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Funeral Announcement for James Rholand Hayden, Sr., Waldorf VFD Past Chief JR Hayden's Father
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By Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith
June 6, 2019

James Rholand Hayden, Sr., 86, of Bushwood, MD departed this life on June 2, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Rholand was born June 9, 1932, was a life-long resident of St. Mary’s County. He was raised on his family farm where hard work was instilled and family stuck together. Rholand met and fell in love with his best friend, and forever love, Mary Ann Hill. They were married on September 19, 1953 in Bushwood, Maryland. Together they celebrated over sixty-five (65) wonderful years as husband and wife.

Rholand spent a hard-working life caring and supporting his family. While working full-time as a farmer (growing tobacco, corn and soy bean), he worked twenty-seven (27) years as a St. Mary’s County 911 operator, protecting all residents in the county.

Protecting and serving his local community was very important to Rholand as well. He dedicated twenty-six (26) years volunteering with the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department and was one of the founding members of the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Along with his wife Mary Ann, he is survived by his four children, James “J.R.” Rholand Hayden, Jr., Waldorf, MD, George Allan Hayden, Sr. (Nancy), of Mechanicsville, MD, Deborah Hayden Richardt (Noel) of Lusby, MD, and Mary Bridget Scott (Ron) of Port Republic, MD; seven (7) grandchildren, Mike Hayden (Angela), Heather Lux (Mike), Allan Hayden (Jess), Christopher Hayden, Kara Higgs (Amanda), Candace Itliong (Glenn) and Cole Scott; and eight great-grandchildren (MJ, Tatum, Lilly, Sadie, Hunter, Karlee, Bodie and Jackson). Rholand is also survived by his sister, Merle Colton and brother-in-law, Joe Hill, both from Leonardtown, MD.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a Life Celebration Visitation, with prayers being read by Father Sam Plummer at 4:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 23080 Maddox Road, Bushwood, MD 20618. A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 23080 Maddox Road, Bushwood, MD 20618. Interment will follow immediately in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations in his memory to St. Mary’s Hospice House; Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department or Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad.

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