Monthly Archives: December 2006

Linda Gail Lowery

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

Linda Gail Lowery, 56, of Warren County, passed away Nov. 28, 2006, at River Park Hospital.
Lowery was born Aug. 25, 1950, in White County, to John Thomas Paine and Pauline Goodson.
She had been a C.N.A.
Lowery was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, G.W. Wright; two sisters, Kimberly Paine and Kathy Bentley; and one granddaughter, Alexis Daniell Lowery.
Survivors include her husband, Ronnie C. Lowery, of McMinnville; two sons, Michael John Wright and Isaac Wayne Wright, both of McMinnville; one stepson, Shane Lowery and wife Lori, of McMinnville; one stepdaughter, Rhonda and husband Junior Prater, of Manchester; six grandchildren, Mitchell Reid, Isaih Cole, Cameron … CONTINUED


Aretee J. Phillips

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

Aretee J. Phillips, 83, of Royal Oak, passed away Dec. 1, 2006, at Evergreen Nursing Home-Southfield.
Phillips was born Aug. 13, 1923, in Sparta.
He had been a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy, seeing action in the Philippines.
He retired a Chief Petty Officer U.S. Naval Reservist after 20 years of service.
He worked and retired from Olsonite Corporation, Hamtramck after 20 years of service and also worked and retired from Chrysler Corporation after 17 years of service.
He had been a member of the Trelum Masonic Lodge 552 F and AM and a lifetime Mason member. He had also been a member of … CONTINUED


Virgil Allen Coker

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

Virgil Allen Coker, 76, of Cookeville, passed away Dec. 1, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Coker was born Aug. 25,1930, in Birmingham, Ala., to George H. and Velma M. Barnett Coker.
He had worked security for Citizens Bank in Cookeville and was retired military from the U.S. Air Force.
He had been a member of First Christian Church, was an active member of the Senior Citizens Center, loved dancing and bowling, a member of the Photography Club and the Small Prayer Group and a member of the V.F.W.
Coker was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen Grace Wright Coker; one brother, Gordon “Bo” Coker; and … CONTINUED


Marjorie Ann Mullins

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

Marjorie Ann Mullins, 64, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 5, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mullins was born Nov. 10, 1942, in Livingston, to Rufus Dial and Reba Smith.
She had been a retired factory worker.
Mullins was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her mother; three daughters, Christie and husband Randy Parrella, of Romeo, Mich., Donna Blaylock, of Sparta and Rena Whaley, of Sparta; one son, Tommy Mullins and wife Sharon, of Sparta; one brother, James Dial and wife Gail, of Sparta; one sister, Margaret Turk, of Bowling Green, Ky.; companion, Roger Harris, of Sparta; eight grandchildren, Jimmylee Parrella, Colton Parrella, Jamie Hudgens, Keith … CONTINUED


Annie Elizabeth Hawkins

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

Annie Elizabeth Hawkins, 96, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 4, 2006, at NHC of Sparta.
Hawkins was born Nov. 1, 1910, in Jackson County, to Thomas Allen and Louisa Smith Allen.
She had enjoyed gardening, flowers, farming and visiting, especially her grandchildren and friends.
She had been loved by all and was a member of the Black Oak Church of God.
Hawkins was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband of 56 years, Lonnie D. Hawkins; one son, Vestol Lee Hawkins; four sisters, Avoe Allen, Florence Bean, Mary Melton and Edna Allen; and one brother, William Allen.
Survivors include two daughters, Peggy and husband Glen Murphy, of … CONTINUED


Leonard Ray Griffin

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

Leonard Ray Griffin, 79, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 4, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Griffin was born Nov. 11, 1927, in White County, to Cason Griffin and Louetta Elrod Griffin.
He had enjoyed gardening and was known to put out two gardens a year, especially for his grandchildren and friends.
He had been a member of Lansden Church of Christ.
Griffin was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters; and two brothers.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Loretta Griffin; two daughters, Elaine and husband Steve Dodson, of Sparta and Linda and husband Bobby Henry, of Sparta; five grandchildren, Kevin and wife Tammy Slatten, … CONTINUED


Sending love from home

Posted on December 5, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
The turkey has been eaten and Christmas will soon be here, and it is time to make those plans for sending packages to loved ones serving their country overseas.
Sending packages to the those serving overseas in the military can be an ordeal, but proper planning and organization can help aid in making sure the gifts arrive on time.
White County Post Office window clerk Terry Speck said because many parcels sent to the military are stacked and housed in an outward post until the load is large enough to fill a truck, it is wise not to send perishable or breakable items. Regulations prohibit sending … CONTINUED


E-911 to receive additional $86,000 annual state funding

Posted on December 5, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
White County Emergency Communications District (E-911) will receive $86,169 annually from the state under a new operational funding program approved by the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board recently.
Wayne Sherrell, interim E-911 director, and Jerry Denton, chairman of White County E-911 board of directors, both said they are thankful for the extra funding that will help with operational expenses. White County had previously qualified for a $30,000 annual rural dispatcher grant. However, this funding has been phased out, but the annual income of $86,169 from the state will still be an added bonus for the communications center.
“It’s to be put into our general fund here … CONTINUED


Scottish Rite Club brings Christmas early to children

Posted on December 5, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
For more than a decade, one of the organizations of White County’s Masonic fraternities has been providing shoes to needy children and will continue to play Santa Claus with the same spirit this year as they have exuded in the past.
Bobby Officer, member of White County Scottish Rite Club, said the organization is looking forward to its 13th year with its special project that focuses on children in the first through fifth grades in White County.
Once again, Domino’s Pizza, in Sparta, in cooperation with the Scottish Rite Club, will donate $1 from every order the business receives during the week of Dec. 4-8, … CONTINUED


BonDeCroft and Woodland Park sweep respective titles

Posted on December 5, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
On the way to the basket.
Dalton Nash heads to the basket for Woodland Park in the championship game against Spencer.
Nash led the Panthers with 14 points as Woodland finished off another undefeated season.


WCHS blanked on opening night of 7AAA action

Posted on December 5, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Knocking down the trey.
Tyler Greene knocks down one
of his three treys on the night over the out stretched arms of Oakland’s Kit Carlton.
The Patriots, however, defeated the Warriors 74-55 to drop WCHS to 4-2 on the season.


Sparta Farm Supply – reminiscent of an old country store

Posted on December 5, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
As manager of Sparta Farm Supply, Jerry Tittsworth has been supplying feed for animals in White County for 10 years.
Sparta Farm Supply sells all types of animal feed including dog, horse and mule, cow, bird and chicken, and cat food. They also stock animal health needs, as well as pesticides and firewood in the wintertime.
Sparta Farm Supply is located on South Young Street, which is normally a busy section of road. However, according to Tittsworth, the store’s business decreased by 50 percent during a renovation project in the area.
“It was real bad, but I’m not complaining because we had a terrible road, and … CONTINUED


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