Monthly Archives: September 2002

Thelma M. Adamson

Posted on September 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Thelma M. Adamson, 82, passed away Sept. 26, 2002.
Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Foster; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Johnny and Willine Adamson and Calvin Adamson; one daughter Peggy Adamson; four grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Sept. 30, 2002, at Forest Lawn Chapel with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Pastor Jimmy Crockett will officiate.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
This information is courtesy of Hunter Funeral Home.


Jerry Wayne Turner

Posted on September 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jerry Wayne Turner, 51, of Smithville, passed away Sept. 25, 2002.
Turner attended Snow Hill Baptist Church. He was a retired nursery worker.
He was preceded in death by one son, Shannon J. Turner; one daughter, Tonya Lynn Turner; one sister, Helena Driver; and his parents, Oscar Turner and Ella Mai Herman Turner.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanie Kirby of Spencer; one son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Pamela Turner; one grandson, Cory Lee Turner; three step granddaughters; six step great grandchildren; four sisters, Helen Turner of McMinnville, Evalena Redmon, Ruby Parsley and Rosie Cobble all of Smithville; one brother, John P. Turner of Smithville; and former wife, Julia … Read More


Gladys Irene Young

Posted on September 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Gladys Irene Young, 78, passed away Sept. 27, 2002.
Young was a devout Christian who taught Sunday School for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Survivors include her husband, James Lee Young; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jerry and James Jackson and Gail and John Bagley; three granddaughters and their spouses, Melinda and Richard Hammer, Dona and Terry Hastings and Johnna and Jeremy Hutchison; two great granddaughters, Lindsey Hammersley and Jerimey Hammersley; and two great grandsons, Joshua Hastings and Jacob Lee Hutchison.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 30, 2002, at Forest Lawn Chapel. Bro. J.D. Joines will officiate.
Forest Lawn … Read More


A cabin full of country treasures

Posted on September 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
If a consumer is searching for a special gift, whether a birthday, holiday, or for someone special, they might just discover what they are looking for at Country Treasures. The store offers a variety of country crafts and collectibles, as well as great smelling candles and potpourri.
There are Teddy bears, figurines, porcelain dolls, blankets, candles, Ty baby buddies and many other items available. A patriotic corner is filled with wall hangings, flags, pillows, Teddy bears, serving trays, lamps, plaques, candles, wind chimes, welcome signs, clocks and glassware.
The store is wonderfully decorated throughout. There are wooden crates filled with dish towels, hand towels and pot … Read More


Willie Pearl Crowell

Posted on September 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Willie Pearl Crowell, 70, of Indiana, passed away Sept. 25, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo, Ind.
Crowell was born March 28, 1932, in Sparta, to William Cunningham and Zona Tollison Cunningham.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, James Thomas Wilkey.
Survivors include her children, Larry Wilkey of Algood, William Wilkey of Chesterfield, Ind., Donnie Wilkey and David Wilkey both of Sparta, Dennis Wilkey and Kathy Golday both of Anderson, Ind., Robert Wilkey of Kokomo, Ind., Barbara Copley of Kentucky, George Wilkey Jr. of Peru, Ind. and Gregory Wilkey of Indianapolis, Ind.; one brother, Jack Cunningham of Anderson, Ind.; four sisters, Pat … Read More


Little recognized by Boy Scouts-Troop #175

Posted on September 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
In appreciation for his many years of dedication and devotion to scouting, Sam Little was presented with a special plaque by Robert Verble, Scoutmaster. Boy Scouts-Troop #175 celebrated their 50th anniversary with a dinner on Saturday honoring all past and current Boy Scouts.


Judge says no bond for Brown brothers

Posted on September 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A Sparta Internet-based drug distribution case, which had major connections to other states, resulted in the arrests approximately two weeks ago of Kevin Layne Brown and Ronald Keith Brown. During a detention hearing last Wednesday in Nashville, Judge Clifton E. Knowles said there was “clear and compelling evidence” for “no bond” for the alleged drug dealers.
The two White County brothers, who are currently being held in a federal facility, were charged with eight separate counts of distributing mixtures containing 1,4 Butanediol (BD), a schedule I controlled substance analogue. This substance is an analogue of GHB (Gamma hydroxybutyrate), which is commonly referred to as the … Read More


Sarah Louise Wilson Gilbert

Posted on September 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sarah Louise Wilson Gilbert, 84, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 26, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Gilbert was born Aug. 19, 1918, in Sparta, to John Thomas and Iva Anderson Wilson.
She had been a homemaker.
Gilbert was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bud Robinson Gilbert; and one son, Jackie Wayne Gilbert.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda West of Sparta, Faye Hill of Lafayette, Ga. and Pat Morgan of Okeechobee, Fla.; three sons, Buddy Gilbert, Johnny Gilbert and Mike Gilbert all of Sparta; four sisters, Essie Cope, Mary Wilson and Ruth Young all of Sparta and Clara Thompson of Pensacola, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; and 27 … Read More


Doyle teen still missing

Posted on September 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
Authorities are searching for a missing Doyle teenager, Shane Usrey, 16, who was last seen at his residence on Sept. 15, 2002.
Deputy Darren Gongaware of the White County Sheriff’s Department filed a report while speaking with Usrey’s mother, Connie Campbell. She told authorities Usrey was last seen at 10:30 a.m. on the 15th. According to authorities, a missing child report has also been filed with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Usrey has brownish blond long hair (to the middle of his back) which he keeps in a ponytail.
He is 5’ 6″ – 5’ 7″ tall and has hazel/green eyes and a tattoo on his … Read More


Johnson strives to maintain the natural beauty of Sparta

Posted on September 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“I want to do something where I can make a difference,” said Nathan Johnson, the new City Forester for Sparta. “We have so many older trees in Sparta that are dead or dying, and I want to educate the people on how to preserve these beautiful pieces of history.”
Johnson, son of Dr. Joel and Peggy Johnson of Sparta, graduated from White County High School in 1994. He received his undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Johnson obtained his graduate degree in Public Administration and hopes to utilize the knowledge he gained to serve the people of his … Read More


A feeling of home at Cumberland Family Center

Posted on September 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
Cumberland Family Center strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children enrolled at the center. The children are involved in many indoor activities as well as outdoor activities throughout each day and have a safe environment to play in.
The Director, Corina Cope, has been working at the center for more than five years and oversees staff management, enrollment of the children, public relations and the typical day-to-day running of the center. There are presently 99 children attending the center, with ages ranging from six weeks to 12 years. Cope said they are looking into starting a second shift, which will run from 2 … Read More


Cavanah charged after meth lab discovery

Posted on September 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
Authorities charged James B. (Butch) Cavanah, Jr., with criminal intent to manufacture methamphetamine after they investigated the scene of an accident on Sept. 21, 2002. Law enforcement personnel searched Cavanah’s room and found components consistent with the manufacture of meth.
Deputy Charles Sims of the White County Sheriff’s Department originally responded to a call about someone crashing through a fence and leaving the scene of an accident. Sims arrived at 630 Bennett Road and came into contact with the driver, Cavanah, who allegedly told authorities he was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash, and he would pay for any damages.
Sims asked Cavanah … Read More


Eloise Camp

Posted on September 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Eloise Camp, 89, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 24, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Camp was born May 19, 1913, in
Dyer County, to Charlie Cheatham and Sallie Hassell Cheatham.
She had been a teacher.
Camp was preceded in death by her husband, Lucius Camp and one son, John Camp.
Survivors include Freddie Hutchinson of Alamo, Richard House, Ethan House, William House, Emma House, Sophie House and Edith Camp.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the Central Church of Christ or Angela Camp Memorial Scholarship at Nashville School of Law.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Sept. 26, 2002, at … Read More


The anticipation mounts for Taste of Home Cooking School

Posted on September 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rima Austin
White County Hospital, Morgan Furniture, and Middle Tennessee Gas, along with numerous other Sparta businesses, are sponsoring the Taste of Home Cooking School being held on Tuesday, October 15 at 5 p.m. in the White County Agricultural Complex.
Booths will be set up at the School that will feature information about the firms that make up Sparta’s business community. Sandy Bloom, a representative of the Taste of Home Cooking School, says that sponsors are chosen locally but that, “supermarkets and appliance dealers are some of the main ones that are wanted.”
When asked why he agreed to be a sponsor at the cooking school, Don Blalock, … Read More


Linnie Mae Clouse Hampton

Posted on September 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Linnie Mae Clouse Hampton, 87, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 25, 2002.
Hampton was born Dec. 25, 1914, in White County, to Robert Lee Clouse and Bertha Jane Brown Clouse.
She was an active and faithful member of Hampton’s Crossroads Baptist Church. Hampton had been a homemaker.
Hampton was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Joe Dib Hampton.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Billy Joe and Brenda Hampton of Sparta and Bob L. and Pearl Hampton of Greenback; one daughter and son-in-law, Doris Ann and Glen Whittaker of Cookeville; one sister, Geneva Pearl Goodwin of Michigan; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Cindy and Barton … Read More


Charles A. Dodson

Posted on September 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charles A. Dodson, 84, of Hixson, formerly of Sparta, passed away Sept. 16, 2002.
Dodson was born Aug. 21, 1918, in the Eastland community of White County, to John Charles Dodson II and Martha Goodwin Dodson.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Dodson was retired as an U.S. Army sergeant first class in the 28th Field Artillery, 8th Infantry Division. He had also been a reporter for the Army newspaper.
After retiring from the Army, Dodson continued his career in journalism. He worked for a brief time at The Expositor before accepting a position as a reporter for the Crossville … Read More


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