Monthly Archives: December 2001

High school teams Georgia bound after Christmas

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

Tammy Wilhite


Tennessee Farm Bureau completes successful year

Posted on December 24, 2001 12:12 am by Submitted

The year 2001 was remembered as the year of “Grassroots Patriotism” by the Tennessee Farm Bureau during their 80th annual meeting held December 2-4 in Nashville. During the meeting’s events and programs, a patriotic theme of red, white and blue kept a continuous reminder of our nation’s dedication to win the war effort.
Tennessee Farm Bureau members across the state after September 11, joined in the fight to do whatever they could to help each other, to support our country, and as other generations before them, work to keep this nation strong and safe. More than $8,000 was given by county Farm Bureaus to assist families in New … 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


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


Daisy Doney Webb

Posted on December 20, 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


Beecher D. Brimer

Posted on December 20, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Beecher D. Brimer, 84, of Van Buren County, passed away Dec. 17, 2001.
Brimer was born Nov. 9, 1917, in Gatson, to Jay Brimer and Pearl Boyd Brimer.
He attended the Church of God and was retired from saw mill construction.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lee Ward Brimer of Spencer; three sons, Nathan H. Brimer of Florida, Beecher J. Brimer of Spencer and William Brimer of South Carolina; nine daughters, Shirley Brock, Jennifer Marshall and Vella
Moore all of Spencer, Linda Camp, Edith Eates, Anna Renaud and Mary Sue Copeland all of Florida, Mildred Louise Stratton of McMinnville and Kathy Martin of Kansas; four step daughters, Kathy … Read More


Virgil Ray Bryant

Posted on December 20, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Virgil Ray Bryant, 94, passed away Dec. 16, 2001.
Bryant was born Jan. 26, 2001, in Sparta, to Waymon and Martha Brown Bryant.
He served in the United States Army during World War II.
Bryant was a lumber man.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby
A. Bryant of Rickman; two daughters, Barbara Tackel of Washington and Betty Bryant of Rickman; one granddaughter, Sydney Hennessee; one grandson, Charles B. Tackel; one great granddaughter, Lauran Tackel; and one great grandson, Bryant Hennessee.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Dec. 19, 2001, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Old Bon Air Cemetery. Martha Selby officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge


Local residence totally consumed by flames

Posted on December 20, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
Flames roared throughout a local residence on Wednesday leaving a total mass of destruction behind.
No one was inside the home at the time of the fire.
Authorities were dispatched to the scene of a two story structure fire at 11060 Monterey Highway at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Chief Lew Betterton of the Cherry Creek Fire Department said, “Chief Ed Kay of the Sparta Fire Department was the first one on the scene and said the home was totally engulfed in flames.”
The residence was owned by Bobby Cunningham and authorities said Dave Johnson was renting the home.
Eleven firefighters from Cherry Creek Fire Department and seven … Read More


Warriors and Warriorettes split with Kingston

Posted on December 20, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


WCMS girls win, boys lose to Avery Trace

Posted on December 20, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Eighth grade Warrior, Justin Brown soars into the paint to put up a shot for two points.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


Area merchants are ready for last minute shoppers

Posted on December 20, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The holiday season has proven to be busy as usual this year, and the last week of shopping before Christmas is suddenly here. The shoppers are hurriedly making their final rounds with hopes of finding a great bargain for those last few names on the list.
Area merchants are preparing for the sudden last minute shoppers, and have taken great pride in their displays of distinctive selections in gifts. According to Expositor Promotions Director Christy Hampton, the businesses in this region are known for their quality and selection.
Hampton said, “The shops and business in this vicinity are noted for their unique items, especially during … Read More


SpartaExpositor.com has arrived

Posted on December 20, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
For over four years, online readers have enjoyed The Expositor via the world wide web, and now they have reason to enjoy it even more with the arrival of the new web site, SpartaExpositor.com.
Premiering today, SpartaExpositor.com has the print staff of The Expositor excited for many reasons: the radical redesign of the site, its easy navigation and, among other new features, a completely searchable article database.
“Readers have been asking for years to be able to access a wider online range of news items,” said Suzanne Dickerson, Expositor publisher.
“Our new web site allows them to do that with ease.”
The internal search engine for … Read More


Pauline Pennington Burgess

Posted on December 20, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Pauline Pennington Burgess, 88, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 17, 2001.
Burgess was born Feb. 9, 1913, in Smith County, to Tom and Emma Cantrell Pennington.
She was a homemaker.
Burgess was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Tom Burgess.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Leslie Burgess of Asheville, Ala.; three granddaughters, Belinda West, Susan Urquhart and Paula Cook; and four great grandchildren, Cavin, Scott, Ashley and Addison.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Dec. 18, 2001, at West Sparta Church of Christ with burial in Highland Cemetery. Chad Ramsey officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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