Monthly Archives: October 2002

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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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


Mr. Bernice West

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

Mr. Bernice West, 91, of Cookeville, passed away Oct. 15, 2002.
West was born Dec. 1, 1910, in Putnam County, to Bertie C. and Notie Winnie Bohannon West.
He attended a Presbyterian Church and had been the trustee of the West Cemetery over 30 years.
West was preceded in death by his wife, Emolene Davis West; his parents; three brothers, Alton West, Lillard West and Ralph West; and three sisters, Anna Viola McCaleb, Emogene Daniel and Vera Mae West.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Carlos L. and Mary West of Sparta and Robert F. “Buddy”
and Gwen West of Cookeville; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Peggy and … Read More


Luther Humphrey

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

Luther Humphrey, 94, of Walling, passed away Oct. 14, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Humphrey was born March 21, 1908, in White County, to Thomas Humphrey and Katie Bain Humphrey.
He had been employed at White County Highway Department.
Humphrey was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Pauline Humphrey; granddaughter, Monica Johnson; and two brothers, Willie Humphrey and Ernest Humphrey.
Survivor include one daughter, Frances Johnson of Nashville; two sons, Joe Humphrey and James Humphrey both of Walling; brothers and sisters, Charlie Ray Humphrey of Cleveland, Bernice Humphrey, Tula Scott and Elsie Mae Gentle all of Alabama and Mary Lou Adcock of Walling; and three … Read More


Mark Franklin Moore

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

Mark Franklin Moore, 38, of Spencer, passed away Oct. 13, 2002.
Moore was born Sept. 9. 1964, in Sumner County, to James Franklin Moore Jr. and Hilda Brock Moore.
He was retired from Moeller.
Moore was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lewis and Verne Brock and Frank Moore.
Survivors include his father, James Franklin Moore Jr. of Spencer; his mother, Hilda Brock Moore of Spencer; one son, Timmy Moore of Spencer; one sister, Rhonda Caldwell of Spencer; one brother and sister-in-law, Stevie and Margie Moore of Spencer; grandmother, Avo Moore of Rock Island; and nieces and nephews, Brian Narramore and Hope Narramore both of Spencer and Jody … Read More


Jewell Hyder

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

Jewell Hyder, 89, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 15, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Hyder was born Dec. 22, 1912, in White County, to Lloyd and Martha Lack.
She was a retired factory worker.
Hyder was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Davis; one daughter, Jean Hale; and one son, Dillard Davis.
Survivors include five daughters, Blanche Roberts, Anna Bell Winnett, Ruby Howell, Marie Roberts and Reba Blanton all of Sparta; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Lack of Albion, Mich.; and one sister, Della Lack of Sparta.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 17, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in … Read More


Nora Lee Breeding

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

Nora Lee Breeding, 80, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 15, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Breeding was born May 18, 1912, in Putnam County, to Robert Edward Cannon and Mary Avo Mason Cannon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Clennie Breeding; and one son, Joe Breeding.
Survivors include two daughters, Irene Becker of Sparta and Betty Rigsby of McMinnville; three sons, Jerry Breeding of Sparta, William Clennie Breeding Jr. of Rockland and James Breeding of California; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 18, 2002, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in … Read More


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 … Read More


Remembering her sweet baby’s arms

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Just like the memories of yesteryear, Gladys Flatt only gets better with age. Her stories of a day and time that were spent enjoying the musical heyday of the man she loved are mesmerizing and intriguing.
Flatt was born July 29, 1915, and her beauty at 87 years old still surpasses that of many women who are half her age. She recollects the day when she met Lester Raymond Flatt, and how the bashful teenager won her heart. “I had gone to a
girlfriend’s house,” said Gladys. “We were walking to church, when a car pulled up and a young man asked us where we … Read More


Cooking School draws over 800 to Agricultural Complex

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

Kim Swindell Wood
The Taste of Home Cooking School was a huge success on Tuesday night. Over 800 people made their way through the doors of the Agricultural Complex to find that perfect seat. Sue Johnson, home economist with the Taste of Home Cooking School, taught Raquel Goff how to make one of the delicious recipes in the Taste of Home magazine.
Photos by Kim Swindell Wood


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