Mae Ola Sheridan
January 5, 1918 - November 5, 2022
“Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and be with Christ: which is far better.” (Philippians 1:20, 21, 23)
A Time to Be Born: Mae Ola Hair Sheridan was born January 5th, 1918 in Beaver Dam Community, Cumberland County. She was the daughter of the late Troy Adkin Hair and Lizzie Jean Melvin.
Mae Ola was affectionately known as Aunt Mae and Granny by many. Throughout her life she opened her home and her arms to those who needed her. She was always ready to share a remedy, offer encouragement, and lend a helping hand. She was preceded in death by her husband William Thomas Sheridan, daughter, Ruth Helen Staten, adopted daughter, Mildred Newton, sisters Novella Legrand, Lorena Robinson, Nellie Pauline
Page, and brothers Wilbert Hair, Troy Aaron Hair, Elbert Hair, James Alexander Hair, and adopted grandson Fairron Wardell Newton.
A Time to Worship: Mae Ola accepted Christ at an early age. She was a member of First Baptist Church for many years. She served in the capacity of the Willing Workers and taught the Sunday school intermediate class. She also served on the usher board and
was a worker in the church cafeteria.
A Time to Learn: Mae Ola received her education in Cumberland County where she graduated from the 12th grade.
A Time to Work: Mae Ola served the Bladen County School system for 32 years. In her life she was a renaissance woman - she had skills and knowledge that covered everything from herbs to fabrics. She was a seamstress, a healer, and an animated storyteller.
A Time to Love: Mae Ola was joined in Holy Matrimony to William A. Sheridan on June 14, 1942. They shared 57 beautiful years together. She was blessed with one daughter, Ruth Helen Staten and a nephew, Thomas Davidson.
A Time to Transition: Mae Ola’s work was completed on earth on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Elizabethtown Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Elizabethtown, NC.
Her life is a legacy of action - sowing good seeds that were evident in all of the love received up to her very last moments. Mae Ola’s memory will live on in her seven grandchildren: Franklin Staten of Fuquay Varina, NC, Frances Davis of Fuquay Varina, NC, Theresia Wright of Clarkton, NC, Clara Staten of Clarkton, NC, F.W. Newton of Elizabethtown, NC, Fonda Newton Downing (Juan) of Washington DC, Flame Newton of Phoenix, Arizona; Great-grandchildren: Michael Davis, Asja Davis, Brielle Wright,
Justin Staten, Braylan Herring, Michelle Wright, and Jaylan Staten; Five great-great-grandchildren; adopted sons, F.W. Newton, Sr.; Bernard Herring (Grace) and a host of adopted children, nieces, nephews, and friends.