Monthly Archives: May 2003

Ray Thomas

Posted on May 12, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ray Thomas, 77, of Cookeville, passed away May 9, 2003.
Thomas was the son of the late Chester and Hattie Allison Thomas.
He had been a member of Gentry’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church and was owner and operator of Thomas Insulating Co.
Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Dezzel Lafever Thomas; five brothers, Fred, Clifford, Enoch, Arden and Holland Thomas; and four sister, Myrtle Allison, Pauline Sherrell, Mildred Shelton and Arvie Martin.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Darlene Thomas of Sparta and Mark and Genna Thomas of Monterey; one daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Lloyd Dilldine of Cookeville; one brother, C.J. Thomas … CONTINUED


White County escapes severe damage during recent storms

Posted on May 12, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
One week ago today, storms began wreaking havoc on White County, with quickly rising water and downed power lines causing most of the problems. However, local damage statistics were not severe enough for residents to receive governmental assistance.
Last Wednesday, Gov. Bredesen asked President Bush to declare 20 counties in Tennessee federal disaster areas. Although White County suffered its own problems with water damage and falling trees, local residents were spared the extensive tornadic wind damage experienced by several counties.
On May 8, 2003, President Bush officially declared several Tennessee counties federal disaster areas. Carroll, Cheatham, Chester, Crockett, Dickson, Dyer, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, … CONTINUED


Margaret Preston Gilley

Posted on May 12, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Margaret Preston Gilley, 81, of Smithville, passed away May 10, 2003.
Gilley attended the Methodist Church and had been a merchant. She was also a charter member of Short Mountain Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Gilley and parents, Hervey and Verna Preston.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Jean Ann and Clifford Knudson of McMinnville; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Rickey and Dorothy Gilley of Morrison and Flint Gilley of Smithville; eight grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m., May 12, 2003, at DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville with burial in Bethel Cemetery. Bro. Royce Martin will officiate.… CONTINUED


Swindell headed to region tennis tourney

Posted on May 12, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


J.D. “Joseph David” Haston

Posted on May 12, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

J.D. “Joseph David” Haston, 88, of Sparta, passed away May 7, 2003.
Haston was a member of Sparta First United Methodist Church. He served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a glider pilot in the European Theater. Haston had been a general contractor and real estate appraiser during his retirement years. In his earlier career, he was a partner with his father in the lumber and timber business. Haston was active in many private, public, political and civic organizations. He was the charter president of the Sparta Jaycees and former board member of the Middle Tennessee Utility District. Haston was also an active … CONTINUED


Cecil Douglas Polston

Posted on May 12, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Cecil Douglas Polston, 74, of Cookeville, passed away May 7, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Polston was born March 6, 1912, in
White County, to Virgil M. and Rosa Kinnaird Polston.
He had been a machine operator.
Polston was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Mattie Polston of Cookeville; one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda Hall and Kenny Polston of Cookeville; one son and daughter-in-law, Bryce and Betty Polston of Cookeville; and granddaughter and spouse, Kelly and DeWayne Selby of Sparta; four great grandchildren, Kendelyn, Kelsey, Kennedy and Dane; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe and Katie Polston of Cookeville and Bill and Pat Polston … CONTINUED


Bullets finish second in AAU state tournament

Posted on May 12, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Holman encourages other cancer survivors

Posted on May 12, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer. One man in six will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime, and for Walt Holman, these statistic became very real when he was diagnosed almost three years ago.
“We had a health fair at Federal Mogul,” said Holman, who has been employed at the facility for 29 years. “There was a special on blood work for the PSA test.”
PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a protein made by the prostate gland, which naturally leaks out into the bloodstream. The PSA test … CONTINUED


Civil War veteran to receive grave marker

Posted on May 12, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Thanks to the efforts of several dedicated individuals, Civil War veteran Amos Moss has finally received a granite monument 93 years after his death.
Jack Bussell, White County Veterans Service Officer, helped Moss’ great-great granddaughter, Doris Myers Scanlon, and White County historian Mary Holland, obtain the grave marker. A special ceremony will be at 6 p.m., May 22, 2003, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The Veterans Honor Guard from the Monterey-Cookeville area will conduct the military rites.
Another great-great granddaughter, Geneva Rainey, provided most of the Civil War records and documents that aided in the historical depiction of Moss’ service. Although Rainey had access to the written … CONTINUED


Music Man sings to large crowd at WCHS

Posted on May 9, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
The White County Fine Arts Department thrilled crowds Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at their annual musical presentation.
This year’s selection was the Music Man, a play based on a con man’s arrival into a small town and his effect on the townspeople.
It was extremely entertaining and included humor, music and emotion.
Chad Marcum portrayed an outstanding character, Harold Hill, the music man who falls in love with Marian Paroo, played by Rebekah Webster.
The entire production reflected talent, dedication and determination. Students worked until 1:30 a.m., the morning of opening night, to assure the success of the production.
“It takes a whole community to … CONTINUED


Stormy weather taking center stage in sports

Posted on May 9, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


WCHS softball wins regular season finale

Posted on May 9, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


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