Monthly Archives: July 2005

13/14 All Stars eliminated after bouncing back

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

Tammy Wilhite


Pearl Blankenship Wright

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

Pearl Blankenship Wright, 83, of Smithville, passed away July 25, 2005.
Her parents were Elbert and Mattie Frances Hayes Blankenship.
She had been a housewife.
Wright was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hershal Lee Wright; two brothers, J.D. and Bill Stevens.
Survivors include three daughters, Elsie and Clyde Jacobs, of Murfreesboro, Ann and Thurman Mullins, of Lebanon, Cathy and Jim Welsh, of Mt. Juliet; two sons, Larry and Donna Wright, of Smithville, Eugene and Darlene Wright, of Hendersonville; one sister, Ruth Walker; one brother, Leonard Russ, of Hillsborough; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services were 1 p.m., July 27, 2005, at Love-Cantrell Chapel with burial in … Read More


Providing more than fuel

Posted on July 26, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Established in 1955 to help serve energy needs in Middle Tennessee, MTNG stands on its history of reliable service while dedicating themselves to quality product and customer service.
This year they celebrate 50 years with special events at each Upper Cumberland location.
The MTNG team grilled out for customers in White County last Thursday as part of the golden anniversary celebration.
Middle Tennessee Natural Gas provides a source of energy-efficient natural gas service along with a variety of products for residents, builders and businesses.
J.W. Phifer, superintendent of the Sparta branch, along with office manager Pat Bennett, guides the 18 employees located out of the Bockman … Read More


Bessie Mary Jane Baker Roberts

Posted on July 25, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bessie Mary Jane Baker Roberts, 97, of Sparta, passed away July 20, 2005.
Roberts was born June 13, 1908, in White County, to William Thomas Baker and Malinda Lucinda Martin.
She had been a homemaker.
Roberts was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Homer Whitley Roberts Sr.; six children, Homer Whitley Roberts Jr., Wilfred Terry Roberts, Hazel Venola Roberts, Larry Dean Roberts, Arrie Mae Jernigan, Joseph “Joe” Michael Roberts; four brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include 12 children, Wilma Jeanne Kirby, Will Roberts, both of Cookeville, Mary Frances Whitley, of Franklin, Charles Roberts, of Farmington Hills, Mich., Homer Ray Roberts, of Rock Island, Herman Clay Roberts, Opal … Read More


Two more local teams are headed to the state

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

Tammy Wilhite
State bound. The Sparta 12 year old All Star team finished their rigorous 10 game stretch by earning a trip to the state tournament in Clarksville this weekend.
The Sparta team is the District 2 champions.
Members of the team are:
Coach Mark Cain, John Cain, Coach Dutch Qualls, Zack Burchett, Caleb Fresh, Conor Sparkman, Robbie Johnson, Noah Rigsby, Jaylen Qualls,Coach Ken Fresh,
Logan Hicks, Cody Murray, Ethan Tollison and Coach Joel Sparkman.


Elmer Karl Erickson

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

Elmer Karl Erickson, 74, of Doyle, passed away July 16, 2005.
Erickson was born April 2, 1931, in Rutland, Vt., to John William and Catherine Sawyer Erickson.
He had been a truck driver.
Erickson was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Erickson; one daughter, Connie Sue Erickson; three sons, Eric Erickson, Milton Erickson, Shawn Erickson; four step-daughters, Beverly Goldy, Cindy Hale, Julie Hoffman, Gina Alwin; one step-son, David Alwin; one brother, John Erickson; seven sisters, Dinah Burton, Elanor Parlin, Anna Blacklock, Linda Minard, Catherine Duval, Barbara Martin, Marguerite Comstock; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m., July 21, 2005, … Read More


State Farm offers more than insurance

Posted on July 19, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Insurance companies must meet the needs of a changing society, and State Farm has added another line of service to provide better service to their customers.
Sara Arthur, officer manager for Sparta’s State Farm office, said the company has worked diligently over the years to evaluate the consumer market and grow in a positive direction. The newest addition of their line of products is not the usual service expected from an insurance company. State Farm is also an FDIC insured bank.
“A lot of insurance companies are getting into banking,” said Arthur, “but not all of them are FDIC approved, though. That allows us to … Read More


Nora Dockery Cleghorn

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

Nora Dockery Cleghorn, 82, of Cookeville, passed away July 12, 2005.
Cleghorn was born Jan. 14, 1923, in Putnam County, to Charlie and Nellie Davis Lee.
She was a retired dietician at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Cleghorn was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Luke Dockery, William “Bill” Cleghorn; two sisters, Reba Lee, Notie Stewart.
Survivors include one sister, Verna Randolph, of Cookeville; six brothers and five sisters-in-law, Cheerful and Geraldine Lee, Clayton and Anna Lee, Carmel and Linda Lee, all of Cookeville, Clifford Lee, of Sparta, Clyde and Bertha Lee, of Baxter, Cordell and Joyce Lee, of Rutledge.
Services were 11 a.m., July 15, 2005, … Read More


Jolly promoted to assistant coach at UTC

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

Tammy Wilhite


Callie (Ted) Lee Watson Yates

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

Callie (Ted) Lee Watson Yates, 90, of Rock Island, passed away July 11, 2005.
Yates was born Nov. 17, 1914, in Van Buren County, to Poly and Lou McBride Watson.
She had been a homemaker.
Yates was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Will Yates.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Carl Edward and Linda Yates; one daughter, Mary Wallene Holt, all of Rock Island; three grandchildren, Joan and Hugh Turner, Tim Yates, Venita and Roger Hosse; five great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.
Services were 4 p.m., July 13, 2005, at Love-Cantrell and Cope Chapel with burial in Crain Hill Cemetery, in Van Buren County.
Dennis Deweese officiated.
Love-Cantrell … Read More


Rotary Club hosts annual golf tournament

Posted on July 12, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Tim Lee Lance

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

Tim Lee Lance, 75, of Ringgold, Ga., passed away July 7, 2005.
Lance was born Nov. 17, 1929, in White County, to Frank and Mollie Lance.
He had been a retired roofer.
Lance was preceded in death by his parents; one son, David Earl Lance; two brothers, Claude and Luther Lance; and one sister, Mag Stanfield.
Survivors include his wife, Maxie Powers Lance, of Ringgold, Ga.; three sons, Roger and Judy Lance, of McHenry, Ill., Rick and Sue Lance, of Algonquin, Ill., Ronald and Cindy Lance, of League City, Texas; three daughters, Pat and Jimmy Randolph, of Sparta, Hope and Jonathan Heady, of Toledo, Ohio, April and Nick … Read More


Cope takes coaching position at Chattanooga Notre Dame

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

Tammy Wilhite


James R. Frazier

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

James R. Frazier, 84, of Sparta, passed away July 3, 2005, at White County Community Hospital.
Frazier was born June 7, 1921, in Smithville, to Bob Lee Frazier and Hassie Hubbard Frazier.
He had been an insurance salesman.
Frazier was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Adaleen Cruise Frazier, of Sparta; one sister, Ruby Smithson, of Smithville; two brothers, Edward Frazier and Edsel Frazier, both of Smithville; and several niece and nephews.
Services were at 1 p.m., July 6, 2005, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Fate Wilson and Don Davidson officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of


Family fun under the stars: the Sparta Drive-In

Posted on July 6, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
With all the fun, family-friendly atmosphere of the 50’s, Sparta Drive-In is ready to entertain the entire clan.
Tommy Brown, manager of the Sparta Drive-In said, “Come out one time, and you will be back. The movies are some of the hottest releases, the food is freshly made and extremely good, and the entire staff will do everything possible to give you your money’s worth.”
The beginning of the drive-in movie is attributed to a man named Richard Hollingshead – a young man who combined his two interests, cars and movies, and after trials of how to position cars, figuring out how to amplify the sound … Read More


William Robert Vinson Jr.

Posted on July 5, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

William Robert Vinson Jr., 44, of Crossville, formerly of Sparta, passed away July 3, 2005.
Vinson was born Jan. 21, 1961, in White County, to Bob and Bessie Mae Cole Vinson.
He had been a truck driver.
Vinson was preceded in death by his mother.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Lass Vinson, of Crossville; five daughters, Alicia Vinson, of Sparta, Amanda Vinson, of Crossville, Tiffanie Farren, of Sparta, Hayley Mann, of Crossville, Jessica Sneed, of Ohio; one grandson, Kade Roberts, of Sparta; his father, Bob Vinson, of Sparta; three brothers, Barry D. Vinson, of Chattanooga, Randall B. Vinson, Greg L. Vinson, both of Sparta; and several nieces and … Read More


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