Monthly Archives: April 2002

Sims and Mitchell receive awards

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


National Association of Realtors celebrated American Home Week

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Every spring since 1952, REALTORS across America have led their communities, townships and neighborhoods in a celebration of home ownership and private property rights. Known today as American Home Week, this year’s April 7-13 observance marked the 50th anniversary of the tribute to one of the cornerstones of democracy. American Home Week is a celebration aimed at reminding citizens of their constitutional freedom to own private property. Throughout the designated week each April, the realtors association sponsors activities such as property improvement projects to aid the needy, essay contests centering on the theme of home ownership and special seminars on home-buying and home-selling trends.
American Home Week began … Read More


James Franklin (Frank) Cannon

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Franklin (Frank) Cannon, 59, of Quebeck, passed away April 20, 2002, at White County Hospital.
Cannon was born Jan. 6, 1943, in White County, to O.T. and Lois Simmons Cannon.
He was a factory worker.
Cannon was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Roy Lester Cannon.
Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Elaine Johnson of Quebeck and Tammy Greenwood of Florida; one son, Franklin Todd Cannon of Quebeck; and five grandchildren, Jessica Greenwood, Kayla Greenwood, Mary Ann Greenwood, Tiffany Johnson and Tyler Johnson.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., April 22, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Anderson Cemetery. Rev. J.V. Lowery … Read More


Vivian Louise (Weezy) Selby Smith

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Vivian Louise (Weezy) Selby Smith, 79, of Sparta, passed away April 21, 2002, at Wharton Nursing Home.
Smith was born Aug. 11, 1922, in White County, to Robert F. Selby and Beulah Mae England Selby.
She was a nurse’s aid.
Selby was preceded in death by her husband, June Smith; parents; one brother, Billy Selby; and two sisters, Helen Baker and Elizabeth Smith.
Survivors include three brothers, C.B. Selby of Monterey, Robert E. Selby of Crossville and James L. Selby of Sparta and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., April 23, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in New … Read More


James (Jack) Thomas Dyer

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James (Jack) Thomas Dyer, 85, of Sparta, passed away April 16, 2002, at V.A. Hospital in Murfreesboro.
Dyer was born May 6, 1916, in Clifty, to Rex Dyer and Eunice Jaco Dyer.
He served in the U.S. Army where he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal.
Dyer was the grandson of the late James Jaco, who served as sheriff of White County in the early 1900’s. For the past 35 years, he had made his home with Madge Foster and her husband, Havern “Bo” Foster, who has since passed away.
Dyer was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Cecil Sherrill; and three brothers, Rex … Read More


James W. (Bill) Simmons

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James W. (Bill) Simmons, 73, of Hixson, formerly of White County, passed away April 20, 2002.
Simmons was the son of Nasby and Edna Simmons.
He served in the Korean Conflict and was retired from Conoco Oil Company.
Simmons was preceded in death by his parents, Nasby Simmons and Edna McKinney and two brothers, Byrle Simmons and Charles McKinney.
Survivors include his wife, Willene Webster Simmons of Hixson; one son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Susan Simmons; one daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Chris Lanier; three grandsons, Matthew Lanier, Jeff Simmons and Scott Simmons; one sister, Katherine Strickland of Doyle; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held … Read More


Ida Lee Gum

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ida Lee Gum, 88, passed away April 19, 2002.
Gum was born Sept. 27, 1913, in Sparta, to W.D. Dodson and Mary Fowler.
She attended the Church of Christ and was a member of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary VFW. Gum was self-employed as a hairdresser and was the oldest cosmetologist in Tennessee.
Survivors include one sister, Imogene Haston of McMinnville; one niece, Dorothy Basham of Morrison; and six great nephews, Jerry Basham and Jimmy Basham both of Rock Island and Ricky Basham, Steve Basham, Don Bost and Darrell Bost all of McMinnville.
Services were held at 1 p.m., April 21, 2002, at High Funeral Home Chapel with burial … Read More


ERG receives Award of Excellence

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

The Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors recently presented the prestigious Award of Excellence to three ERG agents who have produced at least one million dollars in sales for the fiscal year. L-R: Bula Price, Kathy Frasier and Diana Birdwell as Award of Excellence recipients and Evon Heady, 2002 president.


Burgess Falls reopens

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Budget crunches in the state financial situation led to the closure of several state parks in Tennessee, but last week, officials announced some parks would be temporarily reopened. Burgess Falls State Park, located in White County was among the selected group to benefit from the decision.
State Representative Charles Curtiss said the state legislature actually funded the parks last year, but the attorney general ruled the legislators did not have the authority to say the parks could remain open.
“When the governor saw we didn’t have revenue, he chose to close the parks,” said Curtiss. “But, he operated within his right.”
Burgess Falls State Park … Read More


Illegal gambling devices seized

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

Dawn Bailey
Authorities worked together to seize illegal gambling devices on Wednesday. “We are working with the District Attorney’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,” said Sheriff Guy Goff.
Members of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the White County Sheriff’s Dept. seized illegal gambling devices from several White County businesses. This operation was the result of a recent Supreme Court decision in the case of State of Tennessee vs. Rhonda Burkhart which declared certain video devices are deemed to be illegal gambling devices. Under Tennessee state law, it is illegal to possess gambling devices.
TBI members and White County deputies arrived at Lazy Day’s Deli … Read More


Over 1,200 attended Women’s Show

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

Emily Moorehead
Angie Saylors, one of the four winners of a Styled and Polished make over during the 2002 Upper Cumberland Showcase for Women, looked stunning with her new appearance.
Saylors received a free make over courtesy of Styled and Polished salon, a free outfit from The Outlet in Cookeville and complimentary shoes from The Shoe Sensation.
See more pictures from the 2002 Upper Cumberland Showcase for Women in the April 18 edition of Living.


Roy Melvin Burchett

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

Roy Melvin Burchett, 72, of Quebeck, passed away April 15, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Burchett was born Dec. 2, 1925, in Clay County, to Elmer Winton Burchett and Sara Etta Davis Burchett.
He was a logger.
Burchett was preceded in death by his parents; brothers; one son; and one daughter.
Survivors include his wife, Hallie Burchett of Quebeck; three daughters, Lill Marie Burchett of McMinnville and Sarah Hillis and Melba Hennessee both of Rock Island; one son, James “Jimmy” Burchett of Nashville; four sisters, Arrie Belle Neely of Manchester, Thelma Cunningham of Sparta, Venita Tindle of Memphis and Reba Clark of Quebeck; three brothers. Delbert Burchett … Read More


Robert L. Thompkins

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

Robert L. Thompkins, 64, passed away April 10, 2002.
Thompkins was born Dec. 3, 1937, in Bladenboro, N.C., to John Franklin Thompkins and Eliza Jane Thompkins
He was a member of North Mullins Baptist Church and Woodmen of the World Thompkins was retired from American Bakeries and a retired carpenter.
Thompkins was preceded in death by his wife, Annie
Margaret Strickland Thompkins.
Survivors include his children, Robert Michael Thompkins, Wanda Brayfield, Joel Thompkins and Kenneth Thompkins; 12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; four brothers, Lloyd Thompkins, Donald Thompkins of Sparta, Wendell Thompkins and Edward Thompkins; and two sisters, Gracie Watson and Cindy Creach.
Services were held at 3 p.m., … Read More


Floyd Eugene Hamby

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

Floyd Eugene Hamby, 74, of Sparta, passed away April 14, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Hamby was born Oct. 3, 1927, to Landon Hamby and Anna Mae Porter Hamby.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and a floor constructionist.
Survivors include two sons, Richard Lee Hamby and David Eugene Hamby; three daughters, Barbara E. Jones, Rita Kay Hamby and Anita Ann Hamby; two sisters, Jackie Ruth Bright and Peggy J. Bailey; three brothers, Carmen Hamby, Ben Hamby and bill “Joe” Hamby; four grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Services were held at 10 a.m., April 17, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home … Read More


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