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Obituaries for June 22-29


DeEtt K. Bowman, 93, of Bryant, Ala., passed away Friday, June 26, 2020.

She was a mother to all who entered her life, friend to any who met her. Never a harsh word about anyone, blessed beyond words and loved beyond measure. Heaven gained a beautiful angel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Bowman; daughter, Brenda Gail Bowman; parents, Frank and Viola Knittel; son-in-law, James Dale Cureton; seven brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughters, Myra Cureton, Peggy Dalton, Kathy (Billy) Renfro, Cindy (Clay) Galloway; brother, Ray (Marilyn) Knittel; 11 grandchildren; Minerva, Kelly, Johnny, Craig, Kenny, Travis, Jennifer, Harley, Dallas, Joey and Amanda.

Funeral services were Monday, June 29 in the Bryant chapel of Moore Funeral Home with Brother Mike Williams and Brother Billy Renfro officiating. Interment was in Oak Lawn Memorial Park.

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Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Bryant Ala.



Mathilde Jackson Dougan, a Milan, Tenn., native, passed Thursday, May 28, 2020, at age 89.

Mathilde was known for her adventurous spirit. In her youth, she spent a year as an exchange student in Havana, Cuba, where she made lifelong friends. She also learned to fly a Piper Cub airplane. She is a Milan High School graduate, class of 1948, and an alumna of Memphis State College (now University of Memphis).

She and her family resided in Warner Robins for more than 50 years. During that time, Mathilde touched the lives of many children as a Spanish teacher at Warner Robins Junior High School and volunteered as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate in court cases for the Division of Family and Children Services. She was a longtime member of the American Association of University Women, in which she focused efforts on literacy and education, serving for a year as president of the Warner Robins branch.

Mathilde loved her family and was very proud of her heritage. In her later years, her passion for genealogy led to her authoring two books “Pharaoh’s Children and Firstborn Son of Milan, Tennessee.”  The former is a look into her mother’s family history, including ancestor Pharaoh Burn, born in 1777. The latter explores the history of her father’s family, including James Brinkley Jackson, believed to be the first white male child born in her hometown of Milan.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Robert Evans Dougan; parents, Ray Barnette Jackson and Clara Mae Burns Jackson; twin sisters, Marian Yvonne Jackson Shotts and Rachel Wanza Jackson.

She is survived by her son, Robert Evans (Sheila) Dougan, Jr., of Lookout Mountain; granddaughters, Elizabeth Rená (Michael) London of Alpharetta and Jessica Katrina (Andrew) Flaugher of San Diego, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Greyson, Jack, Clara, and Evie London and Alexus, Hannah, and Avery Flaugher.

She was laid to rest there at Oak Grove Baptist Church cemetery in Milan, Tenn., alongside her late husband and parents.

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Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Collin “CJ” Eddington, 14, passed away Monday, June 22, 2020.

He was a lover of music playing the bass drum in the Lookout Valley Band of Gold for two years. He also played soccer and was a member of Bible Club. He was a very intelligent young man who enjoyed playing video games with his friends. He loved fishing and had a big heart and a strong opinion.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Lynn Eddington, Kathy Metten and William Mitten.

Survivors include his parents, Eddie Eddington Jr., and Jackie Mitten; siblings Andrew Mitten of Chattanooga, Tenn., James Mitten, Chattanooga, Tenn., Skye Eddington, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Sheridan Bennis, Cleveland, Tenn.; grandfathers, Eddie (Grumpy) Eddington Sr., and Moe Roberson; grandmothers, Irene Roberts and Rhonda Roberson; aunt, Pam Eddington; uncles, niece, nephews, and cousins.

A private family service was Friday, June 26. A Celebration of Life was Saturday, June 27th at Tiftonia Church Of Christ.

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Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Mary Mucher of Trenton passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born in Hornell, N.Y. on Feb. 19, 1939. She was married for 62 years to her childhood sweetheart, Peter. Together they have spent the past 40 years in full-time Christian service, both in the United States and in Ukraine.

She was preceded in death by her parents, LeRoy and Orisa Reynolds and four siblings.

Survivors includer her husband, Peter; children, Jon (Beth) Mucher, Katrina (Tony) Floyd, and Stephen (Kathy) Mucher; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

If you were privileged to know Mary before this disease, you would have know of her love for her Savior, her family, and for the people of Ukraine.  For this reason, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beacon World Missions, P.O. Box 97, Trenton, GA 30752 designated in memory of Mary Mucher.

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Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory.



James Rufus Ross, Sr., 79, of Trenton, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020.

James, better known as Rufus, was a kind and gentle man, a member of Trenton Ministry Center and a graduate of Dade High School. He spent a short time in the U.S. Air Force and was retired from Singer Cobble.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane and his parents, Raymond and Georgia Ross.

Survivors include his son, James (Stacey) Ross; daughters, Jacqueline (Bobby) Walker and Michele (Travis) Womack; stepsons, Mark, Tim, and Ken (Cindy) Wilson; grandchildren, Stefanie Edgeworth, Timothy Sinard, Tiffany Bain, Alicia Ross, and Anna Ball; five great-grandchildren; sister, Geneva (Bill) Clemmons; brother-in-law, Robert (Myra) Johnson; sisters-in-law, Wanda (Gary) Tallent and Charlotte Lynn; nephews, David, Tony and Dennis Clemmons.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 24 at the Trenton chapel of Moore Funeral Home with Brother Randy Tinker officiating. Burial was at Mt. Carmel Baptist Cemetery on Yankee Road, Head River.

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Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



Geraldine West, 63, of Trenton, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

Geraldine was a homemaker and resident of Dade County her entire life. She was a happy person who enjoyed her friends and loved her church and church family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell Sr., AND Emma Hester of Rising Fawn; sisters, Francis Clark and Patricia Myrick; brother, William Hester.

Survivors include her son, Buddy James West, Jasper, Tenn.; sister, Jimmie Phillips, Jasper, Tenn.; brothers, Eddie Hester of Rising Fawn and Russell Hester, of Trenton; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was Sunday, June 28 at the Rising Fawn Church of God with Pastor Chris Hagler officiating.

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Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



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