Monthly Archives: January 2004

Myrtle Pauline Brown Lay

Posted on January 5, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Myrtle Pauline Brown Lay, 93, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 31, 2003.
Lay was born June 7, 1910, in White County to George Thomas Brown and Oma Dodson Brown.
She had been a homemaker.
Lay was preceded in death by two husbands, Ray Hale and Roscoe Lay.
Survivors include one sister, Maggie Dethridge, of Bethel, Ohio; one brother, James Brown, of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 1 p.m., Jan. 3, 2004, at Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Highland Cemetery. David Wayne Copeland and Bransford England officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Clara Ester Kelsay Young

Posted on January 5, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Clara Ester Kelsay Young, 86, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 29, 2003.
Young was born Aug. 2, 1917, in White County to Amos Kelsay and Florence Vinnie Young Kelsay.
She had been a homemaker.
Young was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Willie Martin Young; one sister, Cora Brady; and four brothers, Aaron Kelsay, Otis Kelsay, Roy Kelsay, and Chester Kelsay.
Survivors include her husband, Milton Riley Young, of Sparta; three sons, Riley Young, of Nashville, Justin Young, Jimmy Young, both of Sparta; one daughter, Hilda Cantrell, of Sparta; two brothers, Vester Kelsay, of McMinnville, Spencer Young, of Sparta; 16 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two great-great … Read More


John Thomas Young

Posted on January 5, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John Thomas Young, 60, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 1, 2004.
Young was born Sept. 6,1943, in White County to John Curry Young and Esther Lee Osborne Young.
Survivors include one sister, Esther Diane Stacy; two brothers, Arthur Creed Young, Charles D. Young, all of Sparta; one niece, Tonya Moore; and one nephew, Brent Turner Jr.
Services were at 1 p.m., Jan. 3, 2004, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Black Oak Cemetery. Bro. Fate Wilson officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Anna Pauline Lawson

Posted on January 5, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Anna Pauline Lawson, 82, of Cookeville, passed away Jan. 1, 2004.
Lawson was born Dec. 5, 1921, to Henry Vinson and May Emerson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, five sons and one grandson.
Survivors include four daughters, Ann Hodge, of Oltewah, Betty Grasty, Linda Sherell, Kathy Halton, all of Cookeville; one son, Bill Lawson, of Sparta; two sisters, Erline Hutchings, Rose Fish, both of
Sparta; one brother, Pete Vinson, of Mt. Juliet; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Services were at 1 p.m., Jan. 4, 2004, at the Chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Glade Creek Cemetery. Bro. Jim Scott


Lucy Usrey

Posted on January 5, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lucy Usrey, 94, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 3, 2004.
Usrey was born March 27, 1909, DeKalb County, to John Jones and Sara Goodson Jones.
She had been a homemaker.
Usrey was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Usrey; and one sister, Ovalla Farley.
Survivors include one sister, Beulah Betterton, of Sparta and one brother, Amon Jones, of Murfreesboro.
Services will be at 10 a.m., Jan 6, 2004, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Corinth Cemetery. Bro. Don Howard will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Wade Hightower

Posted on January 5, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Wade Hightower, 61, of Crossville, passed Jan. 3, 2004.
Hightower was born Sept. 7, 1942, in Hamilton, Ala., to Lee Hightower and Necie Hill Hightower.
He was a member of Crab Orchard Christian Church and was a blacksmith. Hightower was a member of the Tennessee and American Quarter Horse Association.
Survivors include his wife, Emily Hightower, of Crossville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Amy and Paul Bailey, of Sparta, Kerry and Mark Lovell, of Cookeville; four grandchildren, Jordan, Korry, and Caleb Bailey, Savanna Lovell; two brothers, Herman ‘Sonny’ Hightower, of Aberdeen, Miss., Bud Hightower, of Russellville, Ala.; five sisters, Mary Lou Hooks, of Alabama, Wilma Ballard, Johnnie Burks, both … Read More


Wallace E. Goodwin

Posted on January 5, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Wallace E. Goodwin, 87, of Knoxville, passed away Jan. 3, 2004.
He was owner and president of Wallace E. Goodwin General Contractors from 1955 until retirement in 1987.
Goodwin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Geneva Goodwin and one son, David Goodwin.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Eunice Goodwin; granddaughter, Cheri Britton and husband, Chris, of Ashville, N.C.; grandson, Christopher Goodwin and wife, Karen, of Knoxville; and two great grandchildren, Sawyer and Noah Britton.
Services will be at
8 p.m., Jan. 5, 2004, at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church with graveside service and interment at 11 a.m., Jan. 6, 2004, at Green Acres Memorial … Read More


Felix Jerome Guy Jr.

Posted on January 5, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Felix Jerome Guy Jr. 52, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 1, 2004.
Guy was born Sept. 23, 1952, in White County, to Felix Jerome Guy and Betty Ruth Dodson Guy.
He had been a timberman.
Survivors include his parents; his wife, Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Lewis Guy; one daughter and son-in-law, Jayne Guy Dale and husband, Derrick; one sister, Judy Guy Dodson and her husband, Meldon, all of Sparta.
Services were at 2 p.m., Jan. 4, 2004, at Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Old Union Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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