Darin Thomas “Derb” Graham

Posted on December 6, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Darin Thomas “Derb” Graham, 47, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 5, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Graham was born June 5, 1971, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to Horace Gene “Sonny” Graham and Sandra Jean Dosier Graham.

He was a former employee of the family automotive business. Mr. Graham was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping.

Survivors include his two sons, Zachary C. Graham, Jeremiah L. Young; Kallie J.L. Graham; brothers, Larry Gene Graham and wife Paula, Joe Graham; sister, Dozzie Young and husband Eugene; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Dec. 9, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland … Read More


Walter “Tommy” Thomas Leftwich

Posted on December 6, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Walter Thomas “Tommy” Leftwich, 74 of Sparta, passed away Dec. 6, 2018, at his home.

Born Sunday, March 5, 1944, in Sparta, Tennessee, he was the son of James Leftwich and Sarah Gist. He was the husband of Wenda Page Leftwich.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Dec. 9, 2018, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. James Lauderdale will officiate. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., Dec. 8, at the funeral home.

A complete obituary will be available later.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


William Arnold “Chuck” Randolph

Posted on December 5, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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William ‘Chuck’ Randolph, 66, of Polk City, Florida, passed away Dec. 2, 2018.

Mr. Randolph was born Feb. 26, 1952, in Sparta, to William Herbert Randolph Jr. and Laura Ellen Hutson Randolph

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ronald Keith Randolph.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Donna Randolph, of Polk City, Florida; three sons, James Arnold Randolph, of Sparta, William Christopher Randolph, of Sparta, William Matthew (Julie) Randolph, of Sparta; one daughter, Debbie Elaine (Steve) Moggo, of Cookeville; three stepsons, Timmy Feichtel, of Auburndale, Florida, Tommy Feichtel, of Auburndale, Florida, Tony Feichtel, of Auburndale Florida; one stepdaughter, Lacie Duncan, of Tampa, … Read More


Sharlyn Joy Bumbalough

Posted on December 4, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Sharlyn Joy Bumbalough, 72, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 29, 2018, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Mrs. Bumbalough was born July 26, 1946, in San Diego, California.

She was a beloved daughter, mother, and wife. She was lovingly known as “Ma’Maw.”

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Leonard Bumbalough; brothers, Ronnie Knipe (Andrea); children, Carole Emerton (Lonnie), Vickie Hiles (Steve), Allen Bumbalough (Keitha), Amy Taylor (Randy), Karma Carter (Jonathan); grandchildren, Amanda Dachoute (Pierre), Nicholas Hiles, Jeremy Hiles (Kristen), Braidan Hiles, T.J Taylor (Sarah), Ryan Taylor (Carrie), Brittany Ward (Benjamin), Casey Bumbalough (Bruce), Taylor Carter, J.D. Carter, Erik Carter, Trey Flowers; and great-grandchildren, Hannah Dachoute, Bella Dachoute, Makayla … Read More


William Oscar Tabers

Posted on December 4, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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William Oscar Tabers, 89, of Sparta, passed away peacefully, on Dec. 2, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Tabers was born Feb. 24, 1929 in St Louis, Missouri, to Mary Jones and Lloyd Tabers.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, attended George Washington University, and retired from Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association after 28 years of service as a systems analyst.

Mr. Tabers was preceded in death by his parents and two nephews, Jerry Lynn and William Howard.

Survivors include his devoted friend of 58 years, Johnny Brown; three cherished nieces, Linda, Kitty, Mary Ann; and his loyal Labrador, Jack.… Read More


George “Skip” Alden Bruce III

Posted on December 4, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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George “Skip” Alden Bruce III, 57, formerly of Sparta, passed away unexpectedly, on Nov. 29, 2018, in Knoxville.

Mr. Bruce was born Jan. 30, 1961, in Stone Mountain, Georgia, to Clarice Lovell-Bruce and George Alden Bruce II.

He owned and operated Bruce’s Concrete, in Sparta, for 20 years and then worked as a production technician for Green Mountain Coffee Company.

He is lovingly survived by his sons, Robert Bruce, of Seattle, Washington, Michael Bruce, of Sparta; sisters, Karma Meck and husband Rob, of Sugarland, Texas, Candy Bruce, of Durham, North Carolina, Sherry Bruce, of Horn Lake, Mississippi; nieces, Alana Sims, of Mississippi, Kaelin and Kelsey Meck, of Texas; … Read More


Gussie “Mama Gussie” York Clark

Posted on December 3, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Gussie “Mama Gussie” Ophelia York Clark, 94 of Sparta, passed away Nov. 28, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Clark was born Aug. 24, 1924, in Sparta, the daughter of Hannah Stone York and Henry York.

She attended and graduated from the public schools of White and Putnam counties. She worked as a teacher’s assistant in the White County school system for several years. She was also an employee at Mallory, where she retired to care for her aging mother, in July 1981.

Mrs. Clark was a devoted member of Kynett United Methodist Church. She began to sing in the choir at an early age and … Read More


Robert Lee Crawford Jr.

Posted on December 3, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Robert Lee Crawford Jr., 98 of Sparta, passed away Dec. 1, 2018, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Nashville.

Mr. Crawford was born July 16, 1920, in the Eastland community, of White County, to Robert Lee Crawford Sr. and Maude Lockwood Crawford.

He was a retired electrician and served his country in the U.S. Army, in World War II.

Mr. Crawford was preceded in death by his parents; a son, John David Crawford; daughter, Donna Sue Crawford; first wife, Enola Wilson Crawford; brothers, John T. Crawford, Samuel Crawford; and sister Frances Welch.

Survivors include his wife, Nola Sue Crawford, of Sparta; sons, William E. (Janet) Crawford, of … Read More


Billy Lee Knowles Jr.

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

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Billy Lee Knowles Jr., 28, of Quebeck, passed away Nov. 28, 2018, at his home.

Born Dec. 6, 1989, in Sparta, he was the son of Billy Knowles Sr. and Paulette Tayes Knowles.

He was very dedicated to his family and friends.

Mr. Knowles was preceded in death by his parents and his grandfather, Billy Roy Knowles.

Survivors include two daughters, Katie Yvonne Knowles, of Smithville, Alyssa Suzanne Knowles, of Smithville; sister, Sasha Suzanne Knowles, of Cookeville; grandmother, Sue Hunter, of Sparta; grandparents, Beth Gann (Roy), of Woodbury; special aunt, Angie Hensley (Horace), of Sparta; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 … Read More


T.L. Evans

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

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T.L. Evans, 97, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 29, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Evans was born April 21, 1921, in White County, to Fred Evans and Tabitha Bitha Evans.

He helped work the family farm before working at the Sparta stone quarries. He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army for five campaigns, in World War II. He was part of the D-Day landings at Normandy Beach and later marched across northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe, and held up in the Battle of the Bulge. He earned an American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the European-African-Middle … Read More


Gail McAllister Scholl

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

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Gail McAllister Scholl, 79, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 29, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Scholl was born Feb. 2, 1939, in Jersey City, New Jersey, David McAllister and Margueriette Newkirk McAllister.

She was a food service worker for school systems, in Florida, and she loved to cook in her spare time. She best expressed her love for those closest to her through her cooking and hospitality.

Mrs. Scholl was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Edward “Pop” Scholl Jr.

Survivors include her children, Edward Scholl, of Rahway, New Jersey, Joe Scholl of Bradenton, Florida, Maggie Scholl, of Helena, Montana, Jason Scholl, of Sparta, Melissa … Read More


William Walter Ray Jr.

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

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William Walter Ray Jr., 62, of Spencer, passed away Nov. 29, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Ray was born Aug. 20, 1956.

He was a NASCAR enthusiast, loved to hunt, and enjoyed deep sea fishing and reading westerns.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Jennifer Ray, and his father, William Walter Ray Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Ray, of Spencer; three daughters, Vickey Leslie (Chris), of Pinehurst, North Carolina, Jessica Reinarts, of Cookeville, Sarah Clark, of Sparta; mother, Helen Frazier, of Sparta; sister, Marsha Ray, of Sparta; grandchildren, Destiny, Addyson, Nolan, Demi, McCray, Wyatt; and a nephew, Billy … Read More


Gussie Clark

Posted on November 28, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Gussie Clark, 94, of Sparta, passed away today at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Freddie E. Light

Posted on November 28, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Freddie E. Light, 69, passed Nov. 23, 2018 at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Light was born March 3, 1949, in Fayetteville, West Virginia, to Ed “Bud” Light and Helen Louise Wriston Light.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Sherman.

Survivors include his brothers Richard (Mary) Light, of Sparta, Daniel Ray (Jenice) Light, of Sparta; his sons, Mark Light, Freddie Light Jr., both of West Virginia; his daughter, Christy Parrish; granddaughter, Linda Kay Parrish; two grandsons, Charles Parrish, Aaron Parrish; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and 14 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral service was 2 p.m., Nov. 27, 2018, at Thurman Funeral … Read More


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