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Obituaries – March 20th Issue


Millie Juanita Atchley, 79, of Trenton, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2024 after a hard-fought battle with Alzheimer’s.

Juanita was born March 23, 1944, to the late Omar and Auta West Barton. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister.  Juanita worked for many years at Brock’s Restaurant where she was a cook.

In addition to her parents, Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Gene Atchley; daughter, Tammy Lynn Whited; sisters, Lagatha Morrow, Shirley Taylor, Yvonne Goff, and Sabra Ann Weathers; brothers, Junior Barton, Dooley Barton, and Noel Barton.

Survivors include her daughter, Kim (Tony) Meschino; sister, Wanda Langley; grandchildren, Crystal Lynn Meschino and Billy Joe Atchley; great-grandchildren, Emily Alsobrook, Willian Hudson, and Chrisma Hudson; nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Funeral services are Thursday, March 21, at 1 p.m., in the Trenton chapel of Moore Funeral Home. Interment will be at Bryant Holiness Cemetery in Bryant, Ala.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4–8 p.m., and on Thursday from 11 a.m., until the service hour.

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

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



Wesley “Wes” Blevins, 52 of Trenton, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

Born Oct. 13, 1971, to Gene and Trudy Dowdy Blevins, Wes was a cherished son, brother, father, grandfather, husband, and friend to many. Wes had a penchant for the outdoors and could oftentimes be found exploring its many wonders while hiking or kayaking or by discovering things with his metal detector. He enjoyed cooking delicious meals and barbecuing when the mood struck. Throughout it all, Wes loved spending quality time with his beloved wife, Brandi.

Wes is survived by his wife of eight years, Brandi Blevins; his parents, Gene (Marie) Blevins and Trudy Blevins; daughters, Presley Blevins, Kiera (Scott) Scherberger, and Brittany and Brianna (Corbin) Ciha; brothers, Eric Blevins and James Wright; sisters, Kim (Shawn) Blevins Williams, Karen Blevins and Janell Wright; uncle, Mike (Mary) Dowdy; grandchildren, Brayden, Kove, Mila, and Baby Scherberger; nieces and nephews, Layla, Maddie, Gabe, Tristan and Ryland;   extended family members.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate and honor Wes’s life is today, March 20, from 4-8 p.m., in the Trenton chapel of Moore Funeral Home.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the nurses and staff of CHI Memorial and Tennessee Donor Services for their compassionate care and attention given to Wes in his last days.

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

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



Betty Frances “MeMaw” Christopher, 90, of Trenton, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2024.

Born Aug. 29, 1933, Betty was the youngest of nine children born to the late Dolph and Dovie Allison King.  Betty’s greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She found joy in activities like shopping and traveling, and she cherished her faith as a dedicated member of Calvary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents and siblings, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, James Loyd Christopher.

Survivors include her son, David Christopher; grandchildren, Amity “Amy” (Zachery) Cordell, Michael (Brandy) Christopher, and Meredith Sackett; as well as her great-grandchildren, Damian, Taylor, and Ariana Sackett, Lillian Cordell, and Aiden Christopher.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 19, in the Trenton chapel of Moore Funeral Home. Interment was at Payne Cemetery.

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

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.



Teresa Frances Hoover, 65, of Trenton, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

Teresa was a 1977 graduate of Northwest Georgia High School and was of the Protestant faith.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jesse Lee Hoover, Jr.; father, Jack Ford; and brother, Randall Ford.

Survivors include her mother, Laquada Ford of Trenton; sisters, Deborah Liles, Joyce Hurst, Marsha (Alvin, Jr.) Marshall, all of Trenton, and Marlene Young of Ringgold; nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be shared at

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Roy Lee Stephens, 73, of Hooker, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at Emory Hospital.

Roy was a native and lifelong resident of Hooker, was of the Church of God faith and was a member of New Haven Fellowship in LaFayette.  He retired from John’s Railroad Salvage in Chattanooga, Tenn., and then operated a fruit stand and lawn mower repair shop on Highway 299.

Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Stephens; parents, William Paul and Doris Catherine Pettyjohn Stephens; siblings, Butch, Ronnie, Larry, and Joan Stephens.

Survivors include his daughters, Stacy Stephens and Christye (Thomas) Walker, all of Flat Rock, Ala.; grandchildren, Anthony Douglas, Levi Stephens, and Baylee Bunn; great-grandchildren, Luke Douglas, Zoie Stephens, Layla Stephens, and Millie Douglas; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 16, in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Jack Sexton officiating.  Interment was at Hooker Cemetery.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



Virginia Fay Bowling Thurmond, 89, of Pisgah, Ala., passed away Sunday, March 3, 2024.

Mrs. Thurmond was born March 25, 1934, in Geraldine, Ala., to parents, Terry and Minnie Ola Kilgore Bowling.  She was a member of Free Hill Baptist Church/

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Junior Thurmond; parents, two brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include her sons, Floyd Thurmond (Angelia), Alvin Thurmond (Carol); grandson, Nick Thurmond (April); granddaughters, Jennifer Brown (Trey), Michelle Morton (Mike Trimble); great-grandsons, Carter Thurmond, Colton Campbell, Noah Thurmond, Landon Thurmond, Jacob Brown (Dixie Hicks), Daniel Jernigan (AnnaKate), Dylan Jernigan (Ashley McCallister); sister, Lorene Shaw; brother, James “Buddy” Bowling (Linda); brother-in-law, Fred Shaw; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were Wednesday, March 6, at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with Bro. Donnie Dover and Bro. Ira Brock officiating. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.

Arrangements by Corner Stone Funeral Chapel, Ider, Ala.



Steve Reese Tinker, 83 of Pulaski, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

He was born Jan. 6, 1941, in Chickamauga, to Reese Milton and Helen Foster Tinker.

Steve was an electrician for 50 years. He was a residential, commercial, and industrial electrician, working at Dixie Industries, U.S. Pipe and retiring from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Dec. 31, 2007. Steve was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Martha (Donald E.) Moreland, Mary Catherine (Doug) Hughes, and Doris (David Gardner) Stiegel; brother, Johnny F. Tinker; brother-in-law, Chuck Christopher; and daughter-in-law, Molly Tinker.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Carolyn L. Tinker, Pulaski, Tenn.; sons, Allen (Becky) Tinker, Lone Tree, Colo., and Eric (Shannon) Tinker, Trenton; daughter, Julie (Milton) Stephens, Lynnville, Tenn.; grandson, Thomas (Melissa) Stephens; granddaughters, Morgan (Christian) Johnson, Natalie (Conner) Hicks, and Emily (Austin) Henegar; great–grandson, Luke Johnson; brother, Dale (Edna) Tinker; sisters, June (Donnie) Eaves and Janet Christopher.

Funeral services are today, March 20, at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Lake Hills Memorial Gardens.

Visitation is today from 11 a.m. until the service hour.

Online condolences may be shared at

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.

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