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Obituaries – May 10 Issue


Nancy “Michele” Tinker Armstrong, 71, passed away May 1, 2023.

Michele was born in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was employed by Combustion Engineering and then the Federal Reserve before retiring to live out her life-long dream of horse farming alongside her husband. She was an avid animal lover throughout her life as well as an incredibly caring aunt to her many treasured nieces and nephews.

Michele was preceded in death by her parents, Ira Daniel Tinker and Nancy Carruth Tinker; brother-in-law, Larry Shelley.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Nick Armstrong, of Winder; sister Teri (John) Sartelle; brothers, Ira Daniel (Susan) Tinker III and Timothy Grant Tinker; close cousin, Maggie Thomas; nieces and nephews, Alissa Shelley, Danielle (Charles) Coolidge, Matthew (Lauren) Shelley, Susanna (Kirill) Braginsky, Allie (Alex) Tinker Snyder, Grant Tinker, Kelsey (Austin) Tinker Hannum, and Kadijah Tinker; seven great–nieces and nephews.

A private, family service will be held at Burgess Family Cemetery in Lookout Valley.

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Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Verna Cloud, 62, of Bryant, Ala., passed away May 4, 2023.

Born on Aug. 12, 1960, to Vernon and Mary Lou Anderton Cloud, Verna lived a life full of warmth and kindness. Verna’s devotion to helping others led her to pursue a career in nursing. She dedicated her life selflessly to help anyone who needed it. She worked with many organizations throughout her lifetime to ensure that people were assisted in every possible way. Her enthusiasm and determination had a lasting impact on everyone she helped.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Charles Cloud.

Survivors include her daughter, Anna (Stuart) Brazzle; sons, Vernon Ceth Kelley and James David Richard; granddaughter, Emma Lou Brazzle, Makaylla Fortson, Kaitllyn Richard and Anna Richard; brother, Ricky Cloud.

Funeral services were Sunday, May 7, in the Bryant chapel of Moore Funeral Home with family friend Alton Brazzle officiating.

To express sympathy or view her memorial tribute, please visit

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home in Bryant, Ala.



Louella Harriod, 97, of Lookout Valley, Tenn., passed away Sunday, April 30, 2023. Surrounded by loved ones, she took her final breath and left behind a lifetime of unforgettable memories.

Born on Sept. 2, 1925, in Jackson County, Ala., to David and Rebecca Sharp, Louella had four siblings: Flora Bailey, Minnie Martin, Frank Sharp and James Sharp. She married James F. Harriod and together they had seven children: Wanda (Marvin) Couch, Virginia Graham, William Harriod, Lloyd Lee (Kathy) Harriod, Edgar (Michelle) Harriod. Sadly, she lost two sons in her lifetime, George Max Sharp and Edd Harriod. She retired after years as a custodian for the City of Chattanooga, where she worked diligently and created fond memories with her colleagues.

Survivors include 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law Wendy Harriod.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 6, with Pastor Tommy Messer Interment was at Lakewood Memory Gardens West.

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Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home in Trenton.



Fred Stephens, 82, of Trenton, passed away on May 4, 2023.

Fred was born on Aug. 2, 1940, in Stevenson, Ala., to Victor and Annie K. Stephens and was the youngest of his siblings. Fred received his high school diploma from Stevenson High School in 1959 before joining the United States Army where he served honorably for three years. After completing his service in the Army in 1962, Fred began his career in banking working as an executive for various financial institutions including The Commercial Bank of Tallapoosa between 1971-1987; First National Bank of Scottsboro between 1965 and 1971; eventually becoming the President and CEO of Citizens Bank and Trust in Trenton from 1987 until his retirement in 2005. Fred continued to stay involved with Citizens Bank and Trust serving on its Board of Directors after retiring. Fred was a respected friend and member of civic organizations throughout his life.

Outside of his professional life, Fred was known for his warm personality that put people at ease. He had a great sense of humor and welcomed everyone he met with kindness. Throughout his life he always prioritized family and friends above all else.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Annie Kelly Stephens; brothers, Donald Stephens and James L. Stephens; sister, Betty Ann Allison; and nephew, Laury Allison.

Survivors include his wife of 61–plus years, Carolyn Stephens; daughter, Rhonda Stephens; granddaughter, Lacy (Bobby) Bradford; brother-in-law, Jimmy Ray (Judy) Allison; special nephew, Clay Allison; and four much-loved nieces.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 9, at Moore Funeral Home with Ministers Walter Weikel and Dennis Flaughery officiating. Interment was at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors.

To express sympathy or view his memorial tribute, please visit

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



Sara Lacey Wilkinson, 35, of Flat Rock, Ala., passed away Thursday, May 4, 2023.

Sara was born Sept. 7, 1987, in Fort Oglethorpe, grew up in the Trenton and Ringgold areas and attended Lakeview High School and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Sara spent her early years hanging out with her Papaw, Morris “Bull” Robinson, who lovingly called her La-La, and they were inseparable. She was a beautiful, caring, and giving person and had worked in the health care and food service industry but spent the last several years doing her most important job of being a stay-at-home mother to her precious children. She was a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, and sister.  Sara was smart, creative, and artistic. She enjoyed spending time with her children and family, was an avid book reader and loved music, orchids, and Georgia Bulldogs football fan.

Sara is preceded in death by her infant son, Aiden Micah Kolwyck; grandfather, Morris Robinson; grandmother, Judy Bray Lee; grandfather, Dennis Gallegly, and great–grandmother, Imogene (Granny Doo) Gallegly.

Survivors include her husband, Cody Wilkinson; son, Gabriel Landon Kolwyck; daughter, Kaylee Belle Kolwyck; daughter, Vayda Grayce Wilkinson; son, Daegan Anderson Wilkinson; son, Xavier Orion Wilkinson; father, Brian Gallegly (Stacey Morgan); mother, Beth Eller (Joshua); brother and best friend, Joshua Alexander Gallegly; brother, Brian Dakota Gallegly; grandmother, Cleo “Nana” Robinson; grandfather, Gary Lee, aunts, uncles, cousins, special aunt Carmen White and special cousin Rachel Richey; former step-father Grady Loveless; step-brother, Jason Loveless and step-sister, Nichole Loveless Smith.

Funeral services will be Thursday, May 11 at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Wayne Loveless officiating. Interment will follow in Long Cemetery, Rising Fawn.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 10, from 4–7 p.m., and Thursday from 11 a.m. until the service hour at Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory.

Online condolences may be shared at

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.

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