Cassandra Ann Saylors Schnabel

Posted on December 12, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Cassandra Ann Saylors Schnabel, 73, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 9, 2017, at Mabry Health Care, in Gainesboro.

Ms. Schnabel was born April 2, 1944, in White County, to Hubert Saylors and Payla Brown Saylors.

She lived in Colorado, California, Michigan, and Tennessee during her life. Her professional career included serving as a licensed practical nurse at both White County and Cookeville hospitals, in obstetrics.

The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at Mabry Health Care Center, in Gainesboro. Their care and concern for her for many years is much appreciated, and for that we are thankful.

She is survived by numerous cousins.

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Angelia “Angie” Renee Evans

Posted on December 12, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Angelia “Angie” Renee Evans, 64, passed away Dec. 10, 2017.

Ms. Evans was born Feb. 23, 1953, in Sparta, to A.C. Cummings and Arcanna Stewart Evans.

She was well liked by everyone and could always make you laugh. She was a member of the 1971 girls’ basketball team where she was named Miss Basketball. Ms. Evans was also an avid Cleveland Cavaliers fan. She worked many years at the YMCA and Wagner Electric. She was also a Junior Pro basketball coach. She was baptized into The Church of Christ, on July 12, 1966.

Ms. Evans was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Arcola Stewart, Irene Cummings; brother, Avery … Read More


Toledo Byrd

Posted on December 12, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Toledo Byrd, 61, of Dowelltown, passed away Dec. 9, 2017, at her residence.

She was born Jan.10, 1956, to Melvin Edward Byrd and Gladys Alberta Adamson Byrd.

Ms. Byrd was a Pentecostal and worked as a switchboard operator with the Veterans Administration.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Dean Yaney, Vetrice Cook; one brother, Clay Byrd; two brothers-in-law, Marvin Yaney, Billy Cook Sr.; and one sister-in-law, Linda Byrd.

Survivors include three children, Melvin (Shelia) McCloud, of McMinnville, Todd McCloud, of Smithville, Tolesha Suggs, of Sparta; seven grandchildren, Brett Earls, Tyler, Logan and Lexi McCloud, Conner, Cadance and Jieseyn “Jiebo” Suggs; two great-grandchildren, Addyson and … Read More


Rosalita Ancar Haston

Posted on December 12, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Rosalita Ancar Haston, 72, passed away with family by her side, at home, on Dec. 9, 2017.

Mrs. Haston was born Nov. 29, 1945, to John Ancar and Regina Phillips Ancar, in the family home, on Grand Bayou, Louisiana.

She served as a mighty Sunday School teacher and laid a firm foundation within the hearts of many children. Mrs. Ancar was also a powerful prayer warrior at which she tithed her time to the Lord. In addition, she was a talented accordion player. She loved her family with all her might.

Mrs. Haston is survived by her husband of 26 years, David Rhoton Haston; stepchildren, Hope (Ian) James, … Read More


James Eugene Hill

Posted on December 11, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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James Eugene Hill, 77, of Cookeville, passed away Dec. 8, 2017, at Alvin C. York Medical Center, in Murfreesboro.

Born June 4, 1940, in Holgate, Ohio, he was the son of William Hill and Rosemary Fitzworth Hill. He was the husband of Rita Sharlene Norris Hill.

Mr. Hill served in the U.S. Navy, was an avid hunter, loved to fish, and enjoyed basketball. He spent his entire career in commercial tire sales and customer networking. A passion of Mr. Hill’s was his love for animals, especially his “puppydoodles.”

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jonathan and Gary Hill; and sister, Kathleen Scott.

Survivors include his … Read More


Carlos Eugene “Gene” Howell

Posted on December 11, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Carlos Eugene “Gene” Howell, 78, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 9, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta, after a long struggle from suffering a stroke nine years ago.

Mr. Howell was born Aug. 28, 1939, in White County, Fred Howell Sr. and Ethel Cope Lowery Howell.

He was a former factory worker, carpenter, and laid ceramic tile at the time of his stroke. He enjoyed raising game chickens, rabbit dogs, and working his cattle.

Mr. Howell was preceded in death by his parents and a sister,

Marie Humphrey.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Carolyn Tallent Vinson Howell, of Sparta; son, Randy Howell and wife … Read More


Tony Billings

Posted on December 7, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Tony Billings, 55, of Walling, passed away Dec. 4, 2017, at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.

Mr. Billings was born July 12, 1962, in Muncie, Indiana, the son of Olen Billings and Bonnie Threet Billings.

He worked for the railroad for 28 years and was a proud member of the Jeff Gordon fan club.

Survivors include his parents, Olen and Bonnie Billings, of Walling; daughters, Brittany Billings, of Durham, North Carolina, Taylor Billings, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Tawni and Tylee Billings, of Muncie, Indiana; sons, Trevor and Trenton Billings, of Muncie, Indiana; brothers, Troy Billings, of Sparta, Michael Billings, of McMinnville; and several nieces, nephews, friends, and … Read More


Margaret Turner Scott

Posted on December 7, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Margaret Turner Scott, 88, of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, passed away at her home, in Michigan, on Nov. 30, 2017.

She was born Jan. 5, 1929, in Sparta, to Herbert Turner and Rebbie Hutchings Turner.

Survivors include her sons, Donald (Sandy) Scott, Michael Scott, Gary (Kim) Scott; grandchildren, Sean and Rachel Scott; sisters, Helen Turner, Wallene Hutcherson, Marie Savage, Dean Sparkman; nieces, Jennifer Hall, Jackie Hillis; and nephew, Alex Savage

Funeral service will be noon, Dec. 11, 2071, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Copeland Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends 9 a.m.-noon, on Dec. 11, at the funeral home. Bro. Freddie Copeland will officiate the


Paul Ernest “Shorty” Howard

Posted on December 6, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Paul Ernest “Shorty” Howard, 81, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 5, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Howard was born Nov. 26, 1936, in White County, to Ernest Porter Howard and Beulah England Howard.

He was a well-known carpenter and started his career at an early age due to the illness of his father. Homes he built can be found all over the Upper Cumberland.

Mr. Howard attended the Shiloh Church of God of the Prophecy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret Tidwell, and her husband Leon.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Marie Adcock Howard, of Sparta; two sons, Paul Douglas … Read More


Betty Sue Huddleston Allen

Posted on December 6, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Betty Sue Huddleston Allen, 83, passed away Dec. 2, 2017, at Alive Hospice, in Nashville.

Mrs. Huddleston was born Nov. 4, 1934, in Byrdstown (Pickett County), to Earl McCart Huddleston and Ruby McDonald Huddleston.

She was educated in White County schools and graduated from high school, in 1953. She received two degrees from Tennessee Tech University: a Bachelor of Science degree, in 1965, and a Master of Arts degree, in 1968.

Mrs. Allen was active in the community; a member of the First United Methodist Church, Cookeville; American University Women, 1965; and charter member of both Town and Gown Club and the Tennessee Tech Symphony Guild.

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Basil C. “Sonny” Welch II

Posted on December 5, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Born on Aug. 31, 1942, in a coal mining camp at Fork Mountain, Tennessee, to Basil C. Welch and Lena Carter Welch, Basil C. “Sonny” Welch passed away Nov. 29, 2017.

He grew up in White County, in Sparta. Upon graduating from White County High School, he moved to Nashville to attend the Southern Academy of Clinical Technology where he met his future wife, Shirley Wyatt. Upon graduating, he accepted a position at Clarksville Memorial Hospital for one year before moving back to Nashville to join the American Red Cross, in 1963, specializing in blood banking.

Mr. Welch held the positions of chief technologist for the next 14 … Read More


James “Jimmy” Spivey

Posted on December 5, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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James “Jimmy” Spivey, 70, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 19, 2017, at Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga.

Born Friday, May 9, 1947, in Cookeville, he was the son of James Spivey and Aline Hall Spivey.

Mr. Spivey was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jimmy Lee Spivey; brothers, Roy, William, Billy, and Robert Spivey; sister, Jean Tehan; and father-in-law, Leeodus Fowler Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Kelly Fowler Spivey; sons, Anthony (Jenny) Spivey, of Michigan, Terry Spivey, of Michigan, Austin (Carly) Spivey, of Cookeville; daughter, Clarissa Spivey, of Michigan; stepchildren, Amanda (Dewayne) Ashburn, of Quebeck Jeff (Candace) Allen, of Cookeville; 15 grandchildren; brothers, Ronnie (Lisa) Spivey, of … Read More


Terry Roberts

Posted on December 5, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Terry Roberts, 54, of Quebeck, passed away Dec. 4, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Roberts was born Nov. 23, 1963, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of William Roberts and Beverly McDonough Roberts.

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m., Dec. 8, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with a memorial service to follow.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Paul E. Howard

Posted on December 5, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Paul E. Howard, 81, of the Cherry Creek community, passed away today t his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Kathleen Presley

Posted on December 5, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Kathleen Presley, 70, of Spencer, passed away unexpectedly, on Dec. 4, 2017, at her residence.

Mrs. Presley was born Oct. 6, 1947, to Albert Savage and Ceila Bell Savage.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herman Presley; a brother, James Savage; stepdaughter, Melissa Presley; and three great- grandchildren.

Survivors include her son, LaVaughn Presley (Gloria Geer); daughter, Denise Prater and Goob; stepdaughter, Brandi Pellett, of Bowling Green, Kentucky; grandchildren, Jackie and Stephanie Prater, of Algood, Dewayne and Ashley Prater, of Sparta, Ashley and Jeff Steakley, of McMinnville, Allen, Andrew, Austin, and Aaron Pellet, all of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Blair Adams, of Algood, Deven Bains, … Read More


Robert Pat Whitmore

Posted on December 5, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Robert Pat Whitmore, 55, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 1, 2017, at his residence.

No services are planned at this time.

Cremation services are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.


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