Monthly Archives: August 2011

Christine (Chris) Sparkman Oliphant

Posted on August 31, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Martha Christine (Chris) Sparkman Oliphant, 86, went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ, on Aug. 27, 2011.
Mrs. Oliphant was born in Doyle to Martha Jane Earles and Lansford Sparkman. She was the fifth of seven children.
She graduated from White County High School, Class of 1942, and was one of the beauties of Sparta. She attended business school, in Nashville, and was employed at Third National Bank.
In 1943, when she learned about Oak Ridge, she went there to work at the Y-12 nuclear facility. She was one of the early employees in the “Secret City.” She attended the celebration in Jackson Square when World War … CONTINUED


Roy Douglas Farley

Posted on August 31, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Roy Douglas Farley, 72, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 30, 2011, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Farley was born May 17, 1939, in White County, to Claude Paul and Ethel Nash Farley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lyera Ann Kinnard, Mildred Wheeler; and brothers, Willous Farley and Carl Farley.
Survivors include his wife, Charline Jones Farley, of Sparta; son, Mitch Farley and wife Glynda, of Sparta; daughter, Tish Riddick and husband Alan, of Cookeville; three grandchildren, Storm Farley, Justus Farley, Reece Riddick; two sisters, Mary Allen, of Antioch, Helen Dodson and husband Terry, of Sparta; and two brothers, Joe Farley and wife Virginia, … CONTINUED


Jeffrey Leonte Wooden

Posted on August 31, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeffrey Leonte Wooden, 36, of Mt. Juliet, passed away Sunday at his residence.
Funeral service will be graveside at 12:15 p.m., Sept. 2, 2011, at Davis Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until departure for the cemetery, at Hunter Funeral Home.
Survivors include his grandmother, Rebecca Wooden, of Mt. Juliet, formerly of Sparta, as well as several other family members.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


James Arthur Hacker

Posted on August 31, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Arthur Hacker, 28, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 29, 2011, in Gypsum, Colorado.
He was the son of David and Kathy Hacker, of Sparta, and the brother of Hannah Hacker.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Sept. 3, 2011, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Hacker Family Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Sept. 2, at the funeral home.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Thelma Lee Payne Powell

Posted on August 31, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Thelma Lee Payne Powell, 89, passed away Aug. 30, 2011, at White County Community Hospital. She was the wife of the late Robert Paul Powell, of Sparta.
Mrs. Powell was born Nov. 26, 1921, to Sam and Lizzie Payne of the Bon Air Community of White County.
She was retired from Thomas Industries.
Survivors include her only son, Robert A. (Tony) Powell and his wife Wanda, of Cookeville; three grandchildren, Sean Powell, of Columbus, Ga., Josh Powell, of LaVergne, Lauren Powell, of Cookeville; two brothers; and two sisters.
Funeral service will be graveside at 2 p.m., Sept. 2, 2011, at Old Bon Air Cemetery. Bro. Doug Goff will … CONTINUED


Joe Finley Jr.

Posted on August 31, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joe Lynwood Finley Jr., 64, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 26, 2011, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Finley was born Feb. 21, 1947, in White County, to Willene Sanders Finley and Joe L. Finley Sr.
He was an attorney
Mr. Finley was preceded in death by his father and a son, “Joel” Lynwood Finley III.
Survivors include his son, Robert Finley, of Anchorage, Alaska; mother, Willene Finley, of Sparta; brother, Chris Finley, of Nashville; stepdaughter, Tamara Brown Gaedtke, of Evergreen, Colo.; and stepson, Brandon Brown, of Anchorage, Alaska
Funeral service was 10 a.m., Aug. 29, 2011, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery
Hunter Funeral


Fight between students at WCHS raises concerns

Posted on August 29, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A fight between two students on a bus at White County High School, on Aug. 19, has raised concerns of students and parents of violence affecting the ability of students to feel safe and receive the education they require.
At approximately 3:10 p.m., Student Resource Officer Wade Pike, who is also a sergeant with White County Sheriff Department, stated he became aware the fight had broken out between two students, according to his incident report.
Basketball Head Coach Eric Mitchell reportedly entered the bus, followed by Assistant Principal Jerry Lowery and Pike, and found a 13-year-old female student ‘vaulting over Coach Mitchell’s right side’ and ‘immediately started landing … CONTINUED


Another split on the links

Posted on August 29, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Teeing it up. A.J. Wilkerson tees off during a recent WCHS golf match. The Warriors were defeated at Willowbrook Thursday, but the Warriorettes were victorious. The teams will be in action today at Warren County.

The White County High School golf team was in action Thursday for a three-way match at Willowbrook in Manchester.
WCHS took on both district foe, Coffee County, and non-league foe, Lincoln County. The Warriorettes cruised to comfortable wins against both. The Warriors split on the afternoon taking a win over Lincoln County, but falling to the Raiders of Coffee County.
The Warriorettes improved to 10-1 on the season with the win as they … CONTINUED


Geer commits to TTU golf team

Posted on August 29, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Headed to TTU. Allison Geer, shown watching their opponents with teammate, Shelby Johnson, during a recent match, has committed to play collegiate golf at Tennessee Tech next year.

Allison Geer has always dreamed of one day playing for the Tennessee Tech golf team.
Last week, Geer got one step closer to that dream when she accepted a scholarship offer and committed to play for the Golden Eagles next season.
The WCHS senior now can focus on making a repeat trip to the state tournament and enjoy her final season of high school golf without that decision looming.
She will join new TTU coach Polk Brown’s squad next season. … CONTINUED


Warriors hold off Eagles for first victory

Posted on August 29, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Whatever it takes. Blake Lynn jumps over a would-be tackler on the way for one of the three touchdowns he scored in the contest. Lynn had 263 all purpose yards and added an interception on defense to help WCHS to the 48-38 win over Seymour. The Warriors play host to archrival, Cookeville, Friday night at 7 p.m.

Returning the pick. Michael Sain returns the ball after picking off a Seymour pass late in the game that preserved the win for WCHS. The Warrior defense had a total of six interceptions in the game by six different players.

It didn’t come without some drama and excitement, but the Warriors … CONTINUED


WCHS soccer falls to Lady Raiders

Posted on August 29, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A battle for the ball. Ericha Seekell battles it out with a Coffee County player for control of the ball during Thursday’s District 6AAA contest. The Lady Raiders defeated the Warriorettes 3-1 putting WCHS at 1-1 on the season.

After opening the season with a District 6AAA victory earlier in the week, the Warriorette soccer team did not fare as well in their second outing of the 2011 season.
They were once again in league action when Coffee County visited Sparta on Thursday and then headed back to Manchester with a 3-1 win in tow.
The Lady Raiders took the lead in the second minute of the contest. … CONTINUED


Cross country opens at Nestle Invite

Posted on August 29, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Opening day of action. The Warrior and Warriorette cross country team opened their season at the Nestle Invite on Saturday. The Warriorettes finished fifth overall and the Warriors came in 14th.

The White County High School cross country team got their season officially started Saturday at the Nestle Invite hosted by Macon County.
The Warriorettes, as a team, finished fifth out of 12 teams while the Warriors were 14th out of 18.
Morgan Voyles was the top finisher for WCHS finishing fourth in the girls’ field of 95 runners. She ran the race in 21:01.30. The winner of the race was Briana Simms from Station Camp, whose time … CONTINUED


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