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Obituaries – Feb. 21st Issue


John Rowell Bennett, of Lookout Mountain, a devoted servant of God, family and country, passed away Feb. 12, 2024.

Born on Lookout Mountain on April 3, 1931, his life was a testimony to the enduring values of being a disciple of Christ. After graduating from McCallie School in 1949, John continued his education at Davidson College and the University of Chattanooga. He served as a Field Artillery officer in the United States Army, where he not only mastered the art of flying L4 aircraft but also shared his expertise as an instructor. John continued his military career in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. As a career-long salesman in the manufacturing industry, he cultivated meaningful relationships, reflecting his authentic and amiable nature and interest in others. John’s roots on Lookout Mountain ran deep. He was baptized at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church and gave his life in humble service to the church. He volunteered with the youth group, later served as a deacon and elder, facilitated the Fireside Sunday School class and served in countless quiet ways. John was a member of the Fairyland Club, serving on the board and playing tennis with friends well into his late 80s.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Florence Bennett; siblings, William, Gigi, Betty and Jim.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Laura Smartt Bennett; sons, Bill (Kem) of Birmingham, Ala., David (Kingsley) of Lookout Mountain and Jim (Jami) of Birmingham, Ala.; grandchildren, Will (Abby), Betsy Moffett (Cole), Hamilton, Mae Mae, Carter, Hunt, Brooks, Read, and Sims; great-grandchild, Luke.

A memorial service to celebrate John’s life will be at noon on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.

Visitation is at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to LMPC’s Mercy Fund (

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Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Richard “Ricky” Anthony Blancett, 50, of Trenton, passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024.

Ricky was born Dec. 28, 1973, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Richard Franklin Blancett and Mary Catherine Hobbs. He attended Northwest Georgia and Tyner High Schools. He proudly completed the Machine Tool Technology Program at Chattanooga State Community College. He enjoyed being with his girlfriend, Angel Hale, and being in nature, He was known for his wild sense of humor and tender heart. He was a history fanatic and loved all things music.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Charlie Blancett; step-mother, Pansy Blancett; grandmothers, Hazel Blancett and Dorothy Bradley; aunts, Linda Levinson, Karen Russell, and Sabra “Pookie” Blancett; uncle, Charles “Bullett” Blancett; John R. Hobbs, who was like a father to him.

Survivors include his daughter, Rikki (Michael) Robertson; mother, Mary Catherin Hobbs; father, Richard Blancett; sister, Kimberly (Summers) Taylor; half-sister, Jada (Kyle) Dodson; grandchildren, Micah and Brooks Robertson; aunt and uncle David and Anna Cavin; girlfriend, Angel Hale; and beloved friends who were like parents, Loyd and Jen Gass.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Joyce Evelena Bolton, 82, of Trenton, passed away Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024.

Born Oct. 24, 1941, to the late Winfred and Verna Laney Hartline, Joyce was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. She spent many years working at Shaw Industries before retiring. Joyce was a member of Bryant Church of God, was a prayer warrior had a talent for cooking.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Duvol Deal Bolton, Joyce was preceded in death by her son, Scott Bolton; son-in-law, Kent Carrell; sister, Gertha Bolton; grandchildren, Amy and Gregory Carrell.

Survivors include her children, Kathy (Steve) Johnson, Angie (Chad Hill) Workman, and Ronnie (Rochelle) Bolton; sisters, Nadine Michaels, June Rake, Sherry Bethune, and Wende Atkins; grandchildren, Chris Workman, Sky Bolton, Brett (Jessie) Bolton, Stormy (Dane) Robinson, and Tiffany Gladden; seven great-grandchildren; extended family members.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Trenton chapel of Moore Funeral Home with Brother Reggie Byrum and Tommy Bearden officiating. Interment was at Oak Lawn Memorial Park in Bryant, Ala.

The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice for the compassionate care they provided during Joyce’s final days.

Visit to share expressions of sympathy and view her memorial tribute.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



Kimberly Jayn “Nanny” Daniels, 65, of Lookout Mountain, passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2024.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Lee Daniels; daughter, Maranda Daniels; parents, Charles and Mary Alice Johnson; and sister, Patricia Kenney.

Survivors include her children, Michelle Daniels, Michael Daniels, Mandy (Jason) Wheeler, and Thirstain Daniels, all of Lookout Mountain; grandchildren, Curestain Burse, Nicholas Daniels, Jesse Blevins, Mary Abbott, David Abbott, and Jasmin Blevins; great-grandchildren, Stetson, Weston, and Ella Mae Blevins, and Everly Massey; brother, David Hopkins; nephews, Ken and Scott Nichols.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 17 in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Eric Youngblood officiating. Interment was in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Lookout Mountain.

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Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Larry David Murphy Jr., 52, of Flat Rock, Ala., passed away Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024.

Larry had a remarkable sense of humor and love for God that brightened the lives of those around him. He found happiness in various pursuits, including sports, singing, antiquing, collecting silver, and watching YouTube videos. Beyond his personal pursuits, Larry was deeply patriotic and had a strong commitment to history.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Larry Murphy Sr., and Brenda “Sue” West Kesler; daughter, Chelsie Murphy-Moore; granddaughter, Kinzlee Rader; stepfather, Tommy Kesler; grandparents, Glen and Ruby Doss; and uncle, Richard Finney.

Survivors include his children, Cortney Murphy and Tiffany Murphy; life partner, April Smith; siblings, Shaun Kesler and Nikki Murphy-Bodenbender; grandchildren, Bentley, Braxton, Easton, Trea, and Journey; aunt, Linda Finney; extended family members.

A celebration of Larry’s life will take place at a later date.

Visit to share expressions of sympathy and view his memorial tribute.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

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