Monthly Archives: March 2003

Blackman shuts out WCHS soccer

Posted on March 31, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Fletcher Edmond Griffin Jr.

Posted on March 31, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Fletcher Edmond Griffin Jr., 73, of Smithville passed away March 25, 2003, at St. Thomas Hospital.
Griffin attended Johnson’s Chapel Baptist Church and had been the owner of Griffin’s Fruit Market over 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fletcher Edmond Griffin Sr. and Ada Mae Long Griffin.
Survivors include his wife, Getav Looney Griffin of Smithville; one daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Joe Mitchell of Smithville; and one granddaughter, Kallie Mitchell of Smithville.
Services were at 11 a.m., March 28, 2003, at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with burial in Johnson’s Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Gary Farris officiated.
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville was in charge of


Local entrepreneurs soon offering new services

Posted on March 31, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
During a time when the economy was predicted to be on a downslide, two local businessmen have proven White County is still a thriving and prosperous community.
Alan Tatum, owner of Payless Family Pharmacy in the Sparta Shopping Center, has decided to make his business a truly customer-friendly environment. Tatum will soon be expanding into the location next door, when Video Max moves to its new location in the old Brad Ragan building.
“We’ll do the remodeling in three phases,” said Tatum. “The pharmacy will be bigger, and we’ll have a larger patient care area.”
According to Tatum, Video Max will be moved out by … Read More


A pitcher with a heart stronger than his arm

Posted on March 31, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
For millions of boys across America, summer represents a much anticipated break from the daily routine of school. As the temperatures start to warm and the final month of classes edges closer to an end, boys with athletic interests begin to apply more time to their summer sports of passion. For more than a century, the sport of choice has evolved beyond a simple game. It has become a national identity. As these boys put down their books, many will pick an object that has become a symbol of America itself—baseball!
Communities build complexes to support youth baseball while many families plan their social lives according … Read More


Johnny B. “Short” Rice

Posted on March 31, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Johnny B. “Short” Rice, 76, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Rice was born May 4, 1926, in White County, to John B. Rice Sr. and Lena Rivers Hedgecough Rice.
He was retired from the service station business and had been grocery store operator.
Rice was preceded in death by his parents,.
Survivors include one sister, Faye Smith of Sparta; two brothers, Donald Rice of Sparta and Kyle Rice of Memphis; two nieces, Lisa Rice of Memphis and Connie Sparkman of Atlanta, Ga.; and one nephew, Richard Kyle Rice of Memphis.
Services were at 2 p.m., March 30, 2003, at Hunter … Read More


Nancy Ellen Huff Bradley

Posted on March 31, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Nancy Ellen Huff Bradley, 49, of Sparta, passed away March 25, 2003.
Bradley was born Oct. 13, 1953, in White County, to Bernice Huff and Mary Kate Roberts Huff Floyd.
She had been employed in customer service at Ben Lomand Telephone Cooperative.
Bradley was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, John Bradley of Sparta; daughter and son-in-law, Kayla and Lucas Murphy of Sparta; daughter, Lisa Payne of Sparta; one granddaughter, Saige Payne of Sparta; two sisters, Barbara Carr and Carolyn Hyatt both of Sparta; and one brother, Donald Huff of Cookeville.
Services were at 11 a.m., March 28, 2003, at Doyle Methodist Church with … Read More


Softball splits a pair of games Friday

Posted on March 31, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Anna Christine Welch

Posted on March 31, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Anna Christine Welch, 79, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Welch was born May 6, 1923, in White County, to Vance O’Dell and Minnie Craig.
She had been a homemaker.
Craig was preceded in death by her parents; step father, Will Burden; husband, James Vernon Welch; one sister, Ida Mae Young; and two brothers, Charlie O’Dell and Lee O’Dell.
Survivors include two daughters, Thelma Bolin of Crossville and Connie Willis of Sparta; one son, Dale Welch of Sparta; one sister, Christine Golden of Florida; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m., March 31, 2003, at the chapel … Read More


Former T.B.I. drug expert

Posted on March 31, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

speaks to plant managers
Kim Swindell Wood
Concerns about drug use in the workplace have steadily increased the past several years. On Wednesday, an expert in the field of drugs in the workplace spoke to business representatives gathered at the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce plant managers’ luncheon.
Chip Lewis, owner and president of Premier Drug Compliance, in Cookeville, educated plant managers and human resource managers about the potential dangers of employees who may be performing their jobs while under the influence of illegal drugs. Lewis’ background has given him the knowledge required to educate industries about maintaining a drug-free workplace and how to legally handle drug-related situations … Read More


Donald Clarence Lowery

Posted on March 31, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Donald Clarence Lowery, 70, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2003.
Lowery was born Feb. 19, 1933, in White County, to John and Effie Jones Lowery.
He had been a plumber.
Lowery was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bobby Lowery; and one sister, Alena Elliott.
Survivors include five daughters, Karen McBride and Elaine Smotherman both
of Sparta, Lesa Lowery of Nashville, Diana Girardin of Lebanon and Doni Watkins Gramger of Indiana; one son, Alan Lowery of Nashville; two brothers, Rev. J.V. Lowery of Sparta and Leon Lowery of Corona, Calif.; one sister, Geneva Lowery Gilliam of Sparta; 17 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Services will … Read More


Bernie Ruth Johnson Foster

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

Bernie Ruth Johnson Foster, 71, of Doyle, passed away March 17, 2003.
Foster was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Sparta, to Wiley and Vera Roberts Johnson.
She had been a homemaker.
Foster was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Foster and one grandson, Stephen Paul Savage.
Survivors include five daughters and four sons-in-law, Sue Savage and Gail and Eugene Lawson all of Doyle, Wanda and Gary Stafford and Brenda and Tommy Pope all of Sparta and Sharron and Byron Mason of Walling; two sons and daughters-in-law, Cecil and Leigh Ann Foster and Jason and Tabatha Foster all of Sparta; 12 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Pauline … Read More


Rufus C. Dial

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

Rufus C. Dial, 86, of Sparta, passed away March 25, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Dial was born April 24, 1916, in Overton County, to James Shelby and Tina Roxie Smith Dial.
He had been a truck driver.
Survivors include two daughters, Marjorie Mullins of Sparta and Margaret Sue Turk of Bowling Green, Ky.; one son, James Buford Dial of Sparta; nine grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren
Services will be at 2 p.m., March 29, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Paul Bradley will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Rosa Nella “Nell” Daniels Buttrum

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

Rosa Nella “Nell” Daniels Buttrum, 92, of Doyle, passed away March 25, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Buttrum was born Feb. 5, 1911, in White County, to El Daniels and Martha Holman Daniels.
She had been a homemaker.
Buttrum was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lewis Buttrum; and two sons, David Buttrum and J.C. Buttrum.
Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Maxine Lowe of Sparta and Christine and Jim Neal of Doyle; two sons and daughters-in-law, Walter and Rosa Buttrum of Sparta and Roy and Jane Buttrum of Little Rock, Ark.; 15 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Services will be … Read More


Raymond “Johnny” Selby

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

Raymond “Johnny” Selby, 73, of Sparta, passed away March 25, 2003.
Selby was born June 10, 1929, in
Whitleyville, to Alpha Desol and Vera Lou Hunt Selby.
He served in the U.S. Air Force as a senior master sergeant during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Harper Selby and two brothers, Loyd “Jim” and Bob Selby.
Survivors include his wife, Dora England Bandy Selby of Sparta; one son, Raymond L. Selby of Chicago, Ill.; one daughter, Sheryl Heart of Springfield, Va.; two step sons, Floyd Bandy of Lineville, Ala. and Mark Bandy of Sparta; one step daughter, Alice … Read More


Cragrock office fire ruled arson

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

Billy Jarvis
A fire at the Cragrock Village apartments on the night of March 21, 2003 has been ruled arson.
According to Sgt. Jeff Hutson, of the Sparta Police Department, dispatchers received a call about a fire at the Cragrock Village office complex at approximately 8:15 p.m. The Sparta Fire Department, White County E.M.S. and Caney Fork Electric were also alerted to the scene.
According to Hutson, also a Sparta Police fire investigator, personnel with the Sparta Fire Department located the source of the fire at a rear window of the facility. The window was reportedly shattered and the fire was burning on the interior floor near the … Read More


A little slice of heaven at Pizza Xtreme

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

Kim Swindell Wood
The popularity of one of the nation’s favorite foods has steadily increased over the past several decades. Although, the “delicacy” originated in Italy, Americans have taken the recipe and made it an all-time favorite dining experience associated with football games, as well as family gatherings.
Pizza is the name of the food that makes mouths water and teenagers run to Pizza Xtreme to get a taste of their favorite choice on the menu. Tony Snider, general manager of the newly renovated business, said he is proud to call Sparta his home. “I’m from Overton County, but I really like this area, so I moved my … Read More


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