Mark Christopher Stafford

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

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Mark Christopher Stafford, 42, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 15, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Stafford was born July 3, 1976, to Betty Ann Dodson Stafford and Donald Stafford.

Funeral service was 2 p.m., Feb. 18, 2019, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Old Union Cemetery.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Robert Lee Nokes

Posted on February 20, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Robert Lee Nokes , 80, of Quebeck, passed away Feb. 14, 2019, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Nokes was born Dec. 22, 1938, in Nashville, the son of Carroll Nokes and Bertha Woodard Nokes.

Mr. Nokes, better known as “Elvis,” grew up in Nashville and moved to White County 43 years ago. He retired from Robert Orr / Sysco after 35 years of service. He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, brother, and friend to many.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Maggard Nokes, of Sparta; son, Mike Nokes, of Quebeck; four grandchildren, Amanda, Brittany, Christen, Cody; sister, Wanda, of Nashville; brother, Richie, of Nashville; and … Read More


Enzena McCulley Mullins

Posted on February 20, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Enzena McCulley Mullins, 94, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 17, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Mullins was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Sparta, to William McCulley and Eula Fay Farley McCulley.

She was a supportive and loving wife for 70 years and a sweet caring mother and grandmother.  As a child of The Depression, Mrs. Mullins learned to do a lot with a little, to be a great homemaker, a wonderful cook, and a skilled gardener. Mrs. Mullins and her husband, Houston, loved to travel, and she kept detailed daily journals of all the places they visited. Mrs. Mullins was a good friend and neighbor, always ready to … Read More


John Edward “Eddie” Bennett

Posted on February 20, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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John Edward “Eddie” Bennett, 70, passed away Feb. 17, 2019, at Saint Thomas Highland Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Bennett was born May 17, 1948, in the Lost Creek community of White County, to Paul Bennett and Alice Tolbert Bennett.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Bennett and Alice Tolbert Bennett, and brothers, Harold Bennett and James Bennett.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Rachel Bennett; brothers, Robert Bennett, of Doyle, Carl Bennett and wife Missy, of Rock Island; sister, Betty Qualls, of Sparta; special nephew, Zach Bennett, of Rock Island; several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends; and his four-legged friend, Bailey.

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Robert Hill “Bob” Geer

Posted on February 20, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Robert Hill “Bob” Geer, 84, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 16, 2019, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Geer was born Nov. 29, 1934, to Dave and Denton Geer.

He was a member of Big Springs Church of Christ and retired with 32 years of service from Tennessee Department of Transportation, in Sparta.

Mr. Geer will be fondly remembered for his generosity, work ethic, and his love and devotion for God, his church, and his family.  He set a strong example for many to follow, persevering through hard times and humble good times.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie Rhea Cox Geer; his parents, … Read More


Metta Jean McPherson Riggle

Posted on February 20, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Metta Jean McPherson Riggle won her 10-year battle with Parkinson’s disease and went to be with her Lord and Savior, on Feb. 17, 2019.

Mrs. Riggle was born Feb. 24, 1939, in Wheeling County, West Virginia.

She grew up in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, graduating from West Alexandria High School, of West Alexandria, Pennsylvania, in 1957.

Mrs. Riggle was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Ralford; her mother, Thelma McPherson; and her brother, Earnest Culley Jr.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Dennis Parsley, of Mauriceville, Texas; her son and daughter-in-law, James D. and Tammy Riggle, of Sparta; grandson, Nathan Landolt, of Houston, … Read More


Leigh Anne Eldridge

Posted on February 20, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Leigh Anne Eldridge, 17, of Cookeville, a junior at Cookeville High School, passed away Feb. 15, 2019, in the Pippin Community of Putnam County, as a result of an automobile accident.

Leigh Anne was born Sept. 28, 2001, in Livingston, to Timothy B. Eldridge and Lisa Ann Mace Bilbrey.

She touched the lives of so many. She always served others – the children of University Heights Baptist Church where she attended, FCCLA, Cookeville High School marching band, Kids Matter program, and any needs she saw elsewhere. She was a champion for those in need. She lived her life with joy. Her funny, bright personality shown through in all … Read More


George Malcolm Savage

Posted on February 14, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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George Malcolm Savage finished his earthly life, on Feb. 13, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness.

He was a leader in his church and community and will be fondly remembered for his generosity, work ethic, business sense, and his love and devotion for God, his church, and his family. He set a strong example for many to follow, persevering through hard times and humble good times.

Mr. Savage was born Oct. 24, 1930, to William Washington Savage and Alice Vance Savage, in Doyle, Tennessee.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, with three years of active duty. He had a successful … Read More


George Savage

Posted on February 13, 2019 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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George Savage, 89, of Sparta, passed away today, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ima Scott Pistole

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

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Ima Scott Pistole, 98, of Choctaw, Oklahoma, passed Jan. 31, 2019, at her home in Choctaw, Oklahoma, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Pistole was born Sept. 30, 1920, in Sparta, to Samuel Mac Scott and Callie May Farley.

She married Herbert Pistole, who was a member of the U.S. Navy. During World War II, Mrs. Pistole worked on aircraft with other military wives while the men were off fighting for our country. After serving 20 years as a Navy wife and moving all over the country, they retired back in Sparta. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

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Lillian Roberta Rankhorn

Posted on February 13, 2019 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lillian Roberta Donelson Rankhorn, 84, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 11, 2019, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Rankhorn was born April 30, 1934, in White County, to Arvie Martin Donelson and Dolly Jane Hutchings Donelson.

She had a work career that spanned 25 years, from working on a dairy farm to working at Palk’s Feed Store, then finally being a caregiver.  She was a homemaker also. She loved quilting, sewing, cooking, and canning.  When she was not working, she enjoyed going to yard sales with her sister to add to her collection of teddy bears, tea pots, and dolls.

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Larry Wayne McCulley

Posted on February 12, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Funeral service for Larry Wayne McCulley, 67, of Medina, formerly of Sparta, will be 3 p.m., Feb. 14, 2019, at Bodkin Funeral Home, in Milan, with burial to follow in the Obion Chapel Cemetery near Cedar Grove. Visitation with the family will be 5:30-9 p.m., Feb. 13, and 1:30-3 p.m., Feb. 14, at the funeral home.

Mr. McCulley was born Oct. 11, 1951, in Sparta, to Clifford Perry and Modella Hitchcock McCulley.

He was a member of the Campbell Street Church of Christ, in Jackson, and he was a retired maintenance supervisor for the Jackson Christian Schools.

Mr. McCulley was preceded in death by his parents.

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Christopher Robert Ethan Friant

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

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Christopher Robert Ethan Friant passed away peacefully at home, on Feb. 7, 2019, in Sparta, Tennessee, just one day shy of his 45th birthday.

He was born to Jillian Jane Friant Anderson and Clyde Wayne Dallwein, in Warren, Michigan, on Feb. 8, 1974.

Chris spent his early childhood in Michigan and moved to Sparta, in 1988. He graduated valedictorian of White County Adult Education Center, in 1990, at the age of 16. He was a mechanic and laborer by profession and was passionate about woodworking, gunsmithing, and electronics. He loved to fish, especially for bass, and to hunt. He enjoyed the peace and quiet of being in nature.  … Read More


Linda Diane Sanden

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

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Linda Diane Sanden, 69, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 10, 2019, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

She was born Jan. 13, 1950, in Mt. Morris, Michigan, the daughter of Herchel Willey and Lillian Rogers.

She was the wife of Paul Saegebrecht. She was a member of the Eastern Star, and she loved her puppies.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband of 13 years, Paul Saegebrecht, of Sparta; brother, Ronald Willey, of Michigan; sister, Bonita, of Michigan; and special friend, Deniece Reynolds, of Chattanooga.

The family has chosen cremation. No services are scheduled at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is


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