Obituaries — March 11-27, 2021

ALLAN BRADFORD

Allan Bradford, of the New Salem community, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021, after a long battle with Covid 19.

He served in the United States Army in the 11th Calvary Vietnam War. His service to his community continued when he was elected as the Dade County Commissioner District 4 Lookout Mountain. He was an honored member of the Dade County American Legion 106.

Born in Tacoma, Wash., in 1948, Allan led a life of service and honor. He served in the U.S. Army 11th Calvary. He was awarded the Purple Heart during his time serving in the Vietnam War. After his time in the Army, Allan resided in Denver, Colo., where he met his wife and enjoyed fishing, camping and hunting and ran his own business. Allan relocated his family to his hometown and reunited with his four brothers, sister and parents in 1988. Service continued to be the fabric of is life as he was elected Dade County Commissioner of District Lookout Mountain. He was an honored member of Dade County American Legion 106 and worked diligently to support the New Salem Baptist Church. Allan has been honored with countless awards for his service and made a lasting impact on his community and the lives of every person that knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Fred and Ruth Bradford.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Kathy Bradford; daughters, Shelly (Nick) Vaccaro, Julie (James) Schoomaker and Melissa (Chris) Christiansen; grandchildren, Remington and Annalee Vaccoro, Everette, Carter and Cash Christiansen and Isabel and Brad Shoomaker; brothers, Gilbert (Donna) Bradford, Melvin (Martha) Bradford, Dennis (Renita) Bradford, Greg (Carolyn) Bradford and Julia (Ronald) Morgan; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Friday, March 26 at the Dade County Courts Facility. Burial was in Hawkins Cemetery.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

DOROTHY BYRAM

Dorothy Mae Byram, 64 of Trenton, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021.

Dorothy was retired from Sandmont Nursing Home and was a member of the Bryant Baptist Tabernacle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Byram and parents, Sie Joe and Lilly Mae Murray Turner.

Survivors include her daughter, Stacy (Scott) Smith, Whitwell, Tenn.; sons, Benny (Michelle) Byram, Flat Rock, Ala., and Jamie (Amanda) Byram, Trenton; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, March 29th in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Doyle Chamblee officiating. Interment was in Poplar Springs Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at ryanfuneralhome.net.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.

 

BETTY HARRIS

Betty Delories Woodall (Mommy Dee) Harris, 83, of Head River, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021.

She was a member of Head River Baptist Church. Mommy Dee was born in Sylvania, Ala., the youngest of eight siblings, to William and Martha Woodall. She loved to go thrifting with her daughters, Betty and Beverly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Davis Eugene Harris; parents, William and Martha Woodall; grandson, Jeremy Harris; five sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by her children, Rickey (Diane) Harris, Betty Forester, Ronnie (Tina) Harris, Beverly (Greg) Daniels, 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were Saturday, March 27 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with Reverend Tim Turnipseed officiating. Pallbearers were Dale Daniels, Heath Daniels, Brody Daniels, Kevin Harris, Joshua Franklin, and Mitchell Harris.

Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.MooreFHS.com.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

 

BILLY HIGDON

Billy R. Higdon, age 80, of Higdon, Ala., passed away March 23, 2021.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. Billy retired as Postmaster of Higdon Post Office after 25 years of service, and worked at Cagle Feed and Farm Supply for many years. He was a member of Rural Health Board and loved raising cattle and fishing. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Lillie Higdon; sister, Juanita Higdon; brothers, Marlon Higdon and Chester Higdon.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Higdon; daughters, Dena (Johnny Whiddon) Pierce and Wendy (Amaury Lopez) Parrott; granddaughter, Schaleigh Holt; great-grandchildren, Weston Pierce, Coralie Holt, and Orianna Holt; sisters, Sharon Minor and Patsy Allison; brothers, Conuard Higdon and Gary Higdon; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were Friday, March 26 at Higdon Cemetery with Brother Edwin Spurgeon officiating.

Please visit www.MooreFHS.com to share condolences.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home.

 

PATRICIA HUMPHREY

Patricia Ann Humphrey, 77, of New Salem, age 77, passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021.

Pat was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed canning vegetables, quilting, watching red birds and loved her flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Carolyn Thompson.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, James Humphrey; sons, Jim (Dede) Humphrey and Alan (Donna Parrish) Humphrey; sister, Sarah (Robert) Turley; granddaughter, Annaleigh (Jordan) Conley.

A private family service will be today, March 31, at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.MooreFHS.com.

Arrangements are by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

 

RENA MEDLEY

Rena Medley, 85, of Trenton, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

She loved sewing, quilting, going to flea markets, collecting cookbooks, cooking, fishing and gardening.  Rena was a member of Straightway Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Mack Medley; parents, Kermit and Ola Mae Culbert; brother, Calvin Culbert.

Survivors include her daughter, Mona Henry; son, Shon Medley; grandchildren, Amber Davis, Adam Henry and Nicholas Henry and four great–grandchildren.

Funeral services were Friday, March 26 in the chapel of Moore Funeral Home with Brother Gary Bone officiating. Interment was in Baptist Cemetery.

Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.MooreFHS.com.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

 

EDNA RIDDLE

Edna Earle Blevins Riddle, 75, of Rising Fawn, passed away Friday, March 26, 2021 at her residence.

Mrs. Riddle attended the Trenton United Methodist Church and was retired from Shaw Industries following 35 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Eleanor Blevins; husbands, Edward “Rodney” Elrod and Ernie Riddle; brothers, Robert Blevins, J.B. Blevins, F.M. Blevins, and Earl Blevins, Jr., and sister, Peggy Sewell.

Survivors include her daughter, Sheila Elrod Sprayberry; sister, Mary Lou (Rick) Rains; sisters-in-law, Charlene Blevins, Oma McBryar, and Thelma Elrod; several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be today, March 31 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Ryan Funeral Home with Rev. Reese Fauscett and Rev. Dennis Flaugher officiating.

The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice for their loving care during the final days of her life.  Also, the “tribe of helpers” that were so dedicated to the needs of Edna, including Jackie, Marylou, Danielle, Charlene, Tracy, Cathy, the Stevens family, and Glenn.  The family will forever be grateful for your kindness.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at ryanfuneralhome.net.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 31 from noon until the service hour at Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.

 

VIVIAN WOOLBRIGHT

Vivian Turner Woolbright, 92, of Trenton, passed away March 23, 2021. She was 92 years old.

One of 12 children, Vivian was the daughter of Elbert and Florence Norris of Huntsville, Tenn. She came to Chattanooga as a young woman to work at the Lookout Mountain Hotel. Vivian remained in the area for the rest of her life living in the Head River community and later in Trenton. Vivian had a strong Christian faith. She was an excellent gardener, seamstress and cook.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands and grandson, Bruce Turner, Jr.

Survivors include her children, Charles (Patsy) Cannon, John (Teresa) Cannon, David (Cindy) Cannon, Heather (Gene) Davis and Bruce (Willene) Turner; brother, Roy Norris; 13 grandchildren and 22 great–grandchildren.

Graveside services were Friday, March 26 at Mount Carmel Church Cemetery, Head River.

Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.MooreFHS.com.

Arrangements are by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

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