Fleda Jean Wright Little Davis

Posted on April 10, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Fleda Jean Wright Little Davis, 87, of Sparta, passed away April 7, 2018, at her residence.

She was born July 15, 1930.

Funeral service will be 7 p.m., April 11, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Green Acres Cemetery, in Ermine, Kentucky, on April 14. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., April 11, at Hunter Funeral Home.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Virginia Nell Vanwinkle

Posted on April 9, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Virginia Nell Vanwinkle, 82, passed away April 6, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Vanwinkle was born on Aug. 20, 1935, in Covington County, Alabama, to Lonnie and Pennie Veasey.

She was preceded in death by her son, Ricki B. Hutchins; parents, Lonnie and Pennie; sister, Sarah Kaliff; and brothers, Henry J. Veasey and Owen Veasey.

Survivors include her husband, Sherman; two loving sons, Michael (Valerie) Hutchins, Darrell Hutchins; brother, Jim (Dee) Veasey; grandchildren, Amanda N. Williams, Dallas S. Hutchins, Amy M. Hutchins, Emily N. Hutchins and significant other Jason Griffith; great-grandchild, Carson Griffith; and two loving nieces, Brenda Sweeney and Martha Elizabeth Smith.

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Sandra Lynn Silcox Braun Carter

Posted on April 9, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Sandra Lynn Silcox Braun Carter, 62, of Sparta, received her wings as one of God’s angels, on April 6, 2018. After nearly two years of fighting with cancer, she was able to finally rest peacefully in the warmth of heaven.

Ms. Carter was a loving, active, and devout grandmother, mother, wife, sister, and daughter. She was an accomplished beautician, butcher’s assistant, and food service manager. Ms. Carter was a beacon of light throughout her community and within her family – always there to lean on for help, no matter who needed it, why, or when. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren most of all. From … Read More


Fleda Davis

Posted on April 9, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Fleda Davis, 87, of Sparta, passed away April 7, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Josephine Sapp Knapp

Posted on April 7, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Josephine Sapp Knapp was born Nov. 7, 1927, to Homer Floyd Sapp and Minnie Mitchell Sapp.

As a teenager she attended White County High School. After her graduation, she went on to Tennessee Technological University, where she studied to become a teacher while also teaching at Ravenscroft School.

In 1947, she married Harold Eugene Knapp, who was a student at the University of West Virginia. She met him after he came to Sparta for the wedding of Lena and Chester Dodson. Harold and Josephine moved to Morgantown, West Virginia, where, in 1949, their son, Harold Eugene “Knapp Jr. (Gene) was born.

After Harold’s graduation, in 1951, they moved … Read More


The Rev. Ralph Wendell Tucker

Posted on April 7, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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The Rev. Ralph Wendell Tucker, 85, of Sparta, passed away on April 5, 2018, at his residence.

The Rev. Tucker was born Feb. 9, 1933, in Decatur, Alabama, the son of Allie Tucker and Lilly Brooks Tucker.

He served as a minister in the Free Will Baptist Church for over 60 years. He was also a veteran of the United States Army.

The Rev. Tucker was preceded in death by parents; his brothers, A.B. Tucker, John Tucker, Glenn Tucker, J.W. Tucker; and a sister, Goldie Lipscomb.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Norma Selby Tucker, of Sparta; son, Phillip Tucker, of Sparta; son, Stephen D. Tucker (Elizabeth), … Read More


Ila Bertie Gooch Fisher

Posted on April 7, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ila Bertie Gooch Fisher, 89, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

She was born Aug. 2, 1928, in White County, to Bertie Everette Gooch and Effie May Cope Gooch.

Mrs. Fisher worked at the Sparta Shirt Factory, then went to Red Kap where she worked for 34 years before retiring. She loved to quilt, do crafts, put puzzles together, work in her flower garden, and canning.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Gooch; brother and sister-in-law: Fred and Simone Gooch; a sister, Rose Gooch; an infant brother; and an infant sister.

Survivors include her daughter and … Read More


Robert Allen Page

Posted on April 7, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Robert Allen Page, 70, of Smithville, passed away April 2, 2018, at Erlanger Hospital, in Chattanooga.

Mr. Page was born Jan. 17, 1948, to Charlie Buck Page and Mina Belle Hale Page.

He was a truck driver with Smithville Concrete for 27 years, a minister for over 40 years, and was the pastor of the Harvest Time Church. Mr. Page also served in the National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Nina Faye Wicks, Lois Hamilton, Martha Sue Page, and Judy Bullard.

Survivors include two children, Mellissa (Ted) Leaver, of Smithville, Steve (Tonya) Page, of Sparta; nine grandchildren, Kheela (Michael) Ditterline, Kristen … Read More


Etta Mae Jackson Deering

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

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Etta Mae Jackson Deering, 93, of Sparta, entered her heavenly home on a glorious Easter morning, on April 1, 2018.

Mrs. Deering was born Jan. 8, 1925, in the Okalona Community, near Rickman, Tennessee, to Walter Jackson and Gertrude Leonard Jackson.

She worked many years at the Sparta Shirt Factory and spent her life enjoying her flowers, gardening, and helping others. Anyone who knew her, knew that she never met a stranger.

Mrs. Deering was preceded in death by her husband, Ardell Deering; brothers, Bedford Jackson, Fred Jackson; and a sister, Lennie Dee Strange.

Survivors include her loving neighbors, Tim, Billie Sue, Jenna, and Lexi Johnson, whom she … Read More


The Rev. George V. Johnson Jr.

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

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The Rev. George Johnson, of Warren, Michigan, passed away March 31, 2018, in Troy Beaumont Hospital, after a short battle with cancer.

The Rev. Johnson was born Jan. 31, 1937, to George V. Johnson Sr. and Lena Brown Johnson.

He married Mary Glenn, on Feb. 15, 1957. Ordained in 1965, he served as pastor of Free Will Baptist churches in both Tennessee and Michigan for over 50 years. At the time of his death, he was faithfully pastoring at North Warren Free Will Baptist Church, in Warren, where he had served for 47 years.

The Rev. Johnson was proceeded in death by his parents and a brother, James … Read More


John Elvin Fattig Jr.

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

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John Elvin Fattig Jr., 93, of Sparta, passed away April 1, 2018, at Alive Hospice of Nashville.

Mr. Fattig was born June 7, 1924, to John Fattig and Lucy Emma Wise Fattig, in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately after high school, in 1943. While at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, in Chicago, he met Mardelle Saxsma, of Harvey, Illinois. John and Mardelle were married, in 1945. After discharge from the Navy, they returned to Harvey, Illinois, to live, and John worked with Illinois Bell Telephone Company. After retiring 36 years ago, John traveled and moved several times with his wife. They settled in Tennessee … Read More


Hazel Josephine Sapp Knapp

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

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Hazel Josephine Sapp Knapp, 90, of Birmingham, Alabama, formerly of Sparta, passed away April 1, 2018, at Aspire Health and Rehab, in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Mobley, of Birmingham, Alabama; son, Harold Eugene Knapp, of Birmingham, Alabama; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sisters, Evelyn Demps and Norma Jean Goff.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., April 5, 2018, at Sparta First United Methodist Church, with burial in Frasier Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., April 4, at Hunter Funeral Home. Mrs. Knapp will lie in state 10-11 a.m., April 5, at the church.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.


Christopher Hash

Posted on April 2, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Christopher Hash, 45, of Smyrna, passed away March 31, 2018, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, in Murfreesboro

Mr. Hash was born May 27, 1972, in Sparta, the son of Larry Hash and Joyce Lawson Hash.

He dedicated his life to ministry, his family, and his friends. He took great pride in his children. He will be greatly missed by loved ones and a multitude of friends.

Mr. Hash was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Hash.

Survivors include his wife, Laurie Hash; sons, Dustin Hash, Brandon Hash; daughter, Hannah Howard; stepdaughter, Abigail Painter; brother, James Hash; father, Larry Hash; two dogs; and a grand-dog, Max.

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Etta Mae Jackson Deering

Posted on April 2, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Etta Mae Jackson Deering, 93, of Sparta, entered her heavenly home on a glorious Easter morning, April 1, 2018.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., April 4, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Okalona Cemetery, in Rickman. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., April, 3, at the funeral home.

A complete obituary will follow.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Larisa Battles Larsen

Posted on March 29, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Larisa Bena Battles Larsen, 50, passed March 26, 2018, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

She was born Sept. 30, 1967, in Harriman. She was a cashier at Sea Mart, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Herbert and Mary Lull and Bill and Zula Battles and an uncle, Joe Battles.

Survivors include her husband, T.J. Larsen, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; parents, William Larry and Sharon Bonetta Lull Battles, of Chattanooga; mother-in-law, Jane Larsen, of South Carolina; aunts, Nelta (J.C.) Smith, Brenda Lawson, both of Sparta, Dorothy Battles, of Knoxville; and cousins, Frankie Battles, Paul Battles, Bob Lawson, Tim Lawson, Melissa Norris, … Read More


Michael Shane Maples

Posted on March 29, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Michael Shane Maples, 41, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2018, at his residence.

Born Friday, July 16, 1976, in Frankfurt , Germany, the son of Gary Maples and Martha Jane Brock.

He retired with 20 years of service in the Army National Guard. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom from June 2004 until December 2005.

Mr. Maples was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tad and Lucille Brock, and a brother, Gary Stephen Maples Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Amanda Lewis Maples, of Sparta; sons, Stephen Weston Maples, Daniel Shane Maples, of Sparta; daughter, Alexis Grace Kamryn Maples, of Sparta; parents, Ron and Jane Bennett, of Sparta, … Read More


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