Monthly Archives: July 2007

Hayden Avert Brown Sr.

Posted on July 19, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Hayden Avert Brown Sr., 82, of Cookeville, passed away July 15, 2007.
Brown was born May 14, 1925, in Bloomington Springs, to Edgar Charlie and Willie Mai Tayse Brown.
He retired as owner/operator of Brown Electric.
Brown was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Justin Brown; one sister, Juanita Gatlin; and one brother, Hugh Brown.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Jean Flatt Brown, of Cookeville; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Angela Brown, of Cookeville, Hayden Jr. and Helen Brown, of Fayetteville, Ark.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Flaveous McBride, of Sparta, Mena and Eugene Williams, of Baxter; three brothers, Charles Brown, Millis … Read More


John Leland Bouldin

Posted on July 19, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John Leland ‘Buster’ Bouldin, 84, of Spencer, passed away July 16, 2007.
Bouldin was born Aug. 13, 1922, in Van Buren County, to Haskel and Massie Bouldin.
He served in the U.S. Army as a private during World War II and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the VFW. He worked as a surveyor for the State of Tennessee.
Bouldin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred Baker Bouldin; and two grandsons, Tom Bouldin and Doug Bouldin.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Becky S. and Carlos Smith; two sons, Ronnie G. Bouldin and wife Bobbie, James H. Bouldin, all of … Read More


Bonnie Lee Nash

Posted on July 19, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bonnie Lee Nash, 86, of Ulysses, Kan., formerly of Sparta, passed away July 13, 2007.
Nash was born Jan. 26, 1921, in White County, to William Stipes ‘Jake’ Ray and Eliza Elizabeth Hampton Ray. She grew up in the Macedonia community and was the ninth of 11 children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of more than 68 years, Doyle R. Nash, who passed away May 3, 2007; six brothers, Casto Ray, Dan Ray, Will Ray, Hillard Ray, Demps Ray, Erbie Ray; two sisters, Almira Graham, Mildred Malone; and one grandson, Patrick Doyle Johnson.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Elaine Nash, … Read More


Nannie Mae Brown

Posted on July 19, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Nannie Mae Brown, 80, of Sparta, passed away July 10, 2007.
Brown was born March 16, 1927, in Putnam County, to Jacob and Addie Short Lee.
She had been a homemaker.
Brown was preceded in death by her parents; nine brothers and sisters; one daughter-in-law, Alice Suzette Brown; and two granddaughters, Jennifer Elam and Liva Grady.
Survivors include her husband, Talmadge Brown, of Sparta; three daughters, Lillian Presley, of Cookeville, Evelyn Perkins, of Kentucky, Ruby Brown, of Sparta; four sons, James Brown Sr., of Ohio, Tim Brown Sr., Atwell Pete Brown, Ronald Brown, all of Sparta; one brother, Richard Lee, of Sparta; 20 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Services … Read More


James Hugh McGinniss

Posted on July 19, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Hugh McGinniss, 72, of Sparta, passed away July 18, 2007.
McGinniss was born Feb. 5, 1935, in DeKalb County, to Willie F. and Vinnie Judkins McGinniss.
He was retired from Thomas Industries.
McGinniss was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Frankie Luna; and one brother, Dennis McGinniss.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Roberts McGinniss, of Sparta; four children, Jeffery McGinniss, of Crossville, Virginia Judkins and husband Mike, of Decatur, Ala., Stan McGinniss and wife Regina, of Cookeville, Jessica McGinnis, of Sparta; one sister, Gelaska Adcock, of Smithville; seven grandchildren, Brian McGinniss, Heather Church, Brandon McGinniss, Ashley McGinniss, Michaela Judkins, Ginger McGinniss, Sam McGinniss; and three … Read More


Think “Sunrise” for a good night’s sleep

Posted on July 17, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Woody Phillips
Two well-known area businessmen have joined forces to assist White County buyers with the purchase of that next, and possibly the last, bed they will ever need.
Troy Wilhite and Phil Schreyer are open and ready to do business at Sunrise Bedding, at 490 North Spring Street (the old Modern Interiors location), in Sparta.
Schreyer, who recently sat down with The Expositor, gave a little background on himself, Wilhite and this new North Sparta bedding outlet. First, Schreyer indicated he has almost 20 years experience in home furnishings.
“I worked in the Nashville area for nearly 12 years,” he said. “I also have eight years of … Read More


Erby Wayne Vinson

Posted on July 16, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Erby Wayne Vinson, 68, of Sparta, passed away July 11, 2007.
Vinson was born March 26, 1939, in White County, to Marvin H. Vinson and Kitty L. Hodge Vinson.
He was a self-employed carpenter and owner/operator of Vinson Home Improvement.
Vinson was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include four children, Terry Wayne Vinson and wife Guylene, Tony Lee Vinson and wife Crystal, Melissa Carol Mace and husband Jeff, Amy Burchett and husband Shea; seven grandchildren, Myka Franklin, Seth Vinson, Isaiah Vinson, Kristopher Sherrell, Kevin Sherrell, Shanese Cullom, Austin Burchett; two sisters, Jean Poss, Bety Ruth Passons; one brother, Bob Vinson; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial … Read More


Sparta 14’s are district champions

Posted on July 13, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Mary Ruth Layne

Posted on July 12, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Ruth Layne, 85, of Sparta, passed away July 9, 2007.
Layne was born Nov. 26, 1921, in White County, to Luther Martin and Elazadie Clouse Prater.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Layne; one infant son, Delbert Layne; one sister, Florence Layne; and two brothers, Denton Prater and Arbel Prater.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Wilbert and Judy Layne, of Sparta; one daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Jim Anderson, of Sparta; three grandchildren, Dennis Braddom and Lisa Bailey, Troy Layne, Todd Layne and Crissy Dunn; two great-grandchildren, Brett Braddom, Tyler Branddom; one sister, Beulah Randolph, of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.… Read More


‘We’re looking for a few good friends’

Posted on July 10, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Woody Phillips
Cash Out is the latest business to take up residence in downtown Sparta, because a couple of Putnam County entrepreneurs could see the benefit of locating their enterprise in an area concerned with revival and growth.
Additionally, the Hawley brothers, Jonathan and David, want to build a business that is as people-friendly as it is financially successful.
Jonathan Hawley sat down recently with The Expositor to explain a few of the differences between theirs and other similar businesses. First, it is locally owned, a factor Jonathan seemed to think was beneficial to everyone.
“When I was studying for my financial degree at Tennessee Tech, I had … Read More


Roy Vaughn Young

Posted on July 9, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Roy Vaughn Young, 75, of Sparta, passed away, July 4, 2007.
He was born Dec. 17, 1931, to Milo and Bessie Franklin Young.
Young has been a farmer.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel Mabe Young; two brothers, Vaughn “Sleepy” Young and Franklin Young; and one sister, Mildred Brady.
Survivors include his wife, Becky Gardner Young; children, Ronnie Vaughn Young, Glenn Young and wife, Ruthie, Shirley Brady and husband, Joe, Allen Young and wife, Jan, Deana Brymer, Bobby Young, Keith Young, and Judy Tallent and husband, Mike; 23 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Barnes and Lois Winnett; 11 step-children; and several nieces and … Read More


Mary Katherine Nunley Pepper

Posted on July 5, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Katherine Nunley Pepper, 68, of McMinnville, passed away June 30, 2007.
Pepper was born July 12, 1938, in White County, to Cleary Brown and Pauline Scott.
She had been employed at B&P Lamp Manufacturing, loved to fish and was a member of the Church of Christ.
Pepper was preceded in death by her husband, Austin Pepper; mother, Pauline Scott Miller; one daughter, Cindy Renee Pepper; one sister, Carolyn Miller; and her stepfather, Billy Miller.
Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth Ann Griffith and her husband William Glenn, of McMinnville, Candy Kay Murphy, of McMinnville, Tammy Bell and her husband Alvin, of Dandridge; one son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and … Read More


This place may fulfill everyone’s wishes

Posted on July 3, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Woody Phillips
As ‘corny’ as it may sound, there is now a place in Sparta where many, if not all, of those wishes could come true.
Let’s say someone has a piece of good furniture she is no longer in love with, or maybe she needs to find just the right accessory to complete that special room at home. Then all of those problems could be solved by a visit to the Magic Lamp.
The Magic Lamp, at 109 S. Wilson St. in Sparta, is owned and operated by the mother-daughter team of Jill McCulley and Rachael Whittenburg. McCulley and Whittenburg have shown how well they can work … Read More


Juanita Swack Orris

Posted on July 2, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Juanita Swack Orris, 82, of Quebeck, passed away June 7, 2007, at National Health Corp, of Sparta.
Orris was born June 27, 1924, in White County, to David Ray and Elnora Miller Swack.
She was employed in government service and served in U.S. Navy during WWII.
Orris was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Berdett Orris and parents.
Survivors include children, Stanley Orris, of Sparta, Tricia Latham and husband, Michael, of Gallatin and Mark Orris, of Cookeville; three grandchildren, Tiana Hutchings-Latham, Jeremiah Blogett and Joshua Orris; three great-grandchildren, Krya Denise, Ethan Vincent and Alex Damion Brady; two sisters, Billie May Clark and Marlene Frances Yates, both and … Read More


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