Monthly Archives: October 2006

Offering clothing with a message

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

Missy Jones
Elsie Jones recently opened her dream store and hopes she can be a blessing to others by offering name- brand clothing at discounted prices.
A Penny From Heaven was formerly 2nd Look Fashion, and Jones had been talking with the former owner, Pam Carter, for more than a year about buying the business.
“I have been wanting to open a store for the last seven years and have just been waiting for the opportunity to present itself,” said Jones.
“Pam said she felt that God wanted me to have the store, too, and everything started falling into place. It was all in God’s timing, and He … Read More


Senior Circle sponsoring craft fair

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

Missy Jones
Senior Circle is sponsoring a craft show Nov. 4 at Sparta Civic Center, and the event will showcase a wide array of hand made gift ideas including jewelry, needlework, hand-painted items, Christmas ornaments, and wood carvings and burnings.
Among the artists selling crafts is Frank Beverly.
Beverley moved to Doyle seven years ago from Aurora, Ill., and he is a three-year employee of White County Community Hospital. He took up wood carving and burning as a hobby a few years ago.
Beverley typically uses wood from around the Sparta area, and he enjoys making spiritual plaques, wall hangings and stand-alone pieces. His wife Sharon hand paints … Read More


Park expected to be dedicated in December

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

Kim Swindell Wood
The second of three phases of renovations and construction is about to be completed at Sparta Civic Center with a dedication ceremony hopefully scheduled just in time for the holiday season. Tommy Pedigo, City of Sparta mayor, toured the site of the long-awaited project on Thursday. As he spoke with Hal Danson, of Danson Construction, about the progress of the work, Pedigo pointed out some special features that will attract White Countians to the beautifully designed park.
They layout of the brick pavilion, which sits several hundred feet of Highway 70 and faces the busy roadway, has been constructed to be “user-friendly.”
The pavilion has … Read More


Burks and Curtiss donate ‘Blue Books’ to WCMS

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

Kim Swindell Wood
White County Middle School seventh grade social studies teachers now have an added teaching tool that was provided to them free-of-charge courtesy of State Senator Charlotte Burks and State Representative Charles Curtiss.
Burks and Curtiss made a trip to WCMS, on Thursday, to present copies of Tennessee’s Blue Book to the seventh grade educators who will be teaching the state’s history in government. Both legislators signed the inside covers of the books as a way of showing their dedication to the education of the generation they said would soon be the leaders of the future.
Vickie Austin, WCMS teacher, greeted the Burks and Curtiss with … Read More


Mildred Sells

Posted on October 30, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mildred Sells, 83, of Jackson, passed away Oct. 25, 2006, at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Sells was born Aug. 12, 1923, in Overton County, to Floyd Holman and Lucy Hensley Holman.
She was a member of Summerfield United Methodist Church and
Algood Senior Citizens.
Sells was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willie Carldon Sells; one son, Larry Sells; three brothers, Bedford Holman, Lester Holman and Milburn Holman.
Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Frances Mallard, of Nashville, and Marie and Mickey Wilson, of Jackson; four brothers, Edward Holman, of Nashville, Lloyd Holman, of Wilson, N.C., Robert Holman, of Sparta, and J.D. Holman, of Cookeville; two granddaughters, … Read More


Eva Edith Wilson Denton

Posted on October 30, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Eva Edith Wilson Denton, 85, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 17, 2006, at NHC of Sparta.
Denton was born May 12, 1921, in White County, to William Petway Wilson and Hattie Leota Stockwell Wilson.
She had been a factory worker.
Denton was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willard Melvin Denton; two brothers, Carl Wilson and Sidney Wilson; and two sisters, Dorothy Miller and Maggie Brown.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Edith Luna, Lois Leota Johnson, both of Sparta, and Shirley Ann Hensley, of Goldsboro, N.C.; three sons, Lewis Melvin Denton, Leroy Denton and Jerry Wayne Denton, all of Sparta; one brother, Bro. Fate Wilson, of Sparta; … Read More


Deborah Yvonne Gibbs

Posted on October 30, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Deborah Yvonne Gibbs, 55, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 25, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Gibbs was born March 9, 1951, in Dayton, Ohio, to Fred Klein and Thelma Kinnaird Klein.
She had been employed as a teacher’s aid at Cassville Elementary School.
She was preceded in death by her father and one brother, Roger Klein.
Survivors include her husband, Paul V. Gibbs Jr.; two daughters and spouses, Angela and Stacy Prater, of Sparta, and Pamela and Jason Vickers, of Cookeville; her mother; one brother and spouse, Ron and Pam Klein, of Lascassas; one grandson, Joshua Vickers, of Cookeville; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were 11 … Read More


Bonnie Lucille Bellamy

Posted on October 30, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bonnie Lucille Bellamy, 86, of Cookeville, passed away Oct. 25, 2006.
Bellamy was born May 1, 1920, in White County, to James Cleveland and Laura Bell Robinson Bumbalough.
She had been employed as store manager and clerk for convenience markets.
She was a member of
Willow Avenue Church of Christ.
Bellamy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Gaines Bellamy Sr.; four sisters, Claudine Bumbalough, Modell Long, Ruby Henry and Ruth Whiteaker; one brother, James Clinton Bumbalough; and one grandson, Matthew Dean Taylor.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Bumbalough, of Cookeville, and Johnny Bellamy Jr., Deltona, Fla.; one daughter, Glenda Sue Taylor, of Cookeville; seven grandchildren, … Read More


Two ejected in crash after striking pole

Posted on October 27, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Richard Donnie Anderson, 21, of Sparta, escaped serious injuries, but is facing several criminal charges after crashing the vehicle he was driving Friday night.
A passenger in Anderson’s vehicle only suffered minor injuries as well, but volunteers spent time searching for additional victims in crash, only to discover the driver gave false information to law enforcement officials.
Because of false information given to law enforcement by Anderson, volunteers combed the area during the cold Oct. 20 night for about an hour looking for two additional passengers.
At approximately 8:30 p.m., Anderson was traveling west on Highway 70 in a 1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse, according to witnesses, at … Read More


Freshman Warriors finish off winning season

Posted on October 27, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Joe Thomas Graham

Posted on October 26, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joe Thomas Graham, 63, of Walling, passed away Oct. 15, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Graham was born Feb. 25, 1943, in Sparta, to Joe Gaines Graham and Willie Mae Graham Goodwin.
Survivors include his wife Jeanette Graham, of Walling; three sons, Jason Graham, of New York, Ryan Graham, of Cookeville, and Damon Graham, of Nashville; mother, Willie Mae Graham Goodwin and step-father Robert Goodwin, of Sparta; sister, Joyce Holland, of Sparta; three brothers, Ben Graham, of Sparta, Fred Graham, of Chattanooga, and Dale Graham, of Sparta.
Funeral services were 2 p.m., Oct. 17, 2006, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Bro. … Read More


New market and delicatessen offers gasoline and hot meals

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

Missy Jones
Mercy’s Market opened three months ago, and the daily breakfast and lunch specials have already earned a winning reputation.
Ruben and Mercy Hormilla re-opened the former Hall’s Market on Monterey Highway in Board Valley, and business in booming. They begin serving breakfast at 5:30 a.m., and the menu includes biscuits,
gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, and tenderloin.
There is always lots of hot coffee and good fellowship.
The lunch daily specials are very popular and every Thursday they serve barbeque ribs.
“Lunch is our peak time, we typically sell out every day, but we are always swamped on Thursday,” said Ruben. “We serve excellent food, and … Read More


Eugene “Gene” Elrod

Posted on October 23, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Eugene “Gene” Elrod, 83, of Lapeer, Mich., passed away Oct. 10, 2006.
Elrod was born Jan. 22, 1923, in White County, to William True and Laura Martin Elrod.
He was a proud, decorated World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and served as an elder at the Lapeer Church of Christ for more than 15 years. Elrod enjoyed upholstering, fine furniture finishing for 30 years, gardening, fishing, hunting, and golf. He had a love for the outdoors and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family. The family said he never met a stranger. Everyone who came to his home had to stay for a meal. He … Read More


Billie Ermon Clark

Posted on October 19, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billie Ermon Clark, 70, passed away Oct. 5, 2006, at White County Community Hospital.
Clark was born July 18, 1936, in White County, to Herman Clark and Eliza Bitha Winnett Clark.
He was a retired carpenter and served in the Tennessee National Guard.
Clark was preceded in death by parents; two brothers, Andrew and Ed Clark; and two sisters, Mertie and Jewell Clark.
Survivors include four daughters, Alice Wilcox and Chuck Talbot, Deborah West and husband John, Pat Simpson and husband Arthur and Shelby Burns, all of Sparta; one son, Bruce Clark, of Sparta; special friend, Helen Groce, of Cookeville; mother of his children, Mollie Clark; four sisters, … Read More


Fall sports update

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

Tammy Wilhite


WCHS soccer defeats DeKalb to guarantee winning season

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

Tammy Wilhite


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