Jeffery Lynn Myers

Posted on April 29, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jeffery Lynn Myers, 63, of Doyle, departed this life on April 21, 2017, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

A Celebration of Life will be 11 a.m., May 2, 2017, at Doyle Methodist Church. Bro. John Murphy will officiate. Family and friends will gather in the church’s fellowship hall following the service.

Mr. Myers was born March 23, 1954.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Nolan Myers; his brother, Donald Anthony Myers; and sister, Shawna Evon Myers.

Survivors include four sons, Harley, Buck, Jesse and Jeff , all of Panama City, Florida; his mother, Minnie Scott; five sisters, Renay Myers, of Doyle, Carolyn Dunham, … Read More


Tiffany Hood Jensen

Posted on April 28, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Tiffany Hood Jensen, 37, of Lehigh Acres, Florida, formerly of Cookeville, passed April 20, 2017, at her home in Florida.

She was born Jan. 29, 1980, in Cookeville, to Thomas Henry Hood and Deloris Jean Massa Howard.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Thomas and Vangle Hood; maternal grandfather, James Massa; and foster daughter, Heidi Shinn.

Survivors include her father and stepmother, Thomas and Brenda Hood, of Livingston; mother and stepfather, Deloris and Merrill Howard, of Cookeville; sons, Austin Thweatt, Johnathon Jensen; daughters, Courtney Thweatt, Brittany Thweatt, Jenna Jensen; maternal grandmother, Reba Mahan Massa; grandchildren, Marissa and Mathew Jensen; sister and brother-in-law, Tracy and D.C. … Read More


Thetta Dunn

Posted on April 28, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Thetta Dunn, 66, of Sparta, passed away April 26, 2017, in Nashville.

Ms. Dunn was a very special person. She was feisty, loud, full of life, and always approached everything with a great sense of humor. To say the least, she was unforgettable. She never met a stranger, and her family went far beyond blood. She may have only had two biological children, but there are dozens that call her Mama. Thetta was a Walmart associate for 13 years. She made countless friends while working at the Sparta Walmart, and her laughter could be heard throughout the entire store. She was the rock of her entire family for … Read More


Rascoe Enoch Cooper

Posted on April 28, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Rascoe Enoch Cooper, 88, of Sparta, passed away April 26, 2017, at his home after an extended illness.

Mr. Cooper was born Nov. 29, 1928, in the Old Zion community of White County, to Charlie B. Cooper and Notie Elizabeth Medlin Cooper.

He graduated from White County High School, in 1949, where he was captain of the basketball team. He had a lifelong passion for basketball and coached teams as his children and grandchildren participated in the sport. He was a Tennessee Walking Horse owner and enthusiast who participated in horse shows in his younger years and watched horse shows in his later years. He also enjoyed listening … Read More


Paulette Sigler Duke

Posted on April 28, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Paulette Sigler Duke, 58, of Sparta, passed away April 24, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Duke was born Sept. 24, 1958, in Niagra Falls, New York, to Chief Master Sgt. Paul Sigler and Nancy Sigler.

She was the wife of Master Sgt. Ronald Duke.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m., April 28, 2017, at Hunter Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 1-3 p.m., April 28, at the funeral home.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Thetta Johnson Dunn

Posted on April 26, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Thetta Johnson Dunn, 67, of Sparta, passed away today at Alive Hospice, in Nashville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Billy “Walker Dog” Lackey Jr.

Posted on April 26, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Billy “Walker Dog” Lackey Jr., 65, of Smithville, passed away April 21, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Lackey was born Nov. 27, 1951, to Billy Lackey Sr. and Nora Mae Howard Lackey Pinegar.

He attended the Old Fashioned Free Will Baptist Church and was a retired truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Lackey, of Smithville; five children, Scotty (Patricia) Stubbe, of Smithville, Charles Stubbe, of Smithville, Tina (Keneth) Whitehead, of Smithville, Tammy (David) Hough, of Lake Wells, Florida, Jason (Linda Bain) Lackey, of Smithville; daughter-in-law, Retta Lackey, of Smithville; 10 grandchildren, Ashlee Whitehead (Jacob Rankhorn), Jessica Price, Madison Whitehead, Shelby Hough, Dakota Nokes, Tiera Anderson, Tabitha Goodwin, … Read More


Elise Dale Kirby Bennett

Posted on April 26, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Elise Dale Kirby Bennett, 94, passed away April 24, 2017, at her home, in Doyle, with her loving family by her side.

Mrs. Bennett was born March 29, 1923, in Doyle, to Tommy Kirby and Minnie Selby Kirby.

Mrs. Bennett enjoyed crafts, quilting, sewing, crocheting, gardening, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and reminiscing about the past. She was proud of her job at the Sparta Shirt Factory, which began when she was 16 years old and continued until the factory closed. She also worked at White County Hospital, where she was awarded the first ever “Employee of the Month.”

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Richard Edward Jellinick

Posted on April 26, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Richard Edward Jellinick, 58, of Sparta, passed away April 23, 2017, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, in Murfreesboro.

Mr. Jellinick was born Jan. 10, 1959, in New Albany, Indiana. He has been a resident of Sparta for 22 year.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Blake Jellinick.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Jellinick; son, Justin Jellinick; daughter Jessica Jellinick; parents;, Tony and Violet Jellinick; sisters, Karla Schnieder and husband Scott, Tonya Hensley and husband Steve, Coriena Carter and husband Ted Jody Ward and husband Derrick; brother, Joe Jellinick; three grandchildren, Makenzie Parks, Dalles Harris, Kaitlynn Taylor; and many nieces and nephews.

The family has chosen cremation. … Read More


Dolores Jean Johnson

Posted on April 26, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Dolores Jean Johnson, 82, of Sparta, passed away April 24, 2017, at her residence.

Born Aug. 2, 1934, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Vincent Hall and the late Barbara Lipocky Hall.

She was a member of Hickory Valley Baptist Church and loved painting and art.

Survivors include her sons, James Sweeton (Missy), of Sparta, Kenneth Sweeton (Debbie), of Doyle, Paul Sweeton, of Texas; daughters, Katherine Ankrom, of Texas, Deidra Breaux, of Texas; brother-in-law, Garland Johnson, of Doyle, Judy Williams, of Sparta; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren, many friends and neighbors.

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

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Rascoe E. Cooper

Posted on April 26, 2017 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Rascoe E. Cooper, 88, of Sparta, passed away this morning at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jeffery Lynn Myers

Posted on April 24, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jeffery Lynn Myers, 63, of Doyle, departed this life on April 21, 2017, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Myers was born March 23, 1954.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Nolan Myers; his brother, Donald Anthony Myers; and sister, Shawna Evon Myers.

Survivors include four sons, Harley, Buck, Jesse and Jeff , all of Panama City, Florida; his mother, Minnie Scott; five sisters, Renay Myers, of Doyle, Carolyn Dunham, Connie Vinson, June Myers, Melissa Fisher, all of Sparta; seven nephews, Johnny Turrington, of Gainesboro, Todd Phifer, of St. Augustine, Florida, Barry Saturday, Tony Saturday, Rich Dunham, Cory Dunham, all of Nashville, Nolan … Read More


Ralph William Dodson

Posted on April 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ralph William Dodson, 77, of Rock Island, passed away April 11, 2017, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.

Mr. Dodson was born July 14, 1939, in Sparta, the son of Dolphus and Mary Dodson.

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

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Aliesa Ann Holloway

Posted on April 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Aliesa Ann Holloway, 53, of Ashland City, passed away April 13, 2017, at her home.

She was born May 12, 1963, to J.R. Hodge and Sharon Cox Hodge.

She was a nurse at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, in Nashville, where over the years she was well respected as a caregiver and friend to many of the veterans she served. Her good will and care will be missed by many.

Survivors include her parents; husband, Anthony Holloway; son, Jeremy S. (Belinda) Brown; brother, Marty W. Smith; sisters, Teresa Owens, Terry Smith; and granddaughter, Kaylee Rose Smith.

No services are planned at this time.

Boyd Funeral Home, in Ashland … Read More


Charles Seals

Posted on April 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Charles Seals, 73, of the Hampton’s Crossroads community of White County, passed away April 8, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, following an extended illness.

Mr. Seals was born May 9, 1943, in Sparta, to Jonah Seals and Lottie Ballew Seals.

He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a retired UAW representative chairman at Ford Motor Company and was successful in getting a chapel installed in the plant, providing employees a place to meditate and pray. He was a Master Mason in the Masonic Lodge, in Michigan.

Mr. Seals was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Yvette Seals; brother, … Read More


James “Jim” Larry Fish

Posted on April 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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James “Jim” Larry Fish, 52, passed away April 13, 2017, at his home, in Sparta.

Mr. Fish was born Feb. 2, 1965, in Detroit, Michigan, to James Erie Fish and Ruby Joyce Stepp Fish.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Richard Erie Fish.

He loved life. He enjoyed cooking delicious food for family and friends. He passed his love for sports on to his son, James, and his daughter, Erin. He shared his love for music with his daughter, Elyssa. He always had a beautiful smile on his face. But most of all he loved his family, and it showed in the selfless … Read More


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