Patricia Ann Stanakis Broyles

Posted on August 2, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Patricia Ann Stanakis Broyles, 78, of Cookeville, passed from this life peacefully, on Aug. 1, 2018, at her home, in Cookeville.

Everyone called her Patsy or Nana. She was born Aug. 7, 1939, in Picayune, Mississippi. She married her beloved husband, Ralph Douglas Broyles, on Dec. 22, 1957, in Sparta. Ralph truly was the love of her life, and he felt equally the same.

Patsy was born again as a young adult at a Billy Graham crusade.

Patsy was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Francis Stanakis, originally from Lithuania; mother, Lena Arabella Snyder Stanakis, who was from Pennsylvania; and her brother, Wayne Stanakis, who was from … Read More


Minnie Elizabeth Smith

Posted on August 1, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Minnie Elizabeth Smith, 98, of the Eastland community, of White County, passed away July 31, 2018, at Uplands Village, in Pleasant Hill.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Patricia Ann Broyles

Posted on August 1, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Patricia Ann Broyles, 78, of Cookeville, passed away July 31, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Wilma Inize Forsyth Williams

Posted on August 1, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Wilma Inize Forsyth Williams departed this life, on July 30, 2018, and went to heaven to begin her eternal life.

Mrs. Williams was born April 16, 1937, in Sparta, to Arlin Forsyth and Mamie Lawson Forsyth, and was residing in Sparta at the time of her death.

She was married, on July 20, 1957, to David Williams, a minister of the gospel and pastor. They pastored two churches in Mississippi, one church for four years and eight months and the other church 14-and-a-half years.

They moved to Ada, Oklahoma, in 1976, and pastored The First Pentecostal Holiness Church for 18 years. They lived in Ada for another 10 … Read More


John Elmer Crooks

Posted on July 31, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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John Elmer Crooks, 79, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Crooks was born June 21, 1939, in Carbon Hill, Ohio, the son of John Crooks and Opal Pearson Crooks.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving 1963-1965

A memorial service will be 1 p.m., Aug. 4, 2018, at Blue Springs Presbyterian Church.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Wilma Williams

Posted on July 31, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Wilma Williams, 81, of Sparta, passed away July 30, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Robert Joseph Nickerson Jr.

Posted on July 28, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Robert Joseph Nickerson Jr., 70, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Nickerson was born Jan. 10, 1948, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the son of Robert Nickerson and Virginia Peterson Nickerson.

The family has chosen cremation. No other services are planned at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Wilma Charlene McBride

Posted on July 28, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Wilma Charlene McBride, 79, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at her home.

Born April 25, 1939, in Sparta, she was the daughter of Claude Johnson and Gertrude Wallace Johnson.

She was a member of Findlay Church of Christ.

Mrs. McBride was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert (Bob) McBride; brothers, Kenneth Johnson, Clifford Johnson, Charles Johnson, Albert Johnson, Alfred Johnson; and sisters, Della Franks and Jo Marie Johnson.

Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Greene (Eston), of Sparta; son, Robert A. McBride, of Madison; grandson, Brad Greene (Megan), of Sparta; granddaughter, Melanie Banker (Adam), of Sparta; granddaughter, Ashley Greene, of Sparta; grandson, Kevin McBride, … Read More


Lucille Hyder Dodson

Posted on July 28, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lucille Hyder Dodson, 98, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at Alive Hospice, in Murfreesboro.

Mrs. Dodson was born June 30, 1920, in Putnam County, to Albert Hyder and Cora West Hyder.

She was a former shirt factory worker and a retired florist.

Mrs. Dodson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Edward “Bill Ed” Dodson; son, Merrell Edd Dodson; brother, Lewis Hyder; and sisters, Mertie Bartlett, Mildred Swearingen, Ruby Grissom, Doris Vickers.

Survivors include her son, Meldon Dodson and wife Judy, of Doyle, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m., July 29, 2018, at Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family … Read More


Wilma McBride

Posted on July 26, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Wilma McBride, 79, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sandi Renee Taylor

Posted on July 26, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Sandi Renee Taylor, 47, of Smithville, passed away July 25, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Taylor was born Jan. 12, 1971, in Nashville.

The family has chosen cremation. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Barbara Lou Hill Pettit

Posted on July 26, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Barbara Lou Hill Pettit, 64, of Quebeck, passed away July 24, 2018, at her residence.

Ms. Pettit was a twin daughter born Feb. 13, 1954, in Putnam County, to Auman Claston Hill and Frona Louetta Hawkins Hill.

She was a caregiver for Retire at Home.

Ms. Pettit was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, brothers David Hill and Glenn Hill.

Survivors include her son, Matthew (Tiffany) Pettit; grandchildren, Serenity Pettit, Graclynn Pettit, Joe Dillon Pettit, Brison Parks; brother, George A. Hill; six sisters, Andrea Faye Horton, Joanna (Richard) Wood, Betty Carolyn Howell, twin sister Brenda Sue (Jim) Bryant, Connie Joy Beltz, Dorene (Bruce) Howard; and … Read More


Lynda Dean Webster Carr

Posted on July 26, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lynda Dean Webster Carr, 78, passed from this life, on July 24, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Carr was born Jan. 14, 1940, in Sparta, to Clyde Wesley Webster and Mary Harriett Vinson Webster.

She was an LPN and worked many years for the late Dr. C.B. Roberts, White County Hospital, and NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Carr was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 57 years, Harold Carr; infant son Kyle Lee Carr; brothers Billy, Bobby and Lloyd Webster; sister-in-law Wanda Carr Gibson and brother-in-law Lendel Gibson.

Survivors include her daughter Cindi Winnett and husband Danny; grandson, Kyle … Read More


Rhonda Colleen England Ledbetter

Posted on July 25, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Rhonda Coleen England Ledbetter, 53, of Sparta, passed away July 19, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.

Mrs. Ledbetter was born June 9, 1965, in Utica, Michigan, the daughter of Everette Paul England Sr. and Vera Mae Young England.

She was a beloved wife, mother of Jeremy Bechtel, and a cherished sister.

Mrs. Ledbetter was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Everette Paul England Jr. and Kenneth Charles England.

Survivors include her husband, Hunter Ledbetter; brothers, Michael England, Mark England, John England; several nieces and nephews; and extended family members.

A family memorial will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is


Tavannia Sparkman Pepper

Posted on July 25, 2018 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Tavannia Sparkman Pepper, 65 of Baxter, passed away July 23, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Pepper was born May 30, 1953, in Pontiac, Michigan, to Arthur Sparkman and Barbara Shelton Sparkman.

She, alongside her husband, owned the Village Kitchen, in Cookeville. Mrs. Pepper enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of Oak Hill Church.

Mrs. Pepper was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Gary Sparkman.

Survivors include her husband, Walter Pepper Jr.; son, Chris Sparkman and wife Sherri; stepchildren, Bryan Pepper, Megan Veal and husband Ryan; grandchildren, Gabe Sparkman, Luke Sparkman, Abby Veal, Madison Veal; brother, … Read More


Rhonda Dennis

Posted on July 24, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Rhonda Dennis, 48, of Sparta, passed away July 20, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

A memorial service will be 6 p.m., July 31, 2018, at Doyle United Methodist Church.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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