Monthly Archives: November 2013

Izetta Jewell Adkins Thompson

Posted on November 30, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Izetta Jewell Adkins Thompson, 86, of the Cherry Creek Community of White County, passed away Nov. 29, 2013, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pat C. Willis

Posted on November 30, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Pat C. Willis, 88, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 23, 2013, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Ms. Willis was born May 10, 1925, in Parker, Ind. She was a retired waitress.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earbie Ledford.
Survivors include her two stepdaughters, Margie D. Bumbalough, Opal Heady; stepson, James Ledford; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held graveside at 3:30 p.m., Dec. 2, 2013, at Highland Cemetery. John Murphy will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Frank Ennis England Sr.

Posted on November 30, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Frank Ennis England Sr., 91, of Sparta, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at his residence.
Mr. England was born Jan. 28, 1922, in Sparta, a son of Herman and Winnie Davis Askew England.
Mr. England served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, serving in the Aleutian Islands.
He was a photographer in Sparta for more than 40 years. He raised Tennessee Walking Horses and black and tan coonhounds for many years. He was a member of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders Association.
In addition to his parents, Mr, England was preceded in death by two brothers, Herman Gaines England and Leslie England.
Surviving family members … Read More

Louis Gentry

Posted on November 30, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Louis Gentry, 74, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 29, 2013, at his residence.
Mr. Gentry was born Oct. 13, 1939, in White County, to Clyde and Sarah Mabe Gentry.
He was a retired janitor from the White County School system.
Mr. Gentry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lester Gentry; grandsons, Matthew and Silas White; and son-in-law Tracy O’Conner.
Survivors include his wife, Betty West Gentry, of Sparta; two daughters, Tammy O’Conner, of Sparta, Maggie (Rootie) White, of Cookeville; and six grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Dec. 1, 2013, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Gentry Family Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:30-8 … Read More

David Earl Bohannon

Posted on November 30, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

David Earl Bohannon, 96, of Cookeville, passed away Nov. 23, 2013, at Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center in Monterey.
Mr. Bohannon was born May 7, 1917, in the Dry Valley community, of Putnam County, toDavid Officer and Cecil Elizabeth Bartlett Bohannon.
He retired from Goodyear in Akron, Ohio. After moving back to Cookeville, he retired a second time as supervisor in the Department of Inspection and Tool Engineering at McCord’s.
He was a 65-year member of Adoniram-Joppa Lodge #517 F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge in Akron. Mr. Bohannon was of the Baptist faith.
He was a loving, devoted and faithful husband to his late wife of 69 … Read More

Vision of Hope provides help in time of need

Posted on November 29, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Back row, from the left: Bobbie Swoape, of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Billy Holland, Tyler Roberts; second row, from the left, Ovean Phifer, Joy Wallace Webb, Linda Jones, of RSVP; front row, Glenn Swoape, of RSVP, Pam Yates, Charlie Jones

Cars flooded the parking lot at Vision of Hope on Thursday morning, many people coming as early as 6:30 a.m. to wait for the doors to open 8 a.m. From 8 a.m. until noon, Vision of Hope fed 239 people in that morning alone.
Joy Webb, who once owned the building, sold it to Doyle United Methodist Church to begin Vision of Hope. It has since evolved … Read More

Payless Family Pharmacy celebrates 20th anniversary

Posted on November 29, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Alan Tatum prepares for the celebration of two decades in business.

Alan and Joyce Tatum are celebrating 20 years of business at Payless Family Pharmacy, the only locally owned pharmacy in Sparta.
The Tatums are excited to celebrate two decades of business with the community. There will be an open house 1-4 p.m., Dec. 6, 2013. Grocery certificates will be given out every 30 minutes during that three-hour span. The first 200 people to arrive will receive goodie bags, as well. Refreshments will also be available. The grand prize will be a 51-inch flat screen TV. Every prescription is an entry into the drawing; pink slips in the … Read More

Fire response leads to meth lab discovery

Posted on November 29, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A White County Sheriff Department sergeant on patrol on the evening of Nov. 15 saw a large fire burning at a residence that has led to a Sparta resident facing her second round of methamphetamine charges this year.
According to a report by Sgt. Daniel Trivette, he noticed the fire behind the residence located on Flatt Street at approximately 9:27 p.m. and notified dispatch. He then went to the residence to see if the home was actually on fire and to see if there were any burn permits on file for the address.
Sgt. Trivette states that when he arrived at the residence, he could “hear several people … Read More

Parts of East and Middle Tennessee construction Nov. 28 through Dec. 4

Posted on November 27, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

SPECIAL NOTE: There will be no temporary lane closures from noon on Wednesday, November 27 through 6AM on Monday, December 2 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
BRADLEY COUNTY, I-75 construction of a concrete Bulb-Tee Beam Bridge, including grading, drainage and paving at the Exit 20 interchange (U.S. 64 Bypass East, U.S. 74 East, SR-311, APD-40) (LM 4.86) in Cleveland: Work continues on this project. The contractor will be working on clearing and drainage during this report period. APD-40 south going toward I-75 is down to one lane from Exit 20 to the end of the project. The designated right turn lane on APD-40 will be closed to … Read More

Jeanna Beaty Willman

Posted on November 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Funeral services for Jeanna Renee Beaty Willmann, 35, of Sparta, were 10 a.m., Nov. 25, 2013, at Presley Funeral Home, with the Rev. Benton Flatt officiating. Burial followed in Shipley Cemetery.
Mrs. Willmann passed away Nov. 21, 2013, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Sparta.
She was born March 14, 1978, in Putnam County, to Gary and Wilma Jean Beaty.
Mrs. Willmann was a CNA for 10 years. She liked to crotchet and loved music and was a loving mother.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Devon Lee Willmann, and her grandparents, Mayford and Christine Beaty and Mr. and Mrs. James Wesley Burgess.
Survivors include … Read More

George “Little George” Mancefield Johnson,Jr.

Posted on November 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

George “Little George” Mancefield Johnson Jr., 48, of Walling, passed away recently at his residence.
George was born Sept. 29, 1965, in Smithville, a son of George Mancefield Johnson Sr. and the late Nellie Wood.
He was employed as a prison guard, in Pikeville, and he was a member of the Spring Hill Baptist Church.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a niece, Stacey Powell.
Survivors include his father, George Mancefield Johnson Sr.; adopted mother, Jewell Hoffman, of Sparta; sister, Debra Bain and husband Kenny, of Smithville; sisters, Teresa Ann Johnson, of Dowelltown, Janie Johnson, of Dowelltown; niece, Nelda Bandy; nephew, Kenny Bain … Read More

James E. Cummings

Posted on November 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Endsley Cummings, 88, of the Cummingsville Community, in Van Buren County, departed this life on Nov. 23, 2013, at NHC Healthcare in Sparta after a brief illness, although he enjoyed living at home until two weeks prior to his illness.
Mr. Cummings was born Feb. 15, 1925, in Akron, Ohio, to Emery and Bertha Wallace Cummings, of Van Buren and White counties.
He was the youngest and only surviving sibling of Julius M. Cummings (Lois, currently of Atlanta, Ga.), Nashville, Floena Cummings Anderson, Sparta, and John O. Cummings, Bellingham, Wash.
He grew up in Cummingsville during the Great Depression and joined the U.S. Army at age 17, … Read More

Jamie Dewayne Spivey

Posted on November 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jamie Dewayne Spivey, 43, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 24, 2013, at his residence.
Mr. Spivey was born July 8, 1970, in Sparta, a son of Wanda Winnett Spivey and Charles Spivey.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kristina Spivey; grandparents, Ted and Lona Winnett and John and Lovie Spivey.
He was employed as a carpenter and was a member of the Findlay Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Nicole Bandy Spivey, of Sparta; a brother, Johnny Spivey and his wife Laura, of Sparta; mother-in-law, Linda Bandy of Sparta; nephew, Justin Spivey and his wife Sherry, of Crossville; … Read More

Still kicking high after nine decades

Posted on November 25, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Doris Gamble has lead a vivacious life, to say the least. Sorting through the newspaper clippings and pictures she’s saved, it’s easy to see her vibrant spirit highlighted by her many accomplishments.
“I haven’t been still long,” Gamble said.
Gamble is by definition a triple threat, being talented in acting, singing, and dancing.
Gamble was very active in theatre, performing for the Cookeville Drama Center and with other acting groups. She has played roles in The Miracle Worker, Guys and Dolls, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and French Toast, to name a few.
Gamble was also a member of The Spirits, an a cappella singing group. She … Read More

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