Thomas E. Swoape

Posted on June 26, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Thomas E. Swoape, 90 of Sparta, passed away June 25, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral service will be 4 p.m., June 29, 2019, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Doyle Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., June 28, at the funeral home.

A complete obituary will follow.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lucious Edward Howard

Posted on June 25, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lucious Edward Howard, 64, retired lieutenant with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, passed away June 25, 2019, in Kingston.

Ret. Lt. Howard was born Feb. 10, 1955, in Spencer, to Ronald and Deltrice Howard.

He graduated from Van Buren County High School, in 1972. He was dedicated to his family and his brothers and sisters with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He was an active volunteer with the Roane County Jail Ministry helping those in addiction.

Ret. Lt. Howard was preceded in death by his grandfathers, James Brady Howard, Earl Moody; grandmothers, Wilma Howard, Effie Moody; and many aunts and uncles.

Survivors include his wife, Maretta McNichol Howard; children Damien, … Read More


Earl S. “Sandy” Lowery

Posted on June 25, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Earl S. “Sandy” Lowery, 60, passed away from this world in the early afternoon of June 23, 2019, while sleeping at his home, in Sparta.

Earl was born Aug. 28, 1958, in Royal Oak, Michigan, to Earl Lowery and Effie Mae Lowery.

Earl loved art. He did a cartoon column for local newspaper when he was 12 years old. He did logos for company t-shirts and numerous paintings for people.

Earl loved music. He was in several bands. He played drums, and his favorite was bass guitar. A friend, Johnny Redd, just got his bass in good shape and was so happy.

Earl took his mother to Bible … Read More


Reba Inez Frasier Young

Posted on June 25, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Reba Inez Frasier Young, 76, of the Bon Air community of White County, passed away June 23, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Frasier was born March 31, 1943, in Sparta, to Thomas Leslie Frasier and Rachel Lorene Payne Frasier.

She retired from Mallory and also had a career making wedding and birthday cakes. Mrs. Young loved Civil War history and traveled to many of the battlefields.  She was an avid University of Tennessee and NASCAR fan, but mostly she loved spending time with her family and living on Bon Air Mountain.

Mrs. Young was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Rodger D. Young; and … Read More


Elsie Mae Scott

Posted on June 24, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Elsie Mae Scott, 88, of Sparta, passed away June 23, 2019, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Scott was born May 5, 1931, in Cookeville, the daughter of Dow Bray and Mandy LaFever Bray.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Charles P. Scott.

Survivors include her son, Charles P. Scott Jr.; daughter, Shirley Robinson (Denny); step-grandchildren, Denny Wayne (Sheila) Robinson, Brooke Nunn (Kevin); step-great-grandchildren, Rhett Robinson, Danielle Hall (Damien), Blake Nunn, Rhiana Locke; step-great-great-grandchildren, Nolan Hall, Mason Hall, Scarlett Locke, Amelia Locke; sisters, Dean Snyder (Willie), Shirley Irene Burdette; brothers, Gene Bray, Bill Bray (Joyce); special friends, Patsy and Bob Allison; … Read More


Betty Love Burchell Matheney

Posted on June 19, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Betty Love Burchell Matheney, 87, of Sparta, passed away June 16, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Matheney was born May 30, 1932, in Rutledge, Tennessee, to Henry Lee and Mary Lou McDaniels Burchell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George W. Matheney; daughter, Gail Matheney; two sons, Buddy Matheney, Michael Matheney; and three sisters.

Survivors include her children,  Emma (Robert) Smith, Liz McGinty, Gary (Pam) Matheney, Pat (Rick) Hutchins, Ricky Matheney, Greg Matheney, Misty (Gene) Williams; 25 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., June 19, 2019, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in the Frasier’s Chapel Cemetery.  … Read More


Edith Arlene Grissom

Posted on June 15, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Edith Arlene Grissom, 87, of Spencer, passed away June 13, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Grissom was born Dec. 15, 1931, in Spencer, the daughter of Waymon Shockley and Ruth McCormick Shockley.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., June 15, 2019, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Shockley Cemetery, in Van Buren County. The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-2 p.m., June 15, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Gary Lee Trowbridge

Posted on June 15, 2019 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Gary Lee Trowbridge, 73, of Sparta, passed away June 13, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Trowbridge was born May 11, 1946, in Longstreth, Ohio, to Edwin Srancis and Audrey Shirley Harris Trowbridge.

He was retired from Ford Motor Company Truck Assembly plant, in Louisville, Kentucky. He was an avid fisherman and loved history. When he was not on the water fishing, he was in the water prospecting for gold. He had all of the prospecting equipment and struck gold in East Tennessee.

His faith was important to him, and he was saved Oct. 31, 2010, at Center Point Church and baptized July 2011.

Mr. Trowbridge served … Read More


Jo Ann Kell

Posted on June 14, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jo Ann Kell, 60, a Sparkmantown community resident and Spencer native, passed away June 12, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Cookeville, following an extended illness.

Ms. Kell was born Dec. 13, 1958, the daughter of Leland Kell and Rebecca Sparkman Kell.

She was a secretary for Van Buren County Soil Conservation and  a member of the Baptist Church. Ms. Kell was a 1977 Van Buren County High School graduate and attended Motlow School of Business.

Ms. Kell was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, David and Rose Kell, of the Sparkmantown community; aunts, Grace Kell, of Rock Island, Reda Kell, of McMinnville; … Read More


Dale Farley

Posted on June 14, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Dale Farley, 70, of Sparta, passed away June 13, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Dale was born May 27, 1949, in Sparta. He was the son of Haskel Farley and Bessie Williams Farley.

As long as he could remember, Dale had a dream to play professional football. Dale was quoted in a West Virginia program in November 1970, saying, “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make it to the pros.”

Dale played college football for the West Virginia Mountaineers and was named All-American. He was also named to the All-East and All-South teams. In addition, he was selected to play in the Senior Bowl, in Mobile, … Read More


Dennis George Deusen

Posted on June 12, 2019 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Dennis George Deusen, 89, of Sparta, passed away June 11, 2019, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Deusen was born April 19, 1930, in South Bend, Washington, the son of Hans Deusen and Faye Kannen Deusen.

The family has chosen cremation. No services have been scheduled at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Phyllis Nadean Evans

Posted on June 12, 2019 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Phyllis Nadean Evans, 60, of Doyle, passed away June 10, 2019, at her residence.

Ms. Evans was born Feb. 23, 1959, in Sparta, to Norma Jean Nash and James Williams “J.W.” Evans.

She was a Walmart associate and a former longtime seamstress at Casual Apparel. Ms. Evans loved to talk to people and had a love and fondness for animals.  She was a charter member of New Life Ministries Church.

Survivors include her mother, Jean Sturgill and husband James, of Illinois; sister, Theresa Rutherford and husband Anthony, of Sparta; niece, Cherri Smith and husband Jeff, of Sparta; great-nieces, Alexis Smith, of Columbia, Sarah Smith, of Sparta; and great-nephews, … Read More


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