Hubert Franklin Wilkins

Posted on October 9, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Hubert Franklin Wilkins, 58, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 7, 2018, at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital.

Mr. Wilkins was born July 30, 1960, in White County.

He was a factory employee at Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

Mr. Wilkins was preceded in death by his father, Joe Ben Wilkins; grandparents, Ben and Emma Wilkins, Arvil and Nora Lee Gambrell; brother, Lloyd Eugene Wilkins; and two grandchildren.

Survivors include his two daughters, Brittney Wilkins Young and husband Bruce, of Sparta, Whitney Marie Wilkins Goines and husband Randy, of Sparta; six grandchildren, Paislee Young, Harper Young, Wyatt Young, Carli Goines, Zoey Goines, Charles Goines; mother, Polly Marie Gambrell Wilkins, of Sparta; … Read More


Emma Jean Elrod Copeland

Posted on October 9, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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On Oct. 7, 2018, Emma Jean Elrod Copeland joined her late mother and father, Ray and Emma Elrod, as well as her husband of 46 years, David Bradley Copeland, in heaven to worship and praise her King Jesus.

Mrs. Emma Jean was born Sept. 25, 1935, in Sparta, Tennessee, and she lived as a God-fearing daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

During her life on earth, Emma Jean influenced so many family members, friends, and even strangers through her love for Christ, her radiant smile and laughter, as well as her beautiful music played on the piano. Not only were kids and students taught how to play the … Read More


Emma Copeland

Posted on October 8, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Emma Copeland, 83, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 7, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Richard Manchester Davis

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

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Richard Manchester Davis, 89, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 4, 2018, at his residence.

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

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Joe Hubert Sullivan

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

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Joe Hubert Sullivan, 81, of Sparta, passed away on Oct. 5, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Sullivan was born Sept. 6, 1937, in Spencer.

He was the son of Jim Sullivan and Lyla Pack Sullivan. He was the husband of Vauda Carter Sullivan. He was a member of the O’Connor Church of Christ for 43 years, and he was the owner of Sullivan and Son Lumber Company for 36 years.

Mr. Sullivan was preceded in death by parents and his son, Terry Sullivan.

Survivors include his wife, Vauda Carter Sullivan, of Sparta; daughter, Daphne Jacob, of Sparta; grandsons, Brook Jolley, Joe Jacob, Tyler Sullivan, of Sparta; … Read More


Malinda Carter Broyles

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

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Malinda “Linda” C. Broyles, 84, of Midlothian, Virginia, passed away on June 22, 2018

Mrs. Broyles was born Feb. 23, 1934, in White County, to Frank Carter and Novella Frazier Carter.

She graduated from White County High School, in 1952, and secretarial school soon after. While her husband attended Tennessee Technological University, she worked as a secretary to support them both until Bill graduated and became employed with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Malinda Carter and William “Bill” Nile Broyles married, in Sparta, on Sept. 17, 1954.

Mrs. Broyles was a devoted wife and mother, building a loving home with Bill as they pursued his work with the … Read More


Patricia Ann Woosley Allen

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

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Patricia Ann Woosley Allen, 70, of McMinnville, passed away Oct. 5, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Woosley was born Feb. 12, 1948, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to Ralph Woosley, Sr. and Anna Hayes Woosley.

She was a former airline security guard.

Mrs. Woosley was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Barry Steven “Champ” Allen; grandsons, Willie Evan Griffin, Aaron Shane Griffin; and brothers, Freddie Woosley and Mickey Woosley.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen (Willie) Griffin; grandchildren, Katina Kilgore, David Griffin, Jason Griffin, Leigha Griffin; several great-grandchildren; and brother, Ralph Woosley Jr.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Oct. 8, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Peeled … Read More


Creed Ledington

Posted on October 3, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Creed Ledington, 87, of Englewood, Ohio, passed away Oct. 2, 2018, in Dayton, Ohio.

Mr. Ledington was born Oct. 9, 1930.

He received Christ as his Savior and was baptized in his teens. A number of years later, he rejoiced in the experience of holiness. He served the Lord Jesus faithfully and was a member of the Brethren in Christ Church.

Mr. Ledington was a construction worker (laborer) with the Local Union 1410 and enjoyed being an active church member, even preaching sermons and helping with other church duties. His unwavering faith and love for Christ will be a cherished memory for many at the Dayton Brethren in … Read More


Wanda Joan Cannon Forgey

Posted on October 3, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Wanda Joan Cannon Forgey, 79, of Doyle, passed away Oct. 1, 2018, at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, in Nashville.

She was born Oct. 29, 1938, in Chattanooga, to Charles Lewis Cannon and Ruby Leola Pickett but had resided in White County since childhood.

She loved music, and her special talent was singing.  Until recently, she was able to use her talent to sing solos at Doyle United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her sisters,  Mary Ann Smith (Kit),  Elizabeth Anderson, Phyllis Graham (Fred), Lois Cannon; brother, James Kilgore (Sharon); and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m., Oct. 4, 2018, at Hunter Funeral … Read More


Merle Jackson

Posted on October 3, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Merle Jackson, 79, passed away Oct. 1, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Jackson was born April 26, 1939, in Brotherton, to Herman Clay Jackson and Maudie Jones Jackson.

He enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He also loved antique cars, dancing, and spending time with his family.

Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Velma Jackson; and a sister, Paunee Price.

His family includes two daughters and sons-in-law, Lu-Wanna and Tommy Baggett, of Louisville, Kentucky, Tammy and Richard Alverson, of Lake Mary, Florida; one brother, Jim Tom Jackson, of Logansport, Indiana; 13 grandchildren, Nick Hargrove, Michelle Alverson, Jason Alverson, C.J. Simpson, James Farley Baggett, … Read More


Rita Lois Slatten England

Posted on September 29, 2018 5:05 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Rita Lois Slatten England, 62, of Quebeck, passed away Sept. 29, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. England was born Feb. 24, 1956, in Sparta, to Glenn Slatten and Marie Swindell Slatten.

She had a career in banking that spanned 37 years, from Commerce Union Bank to Bank of White County. Mrs. England was an active member of Hickory Valley Baptist Church and her community, serving on the Chamber of Commerce Board, Christmas in April, Backpack Ministries, and Meals on Wheels, and helping re-establish the Lions Club. She loved traveling, whether it was on a church mission trip or vacationing with family.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, … Read More


Willie Edna Selby

Posted on September 29, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Willie Edna Selby, 95, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 27, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Born Dec. 21, 1922, in Sparta, she was the daughter of John Thomas Wright and Lula Mae Howard Wright.

Mrs. Selby was a lifetime member of Findlay Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.D. Selby; brothers, Thomas, Donald, and Hubert Wright; and sister, Louise Raines.

Survivors include her son, Gary Selby (Linda), of Sparta; grandson, Cameron Selby, of Sparta; granddaughter, Laurie Ann Selby Neeley (Dustin), of Franklin; step-grandson, Neal Goodwin (Rhonda), of Sparta; step-granddaughter, Jenny Thacker (Chris,) of Sparta; brother, Charles “Corky” Wright (Mary Jane), … Read More


Shirley Jean Rigsby Madewell

Posted on September 29, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Shirley Jean Rigsby Madewell, 71, passed from this life Sept. 26, 2018, at her home, in Spencer, following an extended illness.

Mrs. Madewell was born on Sept. 22, 1947, in McMinnville, and was a long-time resident of Spencer.

She was of the Messianic faith and a homemaker. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed being with her family.

Mrs. Madewell was preceded in death by her mother, Dortha Lee Brock Rigsby; brother, Rick Rigsby; and sister, Sandra Gay Rigsby.

Survivors include her loving husband, Ray Madewell; sons, Kelly (Jorja) Madewell, of Spencer, Marty (Christina) Madewell, of Shelbyville; daughter, Penny Sullivan, of Spencer; father, George Lee Rigsby; … Read More


Brenden Chance Jones Jr.

Posted on September 29, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Infant Brenden Chance Jones Jr., son of Jessica Lynn Oliver and Brenden Chance Jones Sr., passed away Sept. 25, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Renaye Jones, Charles Jones, and Patrick Cravens; aunts, Takiela Spivey, Faith Jones; and uncles, Bobby Oliver and Patrick Cravens Jr.

Graveside service was 10 a.m., Sept. 28, 2018, at Young Cemetery. A memorial service was noon, Sept 28, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Don Wiggel officiated.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.


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