Monthly Archives: March 2003

Virginia “Jenny” Simmons Humphrey

Posted on March 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Virginia “Jenny” Simmons Humphrey, 61, of Walling, died March 6, 2003 at Sparta Life Care Center.
Humphrey was born March 9, 1941 in White County to Effie “Matt” Dillon and Josephine Black Simmons. She lived in Walling most of her life, and after more than 30 years retired from Red Kap Industries where she worked as a seamstress.
She was preceded in death by her father and a special niece, Monica Johnson.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Lee Humphrey of Walling; daughters and son-in-law, Legina Humphrey of Walling and Lisa and Greg Allison of Sparta; her mother, Josephine Simmons; sisters and brother-in-law, Elise White, Rena Floyd and Wilma … CONTINUED


Edward Lee “Zap” Vinson

Posted on March 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Edward Lee “Zap” Vinson, 57, of Sparta, passed away March 12, 2003, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Vinson was born Jan. 22, 1946, in White County, to Hillard Malcolm Vinson and Ruby Pauline Vinson.
He had been self-employed in construction.
Vinson was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one son, Jerry Vinson “Poteet” of Sparta; two brothers, Johnny Vinson of Nashville and Carroll Vinson of Sparta; and two sisters, Janice Boles and Sheila Vinson both of Sparta.
Services were held at 1 p.m., March 19, 2003, at Harvest Outreach Ministries Church with burial in Rose Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Tony Vinson officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge


Charles Douglas Walker

Posted on March 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charles Douglas Walker, 66, of Sparta, passed away March 18, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Walker was born Jan. 7, 1937, in White County, to James Edward Walker and Pearl Grace Bilbrey Walker.
He had been a farmer and employed at Agee Oil.
Walker was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Gail Qualls Walker of Sparta; five sisters, Virgie Dickey of Florida, JoAnn Jones, Becky England and Patsy Allison all of Sparta and Brenda Spurlock of LaVergne; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m., March 21, 2003, at Sparta First Baptist Church with burial in Overton County Memorial Gardens. … CONTINUED


Co-Op not just a farmer’s resource anymore

Posted on March 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
Rural communities across Tennessee have a heritage in agriculture that couples their livelihood with their lifestyles. While corporate farmers from the Midwest and north Atlantic states manage their sprawling acres like assets on a balance sheet, the Tennessee farmer tends to blend his identity with the patch of dirt he calls home.
Community farmers often forge a quiet brotherhood among their local colleagues. Sharing in the lifestyle of farming is a social passion for many men and women, and no place is more common to the life of a farmer than the local farmer’s Co-Op. While the White County Farmer’s Co-Op continues to be an indispensable … CONTINUED


Heading down the highway with safety through AARP Driver Safety Program

Posted on March 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Driving is the easiest and simplest way to get from one location to another, and for senior citizen, it may be the last resort for holding on to their independence. Although the natural aging process can play tricks on eyesight and reactionary time, individuals age 50 and over have found a way to hone their driving skills and stay alert behind the wheel. The answer is AARP Driver Safety Program.
AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom driver refresher course specially designed for motorists age 50 and older. The eight-hour course is taught in two, four-hour days, and the cost is … CONTINUED


Minnie Oleta Cope

Posted on March 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Minnie Oleta Cope, 70, of Spencer, passed away March 16, 2003, at Generations of Spencer.
Cope was born Feb. 18, 1933, in Van Buren County, to Fred Haskel and Margie Josephine Acuff.
She attended the Church of Christ and had been a homemaker.
Cope was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Keith Cope and one brother, Charles Hale.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Cope of Spencer and Phillis Austin of Nashville; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Sharon Cope of McMinnville, Richard Cope of Bone Cave and Randall Cope of Spencer; one sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Bill Hitchcock of Spencer; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James … CONTINUED


War in Iraq begins

Posted on March 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
President George W. Bush told the world Wednesday night the United States and its allies had launched a campaign to oust Saddam Hussein from Iraq and “free its people.”
Bush warned the nation the conflict “could be longer and more difficult than some predict.”
But he assured Americans “this will not be a campaign of half-measures, and we will accept no outcome except victory.”
Bush said “coalition forces will make every effort to spare innocent civilians from harm.”
But Bush warned that goal may not be simple to reach.
“Saddam Hussein has placed Iraqi troops and equipment in civilian areas, attempting to use innocent men, women … CONTINUED


Guarding our nation

Posted on March 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jarrod Conner
Over 4,000 soldiers in the Tennessee Air and Army National Guard have been mobilized since the presidential declaration of Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle on Sept. 14, 2001.
Units and individuals from across Tennessee have also recently been deployed to Kuwait to participate in the disarmament of Iraq.
The question on many White Countians minds is: “Have the Sparta or Cookeville National Guard units received any deployment orders?”
“The Sparta or Cookeville units have not received any alert notification or orders to mobilize,” said Captain James Reed.
“However, the units are conducting sensible planning and making preparations in the event we are called to duty.”… CONTINUED


United in spirit and patriotism

Posted on March 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeannie Hawkins
Do you know this young man? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. He is, Lance Corporal Randall “Tony” Anthony Hawkins. He is a White Countian and like many others, is ready and willing to fight for our country. Whether it be a father, a brother, a son or an uncle, these men have given up their freedom, so we can have ours. They’ve given up the luxuries of home, family and friends to protect and serve each and every one of us, and yes, even the anti-war protesters.
How quickly you have forgotten the tragedy of 9-11 and the threats of even worse to come. Or … CONTINUED


Warriors fall to Blackman’s ace hurler

Posted on March 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Baseball comes from behind to defeat Grundy Co.

Posted on March 17, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Countdown continues to Women’s Show

Posted on March 17, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“I can’t believe it’s almost here,” said Christy Hampton, promotions director for The Expositor. “I have waited for this day all year, and now everything is really coming together.”
Hampton’s enthusiasm is definitely contagious when she talks about The Expositor’s 3rd Annual Women’s Show. The event, which has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception, will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., April 12, 2003, at the Agricultural Complex.
The Expositor is still receiving numerous calls every day about booth space and demands have necessitated extending the vendors to the covered area on the outside of the building. According to Hampton, businesses were excited to … CONTINUED


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