Monthly Archives: December 2002

Charles William Dodson

Posted on December 16, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charles William Dodson, 80, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 12, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Dodson was born March 12, 1922, in Kentucky, to Fletcher Dodson and Hazel Etta Miller Dodson.
He served in World War II and had been employed at Cumberland Manufacturing.
Dodson was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Lucille Dodson of Sparta and one daughter and son-in-law, Rachel Louise and John Edward Bennett of Sparta.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Dec. 15, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bro. Jim Scott and Bro. Freddie Copeland officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was


Otis Kelsey

Posted on December 16, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Otis Kelsey, 77, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 13, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Kelsey was born April 2, 1925, in White County, to William Amos and Florence Vina Young Kelsey.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a retired farmer.
Kelsey was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Chester Kelsey, Aaron Kelsey and Roy Kelsey; and one sister, Cora Kelsey Brady.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Jewell Bumbalough Kelsey of Sparta; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Ruthie Kelsey of Sparta and Bob and Jennifer Kelsey of Cookeville; one brother and sister-in-law, Vester and Roberta Kelsey of … CONTINUED


Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted on December 16, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Frank Lloyd Wright, 76, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 15, 2002.
Wright was born July 15, 1926, in Franklin, Ohio, to Lloyd Wright and Elizabeth Wilmoth Wright.
He was retired from the Merchant Marines and U.S. Air Force, where he as an aviation mechanic. Wright was a member of Sparta Masonic Lodge #99 F&AM and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Norma Louise Ballard Wright of Sparta; one daughter, Elaine Clemmons of Florida; two sons, Bruce Wright of Missouri and Craig Wright of Florida; one step son, James “Bill” True of Indiana; one step daughter, Patricia Baxter of Maryland; two granddaughters, Courtney Wright and Kimberly Wright; and … CONTINUED


Betty Sue Phifer Davis

Posted on December 12, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Betty Sue Phifer Davis, 62, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 9, 2002.
Davis was born May 12, 1940, in White County, to Roy and Lela Spakes Phifer.
She was a retired nurse.
Davis was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Kimberly Davis of Sparta; one grandson, Kyle Davis of Sparta; and one brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Ruby Phifer of Quebeck.
Services were held at 8 p.m., Dec. 11, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home. Fate Wilson officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


James Edward Cox

Posted on December 12, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Edward Cox, 73, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 10, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Cox was born Oct. 22, 1929, in White County, to Green Cox and Rosa Lee White Cox.
He had been employed at the Shirt Factory.
Cox was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, George Cox, Beecher Cox, Henry Cox and one infant brother; and two sisters, Dora Mae Cox and Mary Lou Cox.
Survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Ollie Rhea Cox Geer and Bob Cox of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Dec. 12, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home … CONTINUED


Max Kelly Fields

Posted on December 12, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Max Kelly Fields, 52, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 7, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Fields was born Sept. 17, 1950, in Dallas, Texas, to James Leo Fields and Alice Bernice Weir Fields.
He had been a mechanic.
Fields was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Jack Daniel Fields.
Survivors include his mother, Alice Fields of Sparta; one daughter, Sydney Flynn of Cookeville; one son, Jason Fields of Cookeville; two sisters, Jimmie Gail Doot and Sally Pirtle both of Sparta; and one grandson, Elias Flynn.
Services were held at 12 p.m., Dec. 10, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in … CONTINUED


Gilbert Guy

Posted on December 12, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Gilbert Guy, 70, passed away Dec. 8, 2002.
Guy was born Feb. 16, 1932, in Van Buren County, to Clyde J. Guy and Opal Northcutt guy.
He attended a Church of Christ and was retired from the railroad, where he had worked for North Fork Southern AC & Division.
Survivors include his wife, Ella Jean guy of Chattanooga; one son, Jonathan Guy of Chattanooga; mother, Opal guy of Spencer; one sister, Clydene Roberts of Spencer; and one niece, Jamie Simmons and her family.
Services were held at 3 p.m., Dec. 10, 2002, at Love-Cantrell & Cope Spencer Chapel with burial in Town Cemetery. Perry Hurst and Don Northcutt … CONTINUED


Jean Roberts

Posted on December 12, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jean Roberts, 70, of Cookeville, passed away Dec. 10, 2002.
Roberts attended the University Heights Baptist Church in Cookeville. She had been self-employed as an antique dealer and was former owner of Smithville Auto Supply.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Alfred and Martha Thomas Mitchell and two brothers, L.E. Mitchell and James T. Mitchell.
Survivors include one son, John Roberts of Walling; three sisters, Bonnie Broadway of Cookeville, Lorine Byrd of California and Reba Raymaker of Nashville; one brother, Bill Mitchell of Nashville; and one grandchild.
Services will be held at 7 p.m., Dec. 12, 2002, at DeKalb Funeral Chapel.
DeKalb Funeral Chapel in … CONTINUED


Sarah Virginia Vinson

Posted on December 12, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sarah Virginia Vinson, 70, of Knoxville, passed away Dec. 7, 2002.
Vinson was a retiree of Michigan Bell in Battle Creek, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Vinson; parents; one sister; and one brother.
Survivors include two sisters, Elizabeth Gore and Maxine Smith both of Knoxville; several nieces, nephews and cousins all of Knoxville; four sisters-in-law, Pauline Daniels, Lorene England and Sue Bray all of Cookeville and Imogene Golden of Cookeville.
Services were held at 8 p.m., Dec. 8, 2002, at Evergreen Chapel in Knoxville with burial in Shiloh Cemetery in Grainger County.
Rev. Mark Large and Rev. Clayton Dunsmore officiated.
Evergreen Chapel in … CONTINUED


Commissioners exchanged heated comments Monday

Posted on December 12, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“There are two of you commissioners that have been running your mouth about what B.K. wants to do,” said B.K. Luna, county commissioner for the third district, as he addressed Steering Committee B on Monday night. “If you’ve got something to say, just come to me and say it.”
Luna, a member of Steering Committee B, waited until the business agenda was finished to make his comments. He referred to comments he had heard in the community about his support for moving the Doyle Convenience Center to Quebeck.
Only one commissioner responded to Luna’s remarks. “You’re looking directly at me,” said Kenneth Milligan, chairman of … CONTINUED


E-911 director and chairman refuse to address employee’s complaint

Posted on December 12, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“I’m not going to air personnel problems in a board meeting,” said Harry Cole, E-911 director. “I don’t believe the first time we discuss this should be with the newspaper here.”
Cole’s statement was made in direct reference to a part-time employee, Stephanie Hickey, who had come to the board meeting to ask about the rotation of work schedules. Hickey waited until the end of the business agenda before she spoke up and asked Cole why he had placed her name at the bottom of the rotation list. “Why was it said I was not available to you?” said Hickey. “You dropped my name to … CONTINUED


Life keeps blooming for Daisy

Posted on December 12, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Terri Brock
There is an old adage that says ‘eight is great,’ but for Daisy Belle Young, 80 is even greater!
Young celebrated her 80th birthday on Dec. 8, 2002, at Hickory Valley Baptist Church, where she is a member. The celebration, complete with lots of food, gifts, family and friends was given by her children.
Approximately 150 guests attended the event to share fond memories and celebrate the special day with the guest of honor.
Daisy Belle Jones was born Dec. 8, 1922, in Sparta, to Fannie and Estell Jones.
On Aug. 15, 1939, at age 16, she married Dibrell “Dib” Lee Young, to whom she was … CONTINUED


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