Monthly Archives: February 2003

Willie Mae Cantrell Thompson

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Willie Mae Cantrell Thompson, 92, of Sparta, passed from this life Feb. 23, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Thompson was born June 30, 1910, in White County, to Alf and Emma Elizabeth Gilbert Cantrell.
She had been a homemaker.
Thompson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Homer Lee Thompson; and two sisters, Ann Thompson England and Willene Thompson.
Survivors include four daughters and one son-in-law, Effie Lee England, Evelyn Thompson and Kathy Seals all of Sparta and Margaret and Cecil Anderson of Cookeville; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 1 p.m., Feb. 26, 2003, … Read More


Betty G. Smith

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Betty G. Smith, 70, of New York, passed away Feb. 23, 2003, at Elmire Hospital in Albany, New York.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Bernie and Walt Qualls of Sparta.
Services will be Feb. 27, 2003, in New York.
This information is courtesy of Hunter Funeral Home.


Local pharmacists speak out about recent armed robbery

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The scenario of a peaceful small-town lifestyle has drawn many people to Sparta. However, one local pharmacist has had more than her share of “big-town” crime, since her business has been robbed three times since December 2002.
Sabra Rinio, pharmacist and owner of Sparta Discount Drugs, is still recovering emotionally after a local man, who was allegedly carrying a concealed weapon, came into her pharmacy Monday demanding narcotics and fled the crime scene with undisclosed quantities Schedule II drugs.
Rinio spoke with Expositor staff writer Billy Jarvis Tuesday and stated Sparta Discount Drugs would no longer be stocking or filling prescriptions for certain narcotics because … Read More


Nannie Mae Rittenberry

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Nannie Mae Rittenberry, 92, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 25, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Rittenberry was born March 27, 1910, in Sparta.
She was preceded in death by three sons, Franklin R. Rittenberry, George Estle Rittenberry and Mack Rittenberry.
Survivors include one daughters, Jewell McBride of Sparta; four sons and three sons-in-law, J.B. and Marie Rittenberry, Charles “Spider” Rittenberry, James and Betty Rittenberry and Jams and Geraldine Rittenberry all of Sparta; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Feb. 28, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Richie Rittenberry will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of


Ronald Harris

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ronald Harris, 66, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 23, 2003.
Harris was born Sept. 24, 1936, in Sparta, to Edgar Harris and Ola Mae Vietto Harris.
He had been a painter and drywall installer.
Harris was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Willie Lance Harris of Sparta; four children, James Harris of Celina, Ronnie Harris of Lewisburg, Lisa Harris
of Harrisburg, Ill. and Beverly Harris of Wisconsin; one brother, Edward Harris of Sparta; five step children, Zellie O’Conner and Malcolm Lance both of Sparta, Katie Morgan of Doyle, Joana Pease of McMinnville and Mary Labon of Michigan; several grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
Services … Read More


Breeding honored as the Citizen of the Year

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
The White County High School multi-purpose room was the venue on the evening of Feb. 25 for the seventh annual Expositor Citizen of the Year, Unsung Heroes, and Golden Apple Teacher of the Year awards.
Following a synopsis by Expositor Publisher Suzanne Dickerson, which featured a magnitude of civic and business achievements, Bob Breeding was announced as the recipient of the 2003 Expositor Citizen of the Year Award. Prior winners Bill Johnson, Edd Rogers and Fate Wilson were on hand as Johnson presented Breeding with the award.
“A lot of nice things have been said about me this evening, but a great deal of credit for … Read More


Season comes to a close for Warriors

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Clio Mable Moore

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Clio Mable Moore, 80, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 24, 2003, at Bethesda Health Care Center.
Moore was born July 6, 1922, in Jackson County, to Marion Thomas Welch and Josie Az Whiteaker Welch.
She had been a homemaker.
Moore was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Charlie Eugene Moore; two sisters, Gladys Lenore Wilson and Buenola Joyce Welch; and infant brother, Marion Thomas Welch Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Charlie Moore of Sparta; children, Roger Dale Moore and wife Judy, Joyce Ruth Adcock, Mary Frances Nash and husband Phillip and Cynthia Ann McBride all of Sparta and Harold David Moore and wife Lisa of McMinnville; … Read More


Jennie Vee Hogan Abney Tayse

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jennie Vee Hogan Abney Tayse, 77, passed away Feb. 21, 2003.
Tayse was born June 6, 1923, to John B. Hogan and Cassie J. Dyer Hogan.
She was retired from Fleetguard in Cookeville.
Tayse was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl Ray Abney and her parents.
Survivors include her husband, James Tayse of Sparta; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Larry and Melba Abney of Harrison, Mich. and Dennis Ray Abney of Sparta; one stepson and wife, Gene and Kay Abney of Oklahoma; one sister, Alberta Petty of Hazel Park, Mich.; one brother, Paul E. Hogan of Chesterfield, Mich.; four grandchildren, Michele Cunningham, Patricia Heckler, Aimee Abney … Read More


Warriorettes win their way into semifinals and region tournament

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Herbert Greene

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Herbert Greene, 84, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 20, 2003, at Baptist DeKalb Hospital in Smithville.
Green was born April 8, 1918, in Hueysville, Ky., to William Greene Sr. and Arta Patton Greene.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a retired security officer and antique dealer.
Greene was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Humbert Greene, Denver Greene and Carl Greene.
Survivors include his wife, Maglee Bailey Greene of Sparta; one son and daughter and son-in-law, Michael and Connie Greene of Sparta; one daughter, Benita Wilkerson of Sparta; nine brothers and sisters, Bessie Cavender and James Green both of … Read More


James Grady Bertram

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Grady Bertram, 42, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 24, 2003.
Bertram was born Feb. 9, 1961, in Marrow, Ohio, to Claude William Bertram and Edna Mae Brown.
He had been a mechanic at Wagner.
Survivors include his wife, Pam Brock Bertram of Sparta; one son, James Jeremy Bertram of Crossville; one daughter, Alicia Brittany Bertram of Crossville; one step son, Brandon Crawford of Sparta; parents, Claude and Edna Bertram of Crossville; one brother, William Bates Bertram of Crossville; and one sister, Debe Flynn of Crossville.
Services will be at 1 p.m., Feb. 28, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Bolin Cemetery in … Read More


Good dental habits are important for youth

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Jacob Bouldin, 4, of Sparta, was feeling a little apprehensive about his visit to the dentist Monday. However, Dr. Waymon Haston had him smiling and looking forward to fixing his “sore tooth.” In observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Haston recommended children should definitely begin dental visits around 4 years old.
The annual observance of children’s dental health, which has been the focal point of numerous special programs in White County elementary schools, began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb. 3, 1941.
The American Dental Association held the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. This single … Read More


Armed robber apprehended following chase, collision with White County deputy

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
A Sparta man was arrested Monday following an armed robbery at a local drug store.
According to preliminary information released by Sparta Chief of Police Jeff Guth, E-911 received a call at approximately 2:02 p.m. from an individual at Sparta Discount Drugs stating a man carrying a concealed weapon had just robbed the facility. In addition to providing a description of the vehicle, the caller was also able to secure a license plate number as the suspect fled.
E-911 dispatch immediately notified the Sparta Police Department, and Guth promptly coordinated a pursuit plan between Sparta Police and the White County Sheriff’s Department.
“We were quickly able … Read More


Gentry Brothers relocate, expand business

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
The merits of brotherhood have been a source of social interest poets and authors have written about for centuries. Epic struggles of family unity and the strength of the bonds of brotherhood are often the stories of legend. For Jeff and Eddie Gentry, their legacy is not a glamourous tale of fiction. For these entrepreneurs, brotherhood simply means good old-fashioned, hard work.
As Gentry Brothers Tractor Supply completes a second month at their new location on Miller’s Point Road, Jeff and Eddie Gentry reflect on the challenges brought them there in addition to the expanded products and services they now offer after more than three years … Read More


Roy G. Gamble

Posted on February 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Roy G. Gamble, 77, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 20, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Gamble was born July 16, 1925, in White County, to Haskell Gamble and Ella Ballew Gamble.
He had been a coal miner.
Gamble was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Hilda Gamble of Sparta; two daughters sand sons-in-law, Donna Gamble Goguen and Henry Goguen of Sparta and Wanda Gamble Allen and Richard Allen of Nashville; grandchildren, Beth Allen and Jennifer Mayberry and husband Randy all of Sparta and Amy Travis of Clarksville; three great grandchildren, Jesse, Kaitlyn and Maycee; several nieces and nephews; … Read More


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