Monthly Archives: December 2006

Bill Morris

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

Bill Morris, 78, of Quebeck, passed away Dec. 12, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Morris was born May 15, 1928, in White County, to Lee and Flora Emerton Morris.
He had been a farmer.
Morris had served in the U.S. Army two years and the U.S. Navy four years.
Morris was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Judy King.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel Mae Morris, of Sparta; one son, Billy J. Morris and wife JoAnne, of Sparta; one daughter, Jeri Massengale, of Rockwood; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Bob, Frank and Lee Morris, all of Sparta.
Visitation will be after 6 p.m., … Read More


Franklin Roe Nash

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

Franklin Roe Nash, 73, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 10, 2006, at NHC of Sparta.
Nash was born Nov. 10, 1933, to Mertie Barnes Nash.
He had been a farmer.
Nash was preceded in death by one daughter, Joan Howell.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Stoglin Nash, of Sparta; four daughters, Kay Stamps and husband James, of Sparta, Frances Luna and husband Gary, of Sparta, Kim Hatfield and husband Joe, of Murfreesboro and Jackie Golden and husband Paul, of Sparta; one son, Gene Howell, of Sparta; one brother, Donald Barnes, of Sparta; three sisters, Roberta Brock and Dimple Burris, both of Sparta, and Barbara Gannon, of McMinnville; 10 … Read More


Mary Emelyene Dodson

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

Mary Emelyene Dodson, 84, passed away Dec. 9, 2006, at UMC Hospital in Lebanon.
Dodson was born March 19,1922, in Cumberland County, to William Tell VanWinkle and Stella Mae Evans VanWinkle.
She had enjoyed canning, quilting, crocheting, cooking for everyone, gardening and her friends and family.
Dodson was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband of 56 years, Arlis Verlie Dodson; one son, Phillip Dodson; one son-in-law, Carman Cook; eight sisters; and two brothers.
Survivors include her children, Hugh Dodson and wife Barbara, Judy and husband Morgan Anderson, Sylvia Cook, Mickey Dodson and Kathy and husband Lawrence Glenn; one daughter-in-law, Jo Dodson; one sister, Ola Wilson; 12 … Read More


Hilda Faye Thompson Lewis Hahn

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

Hilda Faye Thompson Lewis Hahn, 74, passed away Dec. 9, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Hahn was born April 17, 1932, in Cumberland County, to Erbie Thompson and Pearl Ann Lewis Thompson.
She had enjoyed music, playing guitar, bird-watching, yard sales and her family and friends.
Hahn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Hahn; two daughters, Connie Lewis Vinson and Bonnie Lewis Smith; five brothers, Huey Thompson, Clyde Thompson, Robert Thompson, J.B. Thompson and George Thompson; and one sister, Thelma Thompson England.
Survivors include four sons, Donnie Lewis Wilson, of Sparta, Randy Lewis, of Rock Island, Ronnie “R.L.” Lewis, of Sparta, and Ricky Lewis, … Read More


Thelma Nell Cantrell

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

Thelma Nell Cantrell, 77, of Smithville, passed away Dec. 11, 2006, at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville.
She had been the former owner and operator of Houston’s Jewelry and member of Johnson’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
Cantrell was preceded in death by her husband, Houston Cantrell; parents, Robert and Mary Ann Johnson Maynard; and two brothers, Howard and Furman Maynard.
Survivors include one nephew, Michael Maynard, of Sparta; one brother, Hurl and wife Waltyne Cantrell, of Sparta; five sisters, Magdalene Cantrell, of Smithville, and Brenda and husband R.V. Billings, Janice Cantrell,and Debbie and husband Jerry Luna, all of Sparta, and Phyllis and husband Bob Malone, of North … Read More


Dewey J. Sparkman Jr.

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

Dewey J. Sparkman, 78, of Huntsville, Ala., formerly of Doyle, passed away Dec. 8, 2006.
Sparkman was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Sparkman.
Survivors include two daughters, Diana Childress and husband Tommy, of Athens, Ala., and Barbara Swanson and husband Edward, of Berlin, Wis.
Services were 1 p.m., Dec. 12, 2006, at Laughlin Service Funeral Home, with burial in Huntsville Memorial Gardens.
Laughlin Service Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
This information is courtesy of Hunter Funeral Home.


Charles David “Odie” Farnham

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

Charles David “Odie” Farnham, 59, of Quebeck, passed away Dec. 10, 2006, at his residence.
Farnham was born Jan. 2, 1947, in Longview, Texas.
He served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam.
Farnham was preceded in death by his father, Harold Farnham.
Survivors include his wife, Debra Farnham, of Quebeck; one daughter, Sandra Farnham, of Florida; two sons, Toby Farnham and Kenny Farnham, both of Texas; his mother, Clara Anderson, of Texas; one stepson, Daniel Storms, of Texas; two sisters, Jeanne and husband Danny Sims and Brenda and husband Don Smith, all of Texas; six grandchildren; four brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Greg and Wanda Wallace, of Sparta, Mike Wallace, … Read More


Injection molding company to locate in Sparta

Posted on December 12, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
An out-of-state injection molding manufacturing company is making plans to relocate to Sparta, according to Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce President Wallace Austin.
Austin appeared before Sparta Board of
Mayor and Aldermen on Thursday to present an incentive proposal for the company.
Austin said the proposal would give “financial breaks” if the company meets its obligations about the number of jobs and other specific guidelines. The incentive proposal must also be approved by White County Industrial Board and White County Board of Commissioners.
Austin said one of the principal owners of the company recently met with the owner of the old Mallory Timers building. According … Read More


Planning    ahead for the holidays

Posted on December 12, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
The holiday season is rapidly approaching and will be gone as quickly as it came.
Organization can be the secret to a great holiday experience, so don’t get caught up in the whirlwind and let Christmas become overwhelming. Take control of the season and the way your family spends the short-lived, valuable holiday time.
(1) Plan in advance for any needed appointments, as well as any fun family activities such as plays, musicals, concerts or other special holiday events that could possibly sell out quickly. By planning ahead, family members can also look forward to the event a little longer.
(2) Plan holiday greeting cards. Get … Read More


Fire and heavy smoke damage downtown house

Posted on December 12, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
An older home at the corner of Gracey Street was heavily damaged by smoke and fire on Friday afternoon.
According to Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay, firefighters were called to the scene shortly before 1 p.m. to find dense clouds of smoke coming from the rooftop and windows,
Kay said the house belonged to Jeannie Simpson who was in the process of remodeling the structure. He also said he suspects the cause of the fire was an electrical appliance in the kitchen.
Agencies represented at the scene included Sparta Fire Department, Sparta Police Department and White County Chapter of American Red Cross.


Artistic duo carving out their own unconventional style

Posted on December 12, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
Deborah McClary and Hunt Clark have chosen to sacrifice material things in life that are so important to most so they can focus solely on the love of their lives – art.
McClary and Clark live in a small shack that is situated on 27 acres of beautiful wooded land on the Cumberland Plateau and overlooks the city of Sparta.
The natural setting is beautiful and has been a catalyst for their ideas and creativity.
The two are described at multimedia artists because they want the freedom to express their art in any form they choose, including painting, sculpture, video and instillation.
“It has been my … Read More


New business in a familiar location

Posted on December 12, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
Touch of Class beauty Salon recently opened for business in a location that has always been known for taking care of the beauty needs of White County.
Gretta Dunn has always dreamed of having her own beauty shop, and that dream became a reality when she leased the former Scissor Shack building from owner Guylene Vinson.
“The kids are grown, and I needed something new in my life, more responsibility and a new experience,” said Dunn.
“I have always dreamed of having my own shop, and it all clicked when Terri White decided to sell her shop and Guylene needed to leave the business.”
Vinson opened … Read More


Janie K. Walling

Posted on December 11, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Janie K. Walling, 29, of Spencer, passed away Dec. 4, 2006, at her residence.
She had been a homemaker and attended the Baptist Church.
Walling was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Survivors include her father, Roy L. Walling, of Spencer; mother, Dorthy Miller, of Sparta; one daughter, Veronica Wilson, of Spencer; one son, Kyle Wilson, of Spencer; fiancee, Kenneth Wilson, of Spencer; and several cousins.
Graveside services were 1 p.m., Dec. 9, 2006, at Shockley Cemetery, in Spencer.
Bro. Freddie Harding officiated.
Spencer Funeral Home of Love-Cantrell-Cope was in charge of arrangements.


It’s official – Pearson Park is open

Posted on December 8, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The waiting game of secrecy has come to an end with the announcement on Wednesday the newly developed park adjacent to Sparta Civic Center will be named after former mayor Margaret Pearson.
Pearson was surprised with the news during the mid-week meeting of Sparta Rotary Club of which she is a member. Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo, also a Rotarian, had requested the weekly meeting be moved to the civic center as a venue for City of Sparta to announce three special tributes. Not only did the attendees hear about the well-kept secret of Pearson Park, but they also shared in the unveiling of the new … Read More


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