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Obituaries – Nov. 1 Issue


Hank Fowler, 74, of Rising Fawn, passed away Monday, Oct. 23, 2023 after a battle with cancer.

He was a faithful member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Henagar, Ala. Hank loved the Lord and his family dearly and was a friend to so many. He enjoyed making people laugh and spreading joy everywhere he went. He retired from CSX railroad in 2009 after 41 years of service.

Survivors include his wife or 47 years. Patsy; daughter, Holly Parris (Jeff); son, Dale Whitmire (Vivian); granddaughters, Aliyah Murphey, Ella Parris, Laura Anderson (Taylor), and Katie Hart; great-grandchildren, Kylie Hart and Annaleigh Anderson.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Arthur Harland (Buddy) Fulk III, 56, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, in Kernersville, N.C.

He was born Nov. 4, 1966, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Buddy was a beloved husband, father, and friend. He graduated from the Tennessee Temple Academy and obtained his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He was a financial accountant at Team and Wheel Federal Credit Union for over 25 years. Buddy also enjoyed disc golf, pickleball, and tennis. He was a member of The Summit Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Fulk Jr., and Peggy Gifford.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Debbie Fulk (Lowman); daughter, Caitlin Fulk; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Silent Word Ministries, 6250 Highway 136 East, Trenton.



Mary Rebecca “Tootsie” Keef, 77, of Whiteside, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023.

Mary was born Sept. 21, 1946. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. Mary spent the majority of her life serving as a caretaker for others. She enjoyed gardening, watching football, vacationing to the beach, and spending time with her family. Her grandchildren were the light of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Lillian Barron Limbaugh; husband of 43 years, Dale Keef; and sisters, Eloise Moreland, Polly Cuzzort, Charlotte Faye Limbaugh, Joann Hamrick and Mildred Blansit.

Survivors include her son, Donald (Robin) Keef, Signal Mountain, Tenn; daughter, Tabatha (Carl) Moreland, Whiteside, Tenn.; grandchildren, Cain Johnson, Ashlyn Keef, Kelsey (Patrick) Wright, and Brodey (Emily) Pemberton; sister, Judy Whitman, Whiteside, Tenn.; nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be shared at

Graveside services were Friday, Oct. 27, at Hooker Cemetery.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Rita Wade McCurdy, 63, of Bryant, Ala., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023.

She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, and aunt and she dearly loved her family. Rita was a loving soul whose love for watching her children and grandchildren play sports was only outmatched by her love for her family and the countless lives she touched with her dedication and commitment. Rita was a reliable, loyal friend, and a dedicated family member.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex McCurdy; father, Marvin Wade; and mother, Myrtle Godwin Wade.

Survivors include her children, Barry (Aubree) McCurdy and Alicia (Billy) Williams; her partner in later years, James Hammock; sister, Terri (Dale) Cloud; grandchildren, Cody and Landon Williams, and Brandt, Addie, and Mack McCurdy; cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A Celebration of Life was Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Bryant chapel of Moore Funeral Home.

In remembrance of Rita, we encourage you to share your memories, anecdotes, and photos on her memorial page at

The family would also like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Beverly Floyd, Natalie Williams, and Erin Johnson for their compassionate care during Rita’s final days.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home in Bryant, Ala.



Terry Wayne Smith, 64, of Trenton, passed away Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023.

Terry attended Davis High School and was of the Baptist faith. He was employed as a construction worker and machinist.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dusty Dewayne Smith.

Survivors include his son, Dustin Wayne Smith; mother, Magdaline Smith; father, Leroy Smith; brother, Ralph (Deloris) Smith; granddaughter, Cambrell Taylor Smith.

A special thank you is extended to his friends and Hearth Hospice for their care during his illness.

Online condolences may be shared at

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.

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