Monthly Archives: November 2008

Jessie Blackwell Pruitt

Posted on November 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jessie Blackwell Pruitt, 92, passed away Nov. 24, 2008, at DeKalb Community Hospital
Pruitt was born Aug. 10, 1916, in White County, to Jim Griffin and Bessie Mae Jones Griffin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, William Carson Blackwell, Stuart Pruitt; children, Eva Nell Graham, Billy Carson Blackwell, Jeanette Blackwell, Joann Blackwell; sister, Bernell McKinney; and brothers, Robert, Henry and Nelson Griffin.
Survivors include her loving children, Janice Miller and husband Willie, Inetta Taylor and husband Ron, Wanda Trogeln, Brenda Fullerton and husband Scott, Waymon Blackwell and wife Mary, Harold Blackwell, Jerry Blackwell; brother, Elbert Griffin; sisters, Maxine Banker, Ernestine Scoggins; 28 grandchildren; and 18 … Read More


Survive the Holidays in Style … and Under Budget

Posted on November 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

There is no doubt that many consumers may be feeling a budget crunch as the holiday season approaches, but this year with careful planning and some top notch tips from the experts, they can ensure themselves an efficient, economical, and memorable holiday season.
Though the season seems to begin earlier each year, getting a head start can help to not only get everything done on budget, but also to give you time closer to the holiday to focus on what is the most important, and what is truly worth celebrating.
“The holiday season is an important time to express gratitude for the relationships that sustained us throughout the … Read More


Warriorettes hold off Lenoir City for win

Posted on November 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Pushing it up the floor. Warriorette junior, Tasha Delaney, pushes the ball up the floor against a Lenoir City defender during Friday’s game. Delaney paced the Warriorette win with 14 points. The WCHS teams travel to Coffee County Tuesday night.

It’s a race. Heather Roberts leads the Warriorette fast break down the court during the second half of Friday’s win over Lenoir City.

    The White County High School Warriorettes jump started their season with a 2-0 start in Hall of Fame games, but they had to hold off a fierce Lenoir City rally to pick up the 49-46 road win Friday.
    The Warriorettes led by 20 midway through … Read More


Roy Thomas

Posted on November 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Roy Thomas, 83, of Burns, passed away Nov. 22, 2008, surrounded by his loving family, at Horizon Medical Center in Dickson.
Thomas was born in Cherry Log in Fannin County, Ga.  He graduated from University of Chattanooga and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy.  He retired in 1983 after 31 years of service as a traffic engineer with Bell South.  His hobbies included golf, woodworking,and farming.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Thomas and Ethel Weeks Tinsley, and brothers, Ralph and Clifton Thomas.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Katherine Smith Thomas; son, Glenn Thomas … Read More


WCMS sixth grade sweeps Warren County

Posted on November 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Over the defense. Daniel Bray goes up strong over a Warren County defender for two of his 10 points in Thursday’s victory.

Tying it up. The WCMS sixth grade girls defeated Warren County Thursday night, but the game was not without it’s ties or to be more specific jump balls. There were 27 jump balls in the contest.

    The White County Middle School sixth grade teams swept a pair from visiting Warren County Thursday night.
    The sixth grade Warriorettes jumped to a 12-2 lead after one quarter and held a 20-7 advantage at the end of the first half. WCMS finished with the 24-11 win. 
    Lindsey Phillips led … Read More


Local athletes receive honors at Cumberland

Posted on November 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

   As the fall sports season came to a close at Cumberland University, three former WCHS athletes were among those receiving honors for the completed seasons.
    Todd Holman and Frank Tritico, both 2007 graduates of WCHS and members of the Cumberland football team were named Mid South Conference Scholar Athletes.  Holman carries a 3.66 GPA in business.  Tritico is also in business with a GPA of 3.38. 
    The Cumberland football team finished their season with a 29-26 win over Lambuth earning them a share of the conference’s West Division title.  Holman recovered a fumble and recorded four tackles in that game.  Cumberland finished the season 6-5. 
    Holman finished the … Read More


Police and fire officials report to aldermen

Posted on November 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen listened with interest Thursday night as representatives from two of the city’s departments addressed members and presented them with a synopsis of each entity.
As part of a newly implemented program, City of Sparta department heads will be speaking to the board during the two meetings each month. On Thursday, Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay and Lt. Robert Hall, of the police department, provided an in-depth look at the functions of each division and reported about the newest developments
Kay addressed the matter of emergency warning sirens for City of Sparta, which was initially a project begun in spring of 2008.
“After … Read More


Mary Iva Savage Mason

Posted on November 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Iva Savage Mason, 89, of Quebeck, passed away Nov. 23, 2008, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta. 
Mason was born June 26, 1919, in White County, to Clint and Bertha Raper Savage.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Denton Mason; one son, Clyde Mason; and granddaughter, Rhonda Mason.
Survivors include two sons, Earl Mason and wife Carolyn, of Quebeck, Roy and Joyce Mason, of Doyle; two daughters, Clata Richardson and husband James, of Sparta, Janie and Burgess Luna, of McMinnville; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Nov. 25, 2008, at Doyle Nazarene Church, with burial in Skurlock Cemetery.  … Read More


Alton Loyd Smith

Posted on November 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Alton L. Smith, 90, of Athens, passed away Nov. 22, 2008, at Athens Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.
Smith was born on the family farm, in Sparta, July 30, 1918, and lived his childhood in White County where he graduated from White County High School. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, in 1936, and earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer where he was responsible for the assignment of military personnel.  He was stationed primarily in San Diego, Calif.; New York City, N.Y.; and Honolulu, Hawaii.  He retired from the Navy after 21 years of service … Read More


Pearl Swindell Carter McCoy

Posted on November 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Pearl Swindell Carter McCoy, 81, of McMinnville, passed away Nov. 22, 2008.
McCoy was born May 8, 1927, in White County, to Isaac Swindell and Sarah Nelson Swindell.
She was a member of Walling Church of Christ.
McCoy was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Donald Carter, George McCoy; daughter, Tammy Yates; grandchildren, Amy Carter, Traci Boissonneault; brothers, Ralston, Edd, Floyd Swindell; and two sisters, Zula Swindell and Cleo Galloway.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Philip and Treva Carter, of Rock Island, Dwight Carter, of Walling, Cindy Martin, of McMinnville; son-in-law, Jerry Yates, of Fayetteville; grandchildren and their spouses, Jeff and Jennifer Carter, Chad and … Read More


Shelby Jolene Dahlgren

Posted on November 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Shelby Jolene Dahlgren, 19, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 22, 2008, at her residence.
Dahlgren was born Dec. 29, 1988.
Survivors include her mother, Kathy Lewis; stepfather, Roger Lewis; father, Roy C. Dahlgren; grandparents, J.D. Cribbs, Melody Cribbs, Earlene Cribbs, John Dahlgren and Barbara Dahlgren.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Nov. 25, 2008, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Old Glade Creek Cemetery. Elliot Roberts and Doug Benningfield will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Second quarter dooms Warriors

Posted on November 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Driving in. Warrior senior, Sam Gribble, drives in and meets up with a pair of Lenoir City defenders. The Warriors were defeated 68-59, but the loss does not count on their final record.

Taking it to the hoop. Warrior senior, Corey Johnson, takes the ball to basket as Coach Eric Mitchell and the Warrior bench look on. WCHS lost to Lenoir City 68-59 and will now look to rebound at Coffee County Tuesday.

    It’s just a fact that there is no way of getting around; basketball games are made up of four quarters.
    Three out of the four quarters of Friday’s game at Lenoir City, the Warriors out … Read More


Deborah LaVigne Osborn

Posted on November 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Deborah LaVigne Osborn, 50, of White County, passed away Nov. 22, 2008, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Osborn was born July 19, 1958, in Chicago, to Marianne Burris Osborn and Raymond LaVigne.
She had been an LPT at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Osborn was preceded in death by her father; one brother, Ramie LaVigne; and one sister, Leah LaVigne.
Survivors include her husband, Steve Osborn, of Sparta; mother and stepfather, Marianne Burris Osborn and Roy Osborn, of Gainesboro; one son and wife, Robert and Lisa Goldstein, of Rickman; one daughter and husband, Taylor and Francisco Antencio, of Denver, Colo.; on sister and husband, Connie and Ralph Schaffer … Read More


Mary Christine Morford Crabtree

Posted on November 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Christine Morford Crabtree, 96, of Detroit, Mich., formerly of Sparta, passed away Nov. 20, 2008.
Crabtree was born Aug. 26, 1912, in Sparta, to William and Ollie B. Morford.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Sadie Officer; one brother, Cornelius Morford; and one nephew, Melvin Greene.
Survivors include her daughter, Ollie Rebecca Officer; granddaughter, Rhonda Boxley; grandson, Sterling Coleman; great-grandson, Jerome Lockhart and wife Rhonda, Sterling Coleman Jr., Cortez Coleman, Edward Boxley Jr.; great-granddaughter, Chamarah Boxley; great-great-grandson, Chase Lockhart; nephew, Cornelius Morford, Jr.; special friends, Jessie Culley, William Irvin, Christine Gribble, Sue Carr, Pamela Lewis; and several other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be … Read More


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