Funerals & Obituaries

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Dorothy Payne Ream, 81, passed away on October 19, 2020, from a tragic fall while playing with her grandchildren. She was born on August 19, 1939 in Darby,PA, a daughter of the late Paul Payne and Christine Sack Payne. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend to everyone. She was a member of Wesley Chapel in Rock Hall, MD. She loved to travel and was a very active member in the community. Mrs. Ream is survived by her husband, Raymond Charles Ream, of twenty eight years; brother, Robert P. Payne; sons, Russell Ashley, Glen P.Ashley, David Ream and Michael Ream; daughter, Nicole Wilkins; a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren;and other family and friends who will miss her. Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Friday, October 30, 2020 at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA,with a visitation held one hour prior from 10am – 11am. Interment will follow at MountGilead Baptist Church Cemetery in Tabscott, VA.  In lieu of flowers,memorials may be made to Wesley Chapel, 6065 Rock Hall Road, RockHall, MD 21661 orMount Gilead Baptist Church, 4768 Shannon Hill Road, Columbia, VA 23038. Please sign a guestbook at Watson Funeral Services andCrematory, 2300 Hwy. 378, Conway, SC is serving the family.


Posted 1 week ago

Mary Catherine "Cathy" Clifton, 61, of Buckingham, VA went to be with her Heavenly Father on October 8, 2020. She was born and raised in Danville, VA, but lived in Chester, VA, Richmond, VA and Fluvanna, VA before settling in Buckingham, VA. She tried her hand at numerous careers, but her one true passion was taking care of children. She was employed by Fluvanna County Public Schools for almost 30 years where she drove a bus and was a substitute teacher. She was also a long time member of the Fork Union Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She is proceeded in death by her one true love, her husband, John Paul Clifton; her mother, Frances Edna Robinson (Shields); her father, Jack Edward Boaze, Sr.; her brothers, Jack Edward Boaze, Jr. and Bobbie Wayne Boaze; and her sister, Thelma Lorraine Robinette (Shields). She is survived by her brother, Victor Robinson; her only daughter, Frances Marie Clifton; and tons of extended family. She is also survived by many she claimed as family, particularly Sarah Lamb, who she considered a daughter, as well as Olivia, Sophia, Stephen, Chasity, Hayden, Alex, Dillon, Nevaeh and Mario, Jr., all of whom she considered her precious grandchildren. Cathy was a special person and will forever live in the hearts of those she touched. A celebration of life will take place at 2pm on October 24, 2020 at Fork Union Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to fund her memorial services or to your local fire department.


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Laura Jeanette Vanderscheer (née Cranker)  After a brief illness, Laura passed away on September 29, 2020 at the age of 46.  Laura is survived by her husband of 25 years, Anthony “Tony”Vanderscheer, and her two beautiful children, Hunter age 11 and Emma age 3. Hunter and Emma take comfort in knowing that mommy loved them deeply and is now in heaven with her pink wings. Laura had a smile that would light up any room. She was a very generous, loving and thoughtful soul. She also had a contagious laugh that we will all deeply miss. Anyone that knew Laura knows that she loved animals. We are pretty sure it was common knowledge in the land of the four-legged that if you were lost orwithout a home to go straight to her house. Laura was predeceased by her father, Stephen Cranker (2017);paternal grandparents, Gerald and Doreen Cranker; and maternal grandfather, John Goff. Laura will be terribly missed by her mother, Pat Cranker;brother, Paul Cranker (Kim); and her Nanny, Elma Goff. She was the proud niece of Dale and Randy Neal, Stephen Goff, Stewart Goff and Anne and Gary Betts. She had many cousins and extended family members that were very important to her. Laura will also be sadly missed by her mother and father-in-law,Phyllis and Bill Vanderscheer Sr.; brother-in-law, Bill Vanderscheer (Angela); sister-in-law, Sandra Skeete (Warren);and brother-in-law, Jerry Vanderscheer (Crystal).  Laura was an immensely proud aunt to Kyle and Shawn Cranker, Ashley and Rachael Vanderscheer, Ava and Gabriel Vanderscheer and Kira Skeete. Laura had many friends and co-workers that she considered family both in Canada and the United States. Cremation has taken place and there will be a celebration of life at a later date. Anyone wishing to honor Laura’s memory are asked to donate to an animal rescue of your choosing.    


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Ethel Mae Robinson DeLong of Troy, Virginia passed from this life on October 11, 2020, at the age of 73, surrounded at home by her loving family.  Born April 16, 1947 in Richmond, Virginia, Mae was raised in Cohasset, Virginia.  A graduate of Fluvanna County High School, she began her career at Bank of America’s Trust Department and retired from University of Virginia Student Health.  Mae was active in the community as she served on the Fluvanna County Rescue Squad, volunteered with the Virginia Department of Elections and supported the Fluvanna SPCA.  Mae was a member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church where she volunteered on the Social Committee. Born into a railroad family, Mae developed a lifelong love of trains. Mae was pre-deceased by the love of her life and husband of over 30 years, Bill DeLong.  She is survived by two sons, Lee (Julianna, Alexandra & Liliana) of McLean, Virginia and John (Ruth, Caleb & Hannah) of Zion Crossroads, Virginia.  Later in life, Mae was fortunate to share time with her close friend and companion, George Goodell, with whom she explored the world. Visitation will occur from 5 - 7pm on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, Virginia with funeral services at 10am on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Troy, Virginia.  Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are appreciated.  In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome in Mae’s memory to the Fluvanna SPCA or any charity of your choice.


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Gordon “Happy” T. Durham, 77, passed away on October 3, 2020 at his home in Palmyra, VA.   He was born on July 20, 1943, to the late Gordon Andrew and Charlotte Morris Durham in Charlottesville, VA. Happy is survived by 3 daughters, Samaramyth Staton (Darryl), Shonna Durham and DeDe Campbell (Dana); 2 sisters, Laura Durham and Margaret Minter (Mike); one niece, Sarah Bailey; one nephew, Andy Minter; 4 grandchildren, Jordan Thacker, Dana Staton, Joseph Staton and Kayla Campbell; one great-grandson, Anthony Baker; former wife Nellie and very long list of lifetime friends. He graduated from Lane High School in Charlottesville, VA, then went on to play baseball at Wilmington College in North Carolina. Happy also served 4 years in the U.S. Navy where he was assigned to the U.S.S. Haleakala AE 25 and the U.S.S. Regulus AF 57 where he was a refrigeration specialist.  After leaving the Navy, he was employed at Monticello Dairy for 14 years. Happy then went to work at UVA where he retired as the Chiller Plant Manager after 31 years of service in 2014.   Happy was the most loving, loyal, patient and gentle soul you have ever met and was truly cherished by everyone who knew him. He had that special way of bringing out the best in people and was always your biggest supporter. He also had many hobbies that he loved, but his biggest love was his family. He loved and cherished every moment he spent with them.  To his 3 girls he was a legend, larger than life and always our hero. The family will receive friends on October 17, 2020 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA with a memorial service held immediately after.   Following the service, please join the family for food and refreshments at the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire Department located at 10 Slice Road, Palmyra, VA 22963.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pets for Vets Inc., P.O. Box 10860, Wilmington, NC 28404.


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Shirley Hamm Sadler is survived by her husband, Joe Sadler of 60 years, a person whom she loved very much and continued caring for until she departed this life on October 4, 2020. Shirley is survived by her three sisters, Jean Roberts, Brenda Browning and Debbie Williams; and a brother, Kenneth Hamm. Additionally, she is survived by her nieces and nephews, Kim Holdren, Christi Carder, Elizabeth Hamm, Jolene Hamm, Heather Marti, Mark Roberts, Travis Williams and Chad Williams. Shirley loved her family very much and enjoyed being with them at numerous family gatherings, especially birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Shirley was educated at Albemarle High School (Class of 1959) and Piedmont Virginia College. She retired from Comdial after a long career. Shirley was a member of the Nortonsville Church of God for fifty years, where she taught in the children’s Sunday School classes. Additionally, she was one of the founders of their children’s church and considered to be the church’s honorary historian.  She truly loved the Lord from the bottom of her heart and enjoyed sharing that love with her many Sunday School students and the people she met along the way. The family would like to thank Shirley and Joe’s neighbors for their expressions of kindness and helping hands during their illnesses. Visitation will be at the Nortonsville Church of God, 1505 Simmons Gap Road, Dyke, VA 22935 on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., funeral services at 11:00 a.m. and interment at the Holly Memorial Gardens in Charlottesville, VA. Reverend Greg Payne and Reverend David Alison will officiate. Arrangements are being handled by Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA.


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Swartz, Winifred Leedy “Winnie”, 94, of Arvonia, VA in Buckingham County, left this earthly realm on Thursday, October 1, 2020. She was born on February 24, 1926 in Luray, VA and grew up at her current residence in Arvonia, VA. Winnie served as a United States Navy nurse, a registered nurse at Richmond Memorial Hospital and was a beloved substitute teacher at both Moody Middle and Short Pump Middle Schools. She was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church ELCA. Our Mom was a best friend to many lifelong friends and was loved by so many who will sorely miss her presence and magnetic smile. She is survived by her sons, Bruce (Amy)and Tim (Becky); her devoted daughter, Cyndi (Andy); six grandchildren, Meghan (Jason), Bryn (Mandy), Rebecca (James), Mallory (Paul), Shaun (Ryan) and Ryan (Mayer): and four great-grandchildren. A private burial will be held at Arvon Community Cemetery and a Celebration of Life virtual tribute will be posted at In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial contribution to  under Faustman Lab (researching a cure for diabetes).  Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland is handling the arrangements.  


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Our beloved mother, Charlotte A. Clark “Midge”, age 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 21, 2020 at her home in Columbia, VA.  She was born April 9, 1938 in Newark, NJ and grew up in that area whereshe attended Irvington High School.    On February 15, 1957, she married her best friend, Charles L. Clark.  They raised 3 daughters, 3 sons, a grandson and went on to foster many more children in their later years.   Mrs. Clark moved from New Jersey to Virginia in 1999, where she enjoyed her retirement with her husband.   Better known by her family and friends as “Midge” or “Gigi”, this spit fire graced our lives with her energy, love and kindness.  An original all on her own, she was a beauty that always made a grand entrance.  She was the first behind the camera capturing every family moment.  She was a master quilter and seamstress, passing on her trade to both her daughters and granddaughters.  She was our score keeper, dice champion and Penny Pinnacle queen.  Our hummingbird loving, gardening, sewing, dog mom, with a love for jewelry, collections and most of all her family.  From the camping trips, family BBQ’s, romantic duets, dance moves for days, smile, tenacity and strength, these memories will forever fill our hearts.  These are the gifts and moments Midge was able to give to us and for this we are forever grateful and will miss her terribly.  Love to you Gigi ~~~ Love to you Mom ~~~ Love to you always Midge.   She is survived by her beloved husband, Charles L. Clark; her two sons, Charles Clark and Timothy Clark; her three daughters, Katherine McCauley, Beverly Odell and Marie-Elena Gensel; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   Midge will be greatly missed by her husband, Charles L. Clark, and her life will be forever cherished in the lives of her 5 children, 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 foster child. Family, friends and others who knew Charlotte A. Clark are invited to the Sheridan Funeral Home at 4626 Cedar Lane Road, Kents Store, VA, 23084, from 12 – 2 pm on Monday, September 28, 2020to reminisce, grieve and support each other. In Loving Memory Charlotte A. “Midge” Clark  Beloved Wife, Mother & Grandmother If flowers grow in Heaven If flowers grow in Heaven Lord please pick a bunch for me, Place them in my mother’s arms And tell her they’re from me. Tell her I love her and miss her And when she turns to smile Place a kiss upon her cheek And hold her for awhile


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Alice DeeAnn (Davis) Hodges July 2, 1978 - September 20, 2020 Alice DeeAnn Hodges passed away at her home in Palmyra, VA on Sunday, September 20, 2020. She is survived by her sons, Tyler Davis of Greenville, VA and Blake Davis-Hodges of Stuarts Draft, VA; her daughter, Eliana Hodges of Greenville, VA; her step-daughter, Marissa Hodges of Stuarts Draft, VA; and her mother, Diane Davis of Palmyra, VA.  She is also survived by her sister, Brookie Crawford (Robert); her niece, Cordelia Crawford; and her nephew, Dorian Crawford, all of Mechanicsville, VA. Born in Illinois on July 2, 1978, she loved to crochet, watch her DVDs and most of all, she loved her children. A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Fluvanna Calvary Chapel located at 2772 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, VA where all are welcome attend.


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Anna Knighton Harlow, born May 26, 1933, passed away at her home in Fluvanna County on Monday, September 21, 2020. She is predeced in death by her parents, Everett and Elma Knighton; her husband, George William Harlow; sisters, Corrine and Eva; and brothers, Maury, Roy, Joe, Taylor and Berry. Survivors include her brothers, Ray Dorsey Knighton (Elsie) of Bumpass, VA and P. W. Knighton of Montpelier, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be officiated by Pastor John Barlow at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Louisa, VA. Arrangements are being handled by Sheridan Funeral Home in Kent Store, VA.


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