Monthly Archives: November 2006

They call him ‘Tenderfoot’

Posted on November 3, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A World War II veteran who has faced adversity and overcome the obstacles in his path now shares his story as the day quickly approaches when Americans honor the men and women who have served in the military.
James Robert Leftwich is his official name, but this happy-go-lucky man is better known to his friends and family as “Tenderfoot.” However, the name was soon shortened to “Foot” by those who best know the lovable character who has found a place in their hearts.
Leftwich was born April 18, 1921, in Sparta, to Wilma Leftwich.
“I grew up on the back street next to the river,” … Read More


Sixth grade Warriors keep record perfect

Posted on November 3, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Finding strength through Christ

Posted on November 3, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
The ninth annual Happening will take place Saturday night and will bring hundreds of teenagers together to experience the love of Christ.
The Happening was the dream of the late Sandra Sparkman.
She had a heart for God and a heart for White County’s teens.
The impact she made through her determination and will to reach teens for Christ was immeasurable. Sparkman’s legacy continues to live through the memories of her testimony. According to her longtime friend, Jan Mitchell, Sparkman’s message will never fade.
Mitchell has now picked up the torch and is continuing the work that was started.
Mitchell was encouraged and inspired by Sparkman’s … Read More


America Lee “Merky” Young Holman

Posted on November 2, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

America Lee “Merky” Young Holman, 73, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 26, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Holman was born May 12, 1933, in White County, to Merril Miller and Roxie Young Miller.
She had been a housewife.
Holman was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Donald Lee Young; and three daughters, Rosemary Young, Loretta Young and Edith Young.
Survivors include three sons, James and wife Kathy Young, Arthur Young, and Joel Young, all of Sparta; special friend, Whitey Shaw; one sister, Kitty Parish, of Sparta; two brothers, Fred Miller, of Sparta, and John Miller, of Doyle; 26 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.… Read More


Helen Mai Hensley Cannon Somero

Posted on November 2, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Helen Mai Hensley Cannon Somero, 77, of Mt. Juliet, passed away Oct. 27, 2006, at her residence.
Somero was born Jan. 24, 1929, in White County, to Robert Hensley and Oishe Hensley.
She had been a housewife.
Somero was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Gene Hensley.
Survivors include her husband, Mike Somero, of Mt. Juliet; two sons and spouses, Don and Marylee Cannon, of Mt. Juliet, and Lonnie and Katy Cannon, of Warren, Mich.; one daughter and spouse, Wanda and Vern Shannon, of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; one step-son, Brian and wife Anita Somero, of Sterling Heights, Mich.; one step-daughter, Karen and husband Rich … Read More


Porter Ray Gilreath

Posted on November 2, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Porter Ray Gilreath, 78, of Rockwood, passed away Oct. 30, 2006, at Methodist Medical Center.
Gilreath was born Dec. 31, 1927, to William Milton and Evalina Carter Gilreath.
He had been a dryer at the Molyneux Lumber Company and was of Baptist faith.
Gilreath was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Faye Gilreath and Beatrice Gilreath; two sisters, Beatrice Grisby and Thelma White; three brothers, Raymond Gilreath, Troy Gilreath and Charles Gilreath.
Survivors include his son, Jimmy Gilreath, of Richmond, Ind.; daughter, Teresa Gilreath, of Cookeville; two step-sons, Bill Hyden and Gary Hyden, both of Sparta; two grandsons, Daniel Gilreath, of Richmond, Ind. and Jamie Gilreath, … Read More


Audie Raymond Halfacre

Posted on November 2, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Audie Raymond Halfacre, 79, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 28, 2006, at his residence.
Halfacre was born Oct. 18, 1927, in Jackson County, to Milton Halfacre and Minnie Brewington Halfacre.
He was a member of Heavenly Host Lutheran Church and was a retired autoworker for Cadillac Motor Car Division in Detroit, Mich.
Halfacre was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Donna Faye Halfacre; four brothers, William Halfacre, Ernie Halfacre, J.B. Halfacre and Webb Halfacre; five sisters, Catherine Johnson, Olar Wheeler, Jennie Dyer, Winnie Halfacre and Edith Birdwell.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Ruth Alcorn Halfacre, of Sparta; two daughters and spouses, Carol and Stuart Frank and … Read More


Eva Edith Wilson Denton

Posted on November 2, 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


Paul Gerald Bohannon

Posted on November 2, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Paul Gerald Bohannon, 57, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 25, 2006, at his residence.
Bohannon was born Jan. 19, 1949, in White County, to Franklin Bohannon and Elizabeth Cocraham Bohannon.
He worked as a truck driver for Carolina Trucking for several years. He later worked for Overnight Trucking Firm and R.E. West Trucking Co. before retiring.
Bohannon was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronnie Bohannon.
Survivors include his daughter, Melissa Bohannon, of Massachusetts; his son, Paul Bohannon Jr., of Massachusetts; two brothers, Mark Bohannon, and John Bohannon, both of Massachusetts; also several nieces and nephews.
Private memorial services will be at a later date.
Thurman … Read More


Zelna Carter

Posted on November 2, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Zelna Carter, 84, of Walling, passed away Oct. 31, 2006, at Rain Tree Manor Nursing Home, in McMinnville.
Carter was born Feb. 15, 1922, in White County, to Charlie Carter and Lola Fisher Carter.
She had been a factory worker.
Carter was preceded in death by her parents; five
brothers, Vaughn, Horace, Donald, Gene and Ralph Carter; one sister, Thelma Ann Carter.
Survivors include his son, Dewayne Carter, of Sparta; three grandsons, Brandon Carter, of Nashville, Greg Carter and Mark Carter, both of Rock Island; two great-grandsons, Hayden Carter and Holden Carter, both of Rock Island; four sisters, Leta Fox, of Hermitage, Betty Hughes, of Franklin, Melba Eads … Read More


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