Monthly Archives: February 2004

Arrie Mae Jernigan

Posted on February 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Arrie Mae Jernigan, 70, passed away Feb. 6, 2004.
Jernigan was born May 29, 1933, in White County to Whitley Roberts and Bessie Baker Roberts.
She was preceded in death by her father; son, Leon Jimmy Jernigan; three brothers, Homer Whitley Roberts Jr., Larry D. Roberts and Wilfred Roberts; and one sister, Hazel Roberts.
Survivors include one daughter, Sue Hillis, of Sparta; three sons, Robert Jernigan, of Sparta, Ronald Jernigan, of Little Rock, Ark., Donald Jernigan, of Sparta; mother, Bessie Roberts, of Sparta; four sisters, Jeanne Kirby, of Cookeville, Opal Williams, of Sparta, Frances Whitley, of Franklin, Wanda McGhee, of Sparta; nine brothers, Harvey Roberts, of Sparta, Charles … CONTINUED


Dr. Robert Francis Baker Sr.

Posted on February 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dr. Robert Francis Baker Sr., 85, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 9, 2004.
Baker was born July 31, 1918, in New Orleans, La., to John Leroy Baker and Ruby Catchings Baker.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942-1945 and was attached to U.S. Marine Amphibious Forces in the South Pacific with combat action in three landings. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant senior grade.
Baker was a graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Medicine, with his post-graduate work at Knoxville General Hospital.
He was the former mayor of Sparta. He was active in community affairs, as well as becoming a vital part … CONTINUED


Norman R. LaForce

Posted on February 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Norman R. LaForce, 75, of Oak Hill, Fla., passed away Feb. 10, 2004.
LaForce was born Dec. 12, 1928, in Appalachia, Va., to Piney B. and Martha LaForce.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and had been co-owner of Peggy’s Country Kitchen.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy J. LaForce, of Oak Hill, Fla.; five sons, Robert LaForce, of Baltimore, Md., Richard LaForce, of Perry, Ohio, Jim LaForce, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Kenneth LaForce and Mike Titchenell, both of Painesville, Ohio.; two daughters, Gayle Frank, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Carol Corral, of San Leandro, Calif.; four sisters, Dell Hassett, of Paradise, Calif., Jean … CONTINUED


Gladys Louise Thomas

Posted on February 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Gladys Louise Thomas, 78, of Cookeville, passed away Feb. 10, 2004.
Thomas was born Feb. 3, 1926, in Putnam County, to Ira Vaughn and Pauline Hunter Vaughn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Floyd Thomas; one sister, Ruby Brown; and one brother, Arlin Vaughn.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Glenda Thomas; one sister and brother-in-law, Janie and Arnold Nash; and two sisters-in-law, Rose Vaughn and Johnnie Thomas, all of Cookeville.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Feb. 12, 2004, at the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with burial in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Bro. Ronnie Cobb and Bro. David Flatt will officiate.… CONTINUED


Tiffany Faith Robinson Jenkins

Posted on February 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tiffany Faith Robinson Jenkins, 30, of Powder Springs, Ga., formerly of White County, passed away Feb. 6, 2004.
Jenkins was born June 1, 1973, to Jack Robinson and Mary Robinson.
She had been a dispatcher for E-911 in Cobb County, Ga.
Jenkins was preceded in death by one brother, Gary Wayne Robinson.
Survivors include her husband, Hollis Lavon Jenkins, of Powder Springs, Ga.; one son, Oliver Lavon Jenkins, of Powder Springs, Ga.; mother, Mary Robinson, of Powder Springs, Ga.; father, Jack Robinson and wife Kathleen, of Sparta; one sister, Sabrina Phillips, of Georgia; stepbrother, Randy Young, of Sparta; grandfather, Jim Robinson, of Sparta; father-in-law, Hollis Jenkins, of Sparta; … CONTINUED


Sarah Jane McBride Tolbert

Posted on February 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sarah Jane McBride Tolbert, 51, of Murfreesboro, passed away Feb. 9, 2004.
Tolbert was born in Nashville, to James F. McBride and Pauline Wallace McBride.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Tolbert, of Murfreesboro; one brother, Richard F. McBride; mother-in-law, Mary Tolbert, of Murfreesboro; niece, Katherine McBride; and nephew, Robert McBride.
Services will be at 7 p.m., Feb. 12, 2004, at North Blvd. Church of Christ.
Woodfin Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.
This information courtesy of Hunter Funeral Home.


Terry Glynn Nash

Posted on February 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Terry Glynn Nash, 44, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 9, 2004, at Centennial Medical Center, in Nashville.
Nash was born May 3, 1959, in White County, to James C. and Evelyn Aileen Prater Nash.
He had been a lab technician.
Survivors include his parents, James C. and Evelyn Aileen Prater Nash, of Sparta; twin brother, Jerry Lynn Nash, of Atlanta, Ga., and brother, James Michael Fox, of Cookeville; niece, Chrissie White, of Sparta; one nephew, J.J. Fox, of Cookeville; and aunts and uncles.
Private services were Tuesday at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Jerry Young officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


James W. Hall

Posted on February 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James W. Hall, 71, passed away Feb. 8, 2004.
Hall was born
Sept. 20, 1932, to William Millard Hall and Ethel Mae Henley.
He had been a minister at Palmer Church of Christ and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Hall, of McMinnville; one daughter and son-in-law Melinda Carol and Danny Grayson, of Whitwell; one son and daughter-in-law, James Timothy and Kristal Hall, of McMinnville; four grandchildren, Seger and B.J. Grayson and Henry and Kelsey Hall; one sister, Sally Smith, of Kimball; two brothers, Bobby Dean Hall, of Rossville, Ga., and Allen Wayne Hall, of Marietta, Ga.; and several … CONTINUED


Shopping center to open by summer ’04

Posted on February 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The rapidly growing business segment of Sparta and White County will soon be adding one more addition with the upcoming groundbreaking for a brand new shopping center.
According to Frank T. Callaway, of Atlanta, Beck Property Co. will be the developer of the new Taft Church Station Shopping Center, which will be constructed adjacent to the new Wal-Mart Supercenter.
“This is a typical center for us,” said Callaway. “We try to do small shopping centers in and around Wal-Marts and throughout the Southeast.”
Callaway and Rosemary Beck, also of Atlanta, are partners in this latest business enterprise. Callaway, who is formerly of Knoxville, received his … CONTINUED


Jernigan passes away after wreck

Posted on February 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A well-loved White County woman has passed away five days after she was involved in a crash on Plum Creek Road, on Feb. 2, 2004.
Arrie Mae Roberts Jernigan, 71, of Sparta, died Friday night at Erlanger Hospital, because of injuries she received in the accident.
According to Trooper Tim Kring, of Crossville, Robert Jernigan, 48, of Sparta, was the driver of a 1994 Geo Metro in which Arrie Mae was a passenger. The crash occurred at approximately 7:25 p.m.
Robert was traveling east on Plum Creek Road, when he lost control of the vehicle. He overcorrected and left the roadway on the right side. … CONTINUED


Several vehicles float in high water

Posted on February 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Excessive rain overflows creeks and streams causing several roadways to be closed.
White County Road Department hit the streets early Friday morning
putting out signs to warn people about the dangers of high water across the road.
Before 7 a.m., on Feb. 6, 2004, several signs had been removed, and in one case led to a vehicle traveling into the water and created a few tense moments for its driver.
Harvey Martin was traveling on Blue Springs Road when he came to water over the roadway. Martin indicated he did not know the road was flooded because there were no signs. His vehicle was in the … CONTINUED


Warriors lose heartbreaker in overtime

Posted on February 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Mr. and Miss Basketball. Brooke Sunday and Seth England were honored as WCHS’s 2003-04 Mr. and Miss Basketball prior to the game with Lebanon.


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