Michelle Kay Agrippa Griffith

Posted on October 12, 2019 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Michelle Kay Agrippa Griffith, 58, passed away Oct. 10, 2019, at her home in Algood, after a sudden illness, with family by her side.

Michelle was born Sept. 28, 1961, in Painesville, Ohio, to Brenda Featherston Kay and Joseph Emanuel Agrippa.

She was preceded in death by her husband of eight years, Baxter Wayne Griffith, and her mother, Brenda Kay Shreves.

She is survived by her son, Joshua Scott Krause and wife Jennifer, of Lebanon; grandson, Zachary Krause; stepson, Jake Griffith, of Birmingham, Alabama; brothers, Mike Agrippa, Scotty Shreves; father, Joseph Agrippa; nieces, Mychael Drews (Jason), Jamie Lamb (Dave), of Illinois; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

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James “Jimmy” Bryant

Posted on October 12, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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James “Jimmy” Bryant, 91, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 10, 2019, at Hospice of Cumberland County.

Mr. Bryant was born June 29, 1928, in the Bon Air community of White County, to William Bryant and Myrtle Minnie Jones Bryant.

He was a longtime barber and fulltime farmer after his retirement.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy and had a love for his family and Ford trucks.

Mr. Bryant was preceded in death by his parents and two  brothers, Raymond Bryant and Billy Jean Bryant.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mary Ruth Cunningham Bryant; sister, Gail Wheeler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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David Demond Culley

Posted on October 11, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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David Demond Culley, 45, a native of Sparta, passed away Oct. 10, 2019, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Funeral arrangements will be complete by 3 p.m., Oct. 13.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Charles Edward Coffman

Posted on October 11, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Charles Edward Coffman, 81, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 10, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Coffman was born June 11, 1938, in Livingston, to Vader Coffman and Lela Hawkins Coffman.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Oct. 14, 2019, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 14, at the funeral home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Billye Joyce Howell Ross

Posted on October 11, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Billye Joyce Howell Ross, 85, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 5, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Ross was born on Dec. 10, 1933, in Springfield, Tennessee, to William Ira Howell and Gladys Griffin Howell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, Dr. Jeff Pinckley Ross; and brother, Tillman Cason “T.C.” Howell.

Survivors include her son, Dr. Joseph Marc Ross and wife Patti; her grandchildren, Dr. Carrie Ross Abood and husband Adam, Joseph Adam Ross and wife Stephanie, Jacob Andrew Ross, Mary Katherine Ross; great-grandchildren, Asher Ross, Eden Abood, Abraham Abood, Noah Ross, Annelise Ross, Atticus Ross; sister, Carolyn Acuff and … CONTINUED


George Lynn Copeland

Posted on October 10, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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George Lynn Copeland, 87, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 9, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Copeland was born July 26, 1932, in the Yankeetown community of White County, to Larimore Copeland and Frances Milligan Copeland.

He was a devoted family man and longtime member of Sparta First Baptist Church. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Copeland worked for Spartan Shirt Factory, in the office and sales, and at Mallory Timers, as an inspector. For 19 years, he worked nights serving as the lone dispatcher for all of Sparta’s emergency services before the creation of E-911. When Mr. Copeland retired, he worked for Edd Rogers … CONTINUED


June Elizabeth Johnson Oaks

Posted on October 9, 2019 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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June Elizabeth Johnson Oaks, 84, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 8, 2019, in Sparta.

Mrs. Oaks was born Nov. 28, 1934, in Union City, to James Johnson and Ruth Kirk Johnson.

She was a member of Faith Baptist Church of Sparta (Pastor Curtis Guest). Mrs. Oaks loved the Lord and her family. She enjoyed working in her flower beds and watching her favorite bird – the hummingbird. Mrs. Oaks was a great cook; she cooked every Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner until she turned 80. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

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Randy Scott Simmons

Posted on October 9, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Randy Scott Simmons, 56, of Doyle, passed away Oct. 6, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Simmons was born Dec. 25, 1962, in Sparta, to Jack Simmons and Dean Hummel Simmons.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Simmons; brother, David Simmons; and sister, Tena Robinson.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne Haley Simmons; mother, Dean Hummel Simmons; brothers, Ricky Simmons (Sissy), Jackie “Butch” Simmons; sister, Diana Sidwell (Johnny); nieces, Brittany Hines, Kendra Simmons, Chelsea Carter; nephews, Seth Simmons, Brandon Robinson (Keri); great-nieces and great-nephews, Raylan Robinson, Triston O’Neal, Damion Pearson, Korben Simmons, Pax Ward, Bailee Ward; special family, Wayne and Valerie Yelverton, Justin and Jayrah Haley and … CONTINUED


Patricia C. Farley

Posted on October 8, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Patricia C. Farley, 80, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 6, 2019, at her home, in Sparta.

Mrs. Farley was born Nov. 7, 1938, to Walter Alford Richard Rainbird and Connie May Harrington Rainbird, in Watford, England.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Roy Alford Richard Rainbird.

Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Farley Roberts (Henry), of Sparta; son, Larry Dale Farley; and many special family members.

A memorial service will be 3:30 p.m., Oct. 19, 2019, at North Sparta Church of God. Bro. Steve Gerhart will officiate. The family will receive friends 2-3:30 p.m., Oct. 19, at the church.

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John Dale Darby

Posted on October 8, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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John Dale Darby, 52, of the Golden Mountain community, of White County, passed away Oct. 4, 2019, at the residence of his friends, the Conley family.

At Mr. Darby’s request, he will be cremated under the care and direction of Hunter Funeral Home with no planned services.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Rodney William LaPoint

Posted on October 8, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Rodney William LaPoint, born Feb. 14, 1990,  was admitted to Methodist Medical Center, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on Sept. 30, 2019, and officially listed as deceased, on Oct. 3, 2019.

Rodney, age 29, is survived by his children, Gabriel LaPoint and Alexandria LaPoint. He loved his children with everything in him and always had a love for their mother, Savanna Mahan, even though they were no longer together.

He is also survived by his mother, Patricia O’Conner; sister, Sarah LaPoint; brothers, Tim O’Conner and Sam LaPoint; eight nieces; one nephew; father, Michael LaPoint; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who held a special place in … CONTINUED


Linda Gail Kirby Young Blalock

Posted on October 8, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Linda Gail Kirby Young Blalock, 68, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 6, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Blalock was born Sept. 26, 1951, to Mirel Kirby and Elizabeth Wightman Kirby.

She was happily married to William F. Blalock for six-and-a-half years. Mrs. Blalock enjoyed working in her flower garden, helping other people, and, most of all, spending time with her family. She was a member of BonDeCroft Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Jimmy Wayne Young, and brothers, Allen C. Kirby, Henry F. Kirby, Anthony M. Kirby, and Jerry D. Kirby.

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