Obituaries

Lila Mason Roland, daughter of the late Katie Fowler Roland and Major Roland, died Oct. 16, 2015 at the age of 95 surrounded by her family. Lila was born on Sept. 20, 1920 and grew up in Fluvanna County, Virginia. She lived in Baltimore, Maryland with her daughter and family. Lila was loved by many and will be greatly missed. She is in a better place, resting with no more pains. She loved her family and others that she knew.
Services were held Oct. 23 starting at 10 a.m. at St. John Alpha and Omega Pentecostal Church located at 1950 West North Avenue Baltimore, Maryland.

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Mary Jane  Holland SheridanMary Jane Holland Sheridan, 90, of Kents Store, Va. died Friday Oct. 9, 2015 at her home surrounded by family and friends. Mrs. Sheridan was born Sept 25, 1925, daughter of the late Hughes and Annie Holland. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Andrew M. Sheridan, Sr., three brothers, George, Jimmy and Phil Holland, one daughter-in-law, Virginia Cameron “Puddin” Sheridan, and one great grandson, Bennett Dale Ross. She is survived by five children, Frankie and Kris, Mel and his wife Donna, Mary Annie and her husband Carol, Sandy and her husband Rusty, and Mike and his wife Kristie; two sisters, Sophia Pryor, Julia Davidson and their families and one beloved family member Frank “Archie” Woodson; 14 grandchildren, Patrick, Nikki, Paul, Andrew, John, David, Ben and Luke Sheridan, Jennifer, William and Matthew Henley, Michelle Lee, Scott Ross and Katherine Harrison; 9 great grandchildren, Timothy, Drew, Macon, Sadie and Hughes Sheridan, Berkeley and Arden Ross, Ashton Lee and Baby Harrison due in November. Mary Jane was the Vice President and Treasurer of Sheridan Funeral Home, a founding member of the Fluvanna Rescue Squad and long term member of the Fluvanna Christian Service Society. She was a lifelong member and faithful servant of her beloved Byrd Chapel United Methodist Church and devoted keeper of the church cemetery records. She was a friend and servant to all in need of a meal, a loving smile or a helping hand. Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Neil McLaughlin were held on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Byrd Chapel United Methodist Church in Kents Store. Sheridan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Kendra Shannon MatulaKendra Shannon Matula, 72, of Palmyra, Va. passed away at her home on August 13 after a long battle with cancer. She was born September 3, 1942 in West Orange, NJ, the daughter of the late Brinton and Dorothy Shannon. She married David Matula on May, 6, 1972, and they shared 43 years of marriage together.
She was a nurse first but a mother foremost and spent many years in volunteer work with the Navy Relief and Parent-Teacher organizations. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles and was an avid baseball fan.
Kendra’s memory will be carried on by her husband, David Matula, son and daughter-in-law, Seth and Tisha Matula of Palmyra, Va. and their three children Aiden, Reece and Griffin; son and daughter-in-law Jay and Jessica Matula of Germantown, Md. and their two children Joshua and Jaxson; brother, Captain Roger Shannon USCG and wife Margaret and children; brother-in-law, Henry Matula and wife Lana and children. Service arrangements at Arlington National Cemetery are still being arranged. Material contributions can be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society or the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.

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Albert Russell Brittain, 73, of Lake Monticello, passed away at his home on August 18.
Born in Lake Worth, Florida, he was the son of the late Albert Russell and Marcella White Brittain. Bert and his wife Bea celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March.
In addition to his wife he is survived by his son, Dan; his daughter, Jaime; and three grandchildren, Bethany, Austin and Alex.
He graduated from Lake Worth High School and was awarded an NROTC Scholarship to Auburn University.
He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Auburn and a Masters of Industrial Engineering from the University of Utah where he was also an NROTC instructor.
Bert served 24 years in the Navy and reached the rank of Captain, USN. His service included three tours in Vietnam and one in the Persian Gulf as well as involvement in the Navy Satellite Communications Program in Washington, D.C. His last sea duty tour was as commanding officer of the USS Scott (DDG-995), a guided missile destroyer based in Norfolk. During his command, he took the ship through the Panama Canal and around South America as well as representing the U.S. in the observance of the anniversary of D-Day in both England and France.
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Elaine Ellen Coakley Rhinehart, 66, of Palmyra left this world with nothing but love, thankfulness and praises for the Lord. She always felt so loved and blessed for her beautiful family and wonderful friends God had placed in her life and never felt alone even when by herself. She loved children and thought each one was beautiful, precious and very special.
Elaine was born on February 23, 1949 in Rockingham County and was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Gladys Rhodes Coakley.
She loved working for Fluvanna County schools and after her retirement, continued to work as much as she was able. She was a member of Lake Christian Church.
She married the love of her life, Russell L. Rhinehart, on June 4, 1965 and he passed away in 2001 after a battle with heart disease. They had two daughters, Lisa Marie and Loretta Lynn that were the center of their world.
She is survived by a daughter, Lisa Marie Batkins and husband Carl; a very special little girl that she loved as her own, Lillian Faith Clark; two beautiful granddaughters, Kayla Fairchild and her love Daniel, Heather Kiplinger and husband Josh; two wonderful grandsons, Charles W. Gardner and Hunter Fairchild, and a step-grandson, Steven Batkins and nine great grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister, Elnor Jean Palmer, of Stephen City, Va.; three brothers, Elburn, Winston and Welby Coakley and sister-in-laws, Janet Coakley and Robin Coakley, and many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

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