Monthly Archives: October 2002

Richard Molnar

Posted on October 24, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Richard Molnar, 69, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 23, 2002.
Molnar served in the Korean Conflict and had been an electrical contractor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Molnar and Anna Mae Biszaha Molnar.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Molnar of Sparta; five children, Faith Molnar, Richard A. Molnar, Dawn Robinson and Leah Koch all of New Jersey and Gail Swift of Ohio; one sister, Lorraine Lloyd of Florida; 10 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 25, 2002, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Crossville. Veral VanWinkle will be the presiding overseer.
Thurman Funeral Home


William Earl “Billy” Welch Jr.

Posted on October 24, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

William Earl “Billy” Welch Jr., 38, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 19, 2002, at
White County Community Hospital.
Welch was born Dec. 18, 1963, in Ravenna, Ohio, to William Earl Welch Sr. and Patricia Diamond Smith.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Welch.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Welch of Sparta; one daughter, Elana Welch; one step son, Raymond Morgan of Sparta; mother, Patsy Smith of Sparta; father, William Earl “Bill” Welch Sr. of Sparta; two brothers, Paul Welch and Bret Welch both of Sparta; two sisters, Judy Myers and Becky Welch both of Sparta; and grandmother, Frances Welch of Sparta.
Services were held at … CONTINUED


Sparta helping protect America’s babies with Spooktacular Stroll

Posted on October 24, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The nation’s most precious asset is the youth of today. These young men and women will be the leaders of tomorrow, and the March of Dimes makes sure they have a good start in life.
The March of Dimes mission is to promote healthly babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality through research, education, community service and advocacy. According to Cindy Hackler, community director for White, Cumberland, Sequatchie and Hamilton counties, the March of Dimes is sometimes a “behind the scenes” supporter of numerous medical advancements and benefits.
In January 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt, established the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Roosevelt, who suffered … CONTINUED


David Oscar Nash

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

David Oscar Nash, 86, passed away Oct. 15, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Nash was born Nov. 8, 1915, in Putnam County, to Lester and Minnie Mae Dunn Nash.
He was a member of Corinth Church of Christ and a retired logger.
Nash was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Linnie Opal Davidson Nash; one daughter, Lillian Rivers; four sons, Glynn Nash, David Nash Jr., Bobby Nash and Lenard Nash; and two brothers, Ezra Nash and Willie Nash.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Lennie and J.L. Phillips of Cookeville; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert Joe and Barbara Nash of Sparta; 20 grandchildren; 41 great … CONTINUED


Spencer Blake Stewart

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

Spencer Blake Stewart, 31, of Decatur, passed away Oct. 17, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Stewart was born July 24, 1971, in Putnam County.
He had been employed in sales.
Stewart was preceded in death by one son, Samuel Blake Stewart; infant daughter, Shawna Dixon; one sister, Traci Stewart; grandparents, Virgil Rector, Marie Moore and Herman Stewart; and great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Atwell Rector.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Ann Stewart of Decatur; father and step
mother, Danny and Margaret Stewart of Decatur; mother and step father, Barbara and Bobby Miller of Baxter; a brother and sister-in-law, Danny Wayne and Joyce Ann Stewart of Rickman; sister-in-law … CONTINUED


Lillie Mae Gist

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

Lillie Mae Gist, 69, of Rockford, Ill., passed away Oct. 14, 2002, in Maywood, Ill.
Gist was born Jan. 5, 1933 to Essie and Flossie Gist.
She had been a registered nurse.
Gist was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, James Thomas Gist; three daughters, Debbie Surease Gist, Donna Lee Gist and Shirley Williamson; one son, Earl Gist; mother, Flossie Fuller; one sister, Ella Mae Hopgood, four brothers, Troy Fuller, Leon Fuller, Lloyd Fuller and James Fuller; and one grandson, Christian Lord James Mitchell.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Oct. 19, 2002, at Davis Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of


Judicial commissioner positions cause heated debate in committee

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

Sara Arthur
Commissioners discussed resolutions about procedures for hiring judicial commissioners at the regular monthly meeting of Steering Committee B. However, some of the commissioners had a difference of opinion on some of the suggestions.
Commissioner Terry Alley began discussion on the judicial commissioners resolutions by introducing the proposed changes to hiring procedures.
The question was posed as to why Circuit Court Clerk Henry Foster was not on the committee. Alley told the board he felt it was because of the recent illness suffered by Foster.
However, Commissioner B. K. Luna asked Alley to remind the board of what was said by Alley at the previous Steering Committee … CONTINUED


Richmond “Rick” Allen Rose

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

Richmond “Rick” Allen Rose, 31, of Cookeville, passed away Oct. 18, 2002.
Rose was born Nov. 10, 1970, in Miami, Fla., to Bernie and Deborah Lawhorn Rose.
He had served in the U.S. Army. Rose had been employed as a Gold Certified salesman with Cumberland Auto Centers.
Survivors include four daughters, Susan Rose, DeeAnn Rose Emilie Rose and Sophia Rose; parents Bernie and Deborah Lawhorn Rose of White County; two brothers, Robert James Rose and Orry Rose, both of White County; one sister, Sarah Ann Friesel of Florida; grandparents, John and Dee Essigmann of White County; and former wife, Gloria Rose of North Carolina.
Services will be held … CONTINUED


Former White Countian kills ex-wife, then commits suicide

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

Expositor Report
White County experienced a murder-suicide less than one month ago, and on Friday, a Cookeville man, with family ties in Sparta, entered the office of Cookeville attorney Bill Cameron and allegedly shot his ex-wife five times and then shot himself one time in the head.
Richmond (Rick) Allen Rose, 31, formerly of White County, and his ex-wife, Tara Ann Rose, 26, had a history of domestic violence throughout their marriage. Tara had been arrested on domestic assault charges on Thursday. According to informed sources, Tara and her mother had stopped by Cameron’s office on Friday so Tara could seek legal advice.
Tara was sitting on the … CONTINUED


Chattanooga man dies in Highway 111 wreck

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

Dawn Bailey
Anthony W. Avans, 20, of Chattanooga, passed away on Saturday because of injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 111 on Friday evening.
According to Trooper Mark Dial of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Avans was traveling north on Highway 111, on the curve between Panther Drive and Winding Lane, when the crash occurred at approximately 8:25 p.m. Avans was driving a 1991 Jaguar and allegedly over-corrected during the curve, which made the vehicle go into a skid. The Jaguar crossed the median, entered into the southbound lane of traffic and collided with a tractor-trailer. Authorities said the vehicle spun and struck the 18-wheeler a … CONTINUED


WCCH scores high in accreditation

Posted on October 17, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
For many years, numerous residents of Sparta thought their small-town hospital was not capable of providing up-to-date and adequate treatment. However, any rumors of such standards have been dispelled, with the addition of physicians and specialized services and by receiving the highest JAYCO scores in the history of the hospital.
According to Mark Cain, White County Community Hospital (WCCH) administrator, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO or JAYCO) recently reviewed White County Community Hospital, and the facility scored “96” for overall ratings.
JAYCO reviews their members every three years. However, the organization can come in unannounced three months after the scheduled survey … CONTINUED


Robert Owen Spakes

Posted on October 17, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Owen Spakes, 83, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 10, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Spakes was born Nov. 13, 1918, in White County, to Kendrick and Lizzie Hale Spakes.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked 44 years for White County. Spakes was also a member of Sparta Masonic Lodge #99 for 25 years.
Spakes was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Jane Maynard Spakes; his parents; one daughter, Judith Elaine Spakes; and one brother, Howard Spakes.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Lynn and Janice Spakes of Sparta and Charles and Debbie Spakes of Doyle; one sister, … CONTINUED


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