Martha Whitworth

Posted on June 20, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Martha Whitworth, 65, of Doyle, passed away this morning at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


George Mansfield Johnson Sr.

Posted on June 20, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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George Mansfield Johnson Sr., 88, of Walling, passed away June 19, 2017, at home.

Mr. Johnson was born June 26, 1928, to late James Herman Johnson and Nancy Eller Johnson.

He served in the U.S. Army, Nov. 29, 1950-Nov. 28, 1952. He was retired from DTC Communication, in DeKalb County.

Mr. Johnson was a Christian and was known for his love for the Lord. He was an inspiration to many.

He was preceded in death by his parents; the mother of his children, Nellie Jane Johnson Keaton; son, George M. Johnson Jr.; wife, Clara Johnson; wife, Jewell Hoffman Johnson; granddaughter, Stacey Powell; stepdaughter, Jenny Smith; four brothers, … Read More


George Mansfield Johnson Sr.

Posted on June 19, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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George Mansfield Johnson Sr., 88, of Walling, passed away this morning at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangement.s


Rosemary Knuth

Posted on June 16, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Rosemary Knuth, 89, of Sparta, passed away June 13, 2017, at NHC Heathcare of Sparta.

She was born Feb. 11, 1928, in Mount Clemons, Michigan.

The family has chosen cremation. No other arrangements have been made at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Robert Hill Prater

Posted on June 16, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Robert Hill Prater, 83, a former resident of White County, passed away April 20, 2017, in Erlangen, Germany where he was a missionary for the Churches of Christ.

Mr. Prater was born Oct. 1, 1933.

Bob Prater grew up in the Cherry Creek community of White County, Tennessee, attended Yankeetown Elementary School as well as White County High School in Sparta, Tennessee.

Bob received his Bachelor’s Degree from David Lipscomb College, a Master’s Degree from Abilene Christian College and earned his doctorate from the Universtat Erlangen in Erlangen, Germany in 2006.

After college, Bob worked out of New York for a period of time selling FM music to … Read More


Robert Allen Brown

Posted on June 16, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Robert Allen Brown, 81, of White County, passed away June 14, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Brown was born June 21, 1935, in Newell, West Virginia, to Jonathan Brown and Mae Copeland Brown.

After graduating from high school, Mr. Brown enlisted in the U.S. Navy (1954-1958) and was an aircraft mechanic. He was stationed on the USS Hancock Aircraft carrier and Moffett Field, in California. While in the Navy, he met Rosemary Kennemer at a USO dance, and they got married, on July 15, 1956.

After his service to his country, he started working at Lockheed Missle and Space Company, in Sunnyvale, California. While employed there, he worked … Read More


Lila Geneva Carter McPeak

Posted on June 15, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lila Geneva Carter McPeak, 81, a native and lifelong resident of Walling, passed away June 13, 2017, at her residence.

Mrs. McPeak was born June 21, 1935, in Walling, to Casto Carter and Mary Gladys Delong Carter.

She retired from Mallory Timers. Mrs. McPeak had also been a Charolais cattle farmer. She was co-owner of McPeak Farms alongside her husband of 61 years, Beecher Herod McPeak, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. McPeak was a member of the Eastern Star and Concord Baptist Church. However, her greatest accomplishments were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Barbara Adcock; … Read More


Richard Duane Curtis

Posted on June 14, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Richard Duane Curtis, 80, of Sparta, passed away this morning at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lena M. Swanson

Posted on June 14, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lena M. Swanson, 75, of Walling, passed away this morning at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Rosemary Knuth

Posted on June 14, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Rosemary Knuth, 89, of Sparta, passed away June 13, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lila Geneva Carter McPeak

Posted on June 14, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lila Geneva Carter McPeak, 81, of Walling, passed away Tuesday, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Dorothy Marie Volpentesta

Posted on June 13, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Dorothy Marie Volpentesta, 81, of Sparta, passed away June 12, 2017, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Guy S. Fillers

Posted on June 11, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Guy S. Fillers, 95, formerly of Greeneville, passed away June 7, 2017, at Signature Health CARE Center of Greeneville.

He was the son of the late William Perry Fillers and Blossie Fillers.

Mr. Fillers worked 42 years at IMC.

He was a member of Ashway Pentecostal Holiness Church, which he helped build and was a longtime deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was a good Christian man who was known as a hard worker and who loved his family. Through his Christian witness to people at Signature Health CARE Center, he became known as “Papaw.”

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty M. Brown Fillers; a … Read More


Lloyd “Tooney” Wayne Carter

Posted on June 11, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lloyd “Tooney” Wayne Carter, 93, of Sparta, passed away June 8, 2017, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Carter was born Feb. 16, 1924, in Sparta, to William L. Carter and Hattie Ann Dickerson Carter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 67 years, Gladys Brown Carter; granddaughter, Courtney Spiron; brothers, Wille, Argo, Elmore, Jesse Frank, Henry Thomas, J.W. Carter; and sister, Fannie Lou Stone.

Survivors include his daughters, Carolyn Kimsey and husband, Barry, of Whitwell, Margaret Spiron and husband, Charles, of Goldsboro, North Carolina; sisters, Anna Ruth Holman, Vauda Lee Sullivan; five grandchildren, Ashely Bolduc and husband Jason, Michelle Spiron, Chip Spiron … Read More


Ricky Lee French

Posted on June 11, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ricky Lee French, 59, of Sparta, passed away June 8, 2017, at his home.

Mr. French was born March 17, 1958, in Whitwell, to Howard French and Wanda Faye Gravitt French.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Donna French.

Survivors include loving wife of 25 years, Rhonda French, of Sparta; two sons, Wayne, Ricky; three daughters, Carrie, Tiffany, Amanda; two brothers, Dennis, Daniel; five sisters, Judy, Alice, Ernestine, Harriette, Donna; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., June 12, 2017, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Glade Creek Cemetery. Bro. Jerry Van Winkle will officiate. The … Read More


JoeAnne Gwynn Boone

Posted on June 11, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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JoeAnne Gwynn Boone, 61, of Sparta, departed this life on June 6, 2017.

Mrs. Boone was born Sept. 11, 1955, in Sparta, to Sidney Jay Gwynn and Elise Montgomery Gwynn.

She was strong in her Christian faith. She often said, “God’s got this!” Mrs. Boone saw the good in everyone with whom she came in contact. She was a member of the Original Church of God where she served faithfully until she was no longer able to attend. Mrs. Boone was a devoted daughter and wife, as well as a loyal friend to all who knew and loved her.

She was employed by Genlyte-Thomas for many years and … Read More


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