Anna Lee Underwood Polan passed on May 22, 2022, after an extended struggle with dementia and melanoma.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James E. And Reain (Davis) Underwood; a son, Mark E Polan; a brother, Louis W. Underwood; brothers-in-law, Clinton R. Polan and Richard Clark; and several cousins.
Ann is survived by her husband of 66 years, Carl E. Polan; sons Gregory C. (Pam Linkous-Polan) Polan and David L. (Debby) Polan; a daughter Leanne (Robert) Reynolds; a sister, Rosalie Clark, sisters-in-law Carol Sue Lowther and Wilma (Peggy) Polan; a former sister-in-law Jane Finley; six grandchildren, Rachel (Dwayne) Link, Alice (Aaron) Duty, Emily (Andrew) Polan-Harper, Carly (Brandon) Dove, Sarah Polan, and Lindsey Polan; and great-grandchildren Daniel, Sadie, and Natalie Link and Austin Dove.
Annie was a member of Blacksburg Baptist Church and the Fidelis Sunday School Class. When her children were young, she was an active leader in Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. In 1974, she began as a crossing guard at Gilbert E. Linkous Elementary and continued until 2019 with 45 years of service. Many of her “children” came back years later just to say “hi.” In 2019, she became a volunteer at Montgomery Regional Hospital and continued there for some 40+ years.
The family expresses deep gratitude to the support of friends and brothers and sisters at Blacksburg Baptist Church, and also thanks Good Samaritan Hospice and Dr. Isaac Spence, Carilion, and Dr. Heather Brooks of Blue Ridge Cancer Center.
Graveside services were conducted Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 11 a.m. in the Westview Cemetery with Dr. Tommy McDearis officiating. The family received friends Thursday afternoon at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blacksburg Baptist Church, 550 N Main St, Blacksburg, VA 24060; Northstar Church, 3929 Prices Fork Rd, Blacksburg, VA 24060; and St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.