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Obituaries – July 12 Issue


Margaret R. Bradford, 78, of the New Salem community of Lookout Mountain, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2023.

Mrs. Bradford was a lifelong resident of the Dade County area and a graduate of the 1964 class of Dade County High School. She was a self-employed hair dresser for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Edgar Walden and Willie Bell Hixson, and sister, Polly Walden.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Milton Bradford; daughter, Kim (Frank) Lemming; grandchildren, Robert (Amber) Lemming and Shaunda (Jeremy) Jackson; great-grandchildren, Emileigh, River, and Brannon Lemming, Jenna, Blythe, and Wilder Jackson; brother, Danny (Delilah) Walden; half-brother, Andy (Nancy) Johnson; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were Friday, July 7 at Hawkins Cemetery with Rev. Randy Avans officiating.

Robert Lemming, Jeremy Jackson, Heath McKaig, Eddie Page, Brent Johnson, and Austin Bradford were pallbearers.

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Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Larry David Christopher, 75, of Trenton, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2023.

Larry was a long-haul truck driver having retired from Shaw Industries following 38 years of service with millions of miles accident free. He was a member of White Oak Baptist Church, was a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of the American Legion Post #106 of Trenton, and a member of the Honor Guard. Larry loved fishing and spending time at Weiss Lake and playing Nerf war games with his grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence E. and Lee Etta Stephens Christopher, and nephew, Eric Casey.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Iris McAdams Christopher; son, Clifton (Jamie) Christopher; grandson, Brock Christopher, Trenton; brother, Gary Christopher; sister, Delilah Casey; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, July 10, in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Jason Gilreath and Chaplain Jim Blaylock officiating. Interment with full military honors was at Lake Hills Memorial Gardens.

A special thank you is extended to the Dialysis Clinic, Inc., on Broad Street and Hearth Hospice for their care and support during Larry’s illness.

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Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Ridley G. Foster, 82, of Columbus, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2023.

He was born on March 2, 1941, in Carrollton, the son of the late George Hiram Foster and the late Samantha Thompson Foster.

Ridley graduated from Mt. Zion High School and went on to serve his country in the United States Marine Corps. Later he retired from Coca-Cola with over 50 years of service as a production manager. Ridley was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Trenton. He was a loving husband, a devoted father, and an exceptional grandfather. His number one joy in life was spending time with his family, but his hobbies included woodworking, fishing, and camping. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Carolyn Ann Denney and Betsy Jane McLeroy; and brothers, Larry George Foster and Michael Wayne Foster.

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Merrell Foster; daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Nickey Ellison, Kelley Foster, and Janet and Jason Cooper; grandchildren, Nicholas Ellison, Jonathan Ellison, and Aleah Ellison; great-grandchildren, Blake Ellison and Emma Ellison; sister, Joyce Holcombe; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, July 10, in the chapel of Martin and Hightower Funeral Home, with Rev. Phillip Trask and Elder Roger Merrell officiating. Interment was in Whooping Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with the American Legion Post #143 rendering military honors.

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Arrangements by Martin and Hightower Heritage Chapel.



Katherine Diane Lamer, 58, of Aiken, S.C., passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2023.

Born in Plattsburg, N.Y., Katherine was a daughter of the late Cecil Raborn and Helen Forester Hickey. She was an administrative assistant in the Aiken office of South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She was an active member of Living Hope Fellowship Church.

Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Wayne D. Lamer; daughters, Carrie McBryar, Rossville, and Julia Lewis (Michael), Rowesville, S.C.; son, Steven Jacob Lamer, Marrietta; grandchildren, Arianna Hudnall, Jaxon Lamer, Mikel Lewis, Amara Lewis; sister, Janet Clayton (David), Rossville; brothers, Mark Raborn, Waterloo, Ill., Tracy Raborn (Wendy), Aiken, S.C.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Living Hope Fellowship, 2550 Old Dominion Rd., Aiken, S.C. 29803.

Arrangements by Rivers Funeral Home, Aiken, S.C.

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