Monthly Archives: October 2002

Presbyterians preserve a piece of local history

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Preserving history is important to the future generations of a community, and Sparta First Presbyterian Church has set out on a mission to restore and refurbish a portion of their almost century-old church.
A team of dedicated parishioners, including Annelle Jett, Geeta McMillan and Isabel Kentner, along with pastor, Jonathan Angel, have formed a committee to raise the funds needed to restore the stained glass windows in the church. According to Jett, the two windows of primary concern are located in the sanctuary.
After decades of enduring harsh weather and varying temperatures, the multicolored panes of glass, along with the window casings, have deteriorated. Several … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


Wal-Mart Foundation donates to Sparta Tree Board

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

Expositor Report
An environmental grant by the Wal-Mart Foundation was recently presented to the Sparta Tree Board. Nathan Johnson, city forester, accepted the check for $500 from Wal-Mart store manager, David Eastes. The grant money will be used for education and to plant trees in the community.


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


Clifford Bell

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

Clifford Bell, 79, of Michigan, passed away Oct. 13, 2002.
Bell was born Nov. 11, 1922, in Putnam County.
He had been a member of the Laurel of Acacia Eastgate Masonic Lodge #477, in Michigan. Bell was retired from Warnock Spring Co., in Detroit, Mich.
Bell was preceded in death by one daughter, Cynthia Ann Bell.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Bell of Michigan; two daughters and one son-in-law, Carolyn Cleland and Pamela and Donald Bernard all of Michigan; three grandchildren and their spouses, Kelly and Bill Cleland-Stolzenfeld, Kevin Cleland and Christina Carter all of Michigan; and two great grandchildren, Shane and Shelby Stolzenfeld both of Michigan.
Services … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


Nina M. Robinson

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

Nina M. Robinson, 86, of Spencer, passed away Oct. 11, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Robinson was born Sept. 20, 1916, in White County, to Jim Black and Maude Bohannon Black.
She had been a homemaker.
Robinson was preceded in death by her parents and one son, L.V. Robinson,
Survivors include her husband, Hebron Robinson of Spencer; four children, Ruby Lawson of Fayetteville, Ga., Virginia Selby of Cookeville and Harold Ray Robinson and Terry Robinson both of Spencer; one nephew, Gerald Revis of Anchorage, Alaska; 10 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m., Oct. 13, 2002, at Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Thomas Farmer … CONTINUED


Lillie Vanatta Dobbs

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

Lillie Vanatta Dobbs, 86, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 10, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Dobbs was born June 24, 1916, in White County, to Tom Vanatta and Amie Young Vanatta.
She had been a dietary supervisor at a nursing home.
Dobbs was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry Dobbs; one son, Clark Dobbs; four sisters, Bertha Jackson, Sarah Kirby, Melissa Robinson and Nola Slatten; and three brothers, Herman Vanatta, Erby Clark Vanatta and Willie Lee Vanatta.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Doris Dobbs of Texas and Larry and Ruth Dobbs of Kansas; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; several nieces and … CONTINUED


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