Pearl Avo Simmons Hash

Posted on December 15, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Pearl Avo Simmons Hash, 76, of Quebeck, passed away Dec. 12, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Hash was born June 12, 1942, in White County, to Dennie Thurman Simmons and Patti Elizabeth Wilson Simmons.

She was a devoted homemaker and a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.  She was a former factory worker until her granddaughter was born and she stayed home to care for her.

Mrs. Hash was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Terry Lee Hash, and her brothers, Junior Simmons, James Simmons, and Otis Simmons.

Survivors include her only daughter, Patty Elizabeth Dodson and husband James D. Dodson; grandchildren, Kayla Brooke Sims, Jordan … Read More


J. Michael Billings

Posted on December 15, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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J. Michael Billings, 65, passed away Dec 13, 2018, at home.

Mr. Billings was born April 9, 1953, in Sparta, North Carolina, the son of Conley and Margie Billings.

He was an avid auto mechanic.

Mr. Billings was preceded in death by a daughter, Sheila, who passed away in 2011.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Betty Billings; daughter, Joni Looney, of Murfreesboro; son, Aaron Billings and wife Amanda; grandchildren, Mick Billings, Pher Werner, Gootsie Looney, Anna Pinkston, Alex Looney, Tyler Billings, Lacy Billings, Donnie Pinkston, all of Sparta; great-granddaughter, Rozalin Billing; sister, Evelyn Wagoner, of Aberdeen, Maryland; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will … Read More


William David Spainhower

Posted on December 15, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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UPDATED for memorial service information

William David “Dave” Spainhower, 87, passed away Dec. 10, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Spainhower was born May 17, 1931, in Moravia, New York, the son of Marquis O. Spainhower and Lucy Mae Cornelius Spainhower.

He was a 1950 graduate of Camden High School, Camden, New York. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force, with an assignment in Germany, where he met his first wife, Marian Bell Spainhower, mother of his children. He was a retired educator, teaching at Shasta High School, where he was appointed vice-principal, later becoming principal of the Pioneer Alternative School, in Redding, California. … Read More


Bobby Dean Pressley

Posted on December 15, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Bobby Dean Pressley, 76, passed away Dec. 5, 2018, at StoneCrest Hospital, in Smyrna.

Mr. Pressley was born Jan. 17, 1942, in White County, Ella Mae Dover and Ike Pressley.

He loved collecting radios and listening to gospel music.

Mr. Pressley was preceded in death his parents; brothers, Renzo Pressley, James Horace Pressley, Charles McCloud, Kenneth Pressley, Milten Jones; and sister, Betty Jean McCloud.

Survivors include his sisters, Joyce Young, of Quebeck, and Mildred Kirby, of Doyle, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was 1 p.m., Dec. 13, 2018, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Young Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Austin Davenport, J.D. Pollard, Jared Briesmeister, Bobby … Read More


Jennie Lee Goff Short

Posted on December 15, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jennie Lee Goff Short, 94, of the Bon Air community of White County, passed away Dec. 12, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Short was born Sept. 14, 1924, in Sparta, to Ernest Edgar Goff and Mattie Mae Baker Goff.

She was a retired seamstress and supervisor at Sutton’s Shirt. She was devoted to her family, especially the children of the family, regardless if it was her children, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews.

Mrs. Short had a wonderful sense of humor. A proud homemaker, she loved to cook for every occasion and decorate her home for every holiday. At the time of her death, she was the oldest member of … Read More


Frances Athelia Waterfield “Frankie” Flint

Posted on December 15, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Frances Athelia Waterfield “Frankie” Flint, 87, passed away Dec. 13, 2018, at Sanctuary at The Park, in Muskegon, Michigan.

A native of Princess Anne County, Virginia, she was the daughter of William E. Waterfield and Agnes D. Waterfield Marcum.

Known as “Frankie,” she had several careers, including working as  an emergency room admissions specialist, at Baptist Medical Center, in Jacksonville, Florida; an apartment manager, in Orange Park, Florida; and had worked at Goodwill Industries.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert K. Flint, a retired Navy chief corpsman; her brother Ray L. Waterfield; and her sister; Carolyn W.S.S. Simpkins.

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Jennie Lee Goff Short

Posted on December 13, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jennie Lee Goff Short, 94, of the Bon Air community of White County, passed away Dec. 12, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ervin Wendell Pike

Posted on December 12, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ervin Wendell Pike, 80, of Sparta, passed Dec. 4, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Pike was born July 11, 1938.

The family has chosen cremation, and there are no services scheduled at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Patricia Ray Brady

Posted on December 12, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Patricia Ray Brady, 74, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 6, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Brady was born Dec. 15, 1943, in Sparta.

She was a life long member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She worked at Thomas Industries for 26 years.

Survivors include her husband Bill Brady, of Sparta; brothers, Glenn Ray (Diana), of Sparta; sisters, Rosemary Ray, of Sparta, Debora Green (James), of Sparta; sister-in-law, Faye Talbert (Tony), of McMinnville; stepsons, Barry Brady, of Sparta, William Brady, of Gallatin; nieces and nephews, Mark and Marty, Christy and Ryan, Gina and Kyle, Tammy and Lee; and her sweet puppy dog, Gracie.

A Celebration of Life service will be … Read More


Emmadel Webster Bain

Posted on December 12, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Emmadel Webster Bain, 99, of Walling, passed away Dec. 8, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Bain was born May 24, 1919, in Doyle.

She was a longtime member of Spring Hill the Baptist Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School for over 40 years. She was a former teacher and U.S. Postal Service mail carrier and substitute postmaster.

Mrs. Bain was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Lillie Sparkman; husband, Lester Verble Bain Sr.; son, Lester Verble “L.V.” Bain Jr.; and brothers, Levon Sparkman and Balas Sparkman.

Survivors include her sister, Louise Hollingsworth; daughter-in-law, Faye (Casey) Wright; grandchildren, Bobby (Kathy) Bain, of Sparta, Lisa (Mark) … Read More


Jackie Dale Harris

Posted on December 12, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jackie Dale Harris, 70, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 10, 2018, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Harris was born April 29, 1948, in Sparta.

He had a work career that spanned from sawmill laborer to forklift operator in different factories. Mr. Harris proudly served his country, in Vietnam, as a member of the U.S. Army. When he was not working, he enjoyed gardening and fishing and was a member of West Sparta church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie Harris; grandparents, Ora and Haywood Harris; uncles, Frank Harris, Joe Harris, Raymond Harris, Donald Harris; and aunts, Polly Burns and Lena … Read More


Walter Thomas “Tommy” Leftwich

Posted on December 7, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Walter Thomas “Tommy” Leftwich, 74, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 6, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Leftwich was born March 5, 1944, to James R. Leftwich and Sarah Gist Leftwich, who preceded him in death, along with three brothers Jeff, Johnny Leftwich, and Richard Don Leftwich.

Mr. Leftwich was educated in the school system, in Cummingsville, Wallace Smith, and Darwin High School.

His last place of employment was Tennessee Department of Transportation where he has several friends: Bob and Andy Greer, James Eller, Lyle Scott, Buddy Shockley, and Harold Massa.

He was united in marriage to Wenda Page, in 1966. In this marriage, three children were born.

He … Read More


Darin Thomas “Derb” Graham

Posted on December 6, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Darin Thomas “Derb” Graham, 47, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 5, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Graham was born June 5, 1971, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to Horace Gene “Sonny” Graham and Sandra Jean Dosier Graham.

He was a former employee of the family automotive business. Mr. Graham was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping.

Survivors include his two sons, Zachary C. Graham, Jeremiah L. Young; Kallie J.L. Graham; brothers, Larry Gene Graham and wife Paula, Joe Graham; sister, Dozzie Young and husband Eugene; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Dec. 9, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland … Read More


Walter “Tommy” Thomas Leftwich

Posted on December 6, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Walter Thomas “Tommy” Leftwich, 74 of Sparta, passed away Dec. 6, 2018, at his home.

Born Sunday, March 5, 1944, in Sparta, Tennessee, he was the son of James Leftwich and Sarah Gist. He was the husband of Wenda Page Leftwich.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Dec. 9, 2018, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. James Lauderdale will officiate. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., Dec. 8, at the funeral home.

A complete obituary will be available later.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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