Clara “Ellen” Carter Payne

Posted on April 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Clara “Ellen” Carter Payne, 93, of Sparta, passed from this life, on April 13, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Payne was born March 2, 1924, in Sparta.

She was a long-time member of the West Sparta church of Christ and a teacher in the children’s Bible class for many years. She worked at Mallory before her retirement.

She leaves behind many friends who affectionately called her “Granny Payne” or “Miss Ellen.”

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Payne; parents Tom and Velvia Carter; sister, Margie McGowan; infant sisters, Margaret Juanita, Ruby Edna; and dear grandson, Brian Lewis Payne.

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Linda Hodge Burks

Posted on April 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Linda Hodge Burks, 77, of Sparta, passed away April 11, 2017, at her residence.

Ms. Burks was born May 16, 1939, in the Bon Air community of White County. She was the last surviving child of 13 born to James Thomas Hodge and Maggie Jane Rogers Hodge.

She was a homemaker who had a passion for gardening and home decorating.

Ms. Burks was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; and seven sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Goodwin and husband Gary, Heather Hayes and husband Jerry; two sons, Mike Burks, Kevin Burks; nine grandchildren, Stacia Drouillard, Brad Goodwin, Trent Goodwin, Tiffany Dobson, Katlin Burks, Madison Burks, … Read More


Charles Ray Lakens

Posted on April 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Charles Ray Lakens, 79, of Crossville, passed away April 14, 2017 at his residence.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m., April 18, 2017, at Young Cemetery.

There will be no visitation before the service

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ellen Payne

Posted on April 14, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ellen Payne, 93, of Sparta, passed away April 13, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Carolyn Beatrice Bouldin

Posted on April 12, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Carolyn Beatrice Bouldin, 67, of Tunnel Hill, Georgia, passed from this life, on April 11, 2017, at her home.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m., April 13, 2017, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Shockley Cemetery, in Van Buren County. Visitation will be 3-9 p.m., April 12, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m., April 13, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Clifford Leon Bouldin

Posted on April 12, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Clifford Leon Bouldin, 82, of Spencer, passed from this life, on April 10, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Bouldin was born Sept. 16, 1934, in the Piney Community of Van Buren County. He was the son of Thomas Benjamin “T.B.” Bouldin and Notie Hutcheson Bouldin.

He was a retired self-employed land abstractor (title opinions) and a member of the Spencer Church of Christ. He also served as the Van Buren County Court Clerk for eight years. He loved to play and sing, Southern gospel and bluegrass music.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Genevieve Delong Bouldin; son, Lanny Bouldin; daughter, Alisa Farmer and husband Kenny; grandchildren, Kendra … Read More


Billy Elkins

Posted on April 7, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Billy Elkins, 80, of Baxter, passed away April 4, 2017, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Mr. Elkins was born July 18, 1936, in Myra, Kentucky, to Andrew J. Elkins Molly Meek Elkins.

He was a retired yardmaster for Conrail Railroad and later worked as an electrician for Lakeland Electric. Mr. Elkins served four years in the U.S. Air Force where he was also a member of the boxing team. He was a member of Pistole Baptist Church.

Mr. Elkins was preceded in death by a brother, Ermil Elkins; sister, Jenny Hassay; grandson, Sam Keener; and great-granddaughter, Maya Grace Herren.

Survivors include his wife of almost 61 years, Patricia Elkins, … Read More


Douglas Barret

Posted on April 5, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Douglas Barrett, 69, of Sparta, and a former resident of Smithville, passed away April 2, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Barrett was born May 3, 1947, to George Truman Barrett and Bertie Crook Barrett.

He was a member of Shiloh Church of God of Prophecy and retired from Powermatic.

Mr. Barrett was preceded in death by his father; his first wife, Sue Barrett; and one daughter, Melody Guinn.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Goodwin Barrett, of Sparta; five children, Angela (Shawn) Puckett, of Smithville, Tommy (Stacie) Barrett, of Shelbyville, Mitzi Sheryl Lunsford, of Cookeville, Lee Reynolds (Kathy Davis), of LaVergne, Chris (Gina) Goodwin, of Cleveland; 12 … Read More


Ruby Elizabeth Ray Mackie

Posted on April 5, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ruby Elizabeth Ray Mackie, 100, of Cookeville, passed away April 3, 2017, at her residence.

Mrs. Mackie was born Oct. 21, 1916, in White County, to William Stipes “Jake” Ray and Eliza Hampton Ray.

She was the second daughter and the seventh of 11 children. Mrs. Mackie’s mother died when she was 14, leaving behind Ruby and four younger siblings, with the youngest being 20 months old. Mrs. Mackie was left with the daunting task of caring for herself and her siblings in rural White County during The Depression, without electricity or inside plumbing.

She accepted the responsibility with a positive outlook, always doing what was necessary and … Read More


George McMurray “Mack” Quick

Posted on April 5, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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George McMurray “Mack” Quick, 78, of Nashville, passed away April 2, 2017, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Quick was born Oct. 5, 1938, in Spencer, the son of Lloyd Quick and Mary S. Mancy Quick.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., April 6, 2017, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Spencer Town Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2-9 p.m., April 5, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., April 6, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Clifford Eugene “Gene” Kirby

Posted on April 3, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Clifford Eugene “Gene” Kirby, 66, of the Cassville community of White County, passed away April 2, 2017, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Mr. Kirby was born Oct. 25, 1950, in White County, to Charlie Kirby and Mary Ellen Kerr Kirby.

He was a member of Community Fellowship Church, in Sparta, and enjoyed fishing, watching wrestling, and spending time with his family. However, his true joy was being a grandpa.

Mr. Kirby was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a brother.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Barbara Diane  Kirby; daughters, Jeanina “Nina” Kirby Stoglin (husband Tony), Katrina M. Kirby, Melissa “Missy” D. Howard, Michelle D. … Read More


Barbara Anne Austin

Posted on April 3, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Barbara Anne Austin, 83, passed away April 3, 2017, at her daughter’s home, in Smithville.

Mrs. Austin was born March 1, 1934, in Charleston, South Carolina, to Charles Anderson and Mary Greene Anderson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elanze Austin Jr.; son, Elanze Austin III; and daughter, Mariann Spivey.

Survivors include her sons, Billie Austin, Richard Austin, both of Sparta; daughters, June Jennings and Richard, of Smithville, Peggy Austin, of Crossville, Teresa Austin, of Sparta; sisters, Mary Delores Boone, of Greenfield, Betty Roberts, of Oregon; brother, Michael Miller, of Louisiana; 17 grandchildren, Stacey Austin, William Austin, Kathleen Austin, Barbara Lynn Austin, Alana Austin, Sharree … Read More


Jerry Neal Clark

Posted on April 3, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jerry Neal Clark, 75, of Cookeville, passed away April 1, 2017, at Heritage Pointe Senior Living, in Cookeville.

Mr. Clark was born Dec. 31, 1941, in White County, to Hermon Clark and Eliza Winnett Clark.

He graduated from White County High School Class, in 1959.

Mr. Clark was a 10-year U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He served two tours Vietnam as a parachute rigger and safety equipment supervisor in squadrons HMM 365 and HMM 161. He served as a door gunner on CH-34 and CH-46 helicopters during supply and med-evac missions. He was awarded the Naval Commendation with the Combat V, 9 Air Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service … Read More


Elizabeth Katherine “Kathy” Cole

Posted on April 3, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Elizabeth Katherine “Kathy” Cole, 62, passed away April 1, 2017, at Emory University Hospital, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ms. Cole was born July 4, 1954, in Sparta, to Dewey Dude Cunningham and Maggie Lou Brown Cunningham.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother and sisters, Kenneth Cunningham, Wanda Lucille Cunningham, Janis Sims and Jo Marie Ward.

Survivors include her daughter, Brandy Allen and James; son, Michael Ward and Michelle; fiancé, Robert Austin; sister, Joyce England; grandchildren, Josh, Destany, Dillon, Maggie, Brittany Lynn; great-grandchildren, Adaline Kevina, Benson Michael; special friends, Joyce and Mike Austin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., April 5, … Read More


John L. Edmonds

Posted on April 3, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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John L. Edmonds, 81, of the Cassville community, passed away April 1, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Edmonds was born April 21, 1935, in White County, to William Mack Edmonds and Vina Steele Edmonds.

He worked in garment factories, in Tennessee, and automobile factories, in Detroit, Michigan. In addition to owning Edmonds Skateland, Mr. Edmonds also founded and retired from Edmonds Wrecker Service, Muffler Shop and Auto Sales.

He was a member of Corinth Church of Christ and enjoyed fishing, camping and playing pinochle. However, his true joy was being a grandpa.

Mr. Edmonds was preceded in death by his parents. He was also one of 12 children, … Read More


Reba Joyce Hunter Looney

Posted on April 1, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Reba Joyce Hunter Looney, 71, of Sparta, passed away March 17, 2017, at Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga.

Mrs. Looney was born Aug. 5, 1945, in Sparta, to Walter Hunter and Frances Stockton Hunter.

She attended school at White County High School and was married to Leslie Reed Looney.

Mrs. Looney had been airlifted to Erlanger, on March 9, after suffering a sudden respiratory arrest at her residence.

In her younger years, Mrs. Looney enjoyed playing on an adult softball league. More recently, she loved spending time with her family, especially her great- grandchildren. In warm weather, she could often be found in the front yard on her … Read More


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