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Obituaries – Aug. 30 Issue


Harold Dewitt Gray, 84, of Higdon, Ala., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023.

Born Feb. 15, 1939, in New Salem to Scott and Esther Fulghum Gray, Dewitt leaves behind a legacy that will forever be cherished. He was well known as a skilled mechanic and was the proud owner of H.D. Gray’s Farm Tractor Repair. His expertise in his trade brought him respect and admiration from the community. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.

In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by his daughters, Drenda Lynn Turner and Debbie Campbell; son, Rodney Cagle; grandson, Jason Cagle; and sisters, Hersheline Kenemore, Vonnie Forrester, Clara Jo Ryan, and Legatha Walston.

Survivors include his wife, Nelda Gray; sons, Harold “Hal” D. Gray Jr., and Roger (Joy) Cagle; brother, Donald D. (Judy) Gray; sister, Elaine (Jimmy) Webb; grandchildren, Amanda (Casey) Dobbins, Allison “Nikki” (Chris) Casperson, Blakely Campbell (Vic) Burgess, Zachary (Allison) Turner, Hali Gray, and Terry (Hannah) Waldron; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and extended family members.

A Celebration of Life was Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Trenton chapel of Moore Funeral Home with Matthew Logan officiating.

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Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home in Trenton.



Rex Allen Haswell, 65, of Trenton, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023.

He was born May 29, 1958, to the late Oscar (Bud) and Hazel Prince Haswell and was 1977 graduate of Northwest Georgia High School. Rex had a very generous heart and a passion for trucks. Dump trucks were his life, when he wasn’t behind the wheel he was washing and polishing to a shine.

Rex was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Oscar R Haswell (Nettie Parsons) and George G. (Helen Morgan) Prince; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Survivors include his girlfriend, Wendy Jackson; granddaughter, Hayvin (Boo-boo); brothers, Buddy Haswell and Mike Haswell; sisters, Debbie (Mike) Parker, Donna McNabb, and Tammy (Jerry) Rogers; nieces, Meagan Haswell (Chris Allen), and Allison (Matt) Woods; nephews, Brad Parker, Cody (Olivia) McNabb, and Hunter (Kara) McNabb; niece, Chole Kennedy; great–niece and nephew’s, Emory McNabb, Parker Woods, and Denver McNabb; uncle, Ruben (Janice) Prince; aunts, Louise Prince, Clara Prince, and Doris Haswell; cousins, extended family members.

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A graveside service was Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Hooker Cemetery with Rev. Mike Howell officiating.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Rachel Parker Mathews, 85, of Rising Fawn, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023.

Born March 5, 1938, to Frank and Lelar Ledford Parker, Rachel was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a faithful member of Ascalon Baptist Church for many years, Rachel served her Lord, her family, and those around her selflessly. She was also known for her love of flowers and always had a unique tendency to feed any stray that came across her path.

In addition to her parents, Rachel was preceded in death by her son, Herbert Sherman Mathews; sisters, Mildred Price and Marcie Mathews; and brother, Frank Parker Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Herbert Mathews; sons, Perry Mathews and Stacey Mathews; grandson, Sherman Tyler Mathews; nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Trenton chapel of Moore Funeral Home with David Hale officiating. Interment was at Ascalon Cemetery in Rising Fawn.

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These arrangements have been entrusted to Moore Funeral Home in Trenton.

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