Monthly Archives: August 2006

Essie Irene Cope

Posted on August 31, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Essie Irene Cope, 97, passed away Aug. 26, 2006, at Life Care in Sparta.
Cope was born Oct. 18,1908, in DeKalb County, to James Edward Shaw and Elizabeth Hayes Shaw.
Her enjoyments in life were sewing, crocheting, family and friends. She was married to Erman Cope 49 years.
Cope was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Charles Douglas Cope; three sisters, Nettie Hawkins, Jessie Adcock, and Pauline Goines; and one brother, Bill Shaw.
Survivors include five daughters and spouses, Ernestine Slatton, Bobbie Jean Davis, both of Sparta, Nina and Curtis Griffin, of Mt. Juliet, Ruth and Leslie Anderson and Brenda and Carl Fraiser, all … Read More


Building on a 20-year reputation

Posted on August 29, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
Matt McClain has been in the building business for 20 years, and when his father died four years ago Matt took over and continued with the family business.
McClain started working with his father Roland, in 1986. Matt was only 15 years old. According to Matt, his father was one of the best builders in the business.
“Dad is 95 percent of the reason I am in this business,” said Matt.
“He had a heck of a good reputation as a builder.”
McClain Contracting specializes in framing homes. If requested, the company can also “draw up” blue prints for his clients. McClain has a four-man crew, … Read More


Rev. Howard Leonard Russell

Posted on August 28, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Howard Leonard Russell, 83,of East Ridge, passed away Aug. 22, 2006.
Russell was born, in Dunlap, to Rev. Emerson R. and Florence Whitlow Russell.
He had been a pastor of the New Covenant Church, in Chattanooga, since 1959. He had also been the pastor of the Main Street Church of God from 1954-1959, which he built debt free, and he served as District Overseer for the Church of God.
In addition to his ministerial duties, Russell also served as district manager for Gulf State Life Insurance Company, Life of Georgia and Kentucky Central Life Insurance. Russell also owned a car lot on Rossville Boulevard, was president of Russell … Read More


Edd Cantrell latest inductee into WCHS Hall of Fame

Posted on August 25, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Joe Edd Cash

Posted on August 24, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joe Edd Cash, 88, passed away Aug. 21, 2006, at his residence in Cookeville.
Cash was born May 23, 1918, in White County, to James Edward Cash and Sky Odie McCulley.
His enjoyments in life were his family, friends, and music.
Cash was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Thelma Mae Farley.
Survivors include three daughters, Jonelda Wright and husband Charles, Geraldine Turner, all of Sparta, Helen Ann Barr, of Cookeville; one brother, Bobby Cash and wife Eunice, of Sparta; three grandchildren, Charles Anthony Wright, Charlotte Danette Turner, and Christa Lynn Turner; four great-grandchildren, Jonathon Caleb Wright, Julian Amanda Cash, Heather Nicole Johnson, and Jessica Danielle … Read More


Cajun comes to Sparta

Posted on August 22, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
When Mike Villeret and his family moved to Sparta from Louisiana, the family had a dream of bringing a little of their heritage with them, so they opened a Cajun-style restaurant.
Kitty’s Cajun Kitchen is named after Mike’s wife and is open seven days a week. The restaurant offers a variety of Cajun specials, as well as soup, salads and sandwiches.
“We are hoping to give people the opportunity to taste some different foods,” said Mike.
“People sometimes think Cajun food is really spicy, but that is not true, and we don’t cook with a lot of spices.”
Kitty’s is a partnership between the family, including … Read More


Edward “Eddy” Hyder

Posted on August 21, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Edward “Eddy” Hyder, 59, of Texas, formerly of Sparta, passed away Aug. 16, 2006.
Hyder was born Dec. 4, 1946, in Sparta, to Lewis Edward Hyder and Willie Mae Hyder.
His enjoyments in life were his family, friends and beekeeping.
Hyder was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Leesa Dale Hyder, of Woodlands, Texas; two sons, Jason Edward Hyder, of Spring, Texas, and Jed Wayne Hyder, of Conroe, Texas; mother, Willie Mae Hyder, of Sparta; and one brother, Michael “Mike” Lewis Hyder, of Sparta.
Services were 2 p.m., Aug. 20, 2006, at Plainview Church of Christ with burial in Plainview Cemetery, … Read More


WCHS golf season officially tees off

Posted on August 18, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Leona Louise Haffner

Posted on August 17, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Leona Louise Haffner, 88, passed away Aug. 12, 2006, at her residence.
Haffner was born Feb. 1, 1918, in Chicago, to Fedric and Olga Shutlz Jasmund.
She had been a bookkeeper.
Haffner was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence “Bud” Haffner; and two sisters, Winnie Jasmund and Rodha Scott.
Survivors include three sons, Charles Haffner, of Sparta, Bill Haffner, of Broomfield, Colo., and John Haffner, of Steamboat, Colo.; two daughters, Linda Brooks, of Palm Beach, Colo., and Anita Stawicki, of Chicago; two grandchildren of White County, Jennifer Savage and Ryan Haffner, along with eight other grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and special caregiver, Traci Holmes, of Sparta.
Services … Read More


Blue Smoke Barbecue gives new meaning to ‘meals on wheels’

Posted on August 15, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
Nothing says summer quite like barbecue, and every Thursday and Friday Tim and Marsha Dixon, owners of Blue Smoke Barbeque can be found cooking and selling some of the best hand-pulled barbecue, ribs, and chicken in town.
Blue Smoke is a mobile restaurant and cooker on wheels. Every Thursday and Friday the highly visible portable kitchen is parked at Billy Vaughn’s Service Center, on Bockman Way.
Blue Smoke specializes in barbecue and custom meats including chicken, seafood, beef, ribs, turkey, sausage and pork and caters to small and large groups and special orders are available.
Tim has always enjoyed cooking and turned the hobby into a … Read More


Bryson brings campaign to Sparta

Posted on August 15, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The Republican nominee who will be facing the Democratic incumbent governor of Tennessee in the Nov. 2006 election made a brief stop in Sparta, on Friday, to visit with community leaders and prospective constituents.
Jim Bryson, who won the Aug. 3, 2006, Republican primary election, will now take on four-year governor Phil Bredesen.
Bryson, Tennessee state senator for Williamson County and part of Davidson County, was greeted by members of White County Republican Party at The Natural Answer Coffeehouse shortly before 3 p.m. After he had spoken with several other individuals who had gathered at the coffeehouse for his arrival, Bryson visited White County Courthouse … Read More


Joyce Goff Verble Hill

Posted on August 14, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joyce Goff Verble Hill, 66, passed away Aug. 11, 2006, at her residence.
Hill was born May 31, 1940, in White County, to Harold Leslie Goff and Jewel Cruise Goff.
She had been employed at White County Library.
Hill was preceded in death by her parents and first husband, J. W. Verble.
Survivors include her husband, George A. Hill, of Sparta; two daughters and spouses, Vickie and John Latka, of Franklin Lakes, N.J., and Vonda and David Brown, of Sparta; one sister and spouse, Ann and Gene Paul Mayfield, of McMinnville; five grandchildren, Keri Hanna, Jace Passons, Courtney, Latka, John Latka Jr. and Matthew Latka; and one great-grandson, … Read More


Rotary Club Golf Tourney held Saturday

Posted on August 13, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report


Ophie Lee Whitaker

Posted on August 10, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ophie Lee Whitaker, 97, passed away Aug. 4, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Whitaker was born Feb. 20, 1909, in Putnam County, to William Harrison and Maggie Bussell Long.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Roy and Joyce Whitaker, of Sparta; four grandchildren and spouses, Roy and Anna Whitaker Jr., of Georgia, Ron and Caitlin Whitaker, of Utah, Michael Whitaker, of Texas, and Thom and Dawn Whitaker, of Cookeville; and eight great-grandchildren, Trey Whitaker, Clyde Whitaker, Heidi Whitaker, Jack Whitaker, Eric Whitaker, Brandon Whitaker, Tommy Whitaker and Ashley Whitaker.
Services were 10 a.m., Aug. 5, 2006, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Oak … Read More


In-Home assisted living now offered in White County

Posted on August 9, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
Retire at Home Senior Care is the latest alternative to nursing and retirement homes to be available in Sparta.
The company is owned by Jane and Almont (Porky) Mitchell, and managed and operated by their daughter Ayse Mitchell and her husband Chris Benson.
The family decided to start the business based in the fact that eighty percent of all middle aged people have at least one living parent they are providing care for.
“Caring for an elderly parent can cause stress, exhaustion and damage to family relationships,
so we come in to relieve the family and help out,” said Ayse.
“There are so many elderly people … Read More


Edgar Lee “Tookie” Sanders

Posted on August 7, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Edgar Lee “Tookie” Sanders, 89, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 2, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Hospital.
Sanders was born Feb. 9, 1917, to Robert Hatten and Clara Graham Sanders.
Sanders was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Katherine Pyburn Sanders; brothers, Ezra, Corbin, and Grady Sanders; and sisters, Ethel Griffith, Mamie Layne, and Hallie Frost.
Survivors include wife, Doris Cyr Sanders, of Sparta; stepdaughter, Paula Shearer, of Old Hickory; stepsons, Larry Cyr, of Henderson, and Don Cyr, of Nashville; six step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Sanders was a veteran of World War II and a member of Findlay Church of Christ.
Services … Read More


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