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Obituaries – June 21 Issue


Marvin Harvey Couch, 70, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2023.

Marvin was born Oct. 22, 1952, in Fort Payne, Ala., to the late Hoyt Monroe and Thelma Lee Couch. He resided in Gaylesville, Ala., where he found joy in the simple things in life. He loved spending time outdoors and fishing. Marvin was an avid Alabama football fan, but his greatest source of happiness came from spending quality time with loved ones. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, James Ray, Ernest and Carl Couch.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Couch; daughters, CPT Deborah Schwisow and Wanda McMaster; sister, Rachel Davis; brother, Paul Couch; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

Expressions of sympathy or tributes can be left at

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home in Trenton.



Lana Mae Parks, 84, of Trenton, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2023.

She was retired from public service at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. Lana’s caring nature for her family will always be her legacy. Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Lana experienced her unwavering love and devotion. Lana’s big personality was filled with kindness and generosity, she was so easy to love, and was admired by all who knew her. She always went out of her way to offer a helping hand.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Eva Black; brother, Donald Farmer; sister, Izola White (Black); sons, Perry Richard Conkle, Dwight (Ike) Conkle and Larry Conkle.

Survivors include her husband, Robert (Rob) Parks; daughter, Helen Straughn; son, Robert Lee Conkle; nieces, Patricia (Trish) Kuhl and Reginia (Gina) Kirchner; several grandchildren; and great grandchildren.

Funeral services were Friday, June 16, in the funeral home chapel with Pastors Matthew Logan and Christian Colter officiating. Interment was at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bryant, Ala.

Online condolences may be shared on her guestbook at

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Joyce Annette Perkins, 78, of Trenton, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2023.

Joyce was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on Nov. 9, 1944, to the late Elmer Clarence and Julia Nichols Homburg. Joyce led a beautiful life, dedicated to caring for others. She owned Another Way counseling in Chattanooga, Tenn., for many years and worked as a registered nurse for Hospice of Chattanooga until retirement. Through her work, Joyce was able to make a significant difference in people’s lives and help those around her feel cared for.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Christopher and Matthew Perkins; parents; and siblings, Jerry, Greg, and Sally.

Survivors include her brother, Phil Homburg; grandson, Vincent (Shana) Perkins; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Baylee Perkins; daughter in-laws, Sonja Cloud and Allison Perkins; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering will be at Moore Funeral Home on Saturday, June 24, from 1–3 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy or tributes can be left at

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home in Trenton.



Carl Brian Smith, “Brian”, 73, of Johnson City, Tenn., passed away Thursday, June 15, 2023.

He was born on July 31, 1949, to Mary Ruth Cross and J.C. Smith. Brian grew up in Wildwood at the foot of Lookout Mountain in Dade County. He was a loving son, brother, father, and grandfather. Brian attended Dade County High School, and then pursued his college education, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition from Auburn University in 1972. Brian met and married Donna Stiltner in 1982, and they had one child, Anna, in 1985. He had various careers throughout his life, including a horticulturist in a plant nursery for several years; a salesman for United Cities Gas Co.; and a career at Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin, Tenn., prior to retiring in 2006. In his last years of life he enjoyed being outdoors in nature and spending time with his granddaughters. Brian was a faithful believer in the Bible and he loved the Lord.

He is preceded in death by his father, J.C. Smith; mother, Mary Ruth (Cross) Hoosier; and stepfather, Jerry Hoosier.

Survivors include his daughter, Anna Mancuso; son-in-law, Joshua Mancuso; three granddaughters, Amilia; Ella; and Sofia Mancuso; sister, Marianne Hoosier.

As per Brian’s request, there will be no funeral service.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that memories of Brian be shared on the website of Ryan Funeral Home Brian had a love for nature and God’s creation, and as a tribute to his memory, one may have a memorial tree planted in his honor by visiting

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home, Trenton.



Wendell Carthell Thomas, 90, of Trenton, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2023.

Wendell was born in DeKalb County, Ala., on Sept. 23, 1932, to Albert and Lillie Thomas. He grew up in Fyffe, Ala., and married the love of his life, Maxine Thomas on July 16, 1955. Wendell served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany for two years. He worked at Combustion Engineering for 34 years until his retirement. After retiring, he worked for several years at Red Food Store and Food Lion. He was also an avid gardener. He attended Ider Holiness church and loved his church family very much.

In addition to his parents, Wendell was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine; brothers, Lloyd, Troy, Olen, Granville, and L.M. Thomas; sisters, Earline Womack, Idell Brown, Thelma Cook and Shelby Hicks.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Karen Jeanine and Dennis Thomas; loving niece and caregiver, Kay Blevins and her husband Rodney; special friends, Hershel and Sybil Chapman; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, June 19, in the Trenton chapel of Moore Funeral Home with Reverend Brent Michaels and Reverend Wayne Guffey presiding over the service. Burial was in the Bryant Holiness Cemetery.

The family would like to extend special thanks to caregivers Tonya Pearson and Dorothy Hartline as well as the caring staff of Amedisys Hospice for their service during his brief illness.

Expressions of sympathy or tributes can be left at

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home in Trenton.

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