Verna Blanton Brymer

Posted on April 20, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Verna Blanton Brymer, 93, of Sparta, passed away April 15, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Brymer was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Sparta, the daughter of Emory Green and Maggie Yates Green.

Her family has chosen cremation. A private graveside service will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Bro. Leslie Pleasant Hickey

Posted on April 20, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Bro. Leslie Pleasant Hickey, 92, of Pikeville, went home to Jesus, on April 16, 2019.

Bro. Hickey was born Oct. 27, 1926.

Other than his ministry, his favorite hobby was working, and he also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Bro. Hickey was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Maxine Hickey; parents, Elijah Joshua Hickey and Hautie Caroline Foster Hickey; brothers, Iron, Claude, Paul, and Clay Hickey; sister, Lola Lowe; and grandson-in-law, Marty Mooneyham.

Survivors include his son, Terry (Fadonna) Hickey; daughters, Linda Singleton (Robbie), Rhonda (Gene) Dodson, Karen Hickey (Ron), Margie Hankins (Jimmy), Charlotte (Tim) Hart; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, … Read More


James Richard Marsh

Posted on April 20, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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James Richard Marsh met his Savior, on April 10, 2019, at Emory St. Joseph Hospital, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Born April 19, 1950, in Sparta, to Hershal and Geneva Marsh, he lived in several states and made many friends before coming back to Tennessee to raise his family.

Mr. Marsh loved the Lord more than anything else, and that was evident to all who knew him. He has left behind a legacy for us to follow to live graciously and love strong. Mr. Marsh was such a giving man, and, even through his death, he continues giving by the gift of organ donation to save lives.

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Harold “Hal” David Bittinger

Posted on April 16, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Hal was born May 17, 1955, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Bill and Margery Gettys Bittinger, and passed from this life, on April 15, 2019, at his home, in Sparta, Tennessee.

Hal learned to play golf as a young boy and enjoyed playing throughout his adult years. He was an avid bicyclist, history buff, and a huge South Carolina Gamecocks and MTSU fan. He enjoyed reading, politics, and, most of all, spending time with his family.

Hal met the love of his life, Sandy, and they were married Sept. 13, 1996. They enjoyed 23 wonderful years together and made memories to last a lifetime. He was loved by their … Read More


Earl Eugene Madewell

Posted on April 16, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Earl Eugene Madewell, 80, a Spencer resident and a Van Buren County native, passed from this life April 13, 2019, at his residence, after an extended illness.

Mr. Madewell was born Feb. 14, 1939, to Elbert Madewell and Audrey Gladys Simmons Madewell.

He attended the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and being outdoors.

He graduated from Van Buren County High School in the Class of 1957. He worked in sales, home repair, and remodeling for many years. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Maxine Madewell Barks Jones.

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Fannie Lee Young Brock

Posted on April 16, 2019 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Fannie Lee Young Brock, 74, of Sparta, passed away April 13, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Brock was born May 6, 1944, in White County, to Dibrell Young and Daisy Belle Jones Young.

She was a seamstress. When the garment factories closed, she continued to sew for people who needed alterations on their clothes. She also loved quilting and was an avid University of Tennessee fan.

Mrs. Brock was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Wayne Brock; granddaughter, Naomi Wilkerson; and brothers, Cecil Young and Johnny Young.

Survivors include her daughter, Jacqueline Brock; son, David (Danielle) Wilkerson; grandchildren, Dillan Wilkerson, Danika Wilkerson, David Wilkerson Jr.; … Read More


Harold D. “Hal” Bittinger

Posted on April 15, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Harold D. “Hal” Bittinger, 63, of Sparta, passed away this morning at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Leila “Ann” Sorrell Verble

Posted on April 15, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Leila “Ann” Sorrell Verble, 88, of Sparta, passed away April 14, 2019, after a short illness.

Mrs. Verble was born June 21, 1930, in the Taft Community of White County, to Carroll Sorrell and Lenora Taft Sorrell.

She met Robert Douglas Verble, at Tennessee Tech, and they married Sept. 29, 1950. She was a loving mother to their sons, Robert Andrew Verble and David Carroll Verble. Doug and Ann celebrated their 60th anniversary, in 2010.

Mrs. Verble was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brothers, William Sorrell, John Sorrell; and her beloved sister, Martha Sorrell Hickey.

She obtained her B.A. and master’s degrees from Tennessee Technological … Read More


Earl LaVaughn Phifer

Posted on April 13, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Earl LaVaughn Phifer, 88, of Sparta, passed away April 11, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Phifer was born Oct. 17, 1930, in Ulysses, Kansas. He was the son of Mark Phifer and Laura Howard Phifer.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he received the Bronze Star Medal.

He was very involved in the community. Mr. Phifer sponsored many youth sports teams as well as coached. He was a business owner. Mr. Phifer owned Jim and Earl’s Sporting Goods for many years. In 1986, he and his son, Kurt, formed Marine Fabrication Inc. Mr. Phifer retired from that business, in 1993.

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Glen Irvin Carter

Posted on April 13, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Glen Irvin Carter, 84, passed away April 9, 2019, at Raintree Manor, in McMinnville.

Mr. Carter was born July 23, 1934, in Walling, to Charles Carter and Lola Fisher Carter.

He was a retired electrician and plumber.

Mr. Carter served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.  He loved working outdoors and University of Tennessee football.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Marilyn Carter Morrison; sisters, Thelma Ann Carter, Zetella “Zelna” Carter; and  brothers, Vaughn Carter, Horace Carter, Donald Carter, Gene Carter, Ralph Carter.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Louise Felton Carter, of Walling; son, Michael Joe Carter, of Sparta; … Read More


Barry Lynn Brady

Posted on April 5, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Barry Lynn Brady, 50, of Sparta, passed from this life, on April 4, 2019, at his residence.

Born Monday, Sept. 30, 1968, in Sparta, he was the son of Wilma Bain Jones and Bill Brady.

Barry lived a life of service to others. His service to God was what he was most proud of. He was a lifetime member of Gideons International. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Sparta where he formerly served as a deacon. Barry shared the gospel with anyone he came in contact with. He wanted to make sure he would see us all again in eternity.

Barry was a firefighter … Read More


Lori Ann Rigsby Nokes

Posted on April 5, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lori Ann Rigsby Nokes, 57, of Smithville, passed away April 2, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Nokes was born Nov. 4, 1961, to Jackie R. Rigsby and Frances Alexander Rigsby.

She was a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church and worked at Oster.

Mrs. Nokes was preceded in death by her husband, Glynn Nokes.

Survivors include her parents, Jackie R. and Frances Rigsby, of Smithville; brother, Jackie Darrell Rigsby, of Smithville; two stepsons, Toby Nokes, Brock Nokes; and step-grandchildren, Jayde, Alivia, Alexis, Tayvian, Desmond, Paige, Lindsey, Justis.

The family has honored her request to be cremated. A memorial service will be 3 p.m., April 6, 2019, at … Read More


Royce Arvel “Shorty” Leonard

Posted on April 5, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Royce Arvel “Shorty” Leonard, 82, of Sparta, passed away April 4, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Leonard was born April 6, 1936, in the Jacksboro community of Warren County, to Clarence Leonard and Luna Ann Pitman Leonard.

He was a retired truck driver and then later an Herbalife salesman.  He loved gardening and fishing.

Mr. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold Gene Leonard, Johnny Keith Leonard; and son, Royce Allen Leonard.

He is survived by his partner of 33 years, Sue Adkins, of Sparta; son, Tommy Royce Leonard, of Sparta; daughter, Debra Simonetti, of Garland, Texas; two stepchildren, David Miller, Elizabeth Miller, … Read More


Phyllis Diane Blaylock Henry

Posted on April 5, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Phyllis Diane Blaylock Henry, 72, of Sparta, passed away April 4, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Born Sept. 24, 1946, in Sparta, she was the daughter of William Blaylock and Lucille Prater Blaylock.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., April 6, 2019, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. James Boulin will officiate. The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-2 p.m., April 6, at the funeral home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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