Christopher Dean Villa

Born: Fri., Jun. 1, 1951
Died: Mon., May 12, 2014


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., May 15, 2014
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Memorial Service

12:00 PM Fri., May 16, 2014
Location: Plantation Point Pavilion

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Chris Villa, beloved husband and father passed away May 12, 2014. Born in Washington, D.C. on June 1, 1951, Chris was the son of the late Dino Secundo Villa and Christine Ceva Villa.  Chris attended Bishop McNamara High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 1973.  Upon graduation, Chris started his 40 year career with IBM in their Washington DC location.  He was transferred to Atlanta and met his future wife, Mona and they were married in 1992.  Chris held numerous positions within IBM until his retirement in 2003.   A week after “retirement” Chris  returned as a consultant for IBM, a job that he continued until his death.    

In 2000 Chris and his wife, Mona, purchased their first house in Reynolds Plantation, and their current home in 2003.  The first five years were split between the week in Marietta and weekends at Lake Oconee.  Once they became “full timers” in 2005, Chris made many friends and each and every friendship was a treasure to him.  He cherished the time he spent with family and friends.  While active in many sports, he excelled in tennis and was an active member of Lake Oconee Tennis Association as well as a player in the weekly Monday morning and tailgate tennis groups.  An avid bike rider, Chris rode daily, logging in ten miles per ride; occasionally he joined in with other bike enthusiasts for longer rides in the countryside.  In May 2013, he purchased a new bike; on New Year’s Eve he extended daily ride by three more miles in order to put 1000 miles on the new bike.  Chris and Mona enjoyed traveling, joining family or friends, where he enjoyed entertaining everyone.

Chris was an active member of Lake Oconee Community Church, embraced by their faith community in so many ways.

In addition to his wife, Mona Villa, of Greensboro, GA, Chris is survived by his son, Mark Trinchitella of Ft. Myers, FL, brother Rick Villa of Laurel, MD, aunts: Lee (Don) McDonnell and Dee Schopen of New York, first cousins: Mike (Sue) Rizzotti, Tom (Carol) Rizzotti, Phil (Linda) Rizzotti, Bonnie (Neil) Rabinowitz, Johnny (Margo) Oliva, Patty Taranto, Chrissy (Chris) Marano, Diane (Mike) Coulter, Susan Schopen, Lori (Greg) Gould and Tim Schopen,  In laws: Becky & Rick Smith, Rhonda Suggs, Rosemary & Bob McIntire, Carrie & Graham Hunter, nieces: Claire (Kevin) Kenney, Audrey Hunter and Bess McIntire, nephews: Billy Smith, Jake Hunter and Colin Hunter.   He is survived by his dachshunds: Oscar, Baxter, Izzy and Sophie.  Chris leaves behind many friends and truly cherished each and every friendship.  

Visitation is May 15, 2014 from 5PM to 7PM at McCommons Funeral Home, Greensboro GA.  Memorial Service is May 16, 2014 at 12 noon at Plantation Point Pavilion, 3310 Linger Longer Road, Greensboro, GA 30642, with Dr. David Key and Pastor Becky Matheny officiating and a reception will follow the ceremony at the pavilion.   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Lake Oconee Community Church Youth Alliance, 1001 Village Park Drive, Suite 107 Greensboro GA  30642.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA  (706) 453-2626 is in charge of arrangements.  Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Gigi Gensler
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
Dearest Mona and family,
My heart is so heavy for the loss of your dear Chris. God bless you and comfort you in your grief. Your Fitch family loves you!

Noreen Rivers
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
Dear Mona,
I was so sorry to learn of your husband's death...Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Charlotte Fitch David
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
Dearest Mona, I am so sad and sorry to hear about Chris. Please know that my love and prayers are with you and your family always and hope your sweet memories get you through this difficult time.

Connie Shaw Adams
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
Mona, what a shock it was to hear about Chris. I'm so very sorry.

Chris, Mark and Charles are all back together again. I know the drink glasses are already being raised. Charles is saying "what took you so long?"

I love you Mona, please let me know if I can do anything. My prayers are with you and Mark and Rick.

Carol & Mike Kuhn
   Posted Wed May 14, 2014
Dear Mona, Mark, and Rick,
Our hearts are broken with yours, and we will miss Chris with you. Mom, Michael, and Brenda send their love and sympathy as well. We love you and will always be here for you - anywhere, anytime, and in any way.

Carol, Mike, and family

Douglas Buol
   Posted Wed May 14, 2014
Dear Mona and Family,
I've known Chris for years and the two of us communicated on many occasions to resolve customer problems. He was a wonderful co-worker, an energetic advocate to our clients and always seeking a great business balance for both IBM and our customers. He will be missed by me and by many others at IBM. I am praying your community of faith will be the local support you need when many of Chris's friends are too far away. Take time to tell the stories you remember of Chris to everyone who will listen. He gave much to the world. D.B.

Janet Thompson
   Posted Wed May 14, 2014
Dear Mona, Please accept my sincere sympathy. I knew Chris through tennis.

Roberto Belons Moussalli
   Posted Wed May 14, 2014
My deepest condolences to the family. Chris was an excellent person to me here at work always a gentleman to everyone and excellent professional. Im really sorry for this lost.

Lynn, Peter and Dylan Stroud
   Posted Wed May 14, 2014
Dear Mona, Mark and all Suggs/ Villa family, I am so sorry to hear of your very sad, unexpected loss. I know Chris touched every one of your lives in a very endearing and special way. Mona, I know he was not just your husband, but your best friend too, and our hearts are crushed for you. You were both so blessed to have the time and love you had together. I'm thankful you have such supportive family and friends that surround you with love. Our love is with you too, always, Lynn, Peter and Dylan

Guy and Deb Thomson
   Posted Thu May 15, 2014
Mona and Family........Deb and I are heartbroken at the loss of Chris. He was truly one of the nicest people we have ever met and been friends with.....I know your time with him was a special gift and we hope the wonderful memories over the years will help heal the pain and grief you feel now..........God Bless you and we'll be there to see you soon.......Guy and Deb

Julia Roebuck
   Posted Thu May 15, 2014
To Mona & Family,

"Death Cannot Kill What Never Dies"

....To Be Absent From The Body Is To Be Present with the Lord....

Jesus said that he was the resurrection and the life, whoever believes in him, though he dies, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in him shall never die

Of course, we will miss Chris, experience pain and unhappiness, but remember his SPIRIT LIVES.



Jeff Henkelman
   Posted Thu May 15, 2014
Dear Mona.....Chris was a wonderful man and he will be missed very much. It was always a pleasure to spend time with Chris and to share in his love of the game of tennis. I will always remember him with the fondest of memory, and my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. With deepest sympathy...Jeff

Dave Neuhart
   Posted Fri May 16, 2014
Mona and family,

It is hard to put into words how sad we are for Chris' passing. He had touched so many lives in the tennis community inside and outside of Reynolds Plantation. You and Chris were always so friendly and hospitible during PBI training programs here at Reynolds Plantation. Chris was also very involved in all of our programs that we hosted for the members here. This loss has hit the tennis community hard here as well as all of us. It just won’t’ be the same around here without Chris.

I remember starting Chris out with lessons in February of 2007. It is hard to believe it has been that long. He went from beginner, having never played to now winning trophies at almost all the events. Looking back at many of the pictures, he was in almost all of them since he started.

Chris was just a really good guy and really good friend. He would have done anything for any of us. The nice thing we will always have is the wonderful memories of his smiling face and quick wit we shared so many times together. I know I am a better person for having him cross my path in life. We will always remember you and Mona and family. All the best, Dave Neuhart

Norm and Renee Shirley
   Posted Fri May 16, 2014
We are shocked and saddened to hear of Chris' death. We just heard the news! We have so many wonderful memories of good times with y'all especially the "Eat-a-Fajita" parties. Please know we are thinking about you at this sad time.

John & Betts Fisher, John Curtis & Harrison
   Posted Sat May 17, 2014
Dear Mona, We are all so sorry to hear about Chris. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Sincerely, John and family

Caroline Dillard Tucker
   Posted Sun May 18, 2014
Dearest Mona, I am so very sorry to hear of Chris' death. Although I have never met him from all that I have read, he was a wonderful man, husband and father. I am so sorry I wasn't able to go to Roanoke to meet you all. I am also so glad you were able to meet your cousins. We all have loved you so much and have often wondered where you were. At last we all know. If I or any of us can be of any help thru this difficult time don't hesitate to call any of us. Please know that our thoughts and love are with you in spirit and are praying for you and your family. with much love Caroline

Zach Wood
   Posted Tue May 20, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. Chris was a great man. I had so much fun growing up at your house on weekends when I was younger playing football with Chris and Mark. Hope to see you soon.

Zach Wood

Danny Klein
   Posted Thu May 22, 2014
Mona and family,
I remember so many good times on the tennis court with Chris, at your place for dinner and playing cards over dessert. You both brought me in to your home and made me feel comfortable like family. I will never forget how many times Chris made me laugh so hard that it hurt. Chris had such a wonderful sense of humor and kind spirit that was unique and he will never be forgotten. I am extremely thankful for the time i was able to spend with him.

Dieter Vondenhagen
   Posted Wed December 10, 2014
Dear Mona, couldn't get any answer from Chris, I googled minutes after him and shocked since I know why...
My beloved friend Chris died half year ago.
A friend with whom I had so great meetings in his Atlanta time. Together with his friends Mark and Steve we had excellent times and partied around the clock on weekends in the Maretta area,
known as boys nights. On one of these wanderings we met you dear Mona and you two married later.
I send you my deepest condolences.
I'm so sad and can't tell you how I feel.
With deepest sympathy
Dieter, his old friend from German & Sabine, you both met 4 years ago in our area