Monthly Archives: September 2005

Donald Ray Biggers

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

Donald Ray Biggers, 71, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 19, 2005.
Biggers was born in Sumner County to Jewell and Lucille Thurman Biggers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Mary Lee Mayfield Biggers.
Survivors include one daughter, Sherry Biggers, of Sparta; three sons, Robert Glenn Biggers and wife Misty, of Lafayette, Stanley Ray Biggers, of Bethpage, Calvin Lee Biggers, of Portland; one brother, Jim Biggers, of Gallatin; two sisters, Linda Biggers, of Bethpage, Virginia Brock, of Gallatin; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m., Sept. 23, 2005, at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Davis Cemetery in White County.… Read More


Vesta Sims Jordan

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

Vesta Sims Jordan, 85, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 19, 2005.
Jordan was born, Nov. 21, 1919, in White County, to Grover and Callie Myatt Sims.
She had been a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmore Jordan; sister, Lela M. Alexander; and brother, A.T. Sims.
Survivors include two daughters, Faye Webb and husband William, of McMinnville, Carolyn Niess and husband Joseph, of Silver Point; one brother, Clevie Sims, of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister, Mary Ruth Johnson, of St. Louis, Mo.; four grandchildren, Tammy Billings and husband Darrell, Michael Jolley and wife Connie, Charlotte Rich and husband Ricky, Terry Abston and wife Kathy; … Read More


Benjamin H. Cole

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

Benjamin H. Cole, 63, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 20, 2005.
Cole was born June 13, 1942, in DeKalb County, to Benjamin Harrison Cole and Winnie Usrey Cole.
He had been employed at Fleetguard.
Cole was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Virgie McCormick, Vila Mae Caldwell, Vari Ann Jones; and two brothers, Bethel Cole and Erbie Cole.
Survivors include his wife, Kate Sherrell Cole, of Sparta; three sons, Eugene Cole and wife Cindy, Bryan Wayne Cole and Houston Austin; two daughters, Brandie Jones and husband John, Terra Breedlove, all of Sparta; two grandsons, Benjamin Cole, Jacob Cole, both of Sparta; four brothers, Edward Cole and … Read More


O. Gene Luna

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

O.Gene Luna, 64, of Centralia, Wash., formerly of White County, passed away Sept. 13, 2005.
Luna was born Sept. 5, 1942, in White County, to Rube and Rubie Johnson Luna.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Luna had been employed at Trans Alta Mining Company.
Luna was preceded in death by his parents; one infant daughter, Myrna Jean Luna; and one infant granddaughter, Kari Nicole Brewington.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Dawn J. Luna, of Centralia, Wash.; four sons, Eric Luna and wife Melissa, of Sparta, Clayton M. Luna, of Centralia, Wash., Carlton M. Luna and wife Rose, of Jacksonville, N.C., Aaron … Read More


Scott Lee Davis

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

Scott Lee Davis, 27, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 18, 2005.
Davis was born in White County to Jimmy and Connie Faye Rice Davis.
He was a member of Johnson’s Chapel Baptist Church.
Davis was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Norman and Leona Davis, and one uncle, Bobby Dean Rice.
Survivors include his wife, April Tramel Davis, of Sparta; two daughters, Kyra Agee, Kylee Davis, both of Sparta; parents, Jimmy and Connie Fay Rice Davis, of Sparta; one
brother, Josh Davis, of Sparta; maternal grandparents, Bob and Ruth Price, of Sparta; five aunts and uncles, Kenneth and Shawn Rice, Terry and Leslie Rice, Jack and MaryAnn … Read More


Gertie Lee Kirby

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

Gertie Lee Kirby, 83, of McMinnville, passed away Sept. 21, 2005.
Kirby was born Jan. 18, 1922, in Decherd, to Jessie L. Graham and Oney Ellen Freeman Graham.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Chester Kirby; one brother, Floyd Graham; and one sister, Edna Newman.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Kirby and wife Sephfrania, Roger Kirby and wife Sandra, all of McMinnville; three grandchildren, Anglee Michelle Hill, Valerie Dawn Hobbs, both of McMinnville, Ronald Alan Kirby, of Algood; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m., Sept. 23, 2005, at Victory Free Will Baptist Church, in McMinnville, with burial in Highland Cemetery, in White … Read More


Convenience and so much more

Posted on September 20, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
When the Lopez family does something, they do not take shortcuts, whatever they do, they do it right.
After selling one successful convenience store business in White County, Jose Lopez began looking for his next endeavor and found it in the form of another community grocery store / gas station.
Jose’s opened in the former Hatfield’s Market location at 1714 Roberts Matthews Highway and proceeded to put the ‘Lopez’ touch on it. He and his wife DaWanna are revamping and expanding the deli area, have installed new gas pumps and are in the process of finishing a convenient drive-through window.
“We hope to have the drive-through … Read More


Warriors upset state’s 6th ranked team!

Posted on September 20, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Carrying the load. Warrior fullback Dell Lewis Jr. carries a few Cleveland tacklers toward the goal line during the Warriors’ upset of the state’s sixth ranked team Friday night.
The Warriors defeated Cleveland 42-14 behind a four touchdown, 155 yard rushing performance from the senior fullback.


Crash claims Sparta man

Posted on September 20, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
An early Sunday morning crash on Highway 70 in DeKalb County near the White County line took the life of one Sparta man, and sent a Sparta woman to the hospital.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, White County emergency personnel, including volunteer firefighters, EMS, EMA and law enforcement officials, responded to the crash scene at approximately 8:20 a.m., Sept. 18, 2005, to assist DeKalb County and state troopers.
The report said a 1997 Chrysler, driven by Scott L. David, 27, of Sparta, was traveling eastbound on U.S. 70 when he apparently crossed the centerline and struck a 1991 Chevrolet Blazer, driven by Linda J. Champman, 54, … Read More


City budget fails to pass

Posted on September 20, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo said “it’s back to square one” for the City of Sparta budget after members of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen failed to approve the financial plan for 2005-2006.
The second and final reading of the budget was scheduled for the Thursday night meeting of the board. However, Ben Holland expressed concern about the new fiscal plan.
The city administrator [Marty Carmichael] knows how hard it’s been to balance the budget for the last year or two,” said Holland. “This came up about a year ago in the 2004 budget. We discussed it and basically put our heads in the sand … Read More


Bredesen signs Heritage bill into law at Burgess Falls Park

Posted on September 20, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
The Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund Art of 2005 was designed to provide a way for the state to work with other public and private partners for the preservation and protection of areas of natural beauty and resources in Tennessee.
Governor Phil Bredesen has budgeted $10 million for the Trust Fund this year. This amount was approved by the Tennessee General Assembly. This piece of legislation is considered extremely important to preserve land for the future of the state and for future generations.
“I think the job of grownups is to make the world a little better for the generations coming up,” said Bredesen.
“We are … Read More


Virgil Allen Clark

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

Virgil Allen Clark, 71, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 15, 2005.
He was born Sept. 22, 19933, in Paducah, Ky., to Harry and Knoxie Ashley Clark.
Clark served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and had been employed by Townsend Textron Fastening System.
He was preceded in death by his parent; and one grandson, Joshua.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Hill Clark, of Sparta; one daughter, Debbie Duckett and husband Tom, of Michigan; three sons, Allen Clark and wife Lorraine, of Michigan, Timothy Clark and wife Trish, of Doyle, Keith Clark and wife Dena, of Sparta; three brothers, Larry Clark and wife Norma, Tommy Clark and … Read More


Lt. Col. William E. Brown

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

Lt. Col. William Ernie Brown, 86, of Knoxville, passed away Sept. 16, 2005.
Brown was born March 2, 1919, in White County, to Ernest L. Brown and Cora Stewart Brown.
Brown retired as Lt. Col. from the U.S. Army in 1972, after 30 years service.
He was a member of Washington Pike United Methodist Church, a charter member, past president and director of West Knoxville Rotary Club, and was a named Paul Harris Fellow.
Brown was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Edwinna Brown.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Frances M. Amonette Brown, of Knoxville; two daughters, Teresa A. Brown, of Knoxville, Rev. … Read More


Lynda Gayle Farley Kolthoff

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

Lynda Gayle Farley Kolthoff, 57, of Cottrellville, Mich., passed away Sept. 13, 2005.
She was born in White County, Jan. 8, 1948, to Haskell Rice and Bessie Williams Farley.
Kolthoff had been employed with quality control in the automotive industry.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, John Albert Kolthoff, of Michigan; one daughter, Kristie Barczi, of Michigan; two sons, Mike Kolthoff and wife Beth, Dave Kolthoff and wife Sandy, all of Canada; two brothers, Donnie Farley, of Smithville, Dale Farley and wife Karen, of Sparta; three half brothers, Jimmy Clouse and wife Wilma, Ralph Farley, Wendell Farley, all of Sparta; three aunts, … Read More


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