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Obituaries – April 26 Issue


Sara Allison Chitko, born September 18, 1965, in Chattanooga, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

Allison was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome. She was blessed with a sense of mission as soon as she arrived: to love everyone unconditionally. She spent her life accepting people as and where they were, hugging each person she encountered and often singing Amazing Grace or playing her harmonica for them. She asked anyone she met their birthday and possessed the incredible ability to remember them, even without her well-documented calendars. She sent birthday wishes to as many as possible, enclosing a tea bag in each one and sometimes a dollar bill. She possessed a determined work ethic, loved cats, and enjoyed dancing, bowling, shooting basketball hoops, riding her large trike, and cheering for the Dade County High School football and wrestling teams.

Allison attended Siskin Children’s Institute as a small child, where she was an enthusiastic member of their PR team. She was later a client at Orange Grove Center, the Center for Exceptional Center in Wallaceville, and Bridge Health (formerly the Walker County Training Center).

She was a charter member of the Friendship Sunday School Class at First Centenary United Methodist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. More recently, she spread joy at White Oak Baptist and Harvest Fellowship, both in Trenton, and Fairview Church in Flat Rock, Ala.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edmund J. and Bebe S. Chitko; and brother-in-law, Dan Kotarski.

Survivors include her sisters, Georgiana Kotarski of Flintstone and Lynn Jewell of Chickamauga; brother-in-law, R. Houston Jewell, III, Chickamauga; nieces, Kerry Bowler Yun of Signal Mountain, Tenn., Sara Jewell Cathy of St. Elmo, Tenn., and Caroline Jewell of Chattanooga, Tenn.; great–nieces, Lilianna Yun, Mary Yun, and Piper Cathy; nephew-in-law, Seth Cathy; great-nephews, Bo and Champ Cathy; cousins; loving friends, Warren and Ginger Johnson and family of Trenton.

Graveside services were Sunday, April 23, at Forest Hills Cemetery in St. Elmo, Tenn., officiated by Pastor Stewart Wilkerson of Fairview Church.

Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity that shares her values.

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Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



Joe Fredrick Forshee, 86, of Bryant, Ala., passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2023.

Joe was PaPa to his grandchildren and friend to many. He spent many days fishing, going to the flea market and he always had something to trade if you were up for it. Joe believed in family and loved his times with his grandchildren more than any hobby he ever had.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Forshee; mother, Mildred Forshee; and siblings, Lebron Forshee, J.W. Forshee and Vickie Holman.

He is survived by daughter, Starla (Tony) Strickland; sons, Randy (Marcia) Forshee and Brad (Tina) Forshee; sister, Sheryl Dickerson; brothers, J.P. (Liz) Forshee and Danny (Vicky) Forshee; grandchildren, Cherie’ (Ryan) Sanders, Josh (Katie) Forshee, Natasha (Josh) Aragaki, Rashae McCreary, Brittany (Miguel) Hernandez and Branson (Whitney) Strickland; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Sunday, April 23, at Higdon Holiness Church with Brother Edwin Spurgeon and Brother Jody Gray officiating. He will be laid to rest at Oak Lawn Memorial Park in Bryant, Ala.

The family would also like to thank Enhabit Home Health and Hospice for their compassionate care and sends a special thanks to Judy Chisnall.

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Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



Robert LaVoyd Lackey, 60, of Trenton, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2023.

Robert was born July 26, 1962. He enjoyed playing his guitar and was an avid comedian. Robert volunteered with the Davis Fire Department and the American Red Cross.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Dorsa “Dot” Lackey; sister, Tracie Lackey.

Survivors include his sisters, Sandra Ronan and Lisa Jo Sanders; brother, Charles Lackey; nieces, Marcella Harrison and Kateland Millwood; grand-niece, Rylee Harrison.

A celebration of life will be Saturday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at the Davis Fire Department, 5922 Highway 301, Trenton, GA  30752.

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Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Danny C. Mullins, 69, of Trenton, passed away April 15, 2023.

He was a devoted father to his daughters and was a gentle and giving man who worked tirelessly to ensure that his family had everything they needed. He enjoyed music, playing his instruments, relaxing, fishing, and pulling an occasional prank. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Early in life, our father learned the importance of hard work, and passed those same values onto his children. He was proud of his work in the many areas of the construction trades, including TVA and Industrial Fabricators. He was a man of strong faith, and he taught his family the importance of family, and doing what is right.

Survivors include his daughters, Christie Blake (Jason), Brandy Friar (Billy), Misty Campbell (Tom), all of Trenton, and Mandy Newton (JC) of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

A Celebration of Life was at Ryan Funeral Home on Saturday, April 22.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Ralph Curtis “Curt” Rogers, 90, of Bryant, Ala., passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2023.

As a young man, Curt discovered the thrill of fast Fords and became skilled at driving them. His love for cars led to skills as a mechanic. He would work various jobs throughout his life and eventually opened and ran Bryant Auto Center. In the early 1970’s, he became a potato farmer. He also drove a school bus to various school sporting events. He and his wife, Betty Ann, loved to travel throughout their 66 years together. He was a wonderful dad who loved his kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by parents, Hobert Rogers and Marie Gothard Avans; siblings, Faye Maples, Dorothy Rogers, Ruth Laney, Clara Reeves, Harold Rogers, Ilona Cope, Danny Joe Avans, and Dub Avans; and granddaughter, Celina Rogers.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Betty Ann Rogers; children, Kyla Bell, Chris (Marianne) Rogers, Hal Rogers, and Darren (Brenda) Rogers; sister, Vala Murphy; grandchildren, Bryson (Alisa) Rogers, Brodie (Dara) Rogers, Brilee (Nathan) Johnson, Bethany (Johnathan) Davis, Cody Rogers, Taylor (Blake) Cooper, A.D. (Whitney) Rogers, and Eric “Rock” Rogers; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 22, at the Bryant chapel of Moore Funeral Home.  Interment was at Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery in Bryant, Ala.

Bryson Rogers, Brodie Rogers, A.D. Rogers, Eric “Rock” Rogers, Cody Rogers, Johnathan Davis, Nathan Johnson, and Marty Winters served as pallbearers.

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Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Bryant, Ala.


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