Funerals & Obituaries

Posted 13 hours ago

Cathleen “Cathy” Rhoades born February 15, 1951 in New Castle, Indiana passed away Friday, January 22nd in Zion Crossroads, Virginia from a pulmonary embolism, unrelated to COVID, after suffering complications from a benign thyroid tumor removal in July that left her with a tracheostomy.  Her passing occurred with her husband at her bedside and was mercifully quick, peaceful, painless and without precognition. She is survived by her mother, Susan Rhoades of New Castle, Indiana, aged 96, her husband, Michael Zervas, her children, Jennifer Baker (Rich) of Oviedo, Florida and Jakob Bol of Bremo Bluff, Virginia, her grandchildren, Tyler Baker and Sarah Baker, her sister Josie Barger of Spencer, Indiana, her brother Gene Rhoades (Jackie) of Ohio, her brother Bob Rhoades (Janet) of Georgia, multiple nieces and nephews and her dog Maggie.  Her blended family added two more sons, James Zervas and Trevor Shand, and two more daughters, Gina Wintz and Tammy Sterling and five additional grandchildren. Cathy will be remembered by many for her bright glowing smile that radiated love and acceptance.  She had the kindest, warmest heart and gave so much of herself to others. Cathy graduated from Chrysler High School in New Castle, Indiana in 1969.  She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and an Associates Degree in Nursing in 1973.  She made the world her home, living in Texas, Alaska, Oklahoma, Michigan, Tennessee, Mannheim, Germany, and finally Virginia.  She made friends wherever she went and taught her children to love the whole world with all its cultures and religions without judgment.  Cathy was always there for her children and grandchildren.  She loved them unconditionally.  She answered their calls without fail and always had a listening ear.  She supported them through their ups and downs and lifted them out of their lowest lows and rejoiced in their highest highs.  Throughout her travels, Cathy worked as a nurse.  She found her career love as a labor and delivery nurse, and finally as a nursery nurse at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia where she ended her forty-six-year career.  While living in Virginia, she found her independence and the love that supported her through her last and hardest days, Michael Zervas.  They adopted Maggie, a black and white goldendoodle, and bought a house in Zion Crossroads which Cathy made their home. Due to COVID, memorial services to be held in New Castle, INand Charlottesville, VA will be delayed until people can safely gather.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to one of Cathy's favorite charities: 1. The Southern Poverty Law Center (; 2. The Southern Environmental Law Center (!/donation/checkout); 3. the K.I.N.D. fund (kids in need of desks) (


Posted 3 days ago

Our beautiful baby boy, Adrian Patrick Payne, went home to be with the Lord on April 5, 2021 at Martha Jefferson Hospital. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving parents, Phillip G. Payne II and Siera Payne; two brothers, Jasiah Berg and Phillip Payne III; one sister, Virginia Payne; maternal grandparents, Michelle and Sean Campbell; paternal grandmother, Sandra Payne; maternal great grandfather, Wilmer Roadcap (Wanda); six aunts, Shawnna Shifflett (Mason), Desiree  McHale, Jade Berg, Carlitha Giles (Ronnie), Vallarie Johnson (Derrick) and Martina Payne; four uncles, Joseph Campbell, Carroll Jasper, Scotty Bachman and Gerald Gregory; and a host of other family members and friends. Adrian is preceded in death by his brother, Uriel Payne and his paternal grandfather, Phillip Gardell Payne. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11am on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the Family Cemetery located at 143 Martin Lane, Palmyra, VA 22963. Rev. Sheldon Page, Sr. of Union Baptist Church in Scottsville, VA will be officiating.  Attendance will be limited to immediate family due to COVID-19 guidelines. The family would like to thank you for your kind words, generous acts, and loving support during this difficult time. Special thanks to the Martha Jefferson Hospital and  Sheridan Funeral Home.  We will love and miss our little Angel forever, but are thankful God allowed us to create such a beautiful blessing.                                       Mom & Dad   Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.                                                                      Matthew 5:4


Posted 4 days ago

George Eugene Holland, Jr., 38, of Jasper, Alabama, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 4, 2021. He is survived by his son, George Eugene Holland, III; two sisters, Miranda Mooney and Heather Mathews; three brothers, Brian Newton, Adam Stipes and Michael Stipes; four nieces, Leah Graves, Brittney Taylor, Adrina Rodriguez and Lila Mathews; and two nephews, Casper Mathews and AJ Stipes. A visitation will be held from 10-11am on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA with a funeral to follow at 11am.


Posted 1 week ago

David Wayne Cook November 27, 1955 - March 30, 2021 On the morning of March 30, 2021, David Wayne Cook, 65, was swiftly taken from this world to be with the Lord. David is preceded in death by his father and mother, Dallas and Beulah Cook. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary Carol Cook; their daughter, Tara Dallas Cook Coffindaffer; son-in-law, Johnathan Cameron Coffindaffer; and his first expected grandchild. Additionally, he is survived by his brothers, Danny Lee Cook (Bonnie), Douglas Allen Cook (Sue) and numerous nieces and nephews.  David was a courageous man that lived his life to the fullest and was true to himself. Most importantly, he lived for his wife, daughter and family. He was extremely genuine and could talk to anyone about anything. His interests included history, religion, fine jewelry and animals. He especially enjoyed traveling with his wife, Carol, to watch NASCAR races. David will be remembered most for his humor, love of Elvis, dance moves, enormous generosity and his keen ability to negotiate.  A visitation will be held from 2-3pm on April 12, 2021, with a memorial service to follow at 3pm, at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA. Friends and family alike are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Shriners Hospitals for Children.


Posted 2 weeks ago

Audrey Johnson Griffin, 88, of Annandale, VA, the beloved wife of 47 years to the deceased Eugene Peyton Griffin, passed away peacefully in her home on March 28, 2021. She was born in Columbia, VA, and after graduating from Fluvanna High School, briefly attended both Longwood College and Radford College before her marriage to Gene, and their subsequent move to the Northern Virginia area. She was employed as a nutritionist at the Pentagon in the early 50’s until the birth of her first child.  Her love of cooking, sewing and bowling were among her favorite activities.  She was always there for her family and became an active member of the Winterset Community Garden Club for many years competing in flower arrangement competitions with other area garden clubs.  She enjoyed the Eastern Shore, the Chesapeake Bay, the Blue Ridge mountains and travels across the country with family.  She especially loved to observe, photograph and identify native wildlife and wildflowers with her late husband, children and grandchildren both at home and in her travels. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Griffin Pattillo of New Bern, NC; her son, David Eugene Griffin of Fairfax, VA; and three grandchildren, Chase Pattillo, Lauren Griffin and Kimberley Griffin. The family will be receiving friends and family on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA between the hours of 10:30am and noon.  A private internment will be held at a later date. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to Green Springs Farm Park, in Alexandria VA, at the following web address, or call 703-324-8581.   If donating on the web, click the green “Donate Now” button adjacent to Green Springs Farm Park, then add “In memory of Audrey Griffin” in the “Add Special Instructions to Seller” area.   We love you Mom and, on those special occasions, we’ll have an extra soft shell crab and your mac-n-cheese set out for you, just the way you like it.  


Posted 2 weeks ago

Stanley Warren Gibbs 63, of Powhatan VA passed away on March 21, 2021.  He is survived by his wife Barbara, his two sons Alex and Adam and his three grandchildren Landon, Madison and Kaylee.  Norman Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.  


Posted 3 weeks ago

On this day, March 19, 2021 we said goodbye to our mother, Judy W. Slaughter, better known as the mayor of Bremo Bluff and business woman of the area. Judy adored her family and friends and was a true lover of the outdoors, especially the river where she spent many long days with her loved ones. She is preceded in death by her husband, Scott Slaughter; her son, Ricky Woods; and son-in-law, Gregory Gentry. She is survived by her children, Sandra Gentry, Barry Woods and Garry Woods (Marnie); her daughter-in law, Debbie Woods; her siblings, Gerald Willie (Janet), Allen Willie (Linda), Lynda Brown and Brenda Jones (Danny); her grandchildren, Michael Gentry (Kim), Morgan Gentry, Lexie Woods (Shelby), Dustin Woods (Gabriella), Zachary Woods, Amanda Woods, Taylor Rosengarten (Troy), Emily Woods and Daniel Woods; her great grandchildren, Sydney Gentry, Elijah Gentry, Bodie Gentry, Roger Davis III, Reid Woods, Braelynn Woods and Lynn Rosengarten. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends whom she adored. She is now at peace and will truly be missed. There will be a graveside service with social distancing at 2pm on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Fork Union Cemetery in Fork Union, VA. Arrangements are being handled by Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA.


Posted 3 weeks ago

John Henry May, 99, of Carysbrook, Virginia entered eternal life March 16, 2021. He survived his wife of 68 years Mary Elizabeth MeltonMay by less than three months. The son of James Franklin May, Sr. and Sarah Jennie Garner May, he also survived five brothers and sisters: Mary Frances Blodgett, Sarah Josephine Marshall, James Franklin May, Jr., Minnie Lee McGehee and Samuel Stanley May. He was loved and respected by four generations of nieces and nephews, both by blood and by marriage. He lived most of his life on the farm on which he was born and was a life-long member of Bethel Baptist Church, where he was Sunday school teacher and Deacon Emeritus. He attended Carysbrook School and Judy Creek School and graduated from Fluvanna County High School.   John farmed with his father after high school. Later, he worked at the Bremo Power Plant and Fork Union Military Academy. He apprenticed as a plumber in Saint Petersburg, Florida. After returning to Fluvanna County, he worked as a plumber and electrician, first for himself and then for Monroe Johnson.  He represented the Fork Union District on the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors from 1975 to 1979.  John collected horse-drawn farm equipment and other antique farm and blacksmith tools for many decades. A natural teacher, he wanted to demonstrate the history of the agriculture that had shaped his rural community and the nation. He wanted people to see how hard farmers had worked, but also to see the constant innovation that went into advancements in farm equipment, particularly in the past 200 years. In 1995 John and others started Fluvanna Old Farm Day, a celebration of rural life and history, that became a popular annual event at Pleasant Grove Park. He enjoyed working with the other volunteers and founders of the event, including Ellen Miyagawa, Frank, Ruby and Glenn Schumaker, Monroe Johnson, Bob Lanford and H. T. Morris.  Some of the highlights of Old Farm Day were demonstrations of horse-drawn plowing and horse-powered treadmills and sorghum mills, and tractor powered milling as well as cider making, blacksmithing, spinning, etc. John donated select pieces from his collection of antique farm equipment to the Fluvanna Farm Heritage Museum, a permanent exhibit of equipment donated by Fluvanna farmers. David Frazier led a team to restore the equipment. The museum building at Pleasant Grove, was funded by the Fluvanna County Historical Society, Old Farm Day, and many donors.  John and Mary Beth enjoyed traveling to sightsee or to visit with relatives.  John loved to tell stories, enjoyed helping friends and relatives with building projects, and was never happier than when he was making molasses or attending auctions and farm shows with his friends.   The family is especially grateful to Dr. Randolph Lanford, Sheila Melton and Nancy Knight.  A graveside service will be held at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, at 2:00 on Sunday, March 21. Please plan to wear a mask. If you wish to make a donation in his memory,consider Bethel Baptist Church, 227 Bethel Church Rd.Palmyra, VA or The Fluvanna Farm Heritage Museum c/o The Fluvanna Historical Society, Box 8, Palmyra, VA  22963.


Posted 4 weeks ago

On Thursday, February 18, 2021, Edward Lee Frazier, passed away at the age of 55.   Edward was born May 17, 1965 in Henrico, VA. He served as an electrician for the greater Richmond area for over 15 years. He also enjoyed many hobbies including drawing, painting, movie collecting, mechanics, gun collecting, sports and crafting. He instilled and passed on his love for the arts to his daughter, Meagan, and his love for mechanics to his son, Kristopher. He was a diehard NFL Washington Redskins fan and collector. He was a frequent member of both Mizpah Baptist Church and Ragland Memorial Baptist Church, he looked forward to seeing his church family every Sunday. He gained many good friends through the Virginia House in Goochland which he attended almost everyday, and was the highlight of his days.   He is survived by his two children, Meagan and Kristopher, and his brothers and sisters, Robert, Patrick, Carrie and Jeanie. A memorial service will be held on April 3, 2021at Mizpah Christian Church in Hadensville-Fife, VA at 6:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donation checks may be sent to Cedar Woods, P.O. Box 189, Goochland, VA 23063. All donations will go towards the Goochland-Powhatan Community Services Virginia House. Arrangements are being handled by Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland, VA.


Posted 4 weeks ago

David Edward Windingland, 56, of Ferncliff, VA, passed peacefully on Monday, March 1, 2021.  David was born on July 16, 1964 to his parents, Lynn and Nancy Windingland. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Lynn and Judy Windingland; mother, Nancy Windingland; former spouse, Debi Windingland; and sons, Drake Windingland and Derek Windingland.  A private service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Louisa Humane Society, P.O. Box 1837, Louisa, VA 23093.  Arrangements are being handled by Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA.


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