Monthly Archives: March 2002

Mary L. Irwin Hill

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

Mary L. Irwin Hill, daughter of the late Frank and Amanda Lisk Irwin, was born May 26, 1904, in Sparta.
Irwin attended public schools in Tennessee. She professed a hope in Christ at an early age and united with the Methodist Church, where she remained a faithful member for 72 years.
She united in holy matrimony with John Dalton Hill and to his union eight children were born.
Irwin was baptized as a Jehovah Witness in 1983 and attended Washington Park Congregation.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend who will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.… Read More


Nellie Brewer

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

Nellie Brewer, 78, of Murfreesboro, passed away March 11, 2002, at St. Thomas Hospital.
Brewer was born Jan. 19, 1926, in Cumberland County, to Mach Barnes and Isabell Green Barnes.
She attended the Baptist Church and was a housewife.
Brewer was preceded in death by one grandson, Frank Goodman.
Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Pat and Tommy Sims of McMinnville, Betty and Bob McCormick of Murfreesboro and Pam Brewer of Cincinnati; three sons and one daughter-in-law, J.D. Phillips of Alabama, Ron Brewer of Murfreesboro and Joe and Lynn Brewer of Cincinnati, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and one sister, Jewell Snyder of Huntsville.
Services will … Read More


Mary Ellen Goodwin

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

Mary Ellen Goodwin, 64, passed away March 10, 2002.
Survivors include four daughters and three sons-in-law, Teresa Clark, Debbie and Terry Fuller, Cindy and Jude Lenahan and Melissa and James Edwards; three sisters, Linda McCaleb, Barbara Hollingsworth and Phylis Nash; one brother, Rayburn Nash; and nine grandchildren, Charlie Clark, Stacey Clark, Tiffany Clark, Victoria Clark, Joshua Fuller, Jared Fuller, Brandon Johnson, Justin Edwards and Miranda Edwards.
Services were held at 1 p.m., March 13, 2002, at Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Raymond Arthell Dobbs

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

Raymond Arthell Dobbs, 77, of Walling, passed away March 11, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Dobbs was born Aug. 10, 1924, in White County, to Columbus and Lou Bain Dobbs.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was retired from Thomas Industries.
Survivors include four sons and two daughters-in-law, Roger and Linda Dobbs of Sparta, Danny and Sherry Dobbs of McMinnville, Johnny Dobbs of Walling and don Dobbs of Doyle; two daughters and one daughter-in-law, Connie and Landon Prater of Pikeville and Pam Layne of Sparta; four sisters, Dorothy Sullivan, Doris Roberts, and Thelma Brady all of Sparta and Mary Jelinek of Michigan; … Read More


Russell White

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

Russell White, 87, of Cookeville, passed away March 11, 2002.
White was born March 22, 1914, in Overton County, to James Dillard and Leah Smith White.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cookeville and served terms as elder, deacon and trustee
White served in World War II in the Pacific Theater, including
the invasion of Okinawa as a sergeant in the 147th Infantry Regiment. He was 45-year member of American Legion Post #46. White had been employed by Nabisco for 37 years. He had been a member of West Fork Lodge #648 F&AM since 1935.
White was preceded in death by one sister, Beulah Vaughn; … Read More


Good entertainment brewing for Coffee House concert

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

Emily Moorehead
Students led by Chorus Director David Schroeder, far right, are giving their all in preparation for the Coffee House Concert presented by the WCHS chorus.
The concert takes place on March 19 in the multi-purpose room at WCHS, and doors open at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $3 for adults, $1 for students, and Schroeder suggests arriving early as prior coffee house concerts have played to full houses.
He wants it crisp; he wants it clean: David Schroeder is hard at work polishing the sound of the White County High School (WCHS) chorus in preparation for their 2002 Coffee House concert on March 19.
He isn’t a … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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; … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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; … Read More


Lester Eugene Anderson

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

Lester Eugene Anderson, 71, of Sparta, passed away March 11, 2002, at life Care of Sparta.
Anderson was born in Gainesboro to Lattie and Daisy Anderson.
He had been in the central heating and air conditioning profession.
Survivors include three children, Lisa Ann Sewell, Debra Jean Knight and Lester Eugene Anderson Jr. all of Sparta; one brother, Fowler Anderson of Lebanon; two sisters,Lonell Atnip of McMinnville and Rozella Bohannon of Nashville; four grandchildren, Johnny Knight II, Daniel Knight, Crockett Sewell and Ashley Anderson; and his twins, Autumn and Melissa.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


On fire, but not too hot to handle

Posted on March 11, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
“My daddy was a dispatcher before 911, so I listened to him every night on the radio,” said Mary Beth Clouse of her early interest in community service.
“I was so proud.
That’s back when they had only one person doing it.
He did that for 18 years, so I thought emergency services were so cool.”
Clouse said before she graduated from White County High School, she considered a career in law enforcement.
After the birth of her son, Brandon, she worked various jobs, and then a friend, Ed Hensley, chief of the Mt. Gilead Fire Department, was instrumental in her decision to become a volunteer … Read More


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