Lt. Col. Michael S. Steele

Posted on April 19, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lt. Col. Michael S. Steele, 69, died April 16, 2018, at Lakeland Regional Health, from a car accident.

He was born May 14, 1948, in Clarksville, Minnesota, to Donald and Mary Dickey.

He was a life-long learner and earned several degrees, including a doctorate. He served the Lord in many churches. He served in the U.S. Army for 27 years and was discharged with full honors, retiring as Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Special Forces.

He was a passionate follower of God, proud fan of White County athletics, and loved his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Chris Kielty; sister-in-law, Debbie Steele; and grandson, Samuel Gorter.… Read More


J.B. “Buck” Dockery

Posted on April 18, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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J.B. “Buck” Dockery, 72, of Sparta, a retired backhoe operator and member of the Hunter Funeral Home family who lent his services at the gravesite, passed April 17, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Dockery was born March 2, 1946, in Sparta, to Benton Lester Dockery and Cora Lee Fletcher Dockery.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt.

Mr. Dockery was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Kenneth William Dockery.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Lucy Ann Dockery; sister, Edna Dabbs (Gary Hyden); brother, Herbert Lynn Dockery (Sue); granddaughter, Destiny Faith Pope; and special friends, Janie and James Brock

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Lisa Kay Casey

Posted on April 17, 2018 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lisa Kay Casey, 45, tragically passed away, on April 14, 2018, in Leflore County, Oklahoma.

She was born Aug. 28, 1972, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, to Correne and Wesley Marlin Pope.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bill and Sarah Jane Pope and Donald and Ora Spivey.

Survivors include her mother Correne (Don) Fougere, of Sparta; father, Wesley Marlin Pope, of Oklahoma; sons, Justice Reed, of San Diego, California, Jordan Casey; daughter, Addison Casey; uncles, Donald Wayne Spivey (Shirley), Ronnie Spivey (Joyce); brother, Wesley Chase Pope; aunts, Freda Moss (Jimmy), Wilma Sparks; special cousins, David Spivey, Stevie Moss, Derona Lee, Kim Randolph; special family friend, Sarieta … Read More


J.B. “Buck” Dockery

Posted on April 17, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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J.B. “Buck” Dockery, 72, of Sparta, passed away this morning at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Velma Ruth Davis Simmons

Posted on April 16, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Velma Ruth Davis Simmons, 91, of the DeRossett community of White County, passed away April 14, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Simmons was born Oct. 16, 1926, in Sparta, to Matthew Rhar Davis and Mary Racheal McCain Davis.

She was a homemaker. Mrs. Simmons was a member of Smith’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church and enjoyed quilting, gardening, and knitting.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Rolis Simmons; sons, James R. Simmons, Paul Andrew Simmons; granddaughter, Brittany Cunningham; sister, Linda Blaylock; and brothers, Harold Davis and Woodrow Davis

Survivors include her daughters, Billie Ruth (John) Paige, Treva Faye (Wayne) Jackson; sons, John Thomas Simmons, … Read More


Troy Lee Carter

Posted on April 16, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Troy Lee Carter, 68, of Sparta, passed away April 14, 2018.

Mr. Carter was born Feb. 7, 1950, in Sparta, to Orby Carter and Willease Deering Carter.

He was a member of Taft Church of Christ where he served as an elder. He was a lifetime farmer, which he loved. He was also co-owner of Carter Brothers Logging with his brother, Donnie. Most of all, he was a loving family man who always put their needs above his own.

Mr. Carter was preceded in death by his parents, Orby Carter and Willease Deering Carter; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth White and Virginia Gilbert White; his grandparents, Lee Deering … Read More


Troy Lee Carter

Posted on April 15, 2018 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Troy Lee Carter, 68, of Sparta, passed away April 14, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Velma Simmons

Posted on April 15, 2018 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Velma Simmons, 91, of Sparta, passed away April 14, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Patti Jo Kirby Ward

Posted on April 14, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Patti Jo Kirby Ward, 78, of Sparta, passed away April 12, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Ward was born March 1, 1940, in Sparta, to Lily Rae Davis Kirby and Walter Kirby.

She had a vast professional career that included nursing, owning a health club (P.J.’s Place), caterer, and former owner of Raintree Restaurant, in Sparta. She was also a devoted mother to her five children. When she wasn’t working, she loved to sew and travel.

Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her father and her husband, Tom Ward.

Survivors include her five children, Jim Ward, Lorie Ward (Carey) Watson, Sara Ward Gilmore, Nancy Ward (Sam) Benningfield, … Read More


Patti Jo Ward

Posted on April 13, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Patti Jo Ward, 78, of Sparta, passed away April 12, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Joenna Phyllis Brady Luna

Posted on April 12, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Joenna Phyllis Brady Luna, 58, of Sparta, passed away April 10, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Luna was born June 28, 1959, in Sparta, to James Martin Brady and Mildred Naomi Young Brady.

She had a work career that spanned from working in garment factories to driving for UCARTS as well as being a homemaker to her four children.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ricky Luna; great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Korbyn; sisters, Velna Pollard, Ruth Young; and brother Dean Brady.

Survivors include her children, Emmerson (Michelle) Luna, Jessica (Wayne) Brock, Jeremiah Luna, Carrie (Phillip) Russell; grandchildren, Candy and Justin Griffin, Cody Brock and Cassidy Frady, Cheyenne … Read More


Fleda Jean Wright Little Davis

Posted on April 11, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Fleda Jean Wright Little Davis, 87, passed away peacefully at her home, on April 7, 2018.

Mrs. Davis was born July 15, 1930, in Whitaker, Kentucky, to William Henry Wright and Ardelia Sanders Wright.

She was a homemaker and mother extraordinaire, Sunday School teacher, and daycare worker. Mrs. Davis loved to quilt, sew, and cook and made special occasion cakes. She was an adventurous traveler. Mrs. Davis was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Morgan Little Sr.; husband, Glenn Carlos Davis; son, Jacoby Eric Little; and siblings, Ruth Privett, Verna Bates, Isaac Wright, Leslie Wright, Dewey Wright, Junior … Read More


Joenna Luna

Posted on April 11, 2018 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Joenna Luna, 58, of Sparta, passed away April 10, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ginger Kay Raper Latham

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

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Ginger Kay Raper Latham, 64, of McMinnville, and a native of Greenville, South Carolina, passed away April 10, 2018, at her residence, following an extended illness.

She was born July 20, 1953, the daughter of Arndell Raper and Ruby Johnson Raper

She was a bookkeeper with Mid Tenn Building Supply and a member of the Colonel John H. Savage Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy

She was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings, Gary Raper, Patricia Raper, and Ricky Raper.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Chassity and Terry Burks, of Bradyville, Crystal and Stephen Coppinger, of McMinnville, Jessica Raper, of McMinnville; three … Read More


Craig Spencer Overton

Posted on April 10, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Craig Spencer Overton, 59, of Sparta, formerly of Annapolis, Maryland, lost his battle with cancer, on April 6, 2018, surrounded by his family, at Cumberland House Hospice, in Crossville.

Mr. Overton was born March 13, 1959, in Cincinnati, Ohio,

He was the son of Lon Overton and Shirley Weller Overton.

Mr. Overton loved flying airplanes and anything to do with the water, especially sailing.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Weller Overton.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Overton; father Lon (Peggy) Overton; brother, Stuart (Donna) Overton; sister, Alexandria Gallimore; two stepdaughters, Jeana (Donald) Isom, Ashley (Joseph) Hughes.

Mr. Overton chose cremation, and the family followed … Read More


Jean Luna Young

Posted on April 10, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jean Luna Young, 57, of Sparta, April 8, 2018, at Summit Medical Center, in Hermitage.

Ms. Young was born Aug. 24, 1960, in White County, to Clifford Lee Luna and Margaret Marie Young Luna. She was a garment factory worker and later a quality control specialist.

She loved butterflies and roses.

Ms. Young was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Joe Thomas Brady II, Randy Young; granddaughter, Hannah Marie Hoover; and brothers, Ricky Luna, Tony Luna, and Danny Luna.

Survivors include her fiancé, David Kerr; daughter, Mildred (Mitchell) Blackstone; son, Timothy (Heather) Young; sisters, Marilyn Easterwood, Barbara (Johnny) Presley; sister-in-law, Joenna Luna; grandsons, Justin Hoover, Alan Hoover; … Read More


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