Lennie Gayle Nelson

Posted on October 22, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lennie Gayle Nelson passed quietly in her sleep at her home, in Walling, Tennessee, leaving behind her daughter Katherine (Barry) Gregg, of Mount Vernon, Ohio; son Jim (Diane) Nelson, of Seattle, Washington; grandchildren, Allison Nelson and Troy Nelson, of Seattle, Washington; and sister Carole (Lawrence) Dye of Gallatin, Tennessee.

Gayle was born at home, July 23, 1939, in Hickman County, Tennessee, and attended Freed-Hardeman College, near Nashville. Prior to marrying Jerry Nelson, who passed away May 10, 2018, she was working part-time as a model and going to beauty school. After their marriage, in 1959, they moved to North Bend, Oregon, where they had two children. After a … Read More


Vurlon Regina Thornton Denning

Posted on October 22, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Vurlon Regina Thornton Denning, 67, of Sparta, passed away on Oct. 18, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Denning was born Aug. 25, 1951, in Faison, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Carlton Thornton and Vurlon Sutton Thornton.

A Celebration of Life service was 1-2 p.m., Oct. 20, 2018, at Christian Life First Assembly of God, in Sparta.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Kent Greene

Posted on October 22, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Kent Greene, 58 of Montz, Louisiana, formerly of Sparta, passed away on Oct. 18, 2018, after a two-year battle with colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Greene was born Sept. 19, 1960, in Sparta, to Eddie and Rita Greene, both of whom preceded him in death.

A person of strong Christian faith, he was a lifetime member of the Gideons and served as a lay minister at his church. He    faced his death with a tremendously positive attitude and inspired thousands of friends, family, and strangers through an online video discussing how his faith provided the strength and comfort to do so.

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Mildred Edith Vanatta Kirkpatrick

Posted on October 22, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Mildred Edith Vanatta Kirkpatrick, 95 of Sparta, passed away Oct. 19, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

She was born Feb. 3, 1923.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Oct. 23, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends noon-2 p.m., Oct. 23, at the funeral home.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mary Ruth Nash

Posted on October 17, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Mary Ruth Nash, 93, passed away Oct. 16, 2018, at her daughter’s home, in Doyle.

Mrs. Nash was born Jan. 13, 1925, in Rome, Georgia, to Marvin Edgar Williams and Mary Eunice Gilbert Williams.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Leon Nash, Harvel Rogers, Tony Pappalardo; and grandson, Todd Stone.

Survivors include her daughter, Olivia (Louis “Rip”) Stone; brother, Marvin Williams; grandsons, Jeffery Stone ( Kim), Mark Stone (Sherry); granddaughter, April Price (Glen); great- grandchildren, Jared Stone, C.J. Stone, Kayla Stone, Derek Stone, Emma Sullivian, Blake Lowery, Seth Lowery, Rachael Lowery; and great-great grandchildren, Breanna, Lane, Cora Adline, Ashton, Kylie, Jeremiah, and Aaliyah.

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Charline Jones Farley

Posted on October 17, 2018 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Charline Jones Farley, 75, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 14, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Farley was born July 3, 1943, in Sparta, to Charlie Jones and Maude Exum Jones.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy Farley; and sisters, Jewell Jones, Treva Rice, Willene Wilson, and Agnes Masters.

Survivors include her daughter, Tish Riddick, of Cookeville; son, Mitch (Glynda) Farley, of Sparta; grandsons, Storm (Kalene) Farley, Justus (A.J.) Farley, Reece Riddick; sister, Pearl Luna, of Sparta; three brothers, Frank (Joan) Jones, Howard (Wanda) Jones, DeWayne Jones, all of Sparta; and special caregivers, Helen Dodson and Joe and Virginia Farley

Funeral service was 11 … Read More


James Boyd Turner

Posted on October 17, 2018 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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James Boyd Turner, 73, a Sparta native and resident, passed away Oct. 13, 2018, at Vanderbilt Hospital, after an extended illness.

Mr. Turner was born Aug. 3, 1945, in White County. He was the son of Reece and Ruby Turner.

He was preceded in death by his father, Reece Turner; two brothers, Reece Turner Jr., Charles Elsie “Billy” Turner; a son, Stevie Turner-Snyder; and a daughter, Tammy Louise Turner.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa Turner, of Sparta; his mother, Ruby Turner, of Sparta; his daughter, Jamie (Wally) Rhea, of McMinnville; two sisters, Paulette (Ray) Pharris, of Sparta, Joyce Randolph, of Smithville; six grandchildren, Marla Snyder, Trent Snyder, Brandy … Read More


Amy Lynne Goodwin

Posted on October 17, 2018 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Amy Lynne Goodwin, 55, a resident of Glenview, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly, on May 1, 2018.

Amy is now reunited in peace with her beloved father, Paul Goodwin, (who had resided in Cookeville); her grandparents; uncles; and her recently deceased aunt, Carol.

After five years living in Europe with her family, she finished her high school education, in Troy, Michigan, and then attended and graduated from Central Michigan University where she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.

Amy’s 30-plus-year career as a flight attendant with American Airlines offered her multiple opportunities to travel the world. Her American Airlines co-workers were a true family to her. … Read More


Mildred Louise Gipson Richards

Posted on October 12, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Mildred Louise Gipson Richards, 89, of Nashville, passed Oct. 11, 2018, Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mrs. Richards was born April 15, 1929, in Akron, Ohio, to James Allen Gipson and Sammie Hill Gipson.

She grew up in Sparta and graduated from White County High School. Mrs. Richards worked at Mallory Timers and retired after 30 years of service. She enjoyed going to work every day, spending time with the co-workers she loved so dearly. Mrs. Richards was a lifelong member of Central Church of Christ, in Sparta.

She married her high school sweetheart, Bobby C. Richards. They had a daughter, granddaughter, and three great-granddaughters in their … Read More


Samuel “Sammie” Oscar Frasier Jr.

Posted on October 12, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Samuel “Sammie” Oscar Frasier Jr., 62, passed away Oct. 8, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Frasier was born on March 4, 1956, in Sparta, to Sammy Oscar Frasier Sr. and Barbara Ann Frasier.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Norman and Addie Rice, Albert F. and Bessie and Morean Frasier; and nieces, Michelle Jones and Sherri Tabor.

Survivors include Michael Dean and Charlotte Frasier, of Jackson, Mississippi; Deborah Elaine and Frank Rogowski, of Quebeck; Linda Darlene Goolsby, of McMinnville; Darryl Edward Frasier, of Cookeville; Cheryl Ann Frasier, of Cookeville; Gary Allen Frasier, of Cookeville; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles; and special cousins, Ronnie … Read More


Bro. James Clinton Wright

Posted on October 9, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Bro. James Clinton Wright, 81, passed away Oct. 7, 2018, at his home, in Walling.

Bro. Wright was born Nov. 23, 1936, in Warren County, to Creed Wright and Alberta Peach Williamson Wright.

He was a member of New Hope The Baptist Church. Bro. Wright was ordained to preach the gospel, in April 1969, and served as pastor at New Hope Church for 33 years. He was also the pastor at several other churches in the area. Bro. Wright preached several revivals all over Tennessee. He retired from Century Electric Company after 30 years of service.

Bro. Wright was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, … Read More


Margaret Carol Carter Mounts

Posted on October 9, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Margaret “Peg” Carter Mounts, 72, of Sparta, formerly of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, passed away Oct. 6, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Mounts was born Dec. 12, 1945, in Sparta, to Nathan M. Carter and Genevra Crowder Carter.

She spent most of her adult life in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area having taught in several schools in Allegheny County for 33 years.

Mrs. Mounts was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, the Rev. Bruce Mounts.

Survivors include her aunts, Mary Crowder England, of Sparta, Lou Hutson Crowder, of Crossville, Marie Moore Crowder, of Detroit, Michigan; and cousins and caretakers, Will (Renee) England, of Sparta, … Read More


Lester Wayne Cunningham

Posted on October 9, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lester Wayne Cunningham, 71, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 6, 2018, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Cunningham was born Dec. 31, 1946, in White County, to Lester Franklin Cunningham and Betty Reba Steele Cunningham.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his son, Kevin Brian Cunningham; a sister, Sue Caldwell; and a brother, Tommy Cunningham.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Bethena Young Cunningham, of Sparta; sons, Matthew Cunningham, Lester Wayne “Boss” Cunningham, Ted Gilkey, Carlos Young; daughters, April Faye, Leona Gribble, Christy Gibson; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Joyce (John) Young, June (Rick) Young, Wanda (Don) Youngblood; and several nieces, nephews, and … Read More


Hubert Franklin Wilkins

Posted on October 9, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Hubert Franklin Wilkins, 58, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 7, 2018, at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital.

Mr. Wilkins was born July 30, 1960, in White County.

He was a factory employee at Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

Mr. Wilkins was preceded in death by his father, Joe Ben Wilkins; grandparents, Ben and Emma Wilkins, Arvil and Nora Lee Gambrell; brother, Lloyd Eugene Wilkins; and two grandchildren.

Survivors include his two daughters, Brittney Wilkins Young and husband Bruce, of Sparta, Whitney Marie Wilkins Goines and husband Randy, of Sparta; six grandchildren, Paislee Young, Harper Young, Wyatt Young, Carli Goines, Zoey Goines, Charles Goines; mother, Polly Marie Gambrell Wilkins, of Sparta; … Read More


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