Obituaries — Dec. 4 to Dec. 21, 2020

ATHA SELLS

Atha Lee Vestel Sells, 95, passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

Atha was born to the late Ernest and Sarah Dixon Vestel on Feb. 27, 1925. Atha graduated from the University of Georgia in 1948, and taught in the Dade County School System. As an educator, she was always trying to motivate everyone around her to stay busy learning and working. She would say “it keeps you out of trouble and it keeps your mind off of your troubles.” She was known as the “Tree Lady” of Dade County, receiving numerous awards and thanks for her volunteerism. She would say many times her home of Dade County was such a beautiful place to live and she was very grateful to call it home. As the wife of a hard-working farmer, Wallace Jack Sells, she had many responsibilities. She liked growing a garden and tending to her flowers and found joy in arranging flowers. Her arrangements were highly prized at flower shows, much appreciated at church and other occasions, and always loved by friends and family. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Jack Sells; sisters, Hazel Ruth Brown, Bessie Dean Vestel, and Betty Van John.

Survivors include her son, Wallace Jack Sells Jr., and family, Trenton; daughter, Sarah Jill Campbell, and family, Cleveland, Tenn.; four grandchildren, three great–grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, please help with projects concerning your beautiful communities. Atha would have loved your volunteerism.

A graveside service will be held at the Sells Family Cemetery on the Sells Farm in Trenton as she requested. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, a graveside ceremony will be announced at a later time.

Arrangements made by Companion Funeral Home, Cleveland, Tenn.

DAVID TRANTHAM II

David “Little David” Brian Trantham II, 32, of Trenton passed away Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.

He was born and raised in Trenton and resided in Chattanooga, Tenn., after serving in the United States Army. He worked in the service industry for many years and recently at Tranco Logistics. He was a patriot who enjoyed motorcycles, guns, and spending time with his dog.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Robbye McMahan Trantham.

He is survived by his father, David Trantham; siblings, Molly and Will Trantham; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 19 at Wilson Funeral Home.

Arrangements by W. L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Homes, Fort Oglethorpe.

 

ELSIE DAVIS

Elsie L. Davis, 80, of Trenton, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.

She was of the Church of Christ faith and worked at New Home voting precinct for a number of years.

Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Davis, Sr.; parents, John Henry and Ruby Roxie Gilmer Thurman; and sons, Lewis Jeffery Davis and John Freeman Davis.

Survivors include her sons, James H. (Kaye) Davis, Jr., Joe (Diane) Davis, and Jerry (Lori) Davis; daughter, Cathy Combs; brother, Felix Thurman; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, niece and nephews.

Funeral services were Friday, Dec.18 in the chapel of Ryan Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Wooten officiating. Interment was in the Davis Family Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at ryanfuneralhome.net.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.

 

DENNIS DOYLE

Dennis Joe Doyle, 68, of Trenton, passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.

Dennis was a lifelong resident of Dade County and a graduate of Dade County High School and Northwestern Technical College with his B.S. degree in HVAC. He was retired from Reeve’s Heating and Air, was a member of Morganville United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard C. Doyle.

Survivors include his mother, Hazel Doyle of Wildwood; son, Derek Doyle, Trenton; daughter, Brandy (Eric) Holley, Flat Rock, Ala.; grandchildren, Aidan and Kylie Holley; sister, Peggy (Eddie) Gifford, Trenton; brothers, Richard (Diane) Doyle of Ringgold, and Ronald Doyle of Wildwood; nieces and nephews.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at ryanfuneralhome.net.

A memorial service will be Monday, Dec. 28, at 5 p.m. at Morganville United Methodist Church.

The family respectfully request that social distancing and masks are worn during the service.

Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.

 

PATSY MCKAIG

Patsy Ruth McKaig, age 86, of Trenton, passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020.

You have never met someone that loved her family as fiercely as she. She would stand up for them without question, fight for them with no hesitation, and never minced words to tell you how they deserved to be treated. She made the best chicken pot pies and peach cobblers. She loved her family and would show up at all the games and parades.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard McKaig; and daughter, Kim Wilson.

Survivors include her son, Hal (Susan) McKaig; grandchildren, Kevin (Brooke) Wilson, Kerry (Kristin) Wilson, Kriston (Nick) Wilson, Josh (Sara) McKaig, and Lauren (Andrew) Jones; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services will be at Lake Hills Memorial Gardens.

Visit www.MooreFHS.com to share expressions of sympathy.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

 

MIKALA SWEETON

Mikala Annel Sweeton, 25, of Bryant, Ala., passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020.

She was a loving, sweet daughter who will be dearly missed. Mikala was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Frank and Margiedale Sweeton; grandfather Robert Parrish; cousins Drake and Marina Kirby.

Survivors include her parents, Chris and Krista Sweeton; sister, Whitney (Matt) Snyder; grandmother, Sharon Parrish; aunts and uncles, Kenda and Tony Kirby, David and Michelle Sweeton and Danny and Chasity Sweeton.

Memorial services were Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Ebenezer Baptist Church with Brother Todd Smith officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to MissionsOpportunites4Christ (missionopportunities4christ.com) or Tabitha’s House (write check to Canaan Land Baptist Church, Shiloh, Ala.) or Charity Baptist Mission for Casajulia, P.O. Box 692, Bristol, TN 37621. These support orphanages in Africa, Guatemala and Romania, which were dear to Mikala’s heart.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Bryant, Ala.

TRIPPE YORK

Christopher Trippe York, 46, of Lookout Mountain, passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

He was a loving husband, father, uncle, friend, and the best “Pops” in the world to Blayke and Wyatt. Trippe loved talking about football and guns. He attended New Salem Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Katherine York; infant sister; brothers, Ronnie and Danny York; step-dad, Mac McGuffey.

Survivors include his wife Katherine York; daughters, Sarah and Hannah York; grandsons, Christopher Blayke York and Wyatt Long; step-sister, Maura Robertson; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 19 in the Trenton chapel of Moore Funeral Home with Brother Jim Blaylock officiating. Burial was in Mount Olive Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation in Trippe’s memory.

Please visit www.MooreFHS.com to share condolences.

Arrangements made by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

 

DARVIN YORK

Darvin York, 75, of Lookout Mountain, passed away Monday, Dec. 21, 2020.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved and adored his grandchildren. Darvin was a dedicated member of West Cove Free Holiness Church and was fulfilled by helping others. He was a gifted landscaper who loved to work is his yard. He owned and operated York Excavation for several years and loved to fish.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Virginia York; brothers, Arvile York, Raymond York, Harold York and Lloyd York.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Loretta York; sons, Darvin (Myra) York, Jr., and Terry (Shawna) York; sisters, Delma Lee Black, Patricia Bailey, and Freida Wooten; brothers, Charles York, and Bill York; five grandchildren, Emily (Bryan) Costley, Ellen Kay, Preston (Brittany) York, Lynzie (Avery) Blackmon, Jackson York; six great–grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at noon today, Dec. 23 at Lake Hills Memorial Gardens with Brother Aaron Wooten officiating.

We respectfully request that social distancing and masks are worn during the service.

Please visit www.MooreFHS.com to share condolences for the family.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

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