Clydene Roberts, 82, passed away peacefully, on Aug. 12, 2019 at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
She was born July 1, 1937, in Akron, Ohio, to James Clyde Guy and Opal Northcutt who preceded her in death.
Clydene was very involved in the community, having taught over 40 years and served on the fair board for a number of years, as well as serving as the TennCare Community Outreach Worker until her health declined. She was a member of Spencer Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by both sons, Daniel Emery and David Emery, and her brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Ella Jean Guy.
Ralph Douglas Broyles, 82, of Cookeville, passed from this life Aug. 13, 2019, at his home, in Cookeville.
Mr. Broyles was born Jan. 21, 1937, in Sparta.
He graduated from White County High School, in 1955. Mr. Broyles played football at the University of Tennessee and finished his football career as a Golden Eagle, at Tennessee Tech, in 1961, where he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame, in 2011.
He married the love of his life, Patricia Ann Stanakis Broyles, on Dec. 22, 1957, and they celebrated over 60 wonderful years together.
They had three children, Douglas Dewayne (Cyndi), of Lafayette, Kimberly Anne (Robert) Agee, of … CONTINUED
On Aug. 12, 2019, at his home, John went to his eternal home with the Lord. John and his wife, Muriel, moved, in May 2019, from their lifelong residence, in St. Petersburg, Florida, to Sparta, Tennessee, where they lived with their daughter, Barbara, and her husband, Chuck.
John was born in Miami, Florida, on Dec. 9, 1926, and lived in Florida all his life prior to coming to Sparta. As a teen in St. Petersburg, John worked as a waiter at the impressive Coliseum and got to serve many celebrities. John served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received training as an engineer, with deployment … CONTINUED
On Aug. 9, 2019, surrounded by family at home, Muriel Ann Holmelin Whitman went home to be with Jesus. She and her husband moved from their home, in St. Petersburg, Florida, to Sparta, Tennessee, in May 2019, to live with their daughter, Barbara, and her husband, Chuck.
Muriel was born in New York City, on Dec. 13, 1925, and, at the age of 5 weeks, she and her family returned to the Panama Canal Zone. In 1943, when she was 17 years old, she went to work for the U.S. Navy. One of the fondest memories was catching a ride on the USS Enterprise as it transited the … CONTINUED
Teresa Darlene Officer “Cookie” Milton, 57, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 8, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Milton was born June 19, 1962, in Sparta, to James Edward “Butch” Officer and Mary Frances Cullom Officer.
She was a basketball standout at White County High School and went on to a career at Martin Methodist and later Tennessee Tech. Following her playing career at Tennessee Tech, she joined Keith Short’s coaching staff at her alma mater where she also taught Special Education. After her teaching and coaching career ended, she babysat children. She was a member of Oakwood Street Church of Christ. She loved to care for … CONTINUED
Brownie Dean Grissom, 79, of Walling, passed away Aug. 8, 2019, following an extended illness.
Mr. Grissom was born July 7, 1940, in Walling, to Cecil Elijah “Brownie” Grissom and Mary Lou Howell Grissom.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Helen Grissom Dunlap and Juanita Grissom Hennessee Boyd.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Grissom; children, Deana Wood, of Birmingham, Alabama, Darrell Wayne Grissom, of Pulaski, Debbie Gregory, of Sevierville; grandchildren, Cody, Shelby, Matthew, Jonathan, Joshua; several great-grandchildren and nephews; one niece; and a family friend, Kim Roberson.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date for family and friends.
Oudia Faye Bain Wright, 78, of Walling, passed away Aug. 6, 2019.
Mrs. Wright was born Dec. 23, 1940, in Sparta, to Robert Smith and Hazel Lockwood Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lester Verble “L.V.” Bain; brothers, Robert Keith Smith, James David Smith, Franklin DeWayne Smith; and beloved mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lester Verble Bain Sr. and Emmadel Bain.
Survivors include her husband, Casey Wright; brother, Jerry Michael Smith (Verna); sister-in-law, Linda Smith; children, Robert Bain (Kathy), of Sparta, Lisa Wilkerson (Mark), of Sparta, Sherrie Stone (Mark), of Walling, Christopher Bain, of Walling; grandchildren, Ashlee Richardson Herren (Kyle), of Sparta, Derek Stone (Mindy), of … CONTINUED