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Obituaries — Dec. 8 issue


Christopher “Chris” J. Bain, 57, of Ooltewah, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 from complications of surviving cancer.

Chris was born on Jan. 26, 1964, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Chris was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey A. and Minnie Bain of Trenton.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Darlene Webb Bain; stepdaughters, Allison and Andie Pawelczyk; step–grandchildren, Vincent Galassi, Peyton Conway and Skylar Conway; sister, Angela (Greg) Ellis; nephews and niece, Christopher A. (Kelly) Bain, Carissa (Dan) Burton, and Seth Wilson; four great–nieces and great–nephews; cousin, Cathy Jones.

A private burial was held at Bankhead Cemetery in Mentone, Ala., on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021.

Memorial donations may be made on his behalf to the Special Olympics Southeast Region – Area 4 for which Chris volunteered at the standing long jump event for many years (

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Vaughn Nelson Burrell, 90, of Bessemer, Ala., passed away Monday, Nov. 29. 2021.

He was born Oct. 4, 1931, to the late Murphy Marion Burrell and Cora West Burrell. He grew up on Sand Mountain near Trenton. After graduating from Davis High School, Nelson, as he was known on the mountain, went to work at Davenport Hosiery Mill until leaving to serve in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was in the 25th Infantry Division where he achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class and was cited for meritorious service and outstanding leadership.

Upon his return from war Vaughn began a career selling insurance. He abruptly discovered, however, that this didn’t quite suit him and soon became a salesman at Bert Brown Motor Company, a Ford dealer in Chattanooga, Tenn. He enjoyed success at Bert Brown Motor Company where he was often salesman of the month.

In 1961, he was named general manager at Long-Lewis Ford in Bessemer, Ala. He went on to lead Long-Lewis to become one of the most successful dealerships in the country. In 1986, Vaughn bought Long-Lewis from the Long family, realizing one of his long-held goals of owning his own dealership.

Vaughn was also active in the community, serving as President of the Kiwanis Club, Greater Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce, Bessemer Area YMCA, and Bessemer Salvation Army. He was also the recipient of numerous awards, including Ford Motor Company’s highest award for customer service multiple times; finalist for Time Magazine’s Dealer of the Year Award; and Ford Motor Company Top 100 award. He was also a recipient of the Charles A. Long Civic Award.

Vaughn was a member of Crossroads Community Church in Vestavia Hills, Ala. He has been an active member of the Nazarene church for nearly 70 years, serving in various leadership and service roles.

He was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Geraldine Marter Burrell.

Vaughn is survived by his children, Kathy Benson (Steve), Carolyn Stanford (Doug), Dwight Burrell (Celeste); grandchildren: Eric Benson, Stacy Williams (Andrew), Alison Hyde (Steven), Holly Stanford, Drew Stanford (Allison), Bethany Napoleon (Dillon), Mallory Aurora (Chris), Kimberly Mazanowski (Micah), and Joseph Burrell (Mary Beth); great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Ethan and John Hyde, Autumn Stanford, Evelyn, Cora and Margot Napoleon, Ben Williams, and Joe and Leo Aurora; brother, Troyce Burrell.

The family wishes to acknowledge and thank Sandra Parrish for her compassionate and loving care of Mr. Vaughn.

Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 3 at First Church of the Nazarene of Birmingham.

Interment was at Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South in Hoover, Ala. with Army military honors.

Arrangements by Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home, Hoover, Ala.



Teresa Lynn Chapa, 51, of Trenton, passed away on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.  Teresa was a very selfless person who was always thinking of other people before herself.  She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend who will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her father, T.C. Casey and stepfather, Jack King.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Micah Chapa; mother, Pauline King; sisters, Lisa King, and Geneva (Bill) Roberson; brothers, James and Anthony Casey; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 4 in the Trenton chapel of Moore Funeral Home. Interment was at Lake Hills Memorial Gardens.

Visit to share expressions of sympathy and view her memorial tribute.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



Betty Joyce Miles, 73, of Higdon, Ala., passed away Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021.

Betty was born Sept. 1, 1948, in Guntersville, Ala., to the late Fred and Jimmie Evans. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great–grandmother. She was much loved by family and friends. She loved the Lord and was a longtime member of Kennamer Baptist Church. She was a paraprofessional for many years in the Jackson County School System. After retiring she dedicated the rest of her time to her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Wade, Wayne, Phillip and Tangela Evans.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, J W Miles; children, Shane (Mashonda) Miles, Sonjia (Brian) Vann and Nona (Lynn) Higdon; grandchildren, Kara Higdon, Tyler (Hannah) Vann, Ean (Victoria) Miles, and Kami (Jay) Barret; great-grandchild, Piper Lynn Barrett; brothers, Lynn (Wanda) Evans and Rick Evans; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 2 in the Bryant chapel of Moore Funeral Home. Burial was in Kennamer Cemetery.

Visit to share expressions of sympathy and view her memorial tribute.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Bryant, Ala.



Patsy Ruth Moses, 75, a lifelong resident of Trenton, passed away Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.

She was a dedicated employee and provider to her family as a devoted mother and grandmother. Pat was an uncomplicated person that found great joy in a simple conversation with anyone that crossed her path. Her contagious laugh will always be remembered as it brought a smile to everyone’s face.

Survivors include her daughters, Tracy Moses and April Moses; son, Travis Moses; grandsons, Alexander Moses and Jaxson Higgins.

Visitation will be from 2-5:30 p.m., today, Dec.8 at Ryan Funeral Home. Services will be at 6 p.m., over a Zoom meeting. Contact family for link to service if you would like to attend.

Online sympathies may be expressed at

Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Phyllis A. Avery Mosley, 81, of Trenton, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 in a Nashville, Tenn., hospital.

Mrs. Mosley was a member of the Trenton Church of Christ and was retired from Trenton Spinning Mills following 25 years of service.  She enjoyed traveling and shopping.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Johnny Avery; parents, Doc and Mildred Scruggs, son-in-law, Bobby Walker, and brother-in-law, Dan Gibbs.

Survivors include her husband, Johnie Mosley; children, Vicki Walker, Johnny “Bo” and Kim Avery, Shelia and Charles Tidwell, Jaime and Danny Ferguson, Amanda and Jeff Cowles; grandchildren, Shonda and Ed Long, Cody Walker, Tanner and Jessica Avery, Roland Ferguson, Justin Smith, and Teagan Cowles; great-grandchildren, Tristen and& Avery Butler, Jordan, Alea, Erik, and Katie Long; great-great-granddaughter, Layla Long; sisters, Joy and Leroy White and Donna Gibbs.

Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 3 in the funeral home chapel with Minister Reid Perry officiating.  Interment was in Lake Hills Memorial Gardens.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at

Arrrangements by Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory, Trenton.


Lonnie Morris Powell, 78, of Lookout Mountain, passed away Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.

A life long resident of Lookout Mountain, Morris enjoyed farming and collecting antique tractors. A man of his word and commitment, he proudly served his country in the Army National Guard and retired from Alstom Power after 50 years of service.

He is preceded in death by his son, Richard “Tweed” Powell and parents, Richard and Jewell Powell.

Survivors include his wife of 51years, Marie H. Powell; son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Heather Powell; grandchildren, Ethan and Mason Powell, Chickamauga; sisters, Edna (Tom) Elliott, Lookout Mountain and Elsie (David) Allen, Chattanooga, Tenn.; two nieces and three nephews.

Graveside services were Thursday, Dec. 2 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with Brother Michael Dunwoody officiating.

Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.


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