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Obituaries — April 6 issue


Theora Bowling Rogers, 90, of Trenton, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2022.

Mrs. Rogers was born Oct. 3, 1931, in Geraldine, Ala., to Terry and Ola “Minnie” Bowling. She married her husband John on May 18, 1947. They started their lives together in Ider, Ala. Mrs. Rogers moved to Miami, Fla., in 1969, where she and John opened Rogers Furniture. At one time they owned eight stores from Ft. Lauderdale to the Florida Keys. It was a family business where their children and grandchildren also worked. After John passed away, she moved to Trenton to be near her sisters. Mrs. Rogers was a devoted and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She had a passion for flowers, hummingbirds, and wanted only the best for her family.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, John L. Rogers; son-in-law, Bruce M. DeVay; parents; two sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include her children, Jimmie (Pat) Rogers, and Judy (Ray Styles) DeVay; grandchildren, Angie (Mike) Stephenson, Lewis (Laurie) DeBoard, Jimmie Rogers, Jr., Joel (Sharon McBride) Rogers, Dede (James) Stephens, and Damon DeVay; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and two on the way; sisters, Fay Thurmond, Lorene Shaw, and Bea (Freddy) Shaw; brother, James Isaac (Linda) Bowling; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will today, April 6 at 11 a.m., in the Trenton Chapel of Moore Funeral Home with Brother Randy Tinker officiating. Interment will be at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, 9–11 a.m.

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Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



Amy Marie Ruby, 44, of Chattanooga, Tenn., passed away Sunday March 27, 2022.

Amy was born in Huntsville, Ala., on Oct. 2, 1978. She became a Christian at the young age of 11 and showed her obedience to God, being baptized at Calvary Baptist Church in Scottsboro, Ala. Amy attended elementary school in Scottsboro, Ala., and continued junior high and high school in Trenton. She continued her education at Georgia State and Chattanooga State, earning an associate degree in Health Management while pursuing a career in nursing. Her passion was for the less fortunate, working with addicts and alcoholics on their road to becoming recovering addicts. Amy was a gentle soul and loved deeply for family, friends, and even strangers as can be seen in her career choices. She also loved Auburn football.

Amy was preceded in death by her father, David Ruby; maternal grandparents, David Wilburn Cooley and Mary Talley Cooley Maynor; paternal grandparents, Ernest and Hilda Ruby; special cousin and best friend, Chad Blankenship.

Survivors include her son, Noah Gray Payne (Kylee Wilson) and Noah’s father, Matthew Payne; mother and stepfather, Gayle Cooley Rutledge (Walter); sister, Kellie Lynn Hodnett (Jody); special second parents, aunt Pat Blankenship (Bruce); uncles, Kenneth Cooley (Gloria) and Chris Maynor; in-laws, Roy and Dorothy Payne; nephews, Jacob, Justin, and Jayden; niece, Savannah; great-niece, Theadora Benton; great-nephew, Ellis Benton; cousins, aunts and uncles.

A celebration of life was Sunday, April 10 at Moore Funeral Home in Trenton.

The family requests donations be made to Chattanooga Room In The Inn at 230 North Highland Park Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.

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Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



Terry “Bicycle” Sharpton, 64, of Trenton, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

He was employed as a truck driver for HR Ewell and loved being on the road. Terry loved his tractor and going fishing

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Myrtle Daniel Sharpton; brother, Eddie Sharpton.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Gale Sharpton; siblings, Jaki (Forrest) Gosa, Ronnie (Susan) Sharpton, and Becky (Herbert) Bowen; nieces and nephews.

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Graveside services were Monday, April 4 at Brown’s Gap Cemetery.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Lagatha “Cathy” Shrader Watson, 81, of Bryant, Ala., passed away Friday, March 4, 2022.

Mrs. Watson had been employed at Trenton Spinning Mill, Dixie Yarns, and retired from Accurate Automation Corporation. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Shrader; sister, Kim Stennett; brothers, Jerry and Mack Leverett.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Watson; children, Renee Kestner, Reba Pap, and Roger Shrader; siblings, Latricia Stephens, Terry Leverett, Rita Clark, Ann Shrader, Jack Leverett, and Perry Leverett; grandchildren, James, Mathew, and Lindsey Kestner, Bobby Pap, Drake, Walt, and Heath Shrader; great-grandchildren, Meadow, Noel, Journey, and Shilo Kestner, Shea Pap, and Shaee Shrader.

Graveside services were Saturday, April 2 at New Hope Cemetery in Rosalie, Ala.

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Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Jordan Nelson West, 29, of Trenton, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Jordan is a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church, an avid golfer and member at Trenton Golf Club, and a gym enthusiast at Agoge. He graduated from UTC with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and was employed at Mesa Associates Inc. as an Electrical Engineer. He was well known for his heart of gold, bear hugs, love for classic cars and lifted trucks, and was a die-hard Alabama football fanatic.

He is preceded in death by grandparents, Alfred and Linda Barton, Rayburn West, and uncle Jeff Everett.

Survivors include his wife, Chelsea Chamberlain West; parents, Kerry and Tanya West; sister, Kara (Hunter) McNabb; grandmother, Kathy West; uncle and aunts, Al (Pam) Barton, Kathy Everett, Valorie (Sammy) Lance; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were Monday, April 4 in the Trenton chapel of Moore Funeral Home with Brother Jonathan Witt and Clay Moreland officiating. Interment was at Lake Hills Memorial Gardens.

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Arrangements entrusted to Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



Nina Gail Wildman, 68, of Rising Fawn, passed away Monday, March 28, 2022.

Nina was a lifelong resident of Dade County and member of New Salem Baptist Church. She absolutely adored her church family as they supported her during the many ups and downs of her life. New Salem Baptist Church epitomized the love of Christ on so many occasions. She had a very special place in her heart for Pastor Jim Hixon. Nina was a huge Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves fan. She was excited to see them both win national championships.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jeremiah Wildman; parents, J.E. and Ophelia Gray; sister, Barbara Parrish.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Wildman of New Salem; sister, Doris Davis (Mike) of New Salem, brother, Henry “Super” Gray of Florida; sister-in-law, Margaret Bradford (Gene) of New Salem; brother-in-law, Daryl Wildman of Lookout Mountain; nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thank you to her closest of friends Teresa Barrett, Melda Morton, Donna Hannah, Donna Bradford and Cynthia Courtney. You held a very special place in Nina’s heart and we thank you for all you did to help her during her long illness.

Funeral services were Thursday, March 31 at the Trenton chapel of Moore Funeral Home with Brother Jim Hixon officiating. Interment was at Hawkins Cemetery.

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

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

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