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Obituaries for June 15-22



James Rufus Altman, 92, of Trenton, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020.

Mr. Altman was retired from J&L Steel of Cleveland, Ohio, with more than 20 years of service. He also worked at the uranium plant in Portsmouth, Ohio, for the Manhatten project. Mr. Altman was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean Conflict, was a member of the Steelworkers Union, and the American Legion Post 108.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Altman; and granddaughter, Tiffany McDaniel.

Survivors include his children, Barbara Jo and Kimberly Sue; step-children, Deborah, Donna, and Franklin; siblings, Ester, Viola, Martha, and Donald; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service with full military honors was conducted at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with Bro. Eddie Cantrell officiating.

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Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Russell “Doley” Barton, 70, of Trenton, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Gayle Barton and son, Randall Barton.

Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Dewayne (Melishia) Barton of McMinnville, Tenn., and Josh Barton of Fort Payne, Ala.; sisters, Wanda Langley, Juanita Atchley and Sabra Weathers of Trenton; grandchildren, Breanna Barton, Zachary Barton, Dakota Barton and Robin Bunch.

Funeral services were Monday, June 22 at Moore Funeral Home with Brother Jeff Daniels officiating.  Burial was at Brown Gap Cemetery.

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Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



Sherry Ferguson, 71, of Trenton, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020.

Sherry was a graduate of Red Bank High School class of 1966 and attended UTK.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Lucille Hamell, and brother, David Hammell.

Survivors include her children, Jeanie (Terry) Keesler of Trenton, and Jon-Paul Smith of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandchildren, Jordan Keesler, Hannah Keesler, Caleb Keesler, and Lily Smith; great-grandchild, Skylar Keesler; brother, Wayne Hammell; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were Friday, June 19 at Greenwood Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.




Melodie Ann Hamilton, 64, of Bryant, Ala., passed away Friday, June 19, 2020.

She was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed spending time with family, friends and her two dogs LiLi and Tiana. She loved traveling to the beach and Disney with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Alice Watkins; sisters, Marian Watkins, Lois Connally and Louise Reynolds.

Survivors include her husband, Rickey Hamilton; daughters, Beverly (Michael) Adkins and Cheryl (Scotty) Rogers; grandchildren, Dylan, Madison, Emmaline, Taylor, Lucas, Arwen and Kylie; sisters, Willa Jean Croft, Bettye Bradford, Candace Decker, Lynne Hicks, Margaret Green, Diane Lepine and Charlotte English; brothers, Willard Watkins and Van Watkins.

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Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Bryant, Ala.



Kenneth “Bo” Martin Hartline, age 65, of Head River passed away June 16, 2020.

He was a faithful member of New Salem Baptist Church and greeted everyone by name, with a smile and a hug. Bo’s life was spent on the family farm that he loved. He was happiest showing folks his farm animals and dogs, and the garden the family grew. You never left his home without Bo offering to give you something. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Luther Martin Hartline and brother, Boyd Hartline.

Survivors include his mother, Wanda L. Hartline; sister, Loretta (Larry) Roper; brother, Dennis (Janet) Hartline; sister-in-law, Teresa Hartline; nieces, Lori (Jason) Simmons and Heather (Stephen) Simmons; nephew, B.J. (Missy) Hartline.

Funeral services were Thursday, June 18 at New Salem Baptist Church with Brother Jim Hixon officiating.  Burial was in Little River Cemetery, Mentone, Ala.

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Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



John Stanley Ricker, 57, of Trenton, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020.

John was a clever, self-taught entrepreneur and handyman who loved to laugh, tell fantastic stories, spend time outdoors, gardening, hiking, scuba diving, fishing, and playing with his young grandchildren. He was raised in Newport, New Hampshire, and grew up with his mother, Joan, and three siblings, Mike, Sandy (Nikki) and Debbie. He moved to Florida in his early 20’s, joined the National Guard, went on to pioneer his own air conditioning business and spent more than 30 years in the sunshine state. John and his wife moved to Trenton four years ago to retire and hike in beautiful Cloudland Canyon.

John is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sheila; children, Stephanie Ricker and husband Christopher Drzal; Brian Ricker and wife Shannon Ricker; and Stacey Ricker; stepdaughter Jenny Eppard and husband Derrick Linde; grandchildren Alexander, Jacob, Michael, James, Jayden and Chloe.

A Celebration of Life was held at Trenton First Baptist Church on Saturday, June 20 with Brother Eddie Cantrell officiating.

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Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.


Shirley Sullivan Russell, 78, of Trenton, died on Monday, June 15, 2020.

Shirley was born on Oct. 13, 1941 to the late Marshall, Sr., and Jewell Sullivan, was a 1960 graduate of Dade County High School and attended Trenton United Methodist Church.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Troy, Marshall, Jr., Max, and Terry Sullivan; sister, Charlotte Bice.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Robert “Smokey” Russell; grandchildren, Maddie Hughes and Christian Smith; 11 nieces and nephews; special friend, Lanny York.

Funeral services were Thursday, June 18 in the chapel of Ryan Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Sullivan and Rev. Reese Fauscett officiating.  Interment was in Lake Hills Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trenton Baptist Cemetery Fund, c/o Teresa Hartline, 2300 Cloverdale Road, Rising Fawn, GA  30738.

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Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.