Monthly Archives: August 2003

Herbert Gene Davis

Posted on August 21, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Herbert Gene Davis, 56, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 18, 2003.
Davis was born March 17, 1947, in White County, to Virgil and Myrtle Fletcher Davis.
He had been a carpenter.
Davis was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Davis, and two brothers, Charlie V. Davis and Jimmy Lee Davis.
Survivors include his mother, Myrtle Fletcher Davis, of Sparta; two daughters, Norma Jean Keathley, of Casco, Mich., and Teri Farris, of Sparta; one sister, Frances Rich, of Sparta; four grandchildren, Donnie Cross, Christopher Williams, Haley Davis Keathley and Anthony Farris; one uncle, Bob Davis, of Hangertown, Ind.; and four aunts, Cora Dockery, Vera Fletcher, Margie Fletcher and … CONTINUED


Harold Eugene Young

Posted on August 21, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Harold Eugene Young, 66, of Sparta, was called by home by his Lord and Savior on Aug. 16, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Young was born Dec. 30, 1936, in DeKalb County, to Oscar W. and Ollie Mae Adcock Young.
He was a member of Indian Mound The Baptist Church and retired from Goodyear as a mechanic.
Young was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Calbert and Barnett Young; and one sister, Ruth Adcock Taylor.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie Graham Young; two sons and one-daughter-in-law, Ricky Young, of Sparta, and Mark and Sylvia Young, of Lebanon; one daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Ray Murdock, … CONTINUED


Mary Simmons Yearwood

Posted on August 21, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Simmons Yearwood, 52, passed away Aug. 20, 2003.
Yearwood was born July 7, 1951, in Van Buren County, to J.C. Simmons and Katie Bickford Simmons.
She attended Findlay Church of Christ and had been employed at Southern Wood Products, in Sparta.
Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Jeff and Denis Barnes, John Barnes and Jason and Tasha Johnson, all of Sparta; one brother, Kenny Simmons, of Spencer; and five grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m., Aug. 22, 2003, at Love-Cantrell & Cope Spencer Chapel with burial in Simmons Cemetery, in White County. Kenneth Bray will officiate.
Love-Cantrell & Cope Spencer Chapel is in charge of


James A. (Punch) Taylor

Posted on August 21, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James A. (Punch) Taylor, 79, passed away Aug. 18, 2003, in Lake Placid, Fla.
Taylor was born April 27, 1924, in White County, to Toy and Lena May Martin Taylor.
He was a member of Sparta First United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge #375, in Donelson, and the American Legion. Taylor was a retired salesman with a snack company.
Taylor was preceded in death by one daughter, Gail Taylor; one son, Guy H. Taylor; and two brothers, Harold T. Taylor and John M. Taylor.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly A. Taylor, of Sebring, Fla.; one daughter, Diane Taylor Sawyer, of Deltona, Fla.; one son, James Mike Taylor, of Memphis; … CONTINUED


Lorelle King

Posted on August 21, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lorelle King, 85, of Cookeville, passed away Aug. 17, 2003, at Bethesda Healthcare Center.
King was born Sept. 6, 1917, in Putnam County, to Clennie and Rebecca Allen Wilmoth
She was a member of Knights Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
King was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Chester King; one grandson, Mike Fields; one sister, Jewell Bartlett; two sons-in-law, Bill Fields and Willie Demps Cunningham Jr. and one brother, Clifton Wilmoth.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Thelma Cunningham, Jerry and Velma Peek and Ronnie and Martha Lafever, all of Cookeville; three sisters, Ornie B. Montgomery and Rilda Ford, both of Sparta, and Catherine Dyer, … CONTINUED


WCMS football victorious at Jamboree

Posted on August 19, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


WCHS golf in Early Bird tourney today

Posted on August 19, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


E-911 board hears reports from director

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Only six of nine members of the E-911 Board or Directors attended the meeting Aug. 12, 2003. However, a quorum was present, and they conducted the business matters listed on the short agenda.
Chairman Jerry Lowery and Vice Chairman Tommy Austin were both absent, as well as Howard Griffin. Carolyn Holland, called the meeting to order.
E-911 Director Harry Cole reviewed the budget and discussed the status of funding for the communications center, since White County has not passed its budget for the 2003-2004 fiscal year.
Cole said $10,000 has been made available for the G.I.S. (Geographic Information System), which had to be pinpointed in … CONTINUED


Legion pushing for new recruits

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
“The older people that got us where we are today are unable to continue the work they started,” said Jack Bussell, White County veterans service officer, “and we need to pick up the ball and carry on, so we can hand it down to a new generation.”
The local chapter of the American Legion Post 99 is trying to recruit some new members. Dues run $20 per year, and $16 of that goes toward the national headquarters, and $4 of it goes to the local post. The American Legion also hires lobbyists to fight in Congress for veterans programs and funding, such as healthcare.
On a … CONTINUED


Additional funding released for dislocated worker training

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
Phyllis R. Bennett, Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) executive director, recently announced a national emergency grant from the federal government had been awarded to Local Workforce Investment Area 7 (LWIA7), with $2.1 million being approved immediately.
The grant provides funding for dislocated worker training. “We have a real need for worker training in the Upper Cumberland region due to the loss of many manufacturing jobs,” said Bennett. “The number of dislocated workers continues to grow, and we are committed to exhausting every avenue of funding to provide benefits for these workers including training and job placements.”
“The state and federal government provided so much money … CONTINUED


Preseason action heading toward the real thing soon

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Picking it out of the air. Warrior senior linebacker, Seth England, goes up in the air to pick off a batted Marion County pass during last Thursday’s scrimmage.
The Warriors of White County High School defeated the Warriors of Marion County 21-6 in the final preseason scrimmage.
The Warriors get down to real action this Friday night when they travel to Tullahoma for their season opener which happens to be a Region 5-4A contest.
That game is slated to kick off at 7 p.m.


Thomas Harold (Trey) Keane III

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Thomas Harold (Trey) Keane III, 16, of Trussville, Ala., passed away Aug. 15, 2003.
Keane was an honor student at Hewitt Trussville High School where he played trumpet in the band. He loved music and his many friends.
Survivors include his parents, Tom and Sharon Keane; one sister, Annabelle; grandparents, Mack Seibers, of Sparta, and the late Ruby Seibers and Tom and Lena Keane, of Pleasant Hill; aunts and uncles, Jack and Renne Farley, of Cookeville, Rick and Dana Dildine, of Sparta, Jim and Cindy Keane, of Arkansas, and Pat
Keane and Leslie Keane, both of Minnesota; and several cousins.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Aug. 19, … CONTINUED


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