James Roland “Jim” Shanks

Posted on August 18, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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James Roland “Jim” Shanks, 64, publisher of The Expositor, in Sparta, passed away Aug. 17, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He is now resting safely in the arms of Jesus.

Jim was born Dec. 15, 1953, the son of Thad and Madeline Shanks.

Jim became a member of the Sparta-White County community more than 10 years ago. Since the first day he walked into The Expositor, as the new publisher, he made numerous lasting friendships through his contagious smile and his winning personality.

Never at a loss for words with his storytelling capabilities, Jim would keep his staff laughing, as he would share his adventures and experiences, … Read More


Lonus Junior Barnett

Posted on August 18, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lonus Junior Barnett, 84, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 17, 2018, at his home.

Mr. Barnett was born Sept. 27, 1933, in Albany, Kentucky, to Lonus H. Barnett and Bell Sells Barnett. He had over 31 years as a work career at General Motors. He was a farmer and avid gardener as well. After retirement, he relaxed by working to help his community. He would cut wood, pick up neighbors’ leaves, and clean off wintry sidewalks, in Indiana. When he moved to Sparta, he gave a lot of his time helping to maintain Plainview Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James Barnett, Gene Barnett; … Read More


Dora Bell Brady Pollard

Posted on August 18, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Dora Bell Brady Pollard, 65, of the Gum Springs Mountain community, of White County, passed Aug. 15, 2018, at her son’s residence.

Mrs. Pollard was born March 17, 1953, on Gum Springs Mountain, to James Martin Brady and Mildred Naomi Young Brady.

She was a UCHRA van driver and liked to collect bells

Mrs. Pollard was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David Franklin Pollard; sisters, Ruth Young, Velna Pollard, Joenna Luna; and brother, Dean Brady.

Survivors include her sons, T. Frank Pollard and wife Valerie, of Smithville, Larry R. Pollard and Kasey Hughes, J.D. Pollard and Kim Bailey, Patrick S. “Pat” Pollard, Toby Dewayne Pollard, all … Read More


Danny Wayne Cravens

Posted on August 15, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Danny Wayne Cravens, 62, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 12, 2018, at his home, in Sparta.

Mr. Cravens was born Oct. 14, 1955, in Sparta, Earl Casto Cravens and Gladys Marie Polston Cravens.

He was the business owner of Dan Cravens General Auto Repair, as an automotive painter and mechanic, who was wildly talented and what some would call redneck-ingenuity, referring to his yellow wrecker. He taught many people skills that they carry on with them forever. He was a simple man, humorous, very generous, caring, rough around the edges guy, but most compassionate.

Mr. Cravens was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Dwayne (Donna) Cravens, … Read More


Cornelia Dodson Steakley

Posted on August 14, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Cornelia Dodson Steakley, 97, of Cookeville, passed away Aug. 9, 2018, at Bethesda Health Care Center.

Mrs. Steakley was born Sept. 14, 1920, in the Big Bottom community, of White County, to D.W. and Mattie Lee Dodson.

She was a former garment factory worker. She was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ.

Mrs. Steakley was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and had a passion for genealogy and passing that information down to her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John C. Steakley; son, Dean Steakley; granddaughter, Vicki Dickinson Gregg; son-in-law, Jim Dickinson; sister, Juanita Dodson; … Read More


Mabel Kate Yott Graham

Posted on August 14, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Mabel Kate Yott Graham, 101, passed away Aug. 10, 2018, in Pleasant Hill.

Mrs. Graham was born July 6, 1917, on Bon Air Mountain, to Bessie Brown Yott and Robert Earl Yott, a coal miner.

She was the fifth of 11 children. She attended school through the eighth grade at DeRossett School.

On Jan. 11, 1936, a promised trip to the movies with Robert Lee Graham turned into a visit to the justice of the peace, in Pleasant Hill. Mr. and Mrs. Graham were married that night, and they spent nearly 60 years as husband and wife.

The Grahams lived in different coal mining camps across Tennessee, including … Read More


Robert Eugene Goodwin

Posted on August 14, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Robert Eugene Goodwin passed from this life peacefully, on Aug. 4, 2018, in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee.

Mr. Goodwin was born Nov. 10, 1931, in Sparta, Tennessee.

He was preceded death by his father, Hershel Goodwin, and his mother, Rubye Davis Goodwin.

He is survived by his four daughters, Janis A. Goodwin,  Audry J. Fortunato, Jacquelyn M. Barloon, and Dawn Goodwin Smith.

He chose cremation, with the Neptune Society handling arrangements.

A private memorial service for the family will be planned in the near future.


Dawn Yvonne Hudson Gallaher

Posted on August 13, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Dawn Yvonne Hudson Gallaher, age 81, of Quebeck, went to her heavenly home on Aug. 13, 2018 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Dawn was born Dec. 3, 1936, in Hartsville.

A loving wife to Robert “Bob” W. Gallaher for 63 years, she has three children, Greg (Connie) Gallaher, of Georgetown Kentucky, David Gallaher of Sparta, and Robin (Bill Toye) Gallaher of Cookeville.

She dearly loved all her grandchildren who brought much joy to her life. Her six grandchildren include Jared (Laura) Gallaher, John (Laura) Gallaher, Lindsey (Robbie) Porter, Chris (Andrea Harris) Lynch, Whitney (Jamie Chapman) Gallaher, and Nikki (Steven Pogue) Christopher. Her six great-grandchildren include Lucy Porter, Lincoln … Read More


Rhea Anne Lee

Posted on August 10, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Rhea Anne Lee, 62, of Nashville, passed away Aug. 2, 2018, at Lakeshore The Meadows Assisted Living Facility, in Nashville.

She was born March 1, 1952, to William “Bill” Franklin Lee and Elizabeth Rickets Lee.

Funeral service was 4:30 p.m., Aug. 5, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


The Rev. Jonathan Wayne Spence

Posted on August 10, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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The Rev. Jonathan Wayne Spence, 48, of Alexandria, went to be with Jesus, on Aug. 7, 2018, after living with chronic pain for many years.

The Rev. Spence was born Jan. 21, 1970, in Grundy, Virginia.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Aug. 12, 2018, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Hunter Memorial Park, in Wilson County. The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 12, at the funeral home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Walter Allen Howard Sr.

Posted on August 10, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Walter Allen Howard Sr. passed away Aug. 2, 2018, at a local hospital.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Sam and Della Howard.

He left behind two sons, Walter Allen (LaDonna) Howard and George Scott (Michele) Howard, along with several grandchildren.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, of Georgetown, Tennessee. He loved cooking and sharing his meals with others. He was multi-talented and loved bluegrass music. He was able to play an array of instruments as well as writing music. He was well respected in the music community for his musical abilities and his willingness to teach others. We fondly remember his … Read More


Maybell Templeton

Posted on August 10, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Maybell Templeton, 85, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 8, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Templeton was born Sept. 8, 1932, in Monterey, to James Haskell Swallows and Poppy Howard Swallows.

She was a homemaker and a member of Big Springs Church of Christ.

Mrs. Templeton was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Otis Templeton; son, Ted Templeton; two sisters, Maxine Swallows, Elise Gardner; and two brothers, Elza Swallows and Lester Swallows.

Survivors include her daughter, Patsy McIntosh, of Irvin, Kentucky; four grandchildren, including Timiri Bingham, of Irvin, Kentucky; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Magnolia Alexander, of Sparta.

Funeral service will be 11 … Read More


Dale Randolph

Posted on August 10, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Dale Randolph, 64, a McMinnville resident and White County native, passed away Aug. 8, 2018, at his residence following an extended illness.

Mr. Randolph was born April 20, 1954, the son of Homer Leo Randolph and Louise Hickey Randolph

He was a prime member of the White County High School    1972 Blitz Kids basketball team. Mr. Randolph was the owner of Martin and Glenn Glass and a member of Central Church of Christ.

He was married April 27, 1974, to Deborah Randolph, who survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, Justin Randolph, of McMinnville; daughter, Whitney Randolph, of McMinnville; three grandchildren, Kade Christian, Easton … Read More


Gabriel Jared “Gabe” McCurry

Posted on August 4, 2018 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Gabriel Jared “Gabe” McCurry, 30, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 2, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. McCurry was born Dec. 7, 1987, in Crossville, to Angel Lita Margeson McCurry and Charles Waymon “Charlie” McCurry.

He was an avid fisherman, and he was a former employee of Norcom.

Mr. McCurry was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his mother, Angel McCurry; brothers and their spouses, Gideon and Jessie McCurry, Nathan and Abby McCurry, Jericho and Sheyenne McCurry, Israel and Trisha McCurry; and nieces and nephews, Haley, Gracie, Jadeah, Skyler, Kyler, Tyler, Jericho, and Charlie.

A private funeral service was 2 p.m., Aug. 4, 2018, at … Read More


Malcolm Wayne Ownsby

Posted on August 2, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Malcolm Wayne Ownsby, 64, of Gainesboro, passed away July 29, 2018, at Mabry Health and Rehabilitation, in Gainesboro.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m., Aug. 3, at Lower Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Hunter Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until departure for the cemetery at 12:30 p.m.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Minnie Elizabeth “Lib” Smith

Posted on August 2, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Minnie Elizabeth “Lib” Smith, 98, of Sparta, passed away July 31, 2018, in Pleasant Hill.

Mrs. Smith was born Jan. 19, 1920, in Monroe, North Carolina, the daughter of George Goforth and Minnie Brewington Goforth.

Funeral service will be 7 p.m., Aug. 3, 2018, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m., Aug. 3, at the funeral home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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