all filled with tears for me, I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way did today, thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, and each time you think of me I

know you’ll miss me too. But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand, he said my place was ready in heaven far above and that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love. As I turned away, a tear fell from my eye, for all my life I’d always thought I didn’t want to die. I had so much to live for and so much yet to do, it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you. If I could relive yesterday, just for awhile I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see a smile. But when I walked through Heaven’s gate, I felt so much at home. Then God looked down and smiled at me, “This is eternity and all I’ve promised you. For you have been so faithful, so trusting, so true, though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn’t do. You have been forgiven and now at last you’re free, so won’t you take my hand and share my life with me?” So when tomorrow starts without me, Don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart.

Carla OVMC Housekeeping

Crystal, RN
8 years ago