Harold “Hut” E. Hutchings

Posted on June 8, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Harold E. “Hut” Hutchings, 79, of Sparta, passed away June 4, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Hutchings was born Nov. 19, 1939, in Sparta, to Malcolm Hutchings and Nancy Steele Hutchings.

He was a shipping manager at local manufacturing plants.  Mr. Hutchings was also a member of Bon Air Methodist Church and an avid fan of University of Tennessee sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Othena Kinnard and Marvine Stanley.

Survivors include two daughters, Patty Day and husband Dean, of Cookeville, Lori Livesay and husband Buddy, of Sparta; granddaughter, Kayla Mitchell and husband Chuck, of Livingston; two great-grandsons, Cade Mitchell, … Read More


Henrietta Tollison Monnier

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

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Henrietta Tollison Monnier, 90, passed away June 4, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Cookeville.

Mrs. Monnier was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Detroit, Michigan, to Arthur Mehay and Louise Langur Mehay.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard Monnier, who had resided in Crossville; one son, Frank “Eddie” Davidson, who had resided in Sparta; two brothers, Art Mehay, Jewell Mehay, both who had resided in Michigan; and three sisters, Mary Duckett, Alberta Prebee, and Hellen Mehay, all who had resided in Michigan.

She is survived by three sons, Randy (Janet) Tollison, of Sparta, Rick Tollison, of Sparta, Pleas “Buck” Tollison, of Cookeville; one brother, … Read More


Catherine Springer

Posted on June 6, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Catherine Springer, 99, of Sparta, passed away June 4, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born Friday, Dec. 19, 1919, in Westerville, Ohio, she was the daughter of Albert Skees and Minnie Bryant Skees.

She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church. Mrs. Springer enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Springer was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert W. Springer; daughter, Loretta Swank; and grandson, Hugh Springer.

Surviving family members include her sons, Bill Springer and Lucy, of Kentucky, Leslie Springer and June, of Sparta; daughter, Elaine Stankiewicz and Bob, of Pennsylvania; 15 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great grandchildren; three great-great-great … Read More


Regina Kay Underwood

Posted on June 3, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Regina Kay Underwood, 60, of Sparta, passed from this life, on June 2, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born Aug. 20, 1958, in Sparta, she was the daughter of Kenneth Prater and Laurine Clouse Prater.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sandra Darlene Knowles; and brother, Kenneth “Butch” Prater.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., June 5, 2019, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. James Rittenberry will officiate. Visitation with the family will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m., June 5, at the funeral home.

Survivors include her husband,  James W. “Bill” Underwood, of Sparta; brother, Ted Prater and wife Lois, … Read More


Alfred “Alf” E. Vinson

Posted on May 31, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Alfred “Alf” E. Vinson, 65, of Sparta, passed away May 30, 2019, at  Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Vinson was born Dec. 20, 1953, in Sparta, to James Floyd Vinson and Ella Pearl Cantrell Vinson.

He retired as a mechanic from AAA Auto and Towing, in 2016.  Mr. Vinson was an avid farmer and referred to farming as his “first love.”  He also worked several years at Wagner Electric as a mechanic.

Mr. Vinson attended Pomona Full Gospel Church, in Crossville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Ed, Robert, John, and Roger Vinson; and a sister, Hilda Lois Vinson.

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Alfred “Alf” E. Vinson

Posted on May 31, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Alfred “Alf” E. Vinson, 65, of Sparta, passed away May 30, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements will be completed Friday afternoon, May 31.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Paul Wilburn Taylor

Posted on May 18, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Paul Wilburn Taylor, 81, of Spencer passed away May 17, 2019, from a short illness.

Mr. Taylor was born Aug. 23, 1937, in Hickman County, to Leonard Taylor and Essie Dunn Taylor.

He was a machinist and worked many years at Dezurik.  He was of the Church of God faith and attended East Sparta Church of God.

Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Taylor; and sister, Margaret Reed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Kathryn Melton Taylor, of Spencer; daughter, Norma Jean (Dan) Allen, of Newburn; brothers,  Prentice (Judy) Taylor, Lowell (Joy) Taylor, Joe Taylor; sisters, Faye (Ricky) Bomar, Catherine (David) Hughes; grandchildren, Pauletta … Read More


Deborah Jean Mason

Posted on May 16, 2019 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Deborah Jean Mason, 65, of Doyle, passed away May 14, 2019, at Saint Thomas MidTown Hospital, in Nashville.

Mrs. Mason was born Jan. 15, 1954, in Lewisburg, the daughter of James Slaughter and Bobbie Jean Eady Slaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Tim Mason, of Doyle; daughters,

Deana Brantley (John), of McMinnville, Laurie Hurt, of Pleasant View; son, Bobby Hurt (Dana), of Springfield; and eight grandchildren, Trey, Tyler (Madison), Katlyne, Jaydon, Justin, Megan, Jace, and Trent.

A memorial gathering will be 6-8 p.m., May 17, 2019, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ernest Marie Knowles Clark

Posted on May 16, 2019 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ernest Marie Knowles Clark, 82, of Sparta, passed away May 14, 2019, at her home.

Mrs. Clark was born Dec. 2, 1936, to Ernest Knowles and Delma Cunningham Knowles.

In addition to being a retired beautician, Mrs. Clark also retired from Red Kap and Wilson factories.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Edgar “Ed” Clark; and sisters, Betty Barnes and Ann Graham.

Survivors include her daughters, Karen (Robert) Gann, of Carthage, Sharon Gail (Harlon) Goines, of Sparta; sons, Marchel “Mike” Clark, of Sparta, Steve Clark, of Sparta; brother, Ervin (Bonita) Knowles, of Quebeck; special daughters, Lynn West, Helen Varnadore, both of Sparta; best … Read More


Dr. William Gene “Doc” McConnell

Posted on May 16, 2019 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Dr. William Gene “Doc” McConnell,  95, formerly of Sparta, passed away March 12, 2019, in Crossville.

Dr. McConnell was born Oct. 17, 1923, in Council Grove, Kansas, to Charles Martin McConnell and Aida Whitely McConnell.

He was their first of two sons. He was a fighter pilot instructor in the U.S. Navy, in World War II.  He practiced and was the owner of White County Veterinary Clinic for over 30 years.

He loved to spend time with friends and family over good food and telling tales of his youth, his Navy days, and memorable veterinary calls.  He spent countless hours playing bridge and other card games. Most of … Read More


James Herbert Simmons

Posted on May 16, 2019 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Master Sgt. James Herbert Simmons, 88, passed away May 15, 2019, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Master Sgt. Simmons was born June 7, 1931, in Van Buren County, to Dennie Thurman Simmons and Irene Hollingsworth Simmons.

He was raised by his grandparents after his mother died when he was 2 months old. Master Sgt. Simmons retired from the U.S. Air Force after proudly serving his country during his 20-year career with the military. He taught woodworking for 17 years at the Vocational School for White County and was a member of the Holly Springs Church of Christ, in Livingston. He is best remembered as a soft-spoken, good … Read More


Verla Virginia Young Knowles

Posted on May 16, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Verla Virginia Young Knowles, 92, of Sparta, passed away May 14, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Knowles was born March 2, 1927, to George and Alma Lee Young.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank Knowles; daughter, Carlee; granddaughter, Julia; and sisters, Marlene Dodson, Reta Young, and Martha York.

Survivors include her daughters, Gail (Johnny) Judd, Christy (Jason) Bradley; grandchildren, Micheal (Wendy), Wesley (Erin), Olivia, Roy, Robert (Willene), Micheal (Vickie); sisters, Marie Fields, Mildred Scott, both of Kentucky; brother, Bobby (Nona) Young, of Sparta; eight great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; special cousins, J.B. and Marie Rittenberry; and special friend, Bubba … Read More


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