Monthly Archives: August 2013

Howard Lee “Fuzz” Griffin Sr.

Posted on August 2, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Howard Lee “Fuzz” Griffin Sr., 82, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 1, 2013, at Alive Hospice at St Thomas Hospital.
Mr. Griffin was born Oct. 6, 1930, in Chattanooga, to Norman Dennis Griffin and Alma Lee Anderson Griffin.
He was retired plant superintendent at Thomas Industries and retired colonel in the Tennessee Army National Guard. He is a former City of Sparta alderman and was a founder of Sparta Little League. He served as a deacon at New Hope The Baptist Church and volunteered much of his time to his community.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kella Dean Hunter Griffin; brothers, Lloyd Hudson, Austin … Read More


James Atchiles “Abe” Walker

Posted on August 2, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Atchiles “Abe” Walker, 1931-2013

James Atchiles (Abe) Walker, 81, of Chattanooga, passed away peacefully July 30, 2013, at The Cumberland in Nashville.
Mr. Walker was born in a small farmhouse, in Ravenscroft, in White County, on Nov. 2, 1931.
He graduated from high school in White County and later received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Tennessee Tech University, in 1953. After a brief stint in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corp, Mr. Walker spent 37 years in the private sector in engineering design.
His first love was family. He was an extremely dedicated husband to the love of his life, Linda, his wife of 55 years. … Read More


James Mayberry Geyer

Posted on August 2, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Mayberry Geyer, 84, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., passed away July 30, 2013, at Hospice of West Alabama.
Mr. Geyer was born in Tulsa, Okla., and attended elementary school in Drumright, Okla. He moved to San Jose, Calif., when he was a teenager. He graduated with honors from the University of California Berkley with a degree in mechanical engineering. Following post-graduate training in electrical and nuclear engineering, he accepted a job with Combustion Engineering where he worked for 49 years and 10 months designing power plants. Mr. Geyer was named “Engineer of the Year,” in 1986, for his contribution to the field.
He married Martha Stewart, in 1958, and … Read More


Mary Magalene Spakes

Posted on August 2, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Magalene Spakes, 83, of Doyle, passed away July 31, 2013, at her residence.
Mrs. Spakes was born March 29, 1930, in Doyle, the daughter of Willie Jasper and Mamie Esther Lyles Raper.
She was a member of the Doyle Nazarene Church.
Mrs Spakes was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill Spakes; and eight brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her son, Billy Spakes, of Doyle; three daughters, Beverly Rogers and husband Ronnie, of Sparta; Bethene Ward, of Doyle, Banetta Wilford and husband Randy, of Doyle; grandchildren, Billy Ray, Crystal, Carrie, Amber, Autumn, Cain, Titus and Heather; sister, Katherine Cooley; two brothers, Calvin Raper, of Sparta, Fred … Read More


W.C. descendants encouraged to get involved with First Families project

Posted on August 1, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Geraldine Pollard (left), White County Archivist, and Jody Sliger, interim director of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce, look through copies of historical documents.

It’s all about maintaining heritage and instilling pride — and learning something along the way.
A new program, aimed at connecting modern day descendants to White County’s first settlers, is in full swing.
The new certification program — the First Families of White County, Tennessee — sponsored by the White County Archives and the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce — will “recognize, honor, and perpetuate the memory of those early pioneers who established residency in White County prior to 1830.”
“We just want to pique … Read More


Jones dies from injuries suffered in crash

Posted on August 1, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash that occurred on July 21 has now taken the life of a Sparta man, who was only a short distance from his home at the time of the accident.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Ronnie Simmons, the crash occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m., July 21, 2013, when Joey David Jones II, age 20, while traveling west bound on Duck Pond Road, reportedly lost control of his car as he attempted to negotiate a curve.
The vehicle, a 1997 Ford F-150, reportedly drove off the left side of the road, hit an embankment, began to roll over and became airborne.
Trp. Simmons … Read More


Sparta Fire Chief elected to state board of directors

Posted on August 1, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sparta Fire Chief Kirk Young (front row, third from left), was recently sworn in to the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association representing the middle region of the state. Young was elected by members of the association statewide, something he calls a huge honor.

On July 17, Sparta Fire Chief Kirk Young was elected to serve on the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association Board of Directors, a position he calls a “huge honor.”
Young was elected by members of the association statewide to represent the Middle Region of the state for a two-year term.
This is his first time serving on the Board of Directors.
As a member of the board, … Read More


Dora Lou England Bandy Selby

Posted on August 1, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dora Lou England Bandy Selby, 84 of Sparta, passed away July 30, 2013, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mrs. Selby was born Feb. 16, 1929, in White County, to Henry Marcum England and Maggie Brown England Burgess.
She was a retired factory worker and a member of Findlay Methodist Church. She was an avid gardener and seamstress.
Mrs. Selby was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Robert Merrill Bandy, in 1993, and Raymond Selby, in 2003; son, Robert Floyd Bandy; daughter, Alice Faye Bandy Selby; son-in-law, Lonnie Selby, and sister, Dimple England Bilbrey.
Survivors include her son, Mark Bandy and wife Joy, of Sparta; grandchildren, Nicole … Read More


Howard L. Griffin

Posted on August 1, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Howard L. Griffin, 82, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 1, 2013, at Alive Hospice at St. Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Guth joins Wake Forest athletic department

Posted on August 1, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Keeping a sports career alive. James Guth, a 2008 graduate of WCHS, has turned his love for sports into an occupation. The former WCHS baseball and football player worked for the Atlanta Hawks, but will now move onto to the Wake Forest athletic department. Guth is shown above adding his basketball to the wall of the Hawks ticket office on his final day in the Atlanta organization.

All young athletes aspire to one day become college athletes and then even to turn that into a lucrative professional sports career.
While it’s always good to dream and set goals, the realty of the situation is that very few high … Read More


Warriors open preseason with Midnight Madness

Posted on August 1, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Corporate sponsor. Several of the Warrior senior football players visited Citizen’s Bank on Tuesday to accept a donation from the local bank. Citizen’s will be sponsoring the barbecue dinner this year while State Farm sponsors the silent auction. The barbecue and auction is Saturday night at the WCHS cafeteria. The dinner begins at 5 p.m. followed by the auction at 6:30. Tickets for the dinner are $10 each. Pictured above with Citizen’s Bank representatives, David Miller (loan officer) and Brenda Clark (branch president) are River Boruff, Blake Lynn, Derrick Bilbrey, Hunter Cantrell and Michael Harris.

Making an entrance. The Warrior football team emerges from the Donny Haley Fitness

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2nd annual Light in the Dark 5K is a huge success

Posted on August 1, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Light in the Dark winners. More than 140 people participated in the second annual Light in the Dark 5k with the winners pictured above. Cade Crosland was the overall winner of the race with a time of 20:38. Alex Stover was the top female finisher with a time of 21:56.

When Megan Holland sets her mind to a good cause, she finds a way to follow through with doing all she can to help that cause.
The White County High School rising sophomore is a runner on the school’s cross country team. She found a way to combine her sport with her love for helping others. The result … Read More


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