Christene Rose Starnes

Posted on December 4, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Christene Rose Starnes, 83, passed away Nov. 29, 2017.

She was born July 17, 1934, in Pikeville, Kentucky, to Hiram Rose and Manie Rose.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Jack    Cline, Linda and James Weis; sisters, Evelyn Gibson, Ella Mae McCary; grandchildren, Lisa Starnes, Jeramie Starnes, Tracy Collins, Heather Collins, Ashley Starnes, Paula Bennett, Kevin Weis; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was 10 a.m., Dec. 2, 2017, at Gum Springs Baptist Church, with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Lula Bell Teeples Yates

Posted on December 4, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lula Bell Teeples Yates, 75, of Doyle, passed away Nov. 30, 2017, at her residence.

Mrs. Yates was born April 2, 1942, in White County, to Herman Clifford Teeples and Mattie Bell Prater Teeples.

She was retired from Mallory after nearly 20 years of service.

Mrs. Yates was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Erma West; and brothers, Beecher Teeples and Junior Teeples.

Survivors include her husband, James E. Yates; daughter, Rhonda (Terry) Robinson; son, James Randall Yates; grandchildren, Derrick Yates, Jared Davis, Jordan Davis, Chelsea Nash; great-grandchildren, Tristan Yates, Sawyer Yates; sisters, Barbara Selby, Wanda (Buck) Brown, Polly Alverson; brothers, Ray Teeples, Bobby Gene Teeples, Joel … Read More


Barbara K. Rollins Clemons

Posted on December 4, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Barbara K. Rollins Clemons, 83, of White County, passed away Dec. 2, 2017, at Life Care Center of Sparta, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Clemons was born Nov. 19, 1934, in the Bon Air Community of White County, to Clifton Rollins and Catherine Lambert Rollins.

She was a homemaker and a member of West Sparta Church of Christ.

She was a loving wife and mother who will be missed by those who knew her for her quick wit and beautiful smile.

Mrs. Clemons was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister, Patsy Sue Rollins.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Rufus Clemons, of Sparta; … Read More


Robert “Bobby” Lee

Posted on December 4, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Robert “Bobby” Lee, 60, of Walling, passed away Dec. 2, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Lee was born April 24, 1957, in Dearborn, Michigan, to Arnold Woodrow Lee and Martha Elizabeth Quarles Lee.

He worked as a road grader for the White County Highway Department for 30 years and enjoyed working on old cars. He was a dog lover and loved his dogs, Sonny and Cher.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Patricia Lee.

Survivors include his two brothers, David Lee, of Naples, Florida, Arnold Lee, of Walling, and sisters, Loretta Lee, of Walling, and Deborah Lee, of Lake Hughes, California.

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Ernest L. Burdett

Posted on December 4, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ernest L. Burdett, 88, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 2, 2017, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Burdett was born March 17, 1929, in Bledsoe County, to Hughel Clay “H.C.” Burdett and Sarah Elizabeth Brewer Burdett. He was a retired over-the-road truck driver and a longtime member of BonDeCroft Baptist Church.

He was preceded death by his parents; sisters, Bernice Gentry, Bess Burdett, and infant sisters, Doris and Betty Rose; and six brothers, Clifford, Fred, Harry, Gene, Bruce, and Dennis Burdett.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Maxine Burdett, of Sparta; son, Ernest C. Burdett and wife Diana; two granddaughters, Crystal Shockley, Jennifer Dodson and husband … Read More


Katy Mai Braddom

Posted on December 4, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Katy Mai Braddom, 90, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 3, 2017, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Horace Lee “Curley” Richardson

Posted on December 4, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Horace Lee “Curley” Richardson, 88, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 3, 2017, at this residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ernest L. Burdett

Posted on December 2, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ernest L. Burdett, 88, of Sparta, passed away this morning at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ruby Jo Grogan Swoape

Posted on December 1, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ruby Jo Grogan Swoape, 85, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 30, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Swoape was born Feb. 28, 1932, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Thomas Grogan and Christine Jones Grogan.

She retired from Mallory after 27 years of employment and was a homemaker. Mrs. Swoape enjoyed gardening and working outside. She was a longtime member of the Church of God of Prophecy, and she had a great love and concern for others.

Mrs. Swoape was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Willard Grogan; sister, Geneva Marsh; and half-sister, Janie Nell Bond.

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Thomas E. Swoape, of Sparta; … Read More


Vonda Denise Bilbrey

Posted on November 30, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Vonda Denise Bilbrey, 54, of Pleasant Hill, passed away Nov. 28, 2017, at Cumberland Medical Center, in Crossville.

Mrs. Bilbrey was born Nov. 1, 1963, in Carthage, the daughter of Clifton Givens and Lucy Sircy.

Funeral service will be noon, Dec. 1, 2017, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, in Pleasant Hill. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Nov. 30, and 8 a.m.-noon, Dec. 1 at the funeral home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Glenda Ann Ledford

Posted on November 30, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Glenda Ann Ledford, 64, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 28, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Ledford was born July 17, 1953, in Sparta, to Toy Clinton Winnett and Amanda Ann Goodson Winnett.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her loving husband of 43 years, Joe Mac Ledford; daughter, Regina Mae Selby; son, Mark Anthony Ledford; grandchildren, Emily Rene’e Stevens, Darek Blake Stevens, Adriane Ledford, Haley Ledford; sister, Brenda Sue Hodges; and brother, Charles Clinton Winnett.

Services are not planned at this time.

Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ruby Jo Swoape

Posted on November 30, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ruby Jo Swoape, 85, of Sparta, passed away today at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Margie Jane Brady Payne

Posted on November 28, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Margie Jane Brady Payne, 64, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 24, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana while visiting family.

Mrs. Payne was born Jan. 11, 1953, in Anderson, Indiana, to Ernest Carl Brady and Opal Dean Rector Brady.

She pursued a career in cosmetology and enjoyed crafting, crocheting, and playing piano.

Mrs. Payne was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Betty Hensley; and brother, Jerry Brady.

Survivors include her husband, Kenny Payne, of Sparta; daughter, Amanda Poe and husband Mark, of Sparta; grandchildren, Jasmine Poe, Brooklyn Poe, Mason Poe; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Nov. 29, 2017, at Hunter Funeral Home, with … Read More


Joy Elizabeth Willis

Posted on November 27, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Joy Elizabeth Willis, 68, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 20, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Willis was born Jan. 14, 1949, in Cahoozie, New York, the daughter of Henry Hulse and Elizabeth Burroughs Hulse.

She was a wonderful person, wife, and mother.

Survivors include her husband, David Willis, of Sparta; three sons, Joseph Willis, of Arizona, Jeffrey Willis, of New York, Dean Willis, of New Jersey; daughter, Carey Lynn Wedekind, of Virginia; sister, Charity, of North Carolina; and several grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Dec. 2, 2017, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, in Sparta.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is


Janet Marcella Payne Jones

Posted on November 27, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Janet Marcella Payne Jones, 62 of Dayton, Tennessee, passed away Nov. 20, 2017, at Life Care Center of Rhea County.

Mrs. Jones was born Feb. 7, 1955, in Chattanooga, to Clarence Wallace Payne and Eunice Lee Myers Payne.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeremiah Jones; and a brother.

Survivors include her husband, James D. Jones, of Dayton, Tennessee, and a daughter, Joanna Patton, of Dayton, Tennessee.

Funeral service was 1 p.m., Nov. 22, 2017, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Shockley Cemetery, in Van Buren County. The Rev. Harold T. Jones and Paul Daniels officiated.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of


Margie Jane Brady Payne

Posted on November 27, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Margie Jane Brady Payne, 64, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 24, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana, while visiting family.

She was born Jan. 11, 1953.

Funeral arrangements will be complete by 11 a.m., Nov. 27.


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