Funerals & Obituaries

Posted 3 months ago

Russell Thomas Anderson, 92, of Kents Store, VA, passed peacefully on Monday, January 18, 2021.  Russell was born on November 1, 1928 to his late parents, Otis and Annie Anderson. He is also preceded in death by his wife, Gene Anderson. Russell is survived by his son, Thomas Anderson (Donna) of Kents Store, VA; granddaughter, Laura Rambler (Chris Allen, fiancé); great grandchildren, Anderson Rambler and Austin Rambler; and sister, Dorothy Vogt of Louisa, VA.  Thank you to the wonderful caregivers, Susan and David Woodson, Lois Coles and Connie Reid for the excellent care they provided Russell in the last moments of his life.  There will not be a visitation due to COVID-19 and a private service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hadensville Volunteer Fire-Rescue Department Company 6, 4810 Three Chopt Road, Hadensville, VA 23093.  Arrangements are being handled by Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA.


Posted 8 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 2 years 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

Shirley Ann Austin, 74, of Palmyra, Virginia, formerly of Chantilly, Virginia, was ushered peacefully into the presence of her Savior on Tuesday morning, February 16, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Shirley was born to the late James and Nina Carpenter on October 17, 1946. She grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, where she helped her father with his frozen custard and nut store businesses. She attended Fairfax High School with her future husband before graduating from the Maryland Medical Secretarial School. She later used her medical training as a medical transcriptionist as well as working at various doctor’s offices. Shirley’s main work was in lovingly caring for her family. She became a believer in 1973 and quickly found out that Jesus had given her what she had been looking for all along, “life and having it more abundantly” (John 10:10). She played an important role assisting her husband of 54 ½ years, Steve Austin, in the planting of Chantilly Bible Church (CBC), where she developed a special bond with many. While at CBC, she oversaw the church nursery for many years. Shirley had a tremendous love and burden for children and young moms and invested in both. Her impact will be felt for generations to come.  As a woman of faith and quiet humility, Shirley was beloved by her church community, friends and neighbors. Shirley understood and lived the truth that “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam 1:16) After some 35 years of ministry, Shirley and Steve moved to family land in Central Virginia. She enjoyed researching family history, as well as trips to the ocean and mountains with family and friends. Shirley’s husband Steve called her his “Sunshine,” and she truly was like a ray of sunshine brightening the lives of so many others. She is dearly missed. Survivors include her loving husband, her two children, John and Jason, her daughter-in-law Erin Austin, and her grandchildren Anna, Alexander and Kenneth Allen; her brother, James Carpenter, her sister-in-law and friend, Helen Carpenter, her nephews Michael Carpenter and Timothy Carpenter; her sister-in-law Sue Austin, her nieces Maili Ramirez and Kristi Brockett, and her mother-in-law, Marilyn Austin. Visitation will be held at Sheridan Funeral Home, 4626 Cedar Lane Rd, Kent Store, VA 23084(phone 434-589-8374) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 followed by a family graveside service. A special memorial service will be held at Chantilly Bible Church, 4390 Pleasant Valley Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151 at 2:30 p.m. on March 7, 2021. Due to Covid-19 protocol CBC has requested that those who would like to attend the memorial service please pre-register at the following web site, so that they can make the required accommodations: For those who can’t make this service, it will be streamed live shortly before 2:30 p.m. at


Posted 7 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 12 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 2 years 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 1 year 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 8 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 3 months ago

Anne L. Branigan passed away on December 31, 2020, at the age of 89, as a result of COVID-19.  She was preceded in death by the love of her life husband, Kenneth and her son, Kevin Branigan. She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen O’Boyle (Brendan), Maryanne Grimes (Damon), her son John, grandchildren Timothy O’Boyle, Christopher O’Boyle (Megan), Brittany Ramsey (Matt), Matthew Grimes (Kaylee), great-grandchildren Lillian and Emma Ramsey, and Auden and Wyatt O’Boyle, her brother Anthony Pumilia and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Branigan was born in Brooklyn, NY and spent most of her married life in Rockville Centre, NY until moving to Palmyra,VA in 1999.   Mrs. Branigan while in her 40’s, and raising four children, graduated from Molloy College with an undergraduate degree with a focus in Gerontology and Aging Studies.  She then went on to have a successful career at the Oceanside Senior Center.  Mrs. Branigan was an accomplished pianist and vocalist. She played the piano for many churches and led many choirs during her lifetime.  Her most recent accomplishment was to lead a choir for senior citizens in the complex in which she lived.  Mr. Branigan was an active member of Saint Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church for the last 20 years and delighted in sponsoring converts through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Mrs. Branigan will be remembered for many things, but mostly for her fierce love for her husband, family and her music. A funeral will be held in the spring at Saint Peter and Paul Churchin Palmyra, VA.


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