Monthly Archives: October 2003

Sixth grade basketball off to 8-0 starts

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

Tammy Wilhite
Stewart Mitchell, a sixth grade Warrior, goes strong to the basket against Fox Middle School Tuesday night.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


Honoring a great football coach

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

Tammy Wilhite


Curtis W. Bradford

Posted on October 30, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Curtis W. Bradford, 57, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 26, 2003.
Bradford was born Nov. 26, 1945, in Huntsville, Ala., to Zanney Wade Bradford and Jessie Mae Coots.
Bradford served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
He had been a truck driver.
Survivors include three daughters, Tina Smith, of Michigan, Tonya Bradford, of Little Rock, Ark., and Amy Sarand, of Illinois; one son, Joey Bradford, of Little Rock, Ark.; one brother, Bob Bradford, of Sparta; and four sisters, Doris Hawkins, Elizabeth Konowitz, Virginia Basham and Faye Anders, all of Sparta.
Services will be at 10 a.m., Oct. 30, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home.… Read More


Anna Lashay Taylor

Posted on October 30, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Anna Lashay Taylor, six weeks old, of McMinnville, passed away Oct. 26, 2003.
Survivors include her mother, Karen Elaine Taylor; father, Jesus Torres Hernandez; grandparents, Susan Annette Green, Jeffrey Lynn Green, Jesus Torres Hernandez and Maria Rodriges Hernandez; great grandparents, McArthur Taylor and Bema Jean Taylor; great-great grandmother, Ruby Davis; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services were at 11 a.m., Oct. 29, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Frazier’s Chapel Cemetery. Bro. David Copeland officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Charles Noyce Burns

Posted on October 30, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charles Noyce Burns, 76, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 25, 2003.
Burns was born March 8, 1927, in White County, to John Burns and Artha Norris Burns.
He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II.
Burns was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Leta Teeple Burns, of Sparta; daughter, Kellye Burns LaFever, of Sparta; two brothers, Robert Burns, of Pennsylvania, and Henry Burns, of Illinois; and one sister, Nell Young, of Sparta.
Services were at 11 a.m., Oct. 28, 2003, at West Sparta Church of Christ with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Chad Ramsey, Bro. Ken Bray and Bro. Charlie Myers … Read More


Patricia Faye Holder Torlay

Posted on October 30, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Patricia Faye Holder Torlay, 71, of Nashville, passed away Oct. 27, 2003.
Torlay was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Quebeck, to J.D. Holder and Eula Ree Taylor Holder.
She had been an administrative assistant.
Torlay was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Douglas Holder and Arthur Taylor Holder.
Survivors include five daughters, Leah Appleman, of Panama City, Fla., Lynn Larkin, Wendy Waddell, Ree Smotherman, all of Nashville, and Joi Schurman and husband, Erich, of Nashville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ben Holder and wife, June, of Lafayette, and Keith Holder and his wife, Barbara, of Sparta; one sister and brother-in-law, Janice Hood and husband, Wayne, of … Read More


Lou Savage Farmer

Posted on October 30, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lou Savage Farmer, 79, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 26, 2003.
Farmer was born March 1, 1924, in White County, to Horace Dallas Savage and Sara Callthorpe Savage.
She had been a homemaker.
Farmer was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herman Farmer; and two sisters.
Survivors include two sisters, Rebecca Wood, of Athens, Iva Wagoner, of Quebeck, and one brother, James Lloyd Savage, of Quebeck.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m., Oct. 29, 2003, at Plainview Cemetery in Cassville. Bro. Ray Savage officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Fern Stuber Gordon

Posted on October 30, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Fern Stuber Gordon, 91, of Sparta, formerly of West Plains, Mo., passed away Oct. 25, 2003.
Gordon was born Aug. 17, 1912, in Niangua, Mo., to Benjamin Franklin Stuber and Mary Bender Studer.
She had been a member of First Presbyterian Church, of West Plains, and had been employed at Springfield News and Leader Newspaper in Springfield, Mo.
Gordon was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gale Earl Gordon; one son, Bill Gordon, four sisters, Marie, Lillian, Irene and Claire; and two brothers, Bill and Ted.
Survivors include four children, Jim Gordon and wife, Bunny, of Sparta; Sue Price and husband, Jim, of Homosass, Fla., Bob Gordon, … Read More


Warriors win region thriller against Overton

Posted on October 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriorettes are state tourney bound!!

Posted on October 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Plane crash takes one life

Posted on October 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
According to Central Dispatch Van Buren County E-911, on
Oct. 22, 2003, a single engine plane was reported missing after being lost from radar before reaching its destination.
At approximately 7:15 a.m., Oct. 23, 2003, a civilian contacted Van Buren County and said he had located the wreckage in a remote area near Fall Creek Falls State Park.
The plane, a Piper Saratoga, was operated by Philip Patton, 50, senior vice-president for human resources at Nashville based HCA.
Searchers reached the wreckage of a small plane near Fall Creek Falls State Park and said it appeared to be the craft that was missing on a flight … Read More


Teacher cleared in spanking incident

Posted on October 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
According to White County School Superintendent Donny Haley, a Woodland Park teacher has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a spanking incident that occurred Oct. 13, 2003.
“A Department of Human Services investigation team found that there was no intent to harm the child, so, therefore, there was no need to further the investigation,” said Haley, on Friday afternoon.
The Woodland Park teacher became the center of controversy when a Channel 2 news crew appeared at the school on the afternoon of Oct. 14, 2003. Gary Sparkman, principal, said he did not speak with the Channel 2 reporters, but said he was aware the reporters … Read More


New York Grill offers a different taste

Posted on October 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
Garing, a New York native, came to Tennessee five years ago with the intent of building a vacation home, which ended up being his permanent one.
He held such an appreciation for the area, that by the time their home was completed, he and his family decided to stay and build their Country Store. “I wanted to be a part of the community,” said Garing, “and this is a nice place and I’m proud to be here.”
That was four years ago, and within the last six months, his County Store has been transformed into the New York Grill, an extraordinary sports grill and family restaurant, … Read More


OxyContin abuse felt locally

Posted on October 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“Euphoria is the biggest thing they experience,” said Alan Tatum, pharmacist and owner of Payless Family Pharmacy, as he spoke about the schedule II narcotic OxyContin. “The street value is general $1 per milligram, so one 40-milligram tablet, which is a relatively common strength, is $40 on the street.”
Tatum talked very candidly about the controversy surrounding the highly addictive drug. Noted talk-show host Rush Limbaugh recently admitted that he is addicted to painkillers, with OxyContin being one of the drugs he was allegedly purchasing illegally. Tatum said he is observing similar abuse in White County, and he even sought a warrant on a man … Read More


Former players of Dee Harris invited to reception

Posted on October 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Danny Keith Dobbs

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

Danny Keith Dobbs, 49, of McMinnville, passed away Oct. 26, 2003.
Dobbs was born Feb. 25, 1954, in White County, to Raymond Arthell Dobbs and Reba Anderson Dobbs.
He had been a car salesman.
Dobbs was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Pamela Denise Dobbs Layne.
Survivors include wife, Diane Morris Dobbs; two daughters, Ashley Dannette Dobbs, Rachel Elizabeth Dobbs, all of McMinnville; three brothers, Roger Dobbs and his wife Linda, of Sparta, Johnny Dobbs, of Spencer and Donald Dobbs, of Cookeville; one sister, Connie L Prater and her husband Landon, of Pikeville.
Services will be 1 p.m., Oct. 28, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home … Read More


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