Monthly Archives: June 2004

Carolyn Mae Young

Posted on June 14, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Carolyn Mae Young, 57, of Sparta, passed away June 12, 2004.
Young was born Sept. 16, 1946, in Van Buren County, to George Washington McCormick and Daisy Louise Yates.
She had been a factory worker and caregiver.
Young was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Judy McCormick.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Sybil Martin, of Rock River; two granddaughters, Ca’Sondra Martin, Heather Martin, both of McMinnville; two step granddaughters, Jennie Scott, Heather Walling, both of Spencer; great grandchildren, Kaitlyn Martin, of McMinnville, Beth Armstrong, Kendall Walling, both of Spencer, Molly Mayfield, of Rock River, Shane Armstrong, of Spencer; one sister and brother-in-law, … Read More


Wayne Franklin Walker

Posted on June 14, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Wayne Franklin Walker, 64, of Cookeville, passed away June 10, 2004.
Walker was born Jan. 4, 1940, in Lebanon, to Edwin C. Walker and Margaret Johnson Walker.
He served in the U.S. Navy.
Walker was a self-employed master piano technician.
Walker was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jimmy Walker.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Allison and Rob Weeden, of Cookeville; two sons, Lee Walker, of Cookeville, Allen Walker, of Ridgecrest, Calif.; five grandchildren, Abigail Weeden, Anna Weeden, Margot Walker, Nathaniel Walker, Olivia Walker; and two brothers, Conrad Walker, of Huntsville, Ala., and Carlton Walker, of Lebanon.
Services were at 1 p.m., June 12, … Read More


George Richard Pennington

Posted on June 14, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

George Richard Pennington, 78, of Cookeville, passed away June 12, 2004.
Pennington was born Oct. 31, 1925, in White County, to George Sydney Pennington and Georgia Hickey Pennington.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Pennington was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ruth Speck; infant brother, John Kelly Pennington; and three brothers-in-law, Hugh Lowery, Kermit Speck and Jimmy Mattson.
Survivors include two sisters, Jean Lowery, of Sparta, Ann Mattson, of Donelson; one brother, Horace Pennington, of Cookeville; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m., June 14, 2004, at Whitson Funeral Home Chapel with burial … Read More


Dorothy Cothran Baker

Posted on June 14, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dorothy Cothran Baker, 83, of Sparta, passed away June 4, 2004.
Baker was born May 17, 1921, in Golden Pond, Ky., to John Cothran and Jose Cothran.
She was retired from Kennametal, Inc.
Baker was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 59 years, Clealon Burnett Baker; one son, Doulan R. Baker; and one sister, Juanita Jones.
Survivors include one son and two daughters-in-law, Dennis D. Baker and his wife Phyllis, Sharon R. Baker; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey Baker, Sherry Sandel, Kyle Baker, Mark Baker, Steven Baker, Wesley Baker, Jason Baker; six great grandchildren, Andrew, Boone, Corey, Katrina, Alex, Bayleigh; and one brother, Lawrence Cothran.
Graveside services … Read More


Until we meet again

Posted on June 11, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Balloons and signs were not the only way White County showed their support for the soldiers of the 278 National Guard unit.
More than 1,000 people filled the festively decorated amphitheater the evening of June 3, 2004, waving flags and wearing patriotic colors. Yellow ribbons and signs greeted the soldiers as they arrived in parade fashion led by fire trucks and police vehicles.
Bockman Way was lined with people cheering and waving at the grinning troops.
With the278th being deployed this month into active duty, White County was looking for a way to show the unit support and to let the members know how White County … Read More


Savage Building Center offers service for over 20 years

Posted on June 11, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Since 1983, Savage Building Center has been giving White County quality products and service.
“We try to give good hometown service,” said Dwight Savage. “Most of our customers already know that. We try to give good sound advice. We try to help our customers and give the best advice we can to help them complete their projects, whether it’s painting a room, building a deck, or a roof, so they can have a good successful project and try to save them some money along the way.”
Dwight and his father, Doug Savage own the business together.
“My father has been in this business since the 1970’s,” … Read More


National Guard support group ready for action

Posted on June 11, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
As guardsmen leave White County destined for Iraq, there will be hundreds of family members left behind who will need emotional support, as well as financial assistance.
For Kathy Hawkins, president of the Family Readiness Group for Sparta National Guard, life has become rather hectic during the past few weeks. Hawkins and several other women are helping prepare the all-male unit for their departure overseas. They are also assisting the spouses with the everyday necessities that may have ordinarily been taken for granted.
Hawkins, Stephanie Hickey, Donna England, Tina Turner and Tamara Roach are working tirelessly to make sure everything is in order. But, many … Read More


Elderly man injured in Bon Air Mountain Fall

Posted on June 11, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
At approximately 10:50 a.m. on June 3, 2004, rescue teams were called to the scene of a fall on Bon Air Mountain.
David Welch, 70, was mowing the lawn behind the home where he was the caretaker, and lost control of a brand new lawnmower that had arrived just the day before. The mower went over the edge and fell approximately 50 feet off the edge of the bluff.
“I heard the lawnmower hit four or five times when it went over,” said Hans Bean, a contractor hired to do some work at the house.
He was present when the accident occurred, but did not see … Read More


O’Dell seriously injured in Friday afternoon crash

Posted on June 11, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A Friday afternoon accident sent a White County deputy’s son to Erlanger Hospital with serious leg and facial injuries.
According to Sgt. Hugh Hackett, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Brian Clayton O’dell, 21, of Sparta, son of Deputy Jody O’Dell, lost control of his vehicle on Crossville Highway, near Clay Holman Road, and slid sideways into a parked truck.
Emergency personnel were dispatched at approximately 4 p.m., June 4, 2004, to the site of the crash. Sparta-White County Rescue Squad was called out to extricate Brian from the car, where his legs were pinned underneath the front portion of the dash. He also received extensive … Read More


Revolving door for coaches continues

Posted on June 11, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Debbie Thompson

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

Debbie Thompson, 45, of Ypsilanti, Mich., passed away June 4, 2004.
Thompson was born Oct. 19, 1958, in Meridian, Miss., to William Lee Todd and Rebecca Pullin Todd.
She worked for the University of Michigan office of general council as a legal secretary. She was engaged to be married in March 2005.
Thompson was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her fiance, Charlie Stuart, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; one daughter, Brandi Thompson, of Canton, Mich.; mother and stepfather, Rebecca and Woodrow Holder, of Tennessee; two special friends, Lisa Itoney, of Clarkston, Mich., Brian Holdaway, of Clanton, Mich.
Services were at 11 a.m., June 9, 2004, at Stark … Read More


Jay Thomas “Jake” Knowles

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

Jay Thomas “Jake” Knowles, 59, of Sparta, passed away June 6, 2004.
Knowles was born March 25, 1945, in White County to John William Knowles and Allie Mae Young Knowles.
He had been a factory worker.
Knowles was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Joyce Qualls, Lora G. Vinson; and one brother.
Survivors include one daughter, Sandra Smith; one son, Troye “Bo” Knowles; both of Sparta; five grandchildren, Sarah Knowles, Chelsea Smith, John Thomas Knowles, Dalton Smith, all of Sparta, Randy DeWayne Knowles, of Cookeville; one great grandson, Justin Dewayne Knowles, of Cookeville; one sister, Margarette Davidson, of Sparta; two brothers, Bill Knowles, of Sparta, Claude … Read More


Robert Haskell “Hack” Bryant

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

Robert Haskell “Hack” Bryant, 65, of Gordonsville, formerly of Sparta, passed away June 6, 2004.
Bryant was born Oct. 26, 1938, in White County, to Byrd Bryant and Ida Mae Howard Bryant.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Verna Mae Woods.
Survivors include his ex wife, Janice Bryant; two daughters, Kathy Whittaker, of Sparta, LouAnn Bogue, of Gordonsville; four sons, Robert Keith Bryant, of Gordonsville, David Bryant, Jonathon Bryant, both of Sparta, Donald Bryant, of Smithville; stepdaughter, Khristy Diane Johnson, of Sparta; five sisters, Pearl Brock, Marie Rollins, Brenda Brock, all of Sparta, Charlene Bryant, of Gossville, Linda Roberts, of Cookeville; brothers, Charles … Read More


Daniel Hunter Richards

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

Daniel Hunter Richards, 78, of Indiana, formerly of Sparta, passed away April 2, 2004.
Richards was born Oct. 5, 1925, in White County, to Frank Argo Richards and Pauline Hunter Richards.
He was a veteran of World War II where he served in submarines in the North Atlantic. After the war, he became a businessman and farmer then reentered the U.S. Navy in 1956 and retired in 1973 with the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Fannie Laura Richards.
Survivors include his wife, Jona Richards; of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; their two children, Jon Richards, of Madison, Ind., Linda … Read More


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