Monthly Archives: March 2002

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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


Nancy Lee Taylor Lawson

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

Nancy Lee Taylor Lawson, 55, of Sparta, passed away March 15, 2002, at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville.
Lawson was born Nov. 18, 1946, in Troy, N.Y., to John
Edward Taylor and Elizabeth Edith Dunwoody Taylor.
She was an administrative assistant at Tri-State.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Mack Lawson of Sparta and Keenan Lee Lawson of Atlanta, Ga.; parents; and one sister, Jan Walker of Denver, Colo.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., March 18, 2002, atHunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Jonathan Angel will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Crossing the ocean to a world of love

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The depth of a person’s love for another human being is a strong and powerful emotion, and the bond between a man and woman in love is even greater. When Gertrud Emily met Larkin Paul Austin in war-torn Germany, she was unaware of the changes that were about to take place in her life.
Gerta, as family and friends know her, worked in a mess hall at Rhine-Mein Air Force Base in Frankfurt, Germany. She could not speak English, even though she came in contact with Americans on a daily basis. According to Gerta, there was an incident of food poisoning and because of security … CONTINUED


Waiting for a new chance at life with God’s help

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The beautiful smile of Kathy Greene exudes the glow of a woman who has complete faith in the healing power of prayer, but her radiance cannot hide the harsh reality of the health problems that have dominated her life for many years.
Green contracted nephritis when she was approximately 10-years-old. Nephritis is inflammation of the kidneys that is generally caused by an infection or an immune reaction that goes awry and injures the kidneys. An abnormal immune reaction can come about in two ways: (1) An antibody can attack either the kidney itself or an antigen (a substance that stimulates an immune reaction) attached to … CONTINUED


Calling all volunteers

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A sense of pride and community abound within the perimeters of White County, and individuals helping each other are the common factors in making Sparta a great place to call home. That is the reason Christmas in April needs the support of local volunteers for this year’s projects.
Sylvia Kennedy, Christmas in April board member and volunteer, is a true believer in the
of the goals of a project that give aid to those in need. Christmas in April funds, which are donated by individuals or businesses, are used to repair homes of people who may not have the financial means to accomplish the needed … CONTINUED


Sparta Office Supplies: a place to call home

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A person’s definition of hometown usually depicts his or her place of birth, but Don Pearson of Sparta Office Supplies calls Sparta his hometown, even though he did not move to White County until 1966.
According to Pearson, he was employed by Malone and Hyde and his job was to help the company open new stores and expedite the sale of the business. He and his family moved to Sparta as a part of his job and Pearson opened the Cooper and Martin grocery store. Pearson said plans for the store did not proceed as had been anticipated, and the proposed buyer changed his mind … CONTINUED


Pauline Mabe Billings

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Pauline Mabe Billings, 70, of Smithville, passed away March 9, 2002, at NHC Healthcare.
Billings attended Indian Creek Baptist Church.
She was known as “the saw lady” at Billings Saw & Tool.
Billings was preceded in death by her parents, Aaron Louis and Vera Lola Pollard Mabe; husband, Ammon Billings; two brothers, Harold Lewis and Jerry Wayne Mabe; and one sister, Roena Mabe.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Ammon and Teresa Billings of Smithville; four grandchildren, Scarlet Adcock of Smyrna, Aleisha Fuson, Tonya Evans and Ammon “Trey” Billings II all of Smithville; five great grandchildren; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Louise and Seborn Cantrell of Smithville and Linda … CONTINUED


John L. Camp

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John L. Camp, 62, of Sparta, passed away March 11, 2002.
Camp maintained a law practice with his step son, Richard House, in the Sparta firm of Camp & Camp. He was formerly city judge in Carthage, a White County Commissioner and member of the Tennessee Board of Governors. Camp was elected as a delegate to the 1977 Constitutional convention and the 1979 Tennessee State Democratic Committee. He was also a member of numerous organizations, including the American and Tennessee Bar Association and Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association.
Camp was preceded in death by his wife and former law partner, Angela Ashe Camp.
Survivors include his mother, Eloise Camp; … CONTINUED


Robert Eston Marsh Sr.

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Eston Marsh Sr., 68, of Sparta, passed away March 11, 2002, at Vanderbilt Hospital.
Marsh was born Oct. 10, 1933, in White County, to Jack and Maggie Emerton Marsh.
He was a self-employed grocer.
Marsh was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jim Marsh and Tom Marsh.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Allison Marsh of Sparta; three sons, Robert Marsh Jr. of Lewisburg, Stanley Marsh of Trimble and Billy Marsh of Sparta; eight daughters, Bobbie Marsh and Shirley Raney both of Beech Grove, Bonnie Hobby of Lewisburg, Florence Walker and Pam Edwards both of Shelbyville and Anita Scott and Lisa Elkins both of Sparta; … CONTINUED


Vickie Suzette Schram

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Vickie Suzette Schram, 43, of Sparta, passed away March 9, 2002, at Park Ridge Hospital in Chattanooga.
Schram was born Feb. 12, 1959, in White County.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Teresa Gail Glover and grandparents, Jim and Myrtle Hensley and Lena Blount.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Joe Schram of Sparta; mother and step father, Evelyn Hensley Youngman and John Youngman; father and step mother, Howell and Ruth Glover of Johnson; two brothers, Keith Herbstreith of Sparta and Daniel Glover of McMinnville; one sister, Shirley Stewart of Sparta; and two nieces, Shannon Walbourn and Sara Joyce Herbstreith both of Sparta.
Services were held at … CONTINUED


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