Monthly Archives: December 2003

Virgil Lee Baker

Posted on December 22, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Virgil Lee Baker, 80, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 19, 2003.
Baker was born March 10, 1923, in Sparta, to Landon Baker and Lena King Baker.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Elzora Marie Ogle Baker, of Sparta; one daughter, Shirley Peterson, of Fairgrove, Mich.; two sons, Ronald Baker, of Madison Heights, Mich., James Baker, of Royal Oate, Mich.; one brother, Ralph Baker, of Sparta; one sister, Louise Hensley, of Sparta; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Dec. 22, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Baker-Tollison Cemetery. Charles Ogle will officiate. Hunter Funeral Home


Geneva M. Thomason

Posted on December 22, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Geneva M. Thomason, 66, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 18, 2003.
Thomason was born July 7, 1937, to Ernest T. Mills Jr. and Elma Lee Miller Mills.
She had been a homemaker.
Thomason was preceded in death by her parents and; one brother, Byron Mills.
Survivors include her husband, Rev. Howard Thomason, of Sparta; three daughters, Linda Sue Kahl, and husband, Butch, Karen Neal and husband, Mitchell Duane, Pennie Shrum and husband, Eugene; grandchildren, Jimmy Neal, Leslie Neal, Byron Shrum, Lakota Shrum and Ernest ‘Teddy’ Kahl, all of Sparta.
Services were at 7 p.m., Dec. 21, 2003, at East Sparta Church of God with burial in Frasier Chapel … CONTINUED


Ninth grade girls stay perfect with win over Oakland

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

Tammy Wilhite
Freshman Warrior, John Gribble, tries to drive to the basket and draws contact from an Oakland defender Monday night.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


Bill Boruff Shootout tips off Friday

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

Tammy Wilhite


Commissioners abolish Parks and Recreation

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Although the White County Parks and Recreation Board recently presented a proposal to county commissioners for a program with a full-time director, commissioners voted Monday night to abolish the board and give control back to Steering Committee A.
However, several commissioners had expressed a desire to reorganize the board with members from both the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the White County Board of Commissioners.
The resolution presented by commissioners said “…White County Parks and Recreation has not been able to carry out Phase I of its project since its creation.”
The resolution also requested White County Mayor Herd Sullivan and White County … CONTINUED


Thefts abundant during holiday season

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

Jody Sliger
Real life Grinches are trying to steal Christmas, and not just in Whoville. Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth and White County Sheriff James O’Conner would like to remind everyone to take extra care with personal belongings in this busy season. Lock the vehicle door, and do not leave valuables in the vehicle, especially in view.
Also, statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicate one-fourth of all home burglaries occur during the winter months, with a noticeable spike during the holidays.
A recent news release from the Insurance Industry Institute notes that, according to the FBI, residential burglaries accounted for 65.8 percent of all reported burglaries … CONTINUED


Gladys Phillips Puckett

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

Gladys Phillips Puckett, 79, of Jamestown, passed away Dec. 13, 2003.
Puckett was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Puckett.
Survivors include five daughters, Donna Story and husband, Charles, of Nashville, Sandra Feltner and husband, Bill, of Lilburn, Ga., Karen Tryggestad and husband, Tom, of Macon, Ga., Janet Kalonick and husband, Roger, of Decatur, Ala., Jill Norman and husband Mike, of Robbins; three sons, Mike Puckett and wife, Pat, of Allardt, Jerry Puckett and wife Joyce, of Sparta, Joey Puckett and wife, Lila, of Oneida; three brothers, Fred Phillips, of Helenwood, Tony Phillips, of New Mexico, Ron Phillips, of Decatur, Ala.; two sisters, Judy Matthews, of Oneida, … CONTINUED


Willa Vaughn Hurd McNamara

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

Willa Vaughn Hurd McNamara, 86, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 15, 2003.
McNamara was born March 5, 1917, in Sparta, to Ersie Lee Hurd and Lou Ann Cooper.
She was the retired manager of a food chain store.
McNamara was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, James McNamara.
Survivors include three sons, Carson Knowles, Palm Beach, Fla., Greg Stone, and Louis Stone, both of Sparta; four step children; one half brother, Gary Hurd, of Spencer; seven grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Dec. 20, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Charles Myers will … CONTINUED


Gridiron Warriors earning post season awards

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

Tammy Wilhite


A little turn of the wood

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Passing the time of day surrounded by more than 200 acres of beautiful scenery has become a source of inspiration for John Roberts as he creates his masterpieces of woodturned art.
Roberts spent his childhood in Smithville, but his family roots are planted in White County. The Mitchell family has been a vital part of the community for several generations.
Before moving to White County in 1999, Roberts had lived in Murfreesboro. He was a pilot for American Eagle Airlines for eight years and now serves as chief pilot for American Service Contractors for the corporate executives. Roberts is on-call 24 hours a day and … CONTINUED


Sunday named Midstate Player of the Year

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

Tammy Wilhite


Lance Cpl. Justin Michael McCormick

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

Lance Cpl. Justin Michael McCormick, 19, of Spencer, passed away Dec. 13, 2003.
McCormick was born May 7, 1984, in Mississippi, to James McCormick and Sally Frady McCormick.
He was a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps.
Survivors include one daughter, Destiny Alexis Renee McCormick, of Gainesboro; his parents, James and Sally McCormick, of Spencer; three brothers, Michael McCormick, of Sparta, James McCormick, of Spencer, Ben McCormick, of Sparta; one sister, Melinda McCormick, of Cookeville; grandmother, Eddie Mae Frady, of Pikeville; and fiancee, Amber Stacey, of Gainesboro.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Dec. 20, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Frasier’s Chapel Cemetery.… CONTINUED


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