David Robert Brown

Posted on August 17, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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David Robert Brown, 78, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 14, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Roberts was born July 31, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of John Brown and Ella Terrian Brown.

The family has chosen cremation. A graveside memorial service will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Clydene Roberts

Posted on August 17, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Clydene Roberts, 82, passed away peacefully, on Aug. 12, 2019 at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

She was born July 1, 1937, in Akron, Ohio, to James Clyde Guy and Opal Northcutt who preceded her in death.

Clydene was very involved in the community, having taught over   40 years and served on the fair board for a number of years, as well as serving as the TennCare Community Outreach Worker until her health declined.  She was a member of Spencer Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by both sons, Daniel Emery and David Emery, and her brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Ella Jean Guy.

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Ralph Douglas Broyles

Posted on August 14, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ralph Douglas Broyles, 82, of Cookeville, passed from this life Aug. 13, 2019, at his home, in Cookeville.

Mr. Broyles was born Jan. 21, 1937, in Sparta.

He graduated from White County High School, in 1955. Mr. Broyles played football at the University of Tennessee and finished his football career as a Golden Eagle, at Tennessee Tech, in 1961, where he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame, in 2011.

He married the love of his life, Patricia Ann Stanakis Broyles, on Dec. 22, 1957, and they celebrated over 60 wonderful years together.

They had three children, Douglas Dewayne (Cyndi), of Lafayette, Kimberly Anne (Robert) Agee, of … CONTINUED


Robert Lee Cunningham

Posted on August 13, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Robert Lee Cunningham, 80, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 10, 2019, in Sparta.

Mr. Cunningham was born Nov. 3, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Rex Cunningham and Bernadette O’Brien.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Victoria Denise Parker Gentry

Posted on August 13, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Victoria Denise Parker Gentry, 67, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 10, 2019, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Mrs. Gentry was born Oct. 2, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Aug. 14, 2019, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in the Old Bon Air Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., Aug. 13, at the funeral home.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


John Whitman

Posted on August 13, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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On Aug. 12, 2019, at his home, John went to his eternal home with the Lord. John and his wife, Muriel, moved, in May 2019, from their lifelong residence, in St. Petersburg, Florida, to Sparta, Tennessee, where they lived with their daughter, Barbara, and her husband, Chuck.

John was born in Miami, Florida, on Dec. 9, 1926, and lived in Florida all his life prior to coming to Sparta. As a teen in St. Petersburg, John worked as a waiter at the impressive Coliseum and got to serve many celebrities. John served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received training as an engineer, with deployment … CONTINUED


Marvin Welch Saylors Sr.

Posted on August 12, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Marvin Welch Saylors Sr., 81, of the Cherry Creek community of White County, passed away Aug. 10, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Saylors was born July 15, 1938, in White County, to Wesley Welch Saylors and Gertie Clarce Nash Saylors.

He was retired from Fleetguard after 33 years.  Mr. Saylors earlier was a welder for the King Corporation for 13 years and enjoyed farming as well.

Mr. Saylors was a member of the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Hamp Eugene Saylors (infant) and Sam Saylors.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Virginia Davis Saylors; children, Marvin (Rosie) … CONTINUED


Muriel Ann Holmelin Whitman

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

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On Aug. 9, 2019, surrounded by family at home, Muriel Ann Holmelin Whitman went home to be with Jesus. She and her husband moved from their home, in St. Petersburg, Florida, to Sparta, Tennessee, in May 2019, to live with their daughter, Barbara, and her husband, Chuck.

Muriel was born in New York City, on Dec. 13, 1925, and, at the age of 5 weeks, she and her family returned to the Panama Canal Zone. In 1943, when she was 17 years old, she went to work for the U.S. Navy. One of the fondest memories was catching a ride on the USS Enterprise as it transited the … CONTINUED


Teresa Darlene Officer “Cookie” Milton

Posted on August 10, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Teresa Darlene Officer “Cookie” Milton, 57, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 8, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Milton was born June 19, 1962, in Sparta, to James Edward “Butch” Officer and Mary Frances Cullom Officer.

She was a basketball standout at White County High School and went on to a career at Martin Methodist and later Tennessee Tech.  Following her playing career at Tennessee Tech, she joined Keith Short’s coaching staff at her alma mater where she also taught Special Education. After her teaching and coaching career ended, she babysat children. She was a member of Oakwood Street Church of Christ. She loved to care for … CONTINUED


Michael Edward “Meathead” Howard

Posted on August 9, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Michael Edward “Meathead” Howard 64, of Sparta, passed away July 19, 2019.

He was born Aug. 23, 1954, in El Paso, Texas, to Ed and Emma Howard. He later moved to Clark County, Ohio.

He was previously employed by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and was a retired auto body technician. Michael enjoyed his dogs, fishing, motorcycles, and car shows.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by a brother, Terry Joseph Howard; sister, Valerie Lynne Howard Sexton; nephew, Larry Keith Mullett; and niece, Brandy Lynne Mullett.

He will be missed by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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Brownie Dean Grissom

Posted on August 9, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Brownie Dean Grissom, 79, of Walling, passed away Aug. 8, 2019, following an extended illness.

Mr. Grissom was born July 7, 1940, in Walling, to Cecil Elijah “Brownie” Grissom and Mary Lou Howell Grissom.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Helen Grissom Dunlap and Juanita Grissom Hennessee Boyd.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Grissom; children, Deana Wood, of Birmingham, Alabama, Darrell Wayne Grissom, of Pulaski, Debbie Gregory, of Sevierville; grandchildren, Cody, Shelby, Matthew, Jonathan, Joshua; several great-grandchildren and nephews; one niece; and a family friend, Kim Roberson.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date for family and friends.

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Oudia Faye Bain Wright

Posted on August 9, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Oudia Faye Bain Wright, 78, of Walling, passed away Aug. 6, 2019.

Mrs. Wright was born Dec. 23, 1940, in Sparta, to Robert Smith and Hazel Lockwood Smith.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lester Verble “L.V.” Bain; brothers, Robert Keith Smith, James David Smith, Franklin DeWayne Smith; and beloved mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lester Verble Bain Sr. and Emmadel Bain.

Survivors include her husband, Casey Wright; brother, Jerry Michael Smith (Verna); sister-in-law, Linda Smith; children, Robert Bain (Kathy), of Sparta, Lisa Wilkerson (Mark), of Sparta, Sherrie Stone (Mark), of Walling, Christopher Bain, of Walling; grandchildren, Ashlee Richardson Herren (Kyle), of Sparta, Derek Stone (Mindy), of … CONTINUED


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