Obituaries — April 16-25, 2021

ERNEST CASTLEBERRY

Ernest Gene Castleberry, 80, of Chattanooga, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Mr. Castleberry was a graduate of Dade County High School, was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a sargent in the 9th Infantry, and was retired from Walmart.

He was preceded in death by his parents, L.S. and Jewell Castleberry.

Survivors include his sons, Patrick (Pamela) Castleberry of Villa Rica, and Christopher Castleberry of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandchildren, Olivia Moreno, Rylan and Keegan Castleberry; his partner of 17 years, Richard Green of Chattanooga, Tenn.; sisters, Elizabeth Hester, Rising Fawn, and Mary Lou (Tony) Hatfield, Sulphur Springs, Ala.; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 24th in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Dennis Flaugher officiating. Interment was in Company Cemetery, Rising Fawn.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at ryanfuneralhome.net.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.

 

LAURA ELLISON

Laura Ruth Gifford Ellison 77, of Ider, Ala., passed away Friday, April 23, 2021.

She was born Jan. 18, 1944 to the late Albert (Buck) and Opal Gifford of Trenton. She was a 1962 graduate of Dade County High School, where she was very active in sports and music. Laura Ruth married Johnny Ellison on May 27, 1961. Laura Ruth was a long-time employee of Shaw Industries where she retired after 25 years working at their Trenton Spinning Mill. Mrs. Ellison was an accomplished piano player and gospel singer. Her love for music began as a child singing in the choir at Calvary Baptist Church. In high school, she was a member of the Chorus and Glee Club. She continued her love for music by singing in numerous gospel groups including her family group “The Visionaires.” For the past 31 years, she has been a loyal and dedicated member of Five Points Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and was the church pianist.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Albert (Buck) and Opal Gifford; sister, Peggy Gifford Fulk and brother, Bobby Joe Gifford.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Rev. Johnny Ellison, Ider, AL; sons, Lloyd (Jill) Ellison, Bryant, Ala., Carey (Melissa Womack) Ellison, Pisgah, Ala., Tracy Ellison, Ider, Ala,; sister, Carlene (Ted) Camp, Trenton; grandchildren, Chelsea (Brian) Karg, Keely Ellison, Brayden Ellison, Jacob Schauer, Madison Schauer, Megan Schauer, Adam Womack, Lily Womack, Abbey Womack, and Chloe Womack; great-grandchildren, Harrison Scott Karg, Stetson Levi Karg, Lane Gamble, and Lincoln Gamble; nieces and nephews. Special family friends: Michelle Yates, Laney Liles, Seger Davidson, Payton Davidson, Wade Rogers and Brent Mason.

Funeral services for family and friends were Tuesday, April 27 in the chapel of Moore Funeral Home Trenton. Interment was in Lake Hills Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

 

BOBBY FRANKS

Bobby William Franks, 78, of Lookout Mountain, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

He has been a dedicated Christian since 1959 and was a devoted member of Tiftonia Holiness Church.  Bobby loved the Lord, his church and family. He was a hardworking family man and will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Bernice Franks; brother, Doyle Franks.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Noma “Pat” Joiner Franks; sons, Kent (Tina) Franks and Bobby Kelby (Beth) Franks; brothers, Donald (Kathy) Franks and Wayne (Janet) Franks; sister-in-law, Nancy Franks; two grandchildren, Wade (Macy) Franks and Daniel (Jessie) Franks; great–grandchildren, Taylor Dee Franks, Adam and Audrey Smith; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Sunday, April 25 in the chapel of Moore Funeral Home with Brother Troy Lawson and Brother Aaron Wooten officiating. Interment was at Lake Hills Memorial Gardens.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

 

CHARLES MARTIN

Charles (Dee) Martin, of Rossville, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021.

He was born June 22, 1947 on Lookout Mountain to Harold and Sue Martin, who preceded him in death. Dee was a retired policeman serving both the Lookout Mountain Tennessee and the Lookout Mountain Georgia departments. Many may remember him from the many softball games played at The Commons or by visiting at his family’s restaurant “Harold’s” in the Fairyland community.

In addition to his parents, Dee was preceded in death by his daughter, Vickie White; granddaughter, Ashleigh Sue, and sister, Tanya Gilliam.

Survivors include his daughter, Missy (Jimmy) Bryant; great-granddaughter, Alyissa Sue; grandsons, Robert Lusk, Tripp White, and Rhett White; brother, Harold (Buddy) Martin; nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Payne’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 1130 Highway 157, Lookout Mountain from 2-5 p.m., Saturday May 1.

In lieu of flowers, Dee asked that a donation in his memory be made to either The Vickie White Memorial Fund, North LaFayette Elementary School, 610 N Duke St. LaFayette GA 30728 or to Payne’s Chapel Cemetery Fund, 1130 Highway 157 Lookout Mountain, GA 30750. Please mark checks “in Memory of Dee Martin.”

Cremation services provided by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory. Trenton.

KIMBERLY MUNGER

Kimberly Ann “Bobo” Munger, 41, of Rossville, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021.

She loved to read and animals. She was of the Baptist Faith.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Joseph and Velma Munger.

Survivors include her parents, Dalmos (Frances) Munger and Cheryl Staton; sister, Shavon Giaconia.

Graveside services were Tuesday, April 27 at Sarah’s Chapel Cemetery with Kelly Corcoran officiating.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

 

BARBARA ROBINSON

Barbara Robinson, 84, of Cleveland, Tenn., passed away Monday, April 19, 2021.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother. Barbara was an avid reader, a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and of the Presbyterian faith.

She was preceded in death by her son, William Alan Fowler; parents, Daniel Trippe  and Beatrice King; brothers, H.F. and Douglas; sister, Katherine York; special nephew, Trippe York.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Sherry Fowler; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were Wednesday, April 21, at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Lookout Mountain, with Brother Jim Blaylock officiating.

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

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

 

CYNTHIA SARRELL

Cynthia Eleanor Sarrell (“Mimi”), 84, of New Salem, passed away Friday, April 16, 2021 after her second courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Washington D.C., on Sept. 23, 1936, to Eleanor and Joseph Gordon. Cynthia spent her childhood traveling, living in places such as California, North Carolina, Hawaii, and Midway Island, as her father was transferred to multiple Marine Corps duty stations. Cynthia married the love of her life, Ivan Donald Sarrell on May 17, 1958 and had two sons, Andrew and Brian. The Sarrell family settled on Lookout Mountain on July 4, 1970. Cynthia was a longtime member of the New Salem United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and husband.

Survivors include sons, Andrew and Brian; daughter-in-law, Cathy; grandchildren, Ethan and Amelia; sister, Dorothea; nieces and nephews.

She was grateful for the constant support of her family, friends, and her “angels” from Tapestry Hospice.  Cynthia fought the good fight, she kept the faith, and she has gone “onward, ever onward.”  We love you Mimi, and look forward to the day that we see you and Don together again.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

 

TONY STEPHENS

Tony Stephens, 66, of Trenton, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021.

Mr. Stephens was born Nov.30, 1954 and attended Davis School. He was a horse enthusiast and enjoyed the simple pleasures of life like gardening, bird watching, listening to music, and caring for his farm animals. He was a much-loved husband, father, and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Elese Barton Stephens; seven sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Donna Stephens; daughters, Kimberly (William) Holden and Stephanie (Brian) Gill; granddaughters, Autumn Holden, Summer Holden, and Chloe Gill; sister, Linda Wooten, all of Trenton; nieces and nephews

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at ryanfuneralhome.net.

No memorial service is immediately planned. The family will notify loved ones in the future when a service is planned.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.

 

JOYCE STEVENS

Joyce Ann Stevens, 78, of Trenton, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She loved to sew and make quilts. Joyce was a member of Shanty Town Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Stevens and son, Stevie Stevens.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Skip Cowen; grandson, Brandon Stevens; sister, Loreine Casey; brother, Larry (Gayle) Gass; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Thursday, April 22, at Moore Funeral Home in Trenton with Brother Thomas Landers officiating. Interment was in Shanty Town Cemetery.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

 

JACK WALLIN

Jack Wallin, 86, of Flat Rock, Ala., passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Jack was born and raised in Rising Fawn and was a farmer and manufacturing entrepreneur. He was of the Pentecostal faith and was ordained as a minister on July 30, 1996.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Aline Forester Wallin; his wife, Linda Wallin; daughter, Terri Wallin, and brothers, Rex, Gene, and Garry Wallin.

Survivors include his daughter, Cathy (Rusty) Wilks, Flat Rock, Ala.; sons, Jackie (Kim) Wallin, Ringgold, Mickey (Annette) Wallin, Trenton, and Randy Wallin, Flat Rock, Ala.; brothers, Frank (Peggy) Wallin, and Phillip (Cindy) Wallin, all of Rising Fawn; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Friday, April 23 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Lori Blake Smith officiating. Interment was in Miller Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at ryanfuneralhome.net.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.

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