Monthly Archives: February 2012

Ornie B. Wilmoth Montgomery

Posted on February 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ornie B. Wilmoth Montgomery, 98, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 27, 2012, at the Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mrs. Montgomery was born Feb. 13, 1914, in Putnam County, to Clennie and Rebecca Allen Wilmoth.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arlie Marion Montgomery Sr.; son, Charles Montgomery; and granddaughter, Brenda Montgomery.
Surviviors include her son, Arlie M. Montgomery Jr. and wife Lou Nell, of Sparta; daughter, Peggy Carr and husband Shelby, of Stevenson, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Randall Carr and wife Stacy, Angela Peek and husband Steve, Janice Storz and husband Gary, Shirley Odell and husband Kevin, Deborah Patterson and husband Jeff, Linda Denmark and … Read More

Pauline Thompson Bennett

Posted on February 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Pauline Thompson Bennett, 92, of Rickman, passed away Feb. 29, 2012.
Mrs. Bennett was born Sept. 18, 1918, in Livingston, to John Morgan and Fannie Tayse Thompson.
She was a retired co-owner of Bennett’s Grocery, in Overton County. Mrs. Bennett was a pillar of Swallows Chapel community. She provided groceries to those in need and was known to show up at any given time when she knew of the need, with food and her precious time. Mrs. Bennett was an active member in the Order of Eastern Star, in Livingston, last serving as Esther.
Mrs. Bennett was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 59 years, … Read More

James “Jim Dozer” Barry Caldwell

Posted on February 28, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Barry “Jim Dozer” Caldwell, 55, of McMinnville, passed away Feb. 23, 2012.
Mr. Caldwell was born Oct. 27, 1956, in White County, to Charlie Thomas and Vila Mae Cole Caldwell.
He was a nursery worker.
Survivors include his daughter, Kellie Nakeisha McBride and husband Wade, of McMinnville; grandchildren, Kalian Wyatt McBride, Austin Terri Wade McBride; son, Jimmy Canaan Caldwell, of Rock Island; brothers, Charles Caldwell and wife Ruth, of Walling, Larry Caldwell and friend Karen, of Sparta, Harold Caldwell, of Tiptonville, Benjamin Frank Caldwell, of Sparta; and sister, Sara Lee and friend Mike Markum, of Sparta.
Funeral service was 2 p.m., Feb. 26, 2012, at Hunter Funeral … Read More

Joyce Elaine Judd Jones

Posted on February 28, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joyce Elaine Judd Jones, 65, of Sparta, was called home to Heaven, on Feb. 27, 2012, surrounded by a multitude of family and friends.
Our time with Joyce was all too short, but her loving impact on so many was tremendous and inspiring as a mother, grandmother, sister and mentor, Sunday school teacher and a friend to hundreds.
As the 10th child of 15, Joyce grew strong and true as a mother of four and grandmother of 13.
Joyce was an active member of Bear Cove Baptist Church. She retired from Federal Mogul in 2011 after 39 years of dedicated service. Joyce grew up in the Greenwood community, … Read More

Mrs. Ornie W. Montgomery

Posted on February 28, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mrs. Ornie W. Montgomery, 98, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 27, 2012, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles E. Reed Jr.

Posted on February 28, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charles E. Reed Jr. 73, of Sparta passed away Feb. 26, 2012, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Reed was born July 17, 1938, in Decatur, Ill., to Charles E. Reed Sr. and Vivian E. Ping Reed.
He was a machinist and U.S. Air Force veteran.
Mr. Reed was preceded in death by his parents; children, Carrie Reed, Pete Dobbs; brothers Tom, Larry, John Reed; and sister, Lana Reed.
Survivors include his wife, Wylodean Dunn Reed, of Sparta; children, Jo Ellen Ingram and husband Lyle, Annette Beal, Charles Reed and wife Michelle, Mary Lynn Johnson, Jody Fulk, Vanessa Dennis, Cathy Ashbaugh, Dale Dobbs, Anthony Dobbs, Feleshia Christian; 24 … Read More

Thurman Ray Seals

Posted on February 28, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Thurman Ray Seals, 67, of Walling passed away Friday evening, Feb. 24, 2012, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Mr. Seals was born Jan. 25, 1945, in White County.
He was preceded in death by his father, Thurman Ray Seals Sr.; a brother, Carroll Milton Seals; and a nephew, Carroll Milton Seals Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Tindell Seals, of Walling; daughter, Misty Vandagriff, of Walling; two grandchildren, Hannah Vandagriff, of Cookeville, Aaron Vandagriff, of Walling; mother, Nora Knowles Seals, of McMinnville; two brothers, David Seals and wife Jean, of Smyrna, Curtis Seals and wife Debbie, of Mt. Juliet; and several nieces, nephews, family members and friends.… Read More

Warriorette season ends in region semifinals

Posted on February 28, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Warriorettes huddle around Coach Bryan Haley during a timeout late in the season ending loss to Cumberland County in the region semifinals.

The Warriorettes fell victim to a slow start in their Region 3AAA semifinal game against the Cumberland County Lady Jets.
After trailing 15-4 at the end of one period of play, the Warriorettes would battle their way back to take the lead momentarily in the third quarter, but eventually succumbed to the Lady Jets 49-44. The game was a battle to the finish between two neighboring schools, but in the end, Cumberland County was the one standing and advancing on to the region finals and … Read More

Samuel E. Hooker

Posted on February 28, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Samuel E. Hooker, 87, passed away Feb. 21, 2012, at his residence after an extended illness.
Mr. Hooker was born July 15, 1924, in Cheatham County, to Luther and Mary Libby Gupton Hooker.
He attended Wallace Smith School, in Sparta, and later finished high school, in Cookeville. Mr. Hooker served his country in the U.S. Army, in 1943, and was honorably discharged.
He later attended Gupton and Jones Mortuary School, in Nashville, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, Mr. Hooker served his apprenticeship with K. Gardner Funeral Home, in Nashville. He was the chief embalmer, 1952 1955. He went on to work with Lewis and Smith, … Read More

Brighten Up Bake Sales

Posted on February 27, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

 A bake sale is a sweet way to support any charitable cause, whether it’s raising money for new uniforms or donating to a local animal shelter. These tips and recipes from the celebration experts at Wilton will make bake sale treats that stand out among the rest – it’s a piece of cake.
– Baking delicious goodies is just the start to a successful bake sale. Add some dazzling details. The eye-catching finishes on Bake-Sale Ready Cupcakes – swirls of colorful icing topped with jumbo sprinkles and butterfly decorations, complete with vibrant wraps – will ensure they sell out fast.
– Serve sweets-on-a-stick like Kaleidoscope Cookie Pops and … Read More

Crash on Bockman takes down fire hydrant and utility pole

Posted on February 27, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

REPAIR. City of Sparta employees with the public works department work to repair the damage created by a crash, on Feb. 21.

At approximately 11 a.m. on Feb. 21 on Bockman Way, near the corner of M.L. Officer Street, a vehicle crashed into a water hydrant and a utility pole, closing a lane traffic and causing 10 hours or cleanup for city utility workers.
Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth states that a white GMC Sonoma, driven by Jerry Johnson, 44, of Sparta was traveling west on Bockman Way on the inside lane.
Guth alleges that Johnson cut across the outside lane, hitting the hydrant, a block wall, then … Read More

Is It Time for an Adventure?

Posted on February 27, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Visiting iconic sites like the Sydney Opera House is on many travelers' bucket lists. Make a list of the places you'd like to go.

Traveling in small groups allows you to take center stage, like at this community dance in Nepal.

Friends enjoying la dolce vita at an open air market in Italy.

(Family Features) Women are on the move – especially women of the Baby Boomer generation.
If you’ve felt the urge to see different places and experience a new adventure, you’re not alone. The Travel Industry Association estimates that 32 million single American women traveled at least once last year – and a lot of them … Read More

Murdered man found at Sparta residence

Posted on February 27, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

MURDER SCENE. The small house that sits atop a rocky, washed out roadway just off Hensley Chapel Road, is where the body of James Caldwell was found after the alleged killer reportedly confessed to the murder.

James Harland Lackey, 37

At approximately midnight on Feb. 23, a Sparta man was allegedly murdered in his home on Hensley Chapel Road.
According to Chris Isom of White County Sheriff Department, James Harland Lackey, 37, of Lewisburg, entered the residence of James Caldwell and shot him twice. Lackey then reportedly fled the scene.
Later that morning, Lackey went to Bedford County Sheriff Department and turned himself in, claiming he had shot … Read More

Dispute turns into shooting on Spring Street

Posted on February 27, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

On Feb. 17, Sparta Police Department responded to a hit and run crash behind Spring Street Barbershop, that quickly turned into the scene of a shooting.
Sgt. Chris Bennett of the Sparta Police Department arrived to the scene of the crash at 12:39 p.m. As he began his investigation, he noticed a disturbance at 124 N. Spring Street.
Sgt. Bennett witnessed a resident, Randy Maddux, sitting in the side yard holding his left leg. Maddux reportedly told Sgt. Bennett that he had been shot.
As Sgt. Bennett called for EMS and additional police backup, he learned that another man had also been shot but had fled the scene … Read More

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