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Obituaries — July 3-Sept. 12, 2021


Tammy Vuanita Batey, 59, of Valley Head, Ala., passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.

She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her father, Ed Batey and sister Donna.

Survivors include her daughter, Kendra (Ashton) Woods; son, Lebron (Noelle) Batey; granddaughters, Ryleigh Woods, Lillian and Leah Batey; grandsons, Michael and Daniel Batey; mother, Vivian Batey; sister, Karen Moon; brother, Eddie Batey; nieces and nephews.

Please visit to share condolences with the family and view the online memorial tribute.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral of Trenton.


Janet Esther Coleman, 79, of Trenton, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.

Janet was born Oct. 23, 1941, in Madison, Wis., to the late Russell and Ann Coster. She worked as a nurse for 45 years before retiring to help her daughter Jeanie and her son, James who lived in California. They all later moved to Dade County to be near Janet’s daughter Joanie and her children. Janet was a member of St. Katherine Drexel Church.

Claude Eugene Coleman, 67, born July 17, 1929, passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 1996.

He was in the Korean War, fighting on the front lines for four days and later suffered the consequences.

Jane was preceded in death by her grandson, Jeremy Brewster.

Survivors include her daughters, Jeanie and husband Brian Stone of Trenton, and Joanie Coleman, Mentone, Ala.; grandchildren, James Stone, Timothy Brewster and Tommy Brewster; sisters, Mary Seiler and Joanne McFarland; brothers, David Coster, Wally Coster and Dan Coster.

Claude is also survived by his brother, John Coleman, Garnett, Kan.

Graveside services were Monday, Sept. 13 at Lake Hills Memorial Gardens with Father Mark Thomas officiating.

Please visit to share condolences with the family and view the online memorial tribute.

Arrangements entrusted to Moore Funeral Home in Trenton.



Perry Richard Conkle, 69, of Trenton, passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.

Perry attended various Baptist churches and was a member of Straightway Baptist Church. He retired from Northwest Georgia Venture and was preceded in death by his parents, Harmon and Alice Ruth Mahan Conkle, and brothers, George Dewight Conkle, William Larry Conkle, Bull Junior Mahan, and Timothy Rex Mahan.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Conkle; sons, Perry Richard (Melanie) Conkle, Los Angeles, Calif., James Michael (Carrie) Conkle, and Samuel (Erica) Conkle, all of Trenton; brothers, Robert Lee Conkle, Trenton, Billy DeWayne Mahan, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Michael Anthony Mahan, Lookout Mountain; sister, Helen Louise (Denis) Straughn, Trenton; grandchildren, Hayden Conkle, Landon Conkle, and Ariya Gray; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m., in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Robert Goff officiating. Interment will follow in the Conkle Family Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 4 until 8 p.m., and Thursday from 11 a.m. until the service hour at Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Phyllis Ann Watkins Fugatt, 64, of Ooltewah, Tenn., passed away Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on February 6, 1957, to Charles and Barbara Watkins, Phyllis was raised in San Fernando Valley, Calif., and Signal Mountain, Tenn.  Phyllis was a Pastor’s wife for over 30 years and a longstanding member of the Church of God of Cleveland, Tenn., and attended Redemption Point Church in Ooltewah, Tenn. She served alongside her husband in various facets of ministry. She also served as a foster parent for over seven years and raised over 50 kids in addition to raising her own children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Jean Hawkins Watkins, of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; father, George Charles Watkins, of Colbert, Wash.; brother, Timothy Charles Watkins, of Colbert, Wash.; and sister, Karen Denise Watkins, of Signal Mountain, Tenn.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Lavoy Fugatt, of Ooltewah, Tenn.; daughters, Courtney Elizabeth Fugatt and Cameron Alexis-Renee Fugatt, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; step-daughter, Angela Dawn Fugatt, of Fort Mill, S.C.; grand-children, Faith and Stephannie Caston and Michael Porter; her soon-to-be-born grandson, Charles Hendrix Fugatt; other relatives.

A Celebration of Life service was Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 Redemption to the Nations Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., with the Rev. Kevin Wallace and Travis Ballinger officiating.  Memorial donations may be made to or directly to her daughters.

You can share your condolences and your memories with the Fugatt family at

Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Alma Jean (Case) Fletcher, 96, a resident of Premier Washington Health Center, Meadowlands, Pa., passed away July 3, 2021. She was born April 24, 1925 in Trenton and was the daughter of James C. and Alma Whitt Case of Trenton.

She attended Florida State University, majoring in criminology and sociology. She used her sociology degree to minister to many friends around the world. She loved art and was a beautifully painter. She had taught and owned an art store in McMurrray, Pa. She loved all things nature including caring for rescued animals, bird watching, and gardening. Jean was also wonderful baker. She wrote and published three books about her life lessons and God. Jean lived an adventurous life where she traveled the world. She loved spending time in Malta with her longtime friend, George Foley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, James Milton (Tubby) Case and her son, Terry V. Graves.

Survivors include her sons, Paddy (Patti) Graves and Kevin “David” (Martha) Fletcher; daughter, Kevinda (Dan) Strimel; step-sons, William and Michael Fletcher; grandchildren, Jessica Graves, DAni (Caique) Moreno, Chad (Raeanna) Strimel, Nicole (Nathan) Terling, Danielle (Tim) Bombash, Lee (Melissa) Fletcher, Tiffiny Fletcher, Ashley Malpassi, Sawn Fletcher; great-grandchildren, Jesse and Lola Bianco, Seth Strimel, Gunnar Terling, Maverick Bombash, Liam Fletcher, Amity Malpassi, Cameron and Emery Fletcher; step-brother, Gene Carter; sister-in-law, Thelma Trask; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services for close friends and family will be Saturday, Sept. 18 at noon in Whitt Cemetery.



Opal Joyce Hughes Hill, 84, of Higdon, Ala. passed away August 16 at Dekalb Regional Medical Center. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. She loved cooking and gardening and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J. B. and Effie Mae Barkley Hughes; husband, Arnold Hill; son, Allan Hill; a great-grandson, Cole Sutton; sisters, Robbie Bowman, Ruby Payne, Geneva Green, Shirley Burt and brother, Robert Hughes.

Survivors include daughters, Pamela Wilson (Butch), Diana Stevens; grandchildren, Jason Sutton, Luke Sutton(Linda), Vanessa Owens(Mark); great-grandchildren, David Robinson, Scott Stiner, Benjamin, Sutton, Jake Owens, Alexis Sutton, Alice Owens, Jamie Sutton, Jared Sutton; step-granddaughter, Annie Sandlin (Steve); step great-grandchildren, Paige Sandlin, Caitlin Cash, Lee Cash, Harper Sandlin; sister, Linda Scott; brother, Charles Hughes (Juanita).

Funeral services were Thursday, August 19 at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with Bro. Phillip Trask officiating.

Internment was in Brown Gap Cemetery.

Arrangements by Corner Stone Funeral Chapel, Ider, Ala.



Steven Andrew Johnson, 64, of Rossville, passed away Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Steve was born Feb. 14, 1957 in Chattanooga, Tenn. He had worked as a painter and was considered a “jack of all trades.” He was a friend to many and will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Hawkins Johnson and sister, Susan Evans.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Andrea Johnson; daughter, Jamie (Steve) Harris; son, Steven Andrew Johnson II; grandchildren, Cole Graham, Stone Graham, Cameron Reeves, Steven Andrew Johnson III and Allison Johnson; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Friday, Sept. 10 at Hawkins Cemetery in the New Salem community of Lookout Mountain. Memorial contributions may be sent to Moore Funeral Home, P. O. Box 816, Trenton, GA 30752 to assist the family.

Please visit to share condolences with the family and view the online memorial tribute.

Arrangements entrusted to Moore Funeral Home in Trenton.



Chester “Ralph” Lane, Jr., passed away Wednesday,  Sept. 8, 2021.

Ralph was a retired deacon and a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church. He loved fishing, golfing and spending time with his friends and family. Ralph’s fun loving nature and joking will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Randall Lane,; parents, Chester and Edith Lane and parents in-law, Virgil and Pat Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Lane,; daughter, Sherry (Rodney) Ramey; sisters, Vickie (Bill) Seymour, and Susan Lane; brother, Tommy Lane; brothers-in-law, J.L. (Freida) Smith, and Steve (Pam) Smith; grandsons, Corey Lane and Coby (Sara) Lane; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of Ralph’s life was Sunday, Sept. 12 at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Trenton.

Memorial donations may be made to help with expenses.

You may leave online expressions of sympathy at

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Joseph “Joe” A. Lewis Jr, 78, passed away Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.

Joe was born April 25, 1943 in Independence, La., to the late Regina and Joseph A. Lewis Sr. He was a United States Air Force veteran and retired from the oil industry. He was a friend to many and will be dearly missed.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by five brothers, two sisters and his loving companion, Wanda Gillis.

Survivors include his daughter, JoAnn Cousins; son, Jessie Lewis; sisters, Rosie Roberts, Camella Bush and Patricia Wright; brothers, Tony, Paul and Mike Lewis; special nieces, Jennifer Surmanek, and Jasmine, Zoey; nieces, nephews.

A Celebration of Life service was Tuesday, Sept. 7 at Moore Funeral Home. Interment will be in Tickfaw, La.

Please visit to share condolences with the family and view the online memorial tribute.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home in Trenton.



Wendell Austin McCormick, 83, passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. Wendell was born Oct. 1, 1937, in Henegar, Ala., to the late Walter Harrison and Jessie Mae Ellis McCormick.

Wendell was a crane operator for Combustion Engineering and Austin Powers for 40 years. He was a devout Christian and member of Calvary Independent Missionary Baptist Church in Trenton. He was a U.S. Army veteran where he served as a Military Police. He was also a Baptist preacher, adult Sunday school teacher for 25 years, little league baseball coach for 10 years and was an avid University of Alabama football and Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers baseball fan. He was the captain of the 1957 Dade County High School baseball and football teams with the football team winning the sub-region championship and the baseball team winning the Georgia Class C State Championship with him playing shortstop. He was also a member of the 4th Army Flag Football Championship team in 1959 in Albuquerque, N.M.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Barbara Jean McCormick; sons, Chris and Wayne McCormick; brothers, T.A. Norman and B.C. “Mac” McCormick; sisters, Annie Jeanette McCormick, Luna Lewis and Ella Mae Henager; grandson, Stephen McCormick.

Survivors include

He is survived by his brother, Winfred and Lou McCormick of Ringgold; sister, Wynona Reeves of Rising Fawn; daughter in-laws, Penny McCormick of Trenton and April McCormick of Ooltewah, Tenn.; grandchildren, Michael McCormick, Jennifer McCormick, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Kristen McCormick, Melissa (Ethan) Blevins and Miranda (Roy) Adair; great–grandchildren, Tori and Taylor Reed, Ryleigh and Raelynn Fitzgerald, Koty and Kayleigh Norton, Kaycee and Blake Adair; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept.14 at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Tim Renshaw and Brother Billy Wallace officiating. Interment with full Military Honors was in Trenton Baptist Cemetery.

Please visit to view the online memorial tribute.

Arrangements entrusted to Moore Funeral Home in Trenton.



Betty Bowden McGowan, 94, of Chattanooga, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

A native of Newnan, Ga., Betty most recently was identified as holding a record as one of the longest active members of the Woodland Park Baptist Church congregation.

She is remembered by many area residents she served in her over 50-year career as the right hand to numerous physicians in private practice. In her early Chattanooga, Tenn., years Betty was part of two different quartets led by her father, who moved the family to Chattanooga in 1943, answering the call of leading choirs and singings in various area churches. Betty was a lifelong fan of baseball and one of the biggest Atlanta Braves fans.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Ada Bowden; siblings, Edgar, Dan and Bob Bowden and Irene Price.

Survivors include her son, Garry McGowan Mac, Chattanooga, Tenn.; sister, Esther Follis (Richard), Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandchildren, Kellan McGowan, Austin Texas, Brittany Kolodziej (Mike), Hendersonville, Tenn., and Hunter McGowan, Seoul, South Korea; great-grandson, Watson Kolodziej, Hendersonville, Tenn.; nieces and nephews.

The family is grateful for Dr. Bertrand Anz and all the staff at Tennessee Oncology, to Kendra and the team at Summit View Senior Living and to Tiffany and Cheryl who were there for Betty at the most critical time. Special thanks to Karen Sloan and Jean Payne, baseball buddies David Carroll and Noble Bowie in Florida, and friends Wanda and Diane.

The burial will be a private, family event.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Hospital Foundation, Skillern Cancer Institute, 2525 deSales Avenue, Chattanooga, TN. 37404 or

Online condolences may be shared at

Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Virgil Calvin Talley, 64, of Bryant, Ala., passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.

He was a lifetime resident of Bryant and lifelong employee of Shaw Industries. Virgil was an avid movie and history buff and loved music, reading, and sports. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Lula Talley; sisters, Mary Grace Frazier, and Sally Bramlett; brothers, Hershel Talley, Hubert Talley, Charles Talley, and Larry Talley.

Survivors include his sisters, Daisy McBryar, Mildred (Samuel) McDonald, and Marsha Lynn (Murphy) Rogers; brother, Ray (Judy) Talley; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were Sunday, Sept. 12 at Oak Lawn Memorial Park in Bryant, Ala., with Brother Bobby Talley officiating.

Please visit to share condolences with the family and view the online memorial tribute.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral of Bryant, Ala.

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