Walter “Wally” Harrison Stover Jr.

Posted on August 16, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Walter “Wally” Harrison Stover Jr., 66 ,of Sparta, passed away Aug. 11, 2017, at UAB Hospital, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mr. Stover was born Feb. 5, 1951.

Mr. Stover served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and was a Vietnam veteran. He served in the 82nd Airborne, at Fort Bragg, until his retirement. He was a physician’s assistant and continued that career for many years. He enjoyed traveling, family, and making craft beer.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Linda Stover, of Sparta; sons, Sonny Stover (Elysia), of Lebanon, Chris Stover (Ashley), of Sparta; Ben Stover (Journey), of Sparta, … Read More


Nora Alene Measles

Posted on August 15, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Nora Alene Measles, 87, of Spencer, passed away Aug. 13, 2017, in Spencer.

Mrs. Measles was born Nov. 1, 1929, in Van Buren County, the daughter of Simon Hodges and Lizzie Sparkman Hodges.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Aug. 16, 2017, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Spencer Town Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4-9 p.m., Aug. 15, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 16, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


The Rev. Clayton James Padgett

Posted on August 15, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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The Rev. Clayton James Padgett, 86, of Crossville, passed away Aug. 11, 2017, at Cumberland House Hospice, in Crossville.

He was born to a large family on June 19, 1931, to Burt Padgett and Ethel Bilbrey Padgett, who resided in Obey City, in Overton County.

He was a Free Will Baptist minister. He started preaching at the age of 17. Through his life, he preached at churches all across the Upper Cumberland, until 1998. He worked at Turner Roofing, in Crossville, for 39 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his many siblings, Laura who was married to Horace Ramsey, Early who was married to … Read More


Janie Euline Pitman Pedigo

Posted on August 15, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Janie Euline Pitman Pedigo, 75, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 12, 2017, at Senior Lifestyles, in Baxter.

Mrs. Pedigo was born on Feb. 3, 1942, in White County, to Lewis Pitman and Sarah Beatrice Pitman.

She was a member of O’Connor Church of Christ. Mrs. Pedigo had worked as a machine operator for Smithville Manufacturing until her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Pedigo; one sister, Barbara Jones; and two brothers, Gene Pitman and Richard “Bob” Pitman.

Survivors include two brothers, Dewey Pitman and wife Linda, of Sparta, Royce Pitman and wife Dotty, of Sparta; one sister, Katherine Koren and husband Joe, of … Read More


Emmet “Nick” Ronald Nichols

Posted on August 15, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Emmet “Nick” Ronald Nichols, 78, of Sparta, passed away on Aug. 13, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Nichols was born May 7, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Robert Nichols and Betty Simmons Nichols.

He was an avid bowler, loved boating, and was a Chicago Cubs fan. He was a Jack-of-all-trades around the house. He will be missed by all.

Mr. Nichols was preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Young.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Nichols, of Sparta; daughter, Deborah Boling (Scott), of Greenville, South Carolina;

brother, Kenneth Nichols, of California; grandchildren, Michael, Nicholas, Joel, Scott Boling, Pamela Abram; and many great- … Read More


Sam Jones

Posted on August 15, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Sam Jones, 69, of Martinsville, Indiana, and a native of Sparta, passed unexpectedly from this life, on August 11, 2017, at Community Hospital North, in Indianapolis.

Mr. Jones was born on May 8, 1948, in Sparta, to Jeff Jones and Kina Lawrence Jones.

He grew up in Sparta and graduated from White County High School. On Aug. 22, 1987, he married Delilah “Jane” Cox. They moved to Martinsville from Indianapolis, in 1998, after building their country dream home.

He worked as an electrician for Navistar, in Indianapolis and in Illinois for over 30 years, prior to his retirement. He was a dedicated employee, working long hours to support … Read More


Jane E. Pedigo

Posted on August 12, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jane E. Pedigo, 75, of Cookeville, passed away this morning, in Cookeville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Earl Lee Eaton

Posted on August 12, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Earl Lee Eaton, 93, of Sparta, formerly of Indiana, passed away Aug. 9, 2017, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Eaton was born May 11, 1924, in Argus, Indiana, Garvis Harry Eaton and Ethel Mae Powers Eaton. He was a professional engineer with degrees in several types of engineering. He received a Purple Heart from the U.S. Army during World War II and was part of the invasion at Normandy. He was an avid reader and enjoyed golf and fishing in his younger years.

He preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Louise Roler Eaton; and sisters, Janet Cage and Donna Richards.

Survivors include his … Read More


Paula Eugenia Jolly

Posted on August 12, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Paula Eugenia Jolly was born April 26, 1937, to Earl Jolly and Kathleen Bilbrey Jolly, and passed away Aug. 10, 2017. She was one of 13 children and grew up in the Findlay community.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, infant Rosa Nell Jolly, Earline Jolly Graham, Patricia Ruth Jolly Howard; and a brother Kenneth Ray Jolly.

Ms. Jolly was formerly employed by T. Stanton Hale as a secretary and bookkeeper. She was a member of Findlay United Methodist Church, and her passion was singing in the choir. Ms. Jolly loved her church and community dearly

Her passions included her family, family gatherings,    Christmas … Read More


Delpha Octavia Winstead Mason

Posted on August 10, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Delpha Octavia Winstead Mason, 70, peacefully passed away at her home and birth place, in Walling, Tennessee, on the morning of Aug. 10, 2017, after her long and valiant battle with cancer. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the prayers and support of her family and friends carried her through more than a year of grueling chemotherapy and radiation. While in the end, cancer won the battle for her body, she won the gift of everlasting life, for “precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Psalms 116: 15).

Delpha was born in Walling, Tennessee, on April 16, 1947, … Read More


Jerry Eugene Frasier

Posted on August 10, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jerry Eugene Frasier, 68, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 9, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Frasier was born Jan. 20, 1949, in Sparta, to Thomas Leslie Frasier and Rachel Lorene Payne Frasier.

He was a former Sparta Cablevision employee and owner of Sparta Construction. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was well known as an avid fan of the University of Tennessee.

Mr. Frasier was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gordon Frasier, Carl T. Frasier; and sisters, Lois Hensley and Janice Frasier.

Survivors include two daughters and their spouses, Sheena and Hutch Lee, Shawna and Brian Kirby; grandchildren, Whitney Kirby, Carlie Lee, Cambree … Read More


Paula E. Jolly

Posted on August 10, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Paula E. Jolly, 80, of Sparta, passed away this morning at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Delpha Mason

Posted on August 10, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Delpha Mason, 70, of Walling, passed away this morning at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jerry Eugene Frasier

Posted on August 10, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jerry Eugene Frasier, 68, of Sparta, passed away Wednesday evening at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Anna Ruth Hagewood

Posted on August 9, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Anna Ruth Hagewood, 72, of Avon Park, Florida, passed away Aug. 7, 2017.

Mrs. Hagewood was born Sept. 8, 1944, in Manchester, Tennessee, to Lewis Thomas Wood and Mamie Ruth Swoape Wood. She grew up in White County and graduated from White County High School, in 1962.

She made Avon Park, Florida, her home, in 1970, coming from Frostproof. She was of the Christian faith. She was a great cook and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Alvin J. Hagewood, of Avon Park; daughters, LaNita (Jeffrey) Roth, of Avon Park, Lisa (Scott) Mason, of Avon Park; grandchildren, Jeston Mason, Rori Roth, … Read More


Margaret Ann Bryan Marlowe

Posted on August 9, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Margaret Ann Bryan Marlowe, 89, passed away Aug. 7, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

She was born March 27, 1928.

Mrs. Marlowe owned and operated Sparta Flowers and gifts for many years. After she sold the shop, she continued to work there for many more years until her health made it impossible to stand all day. She was a lifelong member of Sparta First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Marlowe served as a commissioner of Sparta Housing Authority for many years. She also assisted with the White County Fair Association and worked with the Fairest of the Fair Pageant by doing the decorations for all the pageants. Mrs. … Read More


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