Funerals & Obituaries

Posted 2 months ago

Ramon Luis Arroyo, Jr., 58, of Palmyra, VA, went to be with our Lord on August 15, 2020. Ramon, aka “Ray” was born September 17, 1961 in Maunabo, Puerto Rico, to Lydia Steidel Arroyo and Ramon Luis Arroyo, Sr. of Maunabo, Puerto Rico. The oldest of 5 siblings, Ray grew up in Bronx, NY where at 16 he met and later married the love of his life,Theresa Raju-Arroyo, and shared 43 wonderful years together. They made their way to Lake Monticello, VA, where they built their forever home and raised two beautiful daughters, Katherine and Kristina. He began his career as a security officer in New York and continued it in Virginia. If you had the pleasure of meeting Ray, you knew 3 things -he loved his family, friends and fishing! He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, godfather, uncle and friend. Ray never met a stranger and made everyone around him feel loved and welcomed, like family. He was a proud third-degree knight with the Knights of Columbus. He was very active in the community and volunteered with various organizations. He is loved and respected by all who knew him, from Puerto Rico to New York to Virginia and everywhere in between. He is survived by his beloved wife, Theresa Raju-Arroyo; his two daughters, Katherine Arroyo Morris, wife of Haynes Morris, and Kristina Arroyo; parents, Lydia Steidel Arroyo and Ramon Luis Arroyo, Sr.; mother-in-law,Maria Raju; sister, Sonia Arroyo; brothers,Luis Arroyo, husband of Dolly Arroyo, and Angel Arroyo; sister-in-laws, Irene Raju Garcia, wife of Rick Garcia, Lily Thomas andSusila Raju; godchildren, Raymond Sanchez, Richie Raju and Kassandra Vega; nieces,Tyrene Gonzalez, Maria Arroyo, Melanie Thomas, Angelys Arroyo, Kenja Arroyo, Briana Knox and Solana Knox; and nephews,George Rivera, Darryl Rivera, Tony Thomas, Christopher Raju and Sito Arroyo. Preceded in death by his brother, Peter Arroyo; his brother-in-laws, Tony Thomas,Adam Raju and Richard Raju; and father-in-law, Sarvothma Raju. Visitation for family and friends will be on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 4309 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, VA. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow with Rev. Father David Ssentamu as celebrant. Commendation and Farewell will be held at Saints Peter and Paul cemetery. Arrangements are by Sheridan Funeral Home, Kents Store, VA.


Posted 1 year ago

Emory Hall Austin III (Uncle Bo) age 63, died unexpectedly on June 25, 2019. He was born in Queens, New York to Emory and Gertrude Austin. He resided at Lake Monticello overlooking the River he so loved. His parents precede him in death. Emory is survived by his wife Donna Marsh Austin, sons Forrest (Jennifer) and Jake (Evyn) Austin; stepsons James (Katie) Sloan, Michael (Taylor) Snyder, and John Snyder; grandchildren Riley Ann and Kendall Austin, Rylan Mays, and Allie Sloan; sisters Barbara (Joe) Morgan, Carolyn (Buddy) Deverell, and Jane Austin; nephews Ed (Ruth) and Andy (Candice) Mallory, Christopher and Matt Deverell; nieces Brent Chambless and Katharine Beverley; and numerous grandnephews and grandnieces. Emory attended Fluvanna High School where he played football and ran track, then went on to Elon University on a lacrosse scholarship. He returned to work for Dominion Resources until he retired in 2017. Emory enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding his motorcycle, playing with his granddaughters and spending time with his dogs Remmie and Cody. He was a devoted husband, dad and granddad who was also loved by his nephews for the time he took when they were growing up. Sheridan funeral home is handling the arrangements. There will be a Memorial Service on Sunday June 30 at 4PM at Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Donations to your charity of choice may be offered in lieu of flowers.


Posted 2 months ago

Staff Sergeant Byron L. Babbitt, U.S.M.C Ret., 84, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2020 at home in Crozier, VA. Born in Iowa City, IA, Byron was the son of the late Lazelle Clair and Juliette Elmore Babbitt. He was a former resident of Jacksonville, NC, Muscatine, IA and Fork Union, VA. He served 30 years in the United States Marine Corps, serving during the Vietnam Era and the Cold War. During his service, he was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal with Valor, Navy “E” Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal and Korean Defense Service Medal.     Byron was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a member of the V.F.W, the American Legion and was a founding member of the U.S. Seagoing Marine Association serving as the Association’s first president. He was proud to have been instrumental in the placement of a permanent monument at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA to recognize the service and sacrifice of all seagoing marines.     He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; brothers, Frank and Freeland; and sisters, Frances and Betty. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Sam and DeNae Babbitt of Crozier, VA; his son, James Babbitt of Southern Pines, NC; his 2 grandchildren, Alejandra and Isaac Babbitt of Crozier, VA; his sister, Jackie Cole of Muscatine, IA and his many nieces and nephews.     Byron loved animals and would have been pleased that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Caring for Creatures, 352 Sanctuary Lane, Palmyra, VA 22963. Byron will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland, VA.


Posted 6 months ago

Mrs. Maggie L. Banks, age 104, departed this life on April 22, 2020 at UVA Hospital. She was born on July 15, 1915 to the late Frances and Jasper Logan. She was married to the late Mayo M. Banks.  A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Zion Grove Baptist Church located at 30952 James Madison Highway, Arvonia, Virginia 23004.


Posted 1 year ago

John Shepherd “Johnny” Bell, 78, of Fluvanna County died September 19, 2019 at UVA Hospital. He was the son of the late James Bell and Lutie Holland Bell. In addition to his parents, brother James Barclay Bell, and sister Cary Harris predeceased him. He was a lifelong farmer, historian, and lover of the land. He is survived by his son, John S. Bell, II, his daughter Judith Bell Lewis and her husband Lee Anthony, grandchildren John S. “Bunky” Bell, III and his wife Candace, and Jennifer Platt and her husband Eddie, and 7 great grandchildren, all of Fluvanna County. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Bell Kirby, of Mullica Hill, NJ. The family welcomes all to gather at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7pm to 8:30pm. Interment will be at Lyles Baptist Church in Wilmington, Virginia on Sunday, September 22, 2019. A graveside service will be held at Lyles at 3pm, officiated by Reverend Thomas LeVines. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Fluvanna County Historical Society.


Posted 8 months ago

On Monday, February 10, 2020, Lynn Overton Bland, Jr. 69, transitioned on to be with The Lord he trusted and loved.  Lynn has now been reunited with his Mother, Otleia Tutwiler Bland and father, Lynn O.  Bland, Sr. in heaven.  Lynn was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 15, 1950.  He was born with Cerebral Palsy, a condition that affects movement and muscle tone or posture.  It's caused by damage that occurs to the brain as it develops.  In 1950, the doctor's prognosis was; he will never walk, he will never talk.  He probably won't live to be more than 2 or 3 years.  Place him in Central State or South Side Training Center for his and your own good.  We all know that just was not true.  God's love is like that for us and Chuckie as well.  The apple of Otelia's eye, she left the doctor's office and turned to what she knew would work.  She turned to her Brain Trust, some of the strongest God fearing Black women on the planet.  Otelia T. Bland, Bessie Reed, Effie Kelly Tutwiler, Ida Clark Bland, Catherine Bland McCowan, some women eulogized here in this statuary, some women here today all got around Chuckie and prayed and loved all other him.  Chuckie had a smile that lit up every room he ever walked into.  He had style, he had grace and he was debonair. Wanting more, Chuckie enrolled in the Richmond ARC.  A Program, Otelia and Lynn Sr. helped organize to ensure children rejected by the public  education system had a place to go to learn and thrive and become active citizens in their own communities.  Learned to read, write.  In 1974, he completed a Certificate of Excellence for Reading, Writing, Math and Social Skills.  Chuckie participated in the Special Olympics each season and won many ribbons and trophies in track, field and bowling.  Chuckie loved to socialize and dance.  He attended dances and events as often as possible.  As a great protector, he monitored who Vickie could and could not dance with.  He often closed the dances down talking with young women until Otelia and Lynn showed him the lights were being shut off and escorted him to the car. Chuckie received Christ at Union Baptist Church, Shores, Virginia.  He also attended here at Byrd Grove Baptist Church regularly with family and friends.  Chuckie loved the Lord and said "I'm gonna do what the Lord said do, sister."  He learned the word, he listened to the word, and he tithed.  He was a good neighbor, an adoring son and a protective brother.  Leaving to cherish his memories are his sister Vickie (Silas), nephew Evan, niece Caelon, great nephews Kenneth Jr., and Kaleb, great niece, Nova, uncle Presley Reed (Washington, DC), aunts Alease Bland Cousins (Columbia, VA) and Ruth Bland Megginson (Louisa, VA).  There are a host of family and friends left to cherish the memory of this true Gift from God.  If you haven't done it, give your life to...


Posted 3 months ago

Evelyn M. Bottoms, 87, of Goochland, VA went to her heavenly home on July 30, 2020. Born March 27, 1933, to Blanche and Munsey McCloud, Evelyn lived and worked in Richmond, VA until retirement and returned to Goochland, VA to live with her daughter, Linda Thurston and her husband, Howard. She is preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Bernice Proffitt (Charles) and Rosa Mae Kidd (Garland) and brothers, Linwood McCloud (Hebbie) and Billy McCloud (Debbie). She is survived by her sisters, Hazel Millway (John) of Troy, VA and Ann Proffitt of San Pierre, IN as well as many nieces and nephews. Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland, VA is providing arrangements and interment is private. Friends are encouraged to make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association. Life is precious, handle with loving care.


Posted 1 year ago

Carrie P. (Tittot) Brown peacefully went on to her Heavenly Father on April 11, 2019, at her home in Palmyra, Virginia. She was born on January 25, 1932, in Palmyra, Virginia. Her body will lie in repose at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, Virginia, from 12 noon until 8 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019. A funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Lake Christian Church in Palmyra, Virginia.


Posted 1 month ago

Robert Leroy Brown, 89, of Palmyra, VA, departed this life on September 8, 2020.  During his career as a carpenter he traveled through many states, his last was Virginia where he met his now pre-deceased wife, Donna Taft Brown, and shared over 25 years of marriage together.  He is survived by the 5 children of Donna Brown: Debra Wilds (Mark), Henry "Bryan" Taft, Robert "Bob" Taft, Teresa Neal (Paul) and Michael Taft (Ghizlaine); 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren of Virginia and a brother and sister of Pennsylvania.  Bob was known for his quirky sense of humor.  His friends and family will get great laughs, when they reminisce about his shenanigans.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in his name to be sent to: COMMONWEALTH CATHOLIC CHARITIES, 1601 ROLLING HILLS DRIVE, RICHMOND, VA 23229.  A private family memorial officiated by Reverend Kameron Wilds, will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are being handled by Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA.


Posted 2 months ago

David Eugene Carter, Sr., 77, who lived in Kents Store for 14 years, went to be with the Lord on Easter, April 12, 2020. He was born on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1942 in Washington, DC.  He lived in Falls Church, VA for many years, where in 1987 he met his surviving wife, Cheri Carter, and eventually they moved to Kents Store, VA.   He lived a fulfilled life withhis love for horses, dogs and animals as a whole. He had a wonderful singing voice, which you would hear while he played his guitar.  He enjoyed his travels riding on his motorcycle.  With such a large family, Dave would call himself “The Legend” and indeed he was one. Among his careers, he worked for the National Zoo as a welder for the animal cages and as a guard for Wells Fargo/Loomis Fargo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cabell and Melba Carter. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Cheri Carter; sister, Carolyn Carter and her children; his six children, David E. Carter, Jr., D. Wayne Carter, John Carter (wife Rachel andchildren), Vincent Carter (wife Grace and children), Derrick Carter (wife Andrea and children) and Christine Carter Sahm (and children). David Eugene Carter, Sr. was buried on July 6, 2020 at Culpeper National Cemetery as a Private in the Marines.


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