Monthly Archives: October 2005

Herbert Gary Wall

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

Herbert Gary Wall, 53, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 5, 2005.
Wall was born Nov. 5, 1951, in Barberton, Ohio, to Maynard and Jean Rice Wall.
He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, was a civilian contractor in Iraq and was employed at Yellow Freight.
Wall was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and one brother.
Survivors include his wife, Robin Van Horn Wall, of Sparta; one son, Jarod M. Wall; one daughter, Kortney Wall, both of Sparta; and one sister, Debbie Wall, of Barberton, Ohio.
Services were at 2 p.m., Oct. 9, 2005, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Big Springs Cemetery.
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Michael Johnson

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

Michael Johnson, 39, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 6, 2005.
Johnson was born, Feb. 10, 1966, in Sparta, to James E. Johnson and Peggy Cole Johnson.
He had been captain of the 1989 Vanderbilt football team and was a supervisor in the trucking industry.
Johnson was preceded in death by his father; grandmother, Gracey Johnson; grandfather, Waymon Cole; and one uncle Dale Cole.
Survivors include his mother, Peggy Johnson; his grandmother, Nola Cole, both of Sparta; one son, Alex Campbell, of Smithville, two sisters, Susan Hutcheson, of Sparta, Sandra Pachket and husband Ray, of Nashville; five aunts, Virginia Cantrell, Evelyn Cole, Pam Cole, all of Sparta, Mary Parman, … Read More


Audrey Lee Hodges

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

Audrey Lee Hodges, 90, of Spencer, passed away Oct. 8, 2005.
Hodges was born April 23, 1915, in Van Buren County, to William Martin and Pearl Johnson Martin.
She had worked in factory and as a senior companion.
Hodges was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence Hodges; one daughter, Linda Carole Allen; grandson, Joe Lawrence Simmons; one sister, Mildred Deweese; and five brothers, Raymond Martin, Clifford Martin, Wallace Martin, Ed Hill Martin, and Ealon Martin.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and George Wagner, of Dunlap; one grandson, James Dean Allen and wife Edwina, of Spencer; two granddaughters, Renee Soldwedel and husband Brad, of Dunlap, … Read More


Arvus Luke Davis

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

Arvus Luke Davis, 68, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 6, 2005.
Davis was born Feb. 5, 1937, in Clay County, to Jack Cortez and Kattie Ivy Burchett Davis.
He served his country as a National Guardsman, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and a Vietnam Veteran.
Davis was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wayne Davis; two sisters, Zelma Johnson and Kathleen Love.
Survivors include his wife, Delores Davis; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Sue Davis, Howard and Ann Davis; three sisters, Wanda Hyder, Betty and husband James Johnson, Paulette and husband Kenneth Conley, all of Sparta; sister-in-law, Gertrude White, Reseda, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Services … Read More


Hospital ATM provides convenience and safety

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

Kim Swindell Wood
When patients and visitors enter the emergency room area of White County Community Hospital, they will see a blue machine occupying the corner of the waiting room. It’s compact size and eye-catching design will cause the average person to saunter over and check it out. Inquiring minds will discover a new ATM.
“The hospital asked us about putting one up there,” said Hoyt Jones, president of Bank of White County. “A lot of times people that come to the emergency room, they’re not prepared to pay the co-pay that the insurance doesn’t pay. They’ve [WCCH] had many a request about taking credit cards. They’re not … Read More


Warriors look to bounce back at Brainerd

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

Tammy Wilhite


Bicentennial Celebration plans kick into high gear

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

Kim Swindell Wood
White County will celebrate its bicentennial Sept. 11, 2006, and the celebration committee is planning a year’s worth of activities and events that will salute the place where thousands have chose to make their homes.
Members of the Bicentennial Committee began working more than a year ago to develop a strategy for observing the 200th birthday of White County. Members of the community, retired teachers, veterans, business owners and government officials have merged their ideas and talents to form a final plan for the once-in-a-lifetime event.
Although the actual bicentennial will be celebrated in September, events are planned for every month.
White County schools will … Read More


Tailgating triumps

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

Jody Sliger
The origin of tailgating has been traced back to the very first college football game in 1869, when according to American Tailgating trivia, fans traveled to the Rutgers versus Princeton in carriages and grilled sausages and burgers at the ‘tail end’ of the horse.
Other sources list the first tailgating event as the 1904 Yale game. Therefore, without a specific point of origin, eating before or after a football game is a good idea. Moreover, sports fans that want to make sure they get good seats will show up early for the game. They might pack a lunch, or the fixings to create a buffet complete … Read More


WCMS loses lead and homecoming game

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

Tammy Wilhite
WCMS homecoming queen. White County Middle School football captains, Caleb Lowery (11) and Matt Brown (12), crowned homecoming queen, Aubrey Sims, during halftime of the game with Warren County.


New guide provides vital information

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Newcomers to Sparta and White County sometimes search for one complete source of information about their new home, and The Expositor has released its 2005-2006 Welcome Home guide to help make the transition less hectic.
Inside this edition of The Expositor can be found the updated magazine that provides information about such things as where to buy license plates, where to find the register of deed’s office and who is the county commissioner or alderman in a specific district.
The artistically designed cover depicts historical representations of Sparta and White County and celebrates the upcoming bicentennial.
Welcome Home also provides a guide to healthcare information, … Read More


Taking a ‘stroll’ in the cemetery

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

Jody Sliger
The third annual Cemetery Stroll is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Oct. 22, 2005, at Sparta City Cemetery and will be held rain or moonlight.
The 2004 event featured six costumed talented storytellers who entertained nearly 100 visitors. Legend and lore were woven with myth and mystery and then stirred with love and loss, in an attempt for listeners to wonder and be wary of the division of fact and fiction.
“Even though it rained last year, we had a large crowd and the mist only added to the magic of the night,” said Cathy Farley, library director.
Tantalizing tales will once again be on the menu … Read More


James “Jim” Joseph O’Brian

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

O’Brian passed away Oct. 4, 2005, at Generations of Spencer Nursing Home. He was born July 20, 1918, to James Joseph O’Brain Sr. and Helen Regan. He worked many years in management at Sears.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Stein O’Brian, of Spencer; two daughters, Ann Winke, of Spencer, and Lynne Barber, of Florida; one son, James O’Brian III, of Sparta; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services for James “Jim” O’Brian will be 10 a.m., Oct. 10, 2005, at St Andrew Catholic Church, in Sparta.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m., with prayer services at 7:30 p.m. Father Fred Schimit, SDS, will officiate … Read More


Ell Bailey Clark, Jr.

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

Ell Bailey Clark, Jr., 73, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 30, 2005.
Clark was born, Aug. 6, 1932, in White County, to Ell Bailey Clark, Sr. and Illar Emerton Clark.
He had worked as a cab driver.
Clark was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jeweldene Clark; two sons, Anthony and Chris Clark; and sister, James Margaret Syler.
Survivors include children, Sharon Farley, of Middletown, Ohio, James Clark, of Illinois, Nancy Clark, of Spencer, and Eddie Clark, Ellen Jones, Vera Neely and Lisa Allen, all of Sparta; brother, Leonard Clark, of Shelbyville; three sisters, Mattie Frazier, of Manchester, Renee Clark, of Doyle, and Peggy Manice, of Shelbyville; … Read More


Michael Shane Simmons

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

Michael Shane Simmons, 16, of Spencer, passed away Oct. 2, 2005.
Simmons was born Nov. 5, 1988, in Dalton, Ga., to Eddie Simmons and Tina Smith Simmons.
He was a student and a member of the F.F.A. Club.
Simmons was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Herbert Herman and Ike Wooten,
Survivors include his parents, Eddie and Tina Simmons, of Spencer; one sister, Vanessa Simmons, of Spencer; grandparents, John and Wanda Simmons, of Spencer, and Lamont Smith and Jerry and Barbara Bryant, all of Dalton, Ga.; great-grandmothers, Lula Herman and Grace Wooten, both of Dalton, Ga.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be 2 p.m., Oct. … Read More


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