Funerals & Obituaries

Posted 15 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 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 4 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 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 1 month ago

Helen Goodman Dunn, 99, of Goochland, VA passed away on March 6, 2021. Helen was born on August 14, 1921 to the late James Willis Goodman and Ida Bowles Goodman of Manakin-Sabot, VA. Helen was a lifetime resident of Goochland County where she was the Registrar for over 30 years.  She enjoyed square dancing, playing cards with friends, and spending time with her family.  She was also a longtime member of Gum Spring United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband Logan Jackson Dunn, Jr., her son Willis Jackson Dunn, and her grandson, William Adrene Haislip II.  She is survived by her daughter, Pamela “Pammie” Anne Haislip (Jerry), and daughter-in-law Brenda Carter Dunn;  her grandchildren, who called her “Ga:”  Kendra Lee Dunn (Jason Kaiser), Ryan Logan Dunn (Leigh), and Julie Anne Haislip-Barrett (Sean); her eight great-grandchildren: Brooke Haislip Tapscott (Dallas), Brett Cole Haislip (Sloan), Madeline IdaAnne Haislip, Virginia Leigh Dunn, Braden Jackson Kaiser, Logan Jackson Dunn III, Kenlee Grace Kaiser, and Carter Lemuel Dunn; her one great great-grandchild: Hayes William Tapscott. Graveside services are scheduled for Tuesday, March 9 at 1pm at Gum Spring United Methodist Church cemetery.  Arrangements are being handled by Norman’s Chapel in Goochland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Goochland County Fire and Rescue Co5.


Posted 1 month ago

Myrtle Helen Thurston, 94, of Goochland, VA, passed peacefully on Sunday, February 28, 2021.  Myrtle was born on February 6, 1927 to her late parents, Hannard and Pearl Thurston. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Thomas Thurston, Sr., and daughter, Helen Thurston. Myrtle is survived by her son, Floyd Thomas Thurston, Jr. (Sue); her daughters, Irene Stewart (Steve), Linda Armstrong (Raymond) and Shirley Thurston; 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  A graveside service will be held at 11am on Friday, March 5, 2021at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Richmond, VA. Arrangements are being handled by Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland, VA.


Posted 2 months ago

Shelton “Lamar” Brunson, 82, of Louisa, Virginia passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021. He is survived by three children, Gene Brunson (Laurie), Angela Brunson-Bartlett (Brian), and Amanda Tiba (Hakam); five grandchildren; six sisters, Jeanette Brunson, Katherine Brunson, Lucretia Horton, Betty Willemoes, Dean Daniel, and Lucille Johnson; two step-sons, David Reese and John Reese; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife of 34 years, Jean C. Brunson; two sisters, Earline Griffin and Louise Brunson, and one brother, Hollis Brunson. Born in Jackson, Alabama, he left as a young man in the Army, and later settled in Virginia. Lamar was proud of his military service and had fond memories of his travels in Europe after World War II. He was active in his local Masonic lodge. A long-time employee of Virginia Sprinkler before retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, history, attending Byrd Chapel Methodist Church and spending time with his close friends in the ROMEO Club. Always ready with a story, Lamar enjoyed conversing with everyone and connected with so many people in his community. He also enjoyed teaching others about his woodworking craft. An avid NASCAR fan, Lamar also followed his favorite college football team, the University of Alabama, “Roll Tide!” A private service was held on Saturday, February 13, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held later this year. Arrangements are being handled by Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA 23084.


Posted 2 months ago

Larry Lee Pfeilsticker, 81, of Culpeper, VA, passed peacefully on February 7, 2021.  Larry was born on March 31, 1939 to his late parents, George and Hazel Pfeilsticker.  Larry is survived by his two sons, Kevin Pfeilsticker (Catherine) of Culpeper, VA and Thomas Pfeilsticker of Waynesboro, VA; and one brother, William Pfeil. of Frederick, MD.  There will not be a visitation due to COVID-19 and a service will be held at a later date in the Spring in Culpeper, VA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 260, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477, and the Lake Monticello Rescue Squad, 14 Slice Road, Palmyra, VA 22963.  Arrangements are being handled by Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA.


Posted 2 months ago

On February 10, 2021, Carl Tippenreiter, 92, quietly passed away in his home in Lake Monticello, Virginia. Carl was born on February 26, 1928 in Nutley, New Jersey to Johannes and Elizabeth Tippenreiter.  In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by his brother, Helmut, and his sisters, Leisel and Margaret.  Carl was the only child born in the United States.  Until he entered elementary school, Carl only spoke German.  His family moved from Nutley, New Jersey to Elizabeth, New Jersey where Carl spent his childhood. Carl graduated from Hillside High School in 1946 and joined the Navy where he became a metalsmith.  After two years at sea, he worked for a short while as a metalsmith in a kitchen cabinet factory where he obtained his first experience in plant safety.  With the GI Bill offering, he was able to further his education attending North Carolina State University for two years majoring in forestry.  He found forestry not to his liking, so he went into the industrial world.  He worked for General Electric and General Motors who sent him to the National Safety Council School in Chicago for safety training.  Later he went back to school taking evening classes to earn his bachelor’s degree after 10 years in 1970 from Rutgers University, New Brunswick in Psychology on his own.  Though until his death, a day did not go by where he did not learn something new.  He was also an active member of the Kappa Upsilon fraternity.  Carl was employed for 33 years by the Garden State Parkway as a safety engineer.  Upon retirement, Carl and his second wife, Joanne, retired to Lake Monticello in Palmyra, Virginia. Carl was married to his first wife, Marie Mazziota, for 16 years who predeceased him.  They had three children, two sons, Karl Tippenreiter and his wife, Ruth, their children and his grandchildren, Lydia, Dorothy and Herman; Dennis Tippenreiter and his wife, Barbara, their daughter and his granddaughter, Beth; and his daughter, Karen Ambro, and her husband, Jim.  Carl’s grandson, Lucas (Karl’s son) also predeceased him. Carl was married to his second wife, Joanne Richman, for 37 years, who also predeceased him.  He was step-father to Susan Pickard, who also predeceased him, and her husband, Richard, and step-grandfather to their children, Diane and Lauren; Debbie Richman Arbogast and her husband, Steven, and step-grandfather to their son, Gregory; and David Richman. Carl was also in a long term relationship with Lena Voesack who predeceased him and considers her daughter, Lisa Cogswell, her husband, John, and their sons, John and Matthew, as part of his family. We would also like to thank Sharon Moore, his caretaker, for her support and steadfastness to his care. Carl attended Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post 74. A memorial mass will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Palmyra, VA at a later date. Carl wished to be remembered that his life motto was “Ich Dien”—...


Posted 1 month ago

Gracie Bell Haden, 81, of Goochland, VA went to be with the Lord on March 11, 2021.  Gracie was born on March 10, 1940 to her late parents, William and Lottie Thurston.  She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Smith (Bo); her son, James H. Haden, III (Jess); her grandchildren, John Franklin Smith, III (Jennifer), Lacy Buchanan (Michael), Brittany LeAnn Smith (Craig), Claire Belle Haden and Dallas Haden; great grandchildren, Chelsea Buchanan, Aubrey Lynn Smith, Makayla LeAnn Edmonds, Sadie Mae Smith, Dalani Elsie-Sue Edmonds, McKenzie Rae Jones and Colton Lee Edmonds.  A funeral service will be held at 2pm on March 14, 2021 at Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland, VA with interment to follow at Mizpah Christian Church in Goochland, VA.


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