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Obituaries – Oct. 4 Issue


Fred Bettis, 85, of Stevenson, Ala., passed away Friday, Sept. 29, 2023.

Mr. Bettis was a Harness Horse Trainer at Dave L. Brown Farms in Wildwood before moving to Stevenson where he continued training at Sandtopia Valley Farms for more than 30 years. He was a loving husband and father.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Clair Bettis, and sister, Mary Alice Bettis.

Survivors include his daughter, Stephanie Bettis of Stevenon, Ala.; brother, Clifford (Pam) Bettis of Wildwood; nieces, Linda Sharp, Sue Ayers, and Melissa Bettis.

Online condolences may be shared at

Per his request, listen to a Hank Williams, Sr. song and remember the good times.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Carolyn Lavern “Cricket” Hill, 80, of Bryant, Ala., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023.

Born on Jan. 26, 1943, Cricket was the daughter of the late Joseph Lewis and Mary Elizabeth Walker Knight. Cricket was a devoted member of Bryant Holiness Church. At the young age of 14, Cricket married Monroe Hill. Together they worked side by side in the fields and on the farm. She stood by her husband and family in all they did and even helped build houses. Her exceptional cooking skills ensured that her table was always filled with food, and everyone around had plenty to eat.

In addition to her parents, Cricket was preceded in death by her brothers, Jack, Joseph, and Buddy Knight; sisters Avalene Montieth, Beatrice Higdon, Maggie Rockholt, and Exie Robinson.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Monroe Hill; children, Camilla (Richard) Townson, Sylvia (Chris) Robinson, and Brent Hill; sister, Janice (Raymond) Croft; grandchildren, Stacey (Shannon) Fortner, Tyson (Hilary) Robinson, Bret Hill, and Garyn Hill; great-grandchildren, Shiane Fortner, Steele Fortner, Shade Fortner, Walker Robinson, Memphis Robinson, and Nyla Hill.

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept.30, in the Bryant chapel of Moore Funeral Home with Brother Shirley Byrum and Brother Floyd Williams officiating. Interment was at Bryant Holiness Cemetery.

The family would also like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Aveana Hospice for their compassionate care during Cricket’s final days.

Expressions of sympathy or tributes can be shared on the website

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home in Bryant, Ala.



Martha (Marti) Blechner Mahan passed away Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023.

She was a beloved mother and grandmother who enjoyed playing music, singing with her husband and designing flower arrangements. She owned and operated The Enchanted Florist in Fairyland on Lookout Mountain.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Mahan; son, Scott MacDonald; stepchildren, Micheal Mahan, Jr., and Angela Arrington; eight grandchildren; sister, Eileen Benetor; and brother, Eric Blechner.

A Celebration of Life will be at the West Brow Community Center on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

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