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Obituaries — Aug. 31 issue


Timothy Brewster of Valley Head, Ala., born on April 6, 1993, passed away Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022.

Timothy loved climbing trees, playing his guitar, and being with his family. But most of all, he loved being with his beloved wife, Brittany. We will all love him and miss him, as this world will never be the same without him.

Survivors include his wife, Brittany; mother, Joanie Coleman; father, Tim Brewster; brother, Thomas Brewster.

A celebration of life was Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022 in the funeral home chapel of Ryan Funeral Home with Rev. John Smith officiating.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Betty Jean Coker, 73, of Rising Fawn, passed away Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022.

Betty was of the Baptist faith and was a seamstress by trade. She enjoyed cooking and preparing the best meals.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Flossie Nicholson; brothers, Roy, Willie, Woodrow, James and Luke Nicholson; sister, Annie Mae Rogers.

Survivors include her children, Cindy (Ray) Cross, Rising Fawn, and Montra (Larry) Martin, Cedar Bluff, Ala.; grandchildren, Marcus (Kaitlyn) Coker, Courtney (Bailey) Gass, Destiny (Tyler) Courtney and Alexis (Lee) Spencer; great-grandchildren, Kimber, Anzlee, Sadie, Remington and Boone; sister, Velva Lee Taylor, Cleveland, Tenn.; son-in-law, Thomas Martin; nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

A Celebration of Life was Sunday, Sept. 4 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Rex Mayo officiating.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Janice Cureton Cooley, 72, formerly of Trenton, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022 in Spokane, Wash.

She was born Dec. 2, 1949, to Vernon and Christine Cureton of Trenton. Janice was a 1967 graduate of Dade County High School, Edmondson Business School in 1968, and Eastern Washington University with a B.A. in business in 1983. She served as a secretary/stenographer from 1974–1977 in the U.S. Army, with the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, and the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, Korea.

After returning from Korea, she lived with her husband, John, in Spokane, Wash.

Survivors include her husband, John; son, Jason (Elizabeth) and their sons, Owen, of Enterprise, Ala., and Patrick and his sons, Liam and Peyton of Nashville, Tenn.; sister, Linda Lowery; brother, Randy (Joy); nieces and nephews in the Trenton area.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Janice will be interred at the Chattanooga National Cemetery in a private family service.

Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.


Margaret Marlene Crocker, 67, of Bryant, Ala., passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022.

Marlene was born June 22, 1955, to the late Riley and Margaret Cuzzort. She and her husband Leonard owned and operated Crocker Farms in Bryant. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was a member of Union Baptist Church, Flat Rock, Ala.

In addition to her parents, she was preceeded in death by her sister, Claudia Hawkins, and brother, Richard Cuzzort.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Leonard Crocker; daughters, Amy (Shane) Mullins and Laura (Brett) Mays; sons, Carl (Belinda) Poore and Eric (Raena) Poore; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Robin, Alaina, Hanna, Ava, Luke, Mackenzie, Darlene, Shawn, Kyle, Rebecca, Taylor, Logan, and Layne; great-grandchildren, Ridley, Luxe, Kaytlin, Camden, and Hope; sisters, Diane Clark, Janice (Roy) Morgan and Susan Huffstutler; brother, Eddie (Kathy) Cuzzort; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be today, Aug. 31, at noon in the Bryant chapel of Moore Funeral Home. Interment will be at Floral Crest Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the Bryant Chapel Wednesday from 10 a.m., until time of service.

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

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Bryant, Ala.



Darrel “Bud” Adam Gravitt, 37, of Rising Fawn, passed away Friday, Aug. 26, 2022.

He was a loving father, son, brother, and grandson. He loved his family, working with his hands, and Vols football.

Bud was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles (Edna) Ballard, Steve Gravitt; great-grandmother, Vergie Clark.

Survivors include his grandmother, Sara Gravitt; father, Darryl (Cindy) Gravitt; mother, Carla (Rodney) Smith; sister, Fallon (Denny) Gant; brothers, Rodney Smith, Justin (Laura) Boatner, Joseph Gravitt; children, Lance Gravitt, Jayda and Jasmein Smith, and Emily Burns; aunts, uncles and cousins

Online expressions of sympathy may be shared at

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 29 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Cecil Gravitt and Rev. Dennis Gravitt officiating. Interment was in Hawkins Cemetery.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.


Randall Lee “Randy” Hawkins, 59, of Rising Fawn, passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2022. Randy was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He worked as a carpenter, loved fishing, hunting, and making custom jewelry. Randy will be missed dearly by his family and all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Gwendolyn Faye Broyles; grandparents, Margie and Leroy Hawkins.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Hawkins; son, Adam Lee (Jennifer) Hawkins; grandchildren, Glenna and Morrigan Hawkins; step-son, Jonathon Walker.

A Gathering of Friends was at the Trenton Chapel of Moore Funeral Home on Thursday, Aug. 25.

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

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



Charles Raymond Howard, 90, of Trenton, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

Mr. Howard was a veteran of the U.S. Army, 2nd Infantry Division, Artillery, during the Korean Conflict. His passion was tinkering around on a project he was working on or working in his yard. He taught his children to work hard, love each other, and to always be there for each other. He loved his Carver family along with their spouses like they were his brothers and sisters. He also loved his nieces and nephews and their children deeply.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Raymond and Janie Irene Hick Howard; brothers, James Hale Howard, Kenneth Gordan Howard and John William Howard.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Louise Carver Howard; sons, Bobby and Tony Howard; daughter, Carmen (Charles) Howard Godsey; grandsons, Brently (Melanie) Cravey and Eric (Jamie) Godsey; great-grandchildren, Kaylee (Matt) Shull, William and Priscilla, Samuel and Carmen, Brycen, Maverick and Mason.

Funeral services will be today, Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Chuck Carver officiating. Interment will follow in Maxwell Cemetery, Flat Rock, Ala., with full military honors by American Legion Post #106. Bobby Howard, Tony Howard, Brently Cravey, Eric Godsey, William Cravey, Nicholas Tinker and Matt Shull will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be shared at

The family will receive friends today from 2 p.m. until the funeral hour.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.


  1. Charles Godsey on September 14, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    I am wanting to see if additional copies are available for the August 31, 2022 newspaper edition. Please let me know when your time permits.

    Thanks, Charles Godsey

    • Editor on October 25, 2022 at 11:43 am

      Hello Charles,

      We apologize for the late reply. We have additional copies at our office on 385 Church Street if you are still interested. Please swing by between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm M, T, Th, F or 8:30-noon on W. Thanks!

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