Monthly Archives: March 2005

Etta (Frances) Higgenbottom

Posted on March 31, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Etta (Frances) Higgenbottom passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer on March 29, 2005, at the Elizabeth House facility of Four Seasons Hospice, in North Carolina.
Higgenbottom was the daughter of the late Rev. Fred Lee and Dora Bradshaw formerly of Plant City, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. Fred Lee Bradshaw and Dora Bradshaw and her younger brother, Fred Thomas Bradshaw.
Mere words cannot express or even begin to capture the significance and importance that she imparted to all those who knew and loved her.
Married more than 56 years to Hayden W. Higgenbottom, who currently resides in a … Read More


Customer service a top priority at Food Lion

Posted on March 29, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Food Lion is the corporate grocery store that keeps home-style customer service at the top of its priority list. Dusty Fleming, newest manager at Sparta’s Food Lion store will make sure each customers need is met.
“I thrive on customer service,” Fleming said.
Food Lion opened the Sparta location in August 1989.
“I am only going to be as good as the people I surround myself with,” said Fleming.
Food Lion associates continually go through advanced training to benefit customers. At least one of the approximately 25 employees has been at the location since day one; Kathy Driver began working for Food Lion in April, before … Read More


Sarah Elizabeth Simmons Stone

Posted on March 28, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sarah Elizabeth Simmons Stone, 82, of Sparta, passed away March 24, 2005.
Stone was born Sept. 6, 1922, in Coffee County, to Cleveland Simmons and Ervle Lewis Simmons.
She had been a manager in the garment industry.
Stone was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin Argo Stone; one son, Alvin C. Stone; and two brothers, David A. Simmons and Adrian Simmons.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Hillra Stone and Alvin E. Qualls; one daughter-in-law, Judy Sexton Stone Hutchings and husband Ron; four grandchildren, J. Jill Qualls, Jack J. Qualls, Lisa Hutchings, Christina Hutchings Savage and her husband Mark; and one great-grandchild, Wade Savage.
Services were … Read More


Betty Sue Bilbrey

Posted on March 24, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Betty Sue Bilbrey, 54, of Livingston, passed away March 17, 2005.
Bilbrey was born Aug. 31, 1950, in Overton County, to Homer and Evalena Snodgrass Oliver.
She had been a factory worker.
Bilbrey was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one son, Michael West, of Antioch; one brother, Carson Oliver; one sister, Brenda Oliver, both of Livingston; two nephews, Jordan and Lucas Oliver.
Services were at 4 p.m., March 20, 2005, at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Livingston with burial in Overton County Memorial Gardens.
Bro. Mark Loftis officiated.
Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Not fancy, just good food

Posted on March 22, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Just about two years ago, Bruce and Judy Null decided to make a life change. They gave up steady, secure jobs and became the proud owners of a neighborhood store.
In every sense of the word, Central View Market and Country Grill is a neighborhood store, where people can stop and pick up milk and bread on the way home or fill up with gasoline before the tank runs dry. It’s a place where the friendly folks can hop off the tractor, load up the truck, run to the store and sit down to grab a sandwich or plate lunch before getting back to work.
Central … Read More


Lula Movaline Medley Pienkowski

Posted on March 21, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lula Movaline Medley Pienkowski, 82, passed away March 17, 2005.
Pienkowski was born Aug. 9, 1922, in Putnam County, to Arlie and Eura Belle Clemons Medley.
She was a retired cosmetologist.
Pienkowski was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Arlie Odon Hanson; four brothers, Scott, Ezra, Royce and Tommy Medley; and two sisters, Nell Medley Wood and Arlie Belle Medley.
Survivors include her husband, Anthony Daniel Pienkowski; one sister, Eura Lee Medley Riggs; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be 11 a.m., March 21, 2005, at the Chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with burial in Cookeville City Cemetery.
Bishop Tony Huddleston will officiate.
Whitson Funeral


Tennis team hoping for net improvements

Posted on March 18, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Eula Irene Bumbalough

Posted on March 17, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Eula Irene Bumbalough, 81, of Sparta, passed away March 14, 2005.
Bumbalough was born Feb. 18, 1924 to Dan and Cora Sparks Brewington.
She had worked at Thomas Industries.
Bumbalough was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Verd Richard Bumbalough; five brothers; three sisters; one daughter, Alice Jernigan; two sons-in-law; two grandchildren.
Survivors include 14 daughters, Louise Baker and Bob, Virginia Davison and James, Mary Ruth Gardner and Jim, Joyce Gardner and Sam, Doris Taylor and Junior, Anna Mae Bradley and Ronald, Cathy O’Connor, Judy Calwell, Sandra Mabe, Donna Joseph, Susie Gribble and Johnny, Margaret Bumbalough, all of Sparta, Rachel Madewell and Tom, of Cookeville, Connie Marshall, … Read More


Wheeling and dealing at Sims Auto Center

Posted on March 15, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Greg Sims has returned to his first love – cars.
Sims Auto Center opened in November 2004, and it’s filled with “good used cars at a fair price” according Sims, co-owner of the establishment.
Sims and his wife Kristy run the business located at 352 W. Bockman Way. The couple has two children.
“We carry mostly new car trade-ins,” said Greg, “but are always on the lookout for clean, well kept used cars.”
Greg was born and raised in White County.
“I worked in factories for a while then decided to give law enforcement a try,” he said. “I did that for nine years and loved … Read More


Joe LaVaughn Alverson

Posted on March 14, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joe LaVaughn Alverson, 62, of McMinnville, passed away March 1, 2005.
Alverson was born Oct. 26, 1942, in White County, to Carl Smith Sr. and Nora Bennie Hall Alverson.
He had worked at Smithville Electric.
Alverson was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Greene Alverson, of McMinnville; one son, Bradley Joseph Alverson, of Dowelltown; one daughter, LaVaughnda Satterfield; one grandson, Wesley H. Tatrow; four step-sons, Roger Taylor, Thomas Martin, Darick Martin, Jerry Martin; two brothers, Carl Alverson Jr., Earl Alverson and wife Doris, all of Sparta; and two sisters, Betty Goff, Earleen LaFever and husband James, all of Sparta.
Services were at 2 … Read More


2005 All District 7AAA team named

Posted on March 11, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Deanna Carol Rayburn

Posted on March 10, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Deanna Carol Rayburn, 59, of Sparta, passed away March 7, 2005.
Rayburn was born Aug. 4, 1945, in Detroit, Mich., to Monroe and Ravenell Ashburn LaFever.
She had been a homemaker.
Rayburn was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one daughter, Nelldean Melton, of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; four sisters, Kathy McCurry, of Sterlingheights, Mich., Patricia Rifner, Charlene Cleghorn, both of Lawrenceburg, Ind., Sharon Alexander, of Sparta; two brothers, Floyd LaFever, of Ferndale, Mich., Charles Willoughby, of Crawford; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were at 3 p.m., March 9, 2005, at Hunter Funeral Home.
John Cleghorn officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


High tech service with hometown flavor: Floyd’s Hometown Foods

Posted on March 8, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Being competitive in the grocery business requires a company to be multi-faceted.
The industry faces challenges few other retail businesses do. Grocery stores provide a basic commodity that all residents require, and competition is fierce.
Jim and Frankie Floyd and Steve and Debbie Floyd own and operate Floyd’s Hometown Foods with the help of 32 employees. The team has a special bond with their customers that larger stores can never duplicate and only covet.
Floyd’s Hometown Foods offers premium customer service along with the strong marketing expertise. “My favorite part of this business is the people. There is something new and different every day,” said Jim.… Read More


James Henry Laurent

Posted on March 7, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Henry “Bud” Laurent, 81, of Sparta, passed away March 5, 2005.
Laurent was born June 19, 1923, in Springfield, Ill., to Paul Lewis Laurent and Margarett O’Neal Laurent.
He served in the Navy during World War II and was a welder.
Laurent was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Peggy Ann Baty; and one brother, Paul F. Laurent.
Survivors include his wife, Alene Bumbalough Laurent, of Sparta; five daughters and sons-in-law, Sherrie and David Simmons, Mary and Bob Cardin, Jane and Jim Wyatt, all of Sparta, Alene and Jesse Cornelison Houston, of Texas, Donna and Carl Nation, of Cookeville; two sons and daughters-in-law,
Jimmy and … Read More


Shelbyville ends Warriorette season

Posted on March 4, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Arthur L. Sparkman

Posted on March 3, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Arthur L. Sparkman, 76, of Michigan, passed away Dec. 22, 2004.
He was retired from transport refrigeration.
Sparkman was preceded in death by two wives, Barbara Sparkman and Jacqueline Sparkman and one son, Gary Sparkman.
Survivors include three children and their spouses, Douglas and Anna Sparkman, Karen Lewis and Tavannia and Walter Pepper; three brothers and their spouses, John and Clare Sparkman, Earl and Ruth Sparkman and Hugh and Lori Sparkman; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services are at noon, March 5, 2005, at Preston Heights Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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