Monthly Archives: December 2001

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in White County

Posted on December 27, 2001 12:12 am by Submitted

Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve?
Many area churches are offering programs for community enjoyment.
Pistole Baptist New Year’s Eve singing
-The Pistole Baptist will have a New Year’s Eve singing from 7-10 p.m. Featured will be The Pistole Quartet, James Pitman Singers and other specials. Everyone is invited to attend.
Liberty Baptist watch night service
-A watch night service will be held from 8 p.m.-midnight, Dec. 31. Featured singers will be The Gems from Chattanooga. Bro. Tim Judd will bring the message. Activities will be held for the youth. Everyone is invited.
Sparta First Free Will Baptist Church
-Naomi and The Segos will be … Read More


LTD dontates $15,000 to Sparta-White County Parks

Posted on December 27, 2001 12:12 am by Submitted

LTD of Sparta recently presented a check for $15,000 to the Sparta-White County Parks and Recreation Board to be used for a walking trail at White County Recreational Complex. L-R: Herd Sullivan, White County Executive; Sherry Vinson, chief financial officer for LTD; Dora Cummings, president of Sparta Little League; Ben Holland, account manager for LTD; Jack Franklin, secretary of White County Parks and Recreation Board; and Ed Cantrell, quality manager for LTD.


Ronnie Leslie Minnear

Posted on December 27, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ronnie Leslie Minnear, 47, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 23, 2001.
Minnear was born April 24, 1954, to James Leslie (Zuke) and Gertie Jane Rich Minnear.
He was a logger.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Dale Austin Minnear of Sparta; one daughter, Kelly Nichole Minnear of Sparta; one son, Austin Kyle Minnear of Sparta; parents, James Leslie (Zuke) and Gertie Jane Rich Minnear of Sparta; one brother, David Wayne Minnear of Sparta; one sister, Deborah Sue Redmond of Sparta; and grandmother, Nannie Mae Rich of Sparta.
Services were held at 1 p.m., Dec. 26, 2001, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Plainview Cemetery in
the Cassville community. … Read More


Athletes helping out other athletes

Posted on December 27, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Sparta woman charged in toy theft in Warren County

Posted on December 27, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Duane Sherrill
The first of what police anticipate could be several warrants has been taken against a Sparta woman for the theft of toys from Warren County Rescue Squad’s toy drive.
The suspect, Millicent B. Gamble, was charged Friday with theft for allegedly stealing toys from the rescue squad’s collection trailer on the morning of Nov. 25. The theft was one of a series from the collection trailer, which lawmen believe is the work of separate individuals.
According to arrest warrants against Gamble, witnesses saw the suspect taking toys from the collection trailer, located in front of the rescue squad building on Sparta Street. The theft was allegedly … Read More


Conrad Clouse

Posted on December 27, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Conrad Clouse, 87, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 24, 2001.
Clouse was born April 14, 1914, in White County, to Wesley Clouse and Margaret Ann Williams Clouse.
He attended Central Church of Christ and was a plumber.
Clouse was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Verna Clouse; two daughters, Donna Jackson of Chattanooga and Sharon Wilhite of Sparta; one sister, Juanita Bass of Detroit, Mich.; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Dec. 27, 2001, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bro. Don Burns will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge


The good auld days

Posted on December 27, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
Auld Lang Syne, the traditional New Year’s Eve song, is sung at the stroke of mid-night across countless global time lines.
Partial credit goes to Scottish poet Robert Burns whose lyrics for the song
were published in 1796, after his death.
Some historians believe early folk variations of the song inspired Burns to pen the lyrics known today, for the phrase “auld lang syne” translates literally as “old long ago,” or “the good old days.”
Burns work bears a striking resemblance to a ballad by an earlier poet, Sir Robert Ayton (1570-1638) which begins:
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never thought upon,
The flames of … Read More


Stephen J. Bensing

Posted on December 27, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Stephen J. Bensing, 58, of Madison Heights, Mich., passed away Dec. 22, 2001.
Bensing was born March 7, 1943, in Findlay, Ohio, to Lester and Agnes Taylor Bensing.
He was a member of Woodlawn Church in Royal Oak, Mich. and was a designer at M & T Design in Troy, Mich.
Bensing was preceded in death by his mother.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Bensing of Madison Heights, Mich.; one step son, Lee Hill of Henderson, Nev.; his father and step mother, Lester and Marie Bensing of Findlay, Ohio; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Phillip and Joyce Bensing of San Francisco, timothy and Darlene Bensing of Troy, Mich. and … Read More


Ola Edward Spivey

Posted on December 27, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ola Edward Spivey, 62, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 22, 2001.
Spivey was a farmer.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Littie Rosette (Rosey) Emerton Spivey; one daughter, Rose Denise Spivey; one brother, Eldon Spivey; and one sister, Dorothy Fish.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Ann Shoemake Spivey of Sparta; three daughters, Sherrie Frasier, Teresa Duke and Sandie Faught all of Nashville; five brothers, Elza Spivey of Springfield, Clyde Spivey of Sparta, Wayne Spivey of
Doyle, Sammy Spivey of Cookeville and Ronnie Spivey of Crossville; three sisters, Christine Brady of Franklin, Ky., Wilma Brady of Adairville, Ky. and Virginia Presley of Livingston; father, Bedford Spivey of … Read More


Lifelong Sparta resident at the helm of SpartaExpositor.com

Posted on December 27, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
With the many accolades being given the new SpartaExpositor.com, the Expositor wanted to introduce readers to its webmaster, Jarrod Conner, the young man responsible for bringing up-to-date online news to White County.
Born and raised in White County, Conner has been employed by The Expositor for over five years and is currently the compositor for the print edition of the newspaper as well as an active member of the Tennessee Army National Guard.
“Jarrod began working for us just a few hours each week, when he was only 15 years old, and he is a fine young man, always willing to do a little extra around … Read More


Willie Dean Prater

Posted on December 24, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Willie Dean Prater, 44, of Cookeville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Dec. 19, 2001.
Prater was born May 5, 1957, in Sparta to Woodrow Carroll and Christine Waggoner Prater.
He was a laborer.
Prater was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one son, Willie Dean Prater III of Sparta; two sisters, Wilma Jean Brymer of Quebeck and Eva Redmon of Smithville; six brothers, Dennis Prater of Cookeville and Lester Prater, Ronnie Prater, Alston Prater, Glenn Prater and Stevie Prater all of Sparta.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Dec. 23, 2001, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Rose Cemetery. David Lee England officiated.
Hunter Funeral


Daisy Doney Webb

Posted on December 24, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Daisy Doney Webb, 84, of Doyle, passed away Dec. 18, 2001.
Webb was born March 8, 1917, in White County, to Sol and Sally Brady Doney.
She was a member of the Church of Christ and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence Clark Webb; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include three daughters, Ruby Jo Pickrell and Hilda Parsons both of Noblesville, Ind. and Shirley Wilmoth of Algood; four sons, Clarence Clark Webb Jr. and Cecil Edward Webb both of Noblesville, Ind., Charles Eugene Webb of Concord, N.C. and David Webb of Tullahoma; 19 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and two … Read More


James Richard Barger

Posted on December 24, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Richard Barger, 73, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 21, 2001.
Barger was born April 7, 1928, in Harriman, to Fred and Fannie Shubert Barger.
He was a laborer.
Barger was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; four sisters; and one grandson.
Survivors include his wife, Nellie Fern Dove Barger of Sparta; two sons, Phillip (Woody Phillips) Wood of Sparta and William Thomas (Bill) Wood of LaPorte, Ind.; two daughters, Jane Barger Bennett of Cookeville and Leoretta Barger Sharpe of Phoenix, Ariz.; one sister, Margaret “Polly” Cooley of LaPorte, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 11 … Read More


Howard V. Black

Posted on December 24, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Howard V. Black, 65, of Sparta, formerly of Detroit, Mich. and Saluda N.C., passed away Dec. 15, 2001.
Black was born July 27, 1936, to Vernon H. Black and Elma Cain Black.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Judy C. Black.
Survivors include his wife, Janet Black; four daughters, Brenda Ripley of New Trenton Ind., Linda Laughter of Saluda N.C., Sharon Walden of East Flat Rock N.C. and Barbara Black of Columbus, N.C.; one son, Vernon Black of Florida; one step son, Robert Collins of Indiana; three brothers, Carson Black of Louisville, Ky. and Fred Black and Harvey Black both of Michigan; nine grandchildren; five … Read More


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