Monthly Archives: March 2002

Confiscated weapons bring much discussion

Posted on March 21, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
During the March meeting of White County Steering Committee B, the question was asked by several commissioners of what happens to weapons confiscated as evidence by the sheriff’s department.
Harold England raised the initial inquiry, stating any weapons confiscated in the course of an investigation or crime were county property.
Then, he and other commissioners expressed the desire for an accounting of all weapons confiscated and held by the White County Sheriff’s Department.
England asked if said weapons were turned into the Circuit Court Clerk (currently Henry Foster).
Kenneth Milligan stated he had asked that question before and never received an answer, and he added it … Read More


Clyde B. Dodson

Posted on March 21, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Clyde B. Dodson, 93, of Sparta, passed away March 18, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Dodson was born Sept. 29, 1908, in Van Buren County, to William Isaac Dodson and Ellen England.
He was a farmer.
Dodson was preceded in death by his wife, Tula Wright Fields Dodson; one step daughter, Colleen Fields Yoho; one step grandchild, Mary Yoho; and one brother, E. Rodger Dodson.
Survivors include one sister, Grace Olexy of Sparta; one brother, R. Duke Dodson of Atlanta; step grandchildren and great grandchildren, Michele Yoho Kline, Natasha Yoho Spencer, David Yoho, Mary Spencer, and Peter Yoho all of Wisconsin.
Graveside services will be held … Read More


James Harold Davis

Posted on March 21, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Harold Davis, 71, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Sparta, passed away March 18, 2002.
Davis was born Nov. 17, 1930, in White County, to Mathew and Rachel Mary McCann Davis.
He was a member of North Jacksonville Baptist Church in Florida.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and John Bridges of Sparta; three sons and two daughters-in-law, James and Linda Davis and Richard and Clara Diane Davis all of Florida and Lester Davis of Sparta; three sisters, Ruth Simmons and Linda Blaylock both of Sparta and Inez Waymeir of Gaston, Ind.; four brothers, Woodrow Davis, Gene Davis and Carl Davis all of Sparta and Jerry Davis … Read More


James Carson Slagle

Posted on March 21, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Carson Slagle, 74, of Cookeville, passed away March 15, 2002.
Slagle was born April 16, 1927, to Thurman and Rebecca Dishman Slagle.
He was a member of Brotherton Free Will Baptist Church. Slagle was a minister and served as pastor for several churches in the area.
Slagle was preceded in death by his parents; his only son, Jimmie Carson Slagle; son-in-law, Al Kujawski; and one brother, Willie Clyde Slagle.
Survivors include his wife, Anne Dell Green Slagle of Cookeville; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jo Ann and Frank Lucas of Michigan and Jean and Joe Dishman and Sue Kujawski of all of Cookeville; eight grandchildren, Eric Lucas, … Read More


Rosha Lee Henderson

Posted on March 21, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rosha Lee Henderson, 96, of Sparta, passed away March 16, 2002.
Henderson attended Indian Mound the Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and former owner of Dairy Bell.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William A. and Dossie Lee Adcock Young; husband, Joe Dillon Henderson; one son, Willard Henderson; one daughter, Marie Henderson; four brothers, George Young, Greg Young, Orvin Young and Bill Young.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Eldon and Louise Henderson and Farrell and Barbara Henderson all of Sparta; four granddaughters, Brigette Rice, Shawn Rice and Kim Dockery all of Sparta and Linda Bailey of Oliver Springs; six great grandchildren, Daniel and Dustin … Read More


Melvin “Woody” Woodcock

Posted on March 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Melvin “Woody” Woodcock, 75, of Sparta, passed away March 11, 2002, at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Petersburg, Flor.
Woodcock was born Aug. 12, 1926, in Niagra County, N.Y., to Whitney and Irma Singer Woodcock.
He was retired from General Motors.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Jan Woodcock of Sparta and Bruce and Nancy Woodcock of Bellview, Ill.; four grandchildren, Kimberly Cummings, Trisha Woodcock, Paul Woodcock Jr. and Russell Woodcock; and two great grandchildren, Christopher Woodcock and Joshua Cummings.
Services were held at 10 a.m., March 16, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Rev. James Elbert Smith officiated.
Hunter Funeral


Rosa Pearl Stewart Phifer

Posted on March 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rosa Pearl Stewart Phifer, 104, of Sparta, passed away March 13, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Phifer was born Aug. 10, 1897, in White County, to James and Tennie Davis Stewart.
She as a homemaker.
Phifer was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie L. Phifer.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Dixie Phifer of Sparta; one daughter, Nell Matthews; four grandchildren and spouses, Fredda and Dale Andrews of Smithville, Rita Willmann of Aurora, Colo., Sharon and Douglas Berry of Tucson, Ariz. and Donald Keith and Christy Phifer of Sparta; six grandchildren, Stephen Hale, Lee Willman, Randy Goines and Jonathan Johnson all of Sparta, Gregory … Read More


Rebecca Hull Taylor Swindell

Posted on March 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rebecca Hull Taylor Swindell, 81, of Sparta, passed away March 15, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Swindell was born Sept. 8, 1920, in White County, to Kenton J. and Reba Jarvis Hull.
She was a retired banker.
Swindell was preceded in death by two husbands, Harold Toy Taylor and Herman Richard Swindell.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Janet Taylor of Sparta; two granddaughters, Valerie Taylor Myers and husband, Ryan, and Jessica Vaughn Taylor; two step sons, Richard Swindell and Gary Swindell both of Sparta; and four step grandchildren, Tol Swindell, Hallie Swindell, Ryan Swindell and Christie Alexander.
Services were held at 2 p.m., March … Read More


Victims of September 11 remembered by WCHS student

Posted on March 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
After White County School Board members were treated to a special buffet prepared by students from the Food and Nutrition class, many were moved to tears while viewing a special media presentation conceived by White County High School (WCHS) student, Chad Marcum.
Marcum created a media show titled, “America Remembers” which focused mainly on the events of September 11, 2001, and he was also among other WCHS students honored by the board.
WCHS principal Charles Dycus and WCHS Assistant Principal Sandra Crouch, gave a profile of their school.
Dycus began by thanking the board for their work and stated, “I’m still thankful to be principal of … Read More


Campers rescued at Scott’s Gulf

Posted on March 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
A church group hiking and camping at Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness Area over the weekend ran into trouble before heading back to Decatur, Georgia. Rainfall waters rapidly rose, causing campers to take a different path to their destination with the help of rescue workers.
At approximately 2:50 p.m., the Emergency 911 Center dispatched the White County Sheriff’s Department, White County EMS and Sparta-White County Rescue Squad to Scott’s Gulf, off of Eastland Road, in reference to 14 stranded campers. Apparently, the Belvedere Seventh Day Adventist Church youth group had decided to camp at Virgin Falls area over the weekend. On Saturday, they camped on the other … Read More


Recreation on board agenda

Posted on March 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mike Dickerson
Recreation was a major topic of conversation at the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen at their regular meeting Thursday.
The board again discussed skateboards, roller blades and bicyles on public and private property. In previous meetings, the aldermen considered possible ordinances to address the problems the sports cause to private property, and what enforcement would be utilized. Some damage to private property had been reported as a result of teenagers participating in the sport in parking lots and streets.
At the Thursday meeting, the discussion was more of the creative nature, with the board looking into the possibilities of constructing a special park for the … Read More


Tech upsets Dayton; headed to Yale

Posted on March 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


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