Monthly Archives: December 2003

Warriors split weekend games, fall to 1-2 in district

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Children are the innocent victims

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
A White County man faces child endangerment charges, in addition to several drug charges, after Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and White County Narcotics Unit discovered two children in a meth lab.
The White County Narcotics Unit accompanied DCS to check on a child’s welfare. After arriving at the residence, officials sought and received permission to search. During the search, several items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine were uncovered, including two grams of meth, a glass pipe and other items under the mattress on which an 11-year-old boy was sleeping.
Wade Keith Phillips, 45, of Sparta, was arrested and charged with criminal intent to manufacture … Read More


“We got him.”

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

SADDAM CAPTURED
Kim Swindell Wood
After years of wreaking terror on the people of Iraq, as well as instigating the devastation of other countries, Saddam Hussein has finally been captured by American forces after months in hiding.
The ex-president of Iraq was taken into custody at a small mud-walled compound outside the village of Adwar at 8:30 p.m., Dec. 13, 2003.
According to Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of coalition forces in the country, about 600 members of the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, along with special operations forces. launched Operation Red Dawn after receiving intelligence reports Saddam was in the area.
Coalition forces moved the former … Read More


Full service is a thing of the past

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
The full service gas station is almost a thing of the past, but Denny White’s Service Station still believes in face-to-face customer service.
“Now, we’re the only full service left in town,” said White. “We’re like a dinosaur. If there is another, I don’t know of it.”
He opened the business around 1983 and has been pumping gas and servicing customers ever since. Some have been with him from the beginning and others
only recently.
White has not always owned a full service gas station. He is an experienced truck driver, and at one time, worked for the Sparta Police Department, while owning his business. The … Read More


Randie Burtis Hall

Posted on December 15, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Randie Burtis ‘Burt’ Hall, 55, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 12, 2003.
Hall was born June. 14, 1948, in Dayton, Ohio, to William Hall and Callie Durham Hall.
He had been employed at Auto Zone.
Hall was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include three daughters, Tracey Butt and husband, Bruce, Tebel Hall, Twyla Hall and husband, Dana; one son, Randie Hall Jr,; two step daughters, Tami and Teri, all of Dayton, Ohio; two sisters, Lois Hall, of Cookeville, Teresa Hunter and husband, Wayne, of Sparta; one brother, Jay Hall and wife, Peggy, of Lexington, Ky.; special friend, Nancy; several grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.


Nolene Mahan

Posted on December 15, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Nolene Mahan, 69, of White County, passed away Dec. 10, 2003.
Mahan was born July 15, 1934, in Pikeville, Ky., to Bob Harris and Oma Smith Harris.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roscoe Mahan; two brothers, Bill Harris, James Harris; one sister, Happy Livingston.
Survivors include two sons, Delbert Mahan and wife, Cheryl, of Warren, Mich., Roscoe ‘Rocky’ Mahan and fiancee, Annie Remmert, of Sparta; four sisters, Dolly Smith, of Ohio, Bea Bostic, Emma Jean Anderson, Geraldine Bakka, all of Arizona; two brothers, June Harris, Roby Harris, both of Michigan; and three grandchildren, Leah Mahan, Eliana Mahan and McKenna Mahan.
Services were at … Read More


Cecil E. Smith and Christine Newsome Smith

Posted on December 15, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Cecil E. Smith, 89, and Christine Newsome Smith, 85, of Sparta, husband and wife of more than 65 years, both departed this world within two days of each other to be with their Lord.
Cecil, who passed away Dec. 9, 2003, was a retired officer of Underwriters Laboratory and an electrical engineer. He was one of the longest serving members of the international Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union and recently was one of three Tennessee IBEW members to receive a 60-year pin for continuous membership.
He had served on the White County Election Commission and had more than a quarter century of service as an elder or deacon … Read More


Mary Lou Amos

Posted on December 15, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Lou Amos, 76, of Marion, Ind., passed away Dec. 12, 2003.
Amos was born Aug. 2, 1927, in Herst, Ind., to Dewey Lynch and Helen Johnson Lynch.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Karen Sue Roper; and one brother, Virgil Weekly.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara L. Randolph and her husband, Kenneth, of Sparta; two sons, Larry V. Amos, and his wife, Kathy, of Elmwood, Ind., Thurman ‘Sonny’ Amos, and his wife, Mary, of Sweetser, Ind.; 18 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m., Dec. 16, 2003, in Raven-Choate Funeral Home with burial in Gardens of … Read More


John C. Steakley Jr.

Posted on December 15, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John C. Steakley Jr, 89, of Cookeville, passed away Dec. 13, 2003.
Steakley was born Feb. 20, 1914, in Bledsoe County to John C. Steakley and Mary Lou Sapp Steakley.
He had been a machinist at Sparta Shirt Factory.
Steakley was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Charles Dean Steakley and one great granddaughter, Baby Dickinson.
Survivors include his wife, Cornelia Dodson Steakley, of Cookeville; one daughter, Anita Dickinson, of Cookeville; one son, Graham Steakley, of Donelson; three grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Services will by at 2 p.m., Dec. 16, 2003, at Spencer Church of Christ with burial in Spencer Town Cemetery. Bobby Wilhite and … Read More


Ernest Morris Selby

Posted on December 15, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ernest Morris Selby, 70, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 11, 2003.
Selby was born Jan. 30, 1933 in White County to Alpha Desol Selby and Vera Lou Hunt Selby.
He had been employed with State Auto Insurance.
Selby was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Raymond ‘Johnny’ Selby, Jimmy Selby and Bobby Selby.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Norris Selby; one son, Lonnie D. Selby and wife, Alice, of Sparta; two daughters, Nancy Robinson and husband, Billy, of Sparta, and Kaye Moores and husband, Larry, of Cookeville; one brother, William Selby, of Sparta; two sisters, Peggy Green, of Sparta, Fran Meeks, of Metter, Ga.; grandchildren, Dewayne … Read More


James Cordell Lowery

Posted on December 15, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Cordell Lowery, 74, of Michigan, formerly of Sparta, passed away Dec. 10, 2003.
Lowery was born March 26, 1929, in Sparta, to William Logan Lowery and Louella Measles Lowery.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Carl Lowery, Carson Lowery, Dan Lowery; and one sister, Edna Wallace.
Survivors include three daughters, Marilyn D. Lowery, of Manitou Beach, Mich., Norma Lowery Kotcher and husband, Ron, of St. Clair, Mich., Wanda Lowery, of Dearborn, Mich.; two sons, Cordell Lowery, of Manitou, Mich.; George Lowery, of Addison, Mich., one brother, Simpson Lowery, of Hawesville, Ky.; three sisters, Pauline Sims, of Atlanta, Ga., Barbara Lowery, of Sparta, Myrna … Read More


Warriors fall to Cavaliers in low scoring contest

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

Tammy Wilhite


Warriorettes fall to 7-1 with loss at Cookeville

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

Tammy Wilhite


Maxie Smith

Posted on December 11, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Maxie Smith, 70, of Dahlonega, Ga., passed away Dec. 6, 2003.
Smith was born to Roscoe Reeves and Alma Brown Reeves.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, JoAnn and Joe Labermeyer, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Anita and Shane Thacker, of Sparta; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Phyllis Woods, Johnny Woods, all of Dahlonega, Ga., Jeff and LaDawn Woods, of Cumming, Ga.; four sisters, Jessie Chapman, of Dahlonega, Ga., Bertha Waters, Doris Payne, Brenda Sue Ocasio, all of Lula, Ga.; three brothers, Billy Reeves, Barney Reeves, Grady Reeves, all of Dahlonega, Ga.; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild and a large number of other relatives also survive.… Read More


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