Mickey Lee Fisher

Posted on April 5, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Mickey Lee Fisher, 31, of Spencer, passed away unexpectedly, on April 2, 2019, in Spencer.

Mr. Fisher was born May 22, 1987, in Sparta, to Billy Jones and Mary E. Bennett.

He was a 2005 graduate of Van Buren County High School and a utility worker for the City of Spencer. Mr. Fisher was a member of the Church of God and was with Leadership Van Buren. He was a devoted father to his son.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Marcus Jack Bouldin; grandparents, William H. Jones and Mary A. Mills and Kenneth D. Bennett and Barbara G. Madewell.

In addition to his parents, he … Read More


Lawrence Allen Sanders

Posted on April 2, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lawrence Allen “Larry” Sanders, 72, passed away peacefully, on April 1, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Sanders was born Sept. 17, 1946, in Highland Park, Michigan, to Marshall Sanders and Pauline Reum Sanders.

He was retired from Wagner (Cooper Industries), in Sparta, which later became Federal-Mogul, after 28 years of service as a machine mechanic. He enjoyed working on and drag-racing cars as well as attending cruise-ins in his custom-built rat rod. He was well known for his knowledge of engines, transmissions, and carburetors and was always eager to help a fellow hot-rod enthusiast solve problems.

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Audrey Clair Walker

Posted on April 2, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Audrey Clair Walker, 67, of Sparta, passed away March 30, 2019, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Walker was born Dec. 16, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Audrey Jones and Clair Funk. She was the wife of Thomas Walker.

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

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Andrew Vincent McGeehen

Posted on April 2, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Andrew Vincent McGeehen, 32, of Berlin, Wisconsin, died unexpectedly from an automobile accident, on March 28, 2019, in Berlin, Wisconsin.

He was born April 30, 1986, in Winchester, Indiana, the son of Arthur McGeehen and Becky Wiist McGeehen.

On Dec. 10, 2009, he was united in marriage to Shannon Henriksen.

Mr. McGeehen worked in tech support at Generac Mobile Products, in Berlin, Wisconsin. He loved playing his guitar and video games, but was most known for being an avid, deep thinker.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; brother, Arthur Jr.; and brother-in-law, Devan Beal.

He is survived by his wife, Shannon; two daughters, Caoilfhinn Sue, … Read More


Oscar Waymon Young, Jr.

Posted on March 31, 2019 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Oscar Waymon Young Jr., 77, of Sparta, passed away March 29, 2019, at TriStar Centennial Hospital, in Nashville.

Oscar “Junior” was born May 31, 1941, in the Indian Mound Community of DeKalb County, to Oscar Waymon and Ollie Mae Young.

Junior and his late wife, Brassie, were owners of White County Truck and Trailer Parts of Sparta.

When he was not working or spending time with his family, he was on the greens at Sparta Country Club, or you could find him    watching westerns, on TV.  He enjoyed watching all Tennessee Vols sports.

He had been a member of Bear Cove Baptist Church for over 40 years and … Read More


Matthew David Miller

Posted on March 31, 2019 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Matthew David Miller, 28, of Sparta, passed away March 27, 2019.

He was born May 30, 1990, in Putnam County.

Matthew David was an automation tech at Seimens.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Ann Nolt Miller; parents, David Allen Miller and Paytina Ann Lassiter Miller; grandmother, Thelma Lee Lassiter; aunts, Elaine Thweatt, Tammy (Robert) Sims; cousins, Leigh Ann Lynn, Robert Payton Sims, Jessica Lynn Wheeler, Blake Lynn, Zack Lynn, Arie Ross Wheeler, Hadley Sims, Keegan Sims, Aiden Wheeler; and mother-in-law, Toni Nolt

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., April 1, 2019, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from … Read More


Brian Corey Vaughn

Posted on March 30, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Brian Corey Vaughn, 37, of Sparta, passed away March 27, 2019.    Mr. Vaughn was born Sept. 30, 1981, in Crossville.

He enjoyed working on cars and racing cars. He was a former member of Sparta-White County Rescue Squad and an automobile enthusiast, attending Rod Run every year with his family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Clifton Vaughn Sr.; brother, Billy Clifton Vaughn Jr.; sister-in-law, Jennifer Vaughn; grandparents, Charlie and Evelyn Watson, Claude and Delia Vaughn; aunt, Vonda Disney; and several friends, Dewey Presley, Bronson McBride, Ritchie Summers, Todd Spivey, Tom Good, Greg Hutchings, and Paul Ryan.

Survivors include his stepchildren, Gregory Vinson, Erika Vinson; … Read More


Deborah Ann Lenoci

Posted on March 29, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Deborah Ann Lenoci, 61, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

She was born April 19, 1957, in Galveston, Texas, the daughter of Robert Ramee and Elizabeth Elliott.

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

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mamie Ruth “Boots” Rice

Posted on March 29, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Mamie Ruth Shockley “Boots” Rice, 80, of Disneyland Road, passed away March 27, 2019.

Mrs. Rice was born March 7, 1939, in Spencer, to Joe Willy Shockley and Demie Martin Shockley.

She was retired from Mallory. Mrs. Rice had been a long-time caregiver and a member of the Ole Country Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Ades Rice; daughter, Sarah Rice; son, Tony Rice; and a grandson, Keaton Rice.

Survivors include her children, Rita Rice, of Sparta,  Sherry (Bino) Bouldin, of Rock Island, James Rice, of Sparta; grandchildren, Susan Smith, Cindy (Mickey) Robinson, Dwayne Simons, Brent England, Kendra Lee, Terri Phillips, Misty … Read More


Jennie “Rhea” Davis

Posted on March 29, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jennie “Rhea” Measles Davis, 79, of Quebeck, passed away March 28, 2019, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Davis was born Oct. 16, 1939, in Van Buren County, to Alfred C. Measles and Pearl Maynard Measles.

She was a member of Hickory Valley Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Earl Wayne Davis, of Quebeck; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Mike Hale, of Quebeck; grandchildren, Michael Hale and wife Paulina, Anna Nicole Hale; great-grandchild, Ashton Davis Hale; two sisters, Willie Ruth Martin, of Spencer, Alma Jean Sparkman, of Spencer; and several nieces, nephews, numerous friends, and close relatives.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m., March 30, 2018, … Read More


Dr. James Robert “Bob” Thurman

Posted on March 27, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Dr. James Robert “Bob” Thurman, 87, of Cleveland, Tennessee, went to be with his Lord, on March 24, 2019, while surrounded by family in his home.

Dr. Thurman was born Dec. 20, 1931, in Sparta, to Tom and Mildred Thurman. He attended Central Church of Christ, in Cleveland, and was a faithful member of the Lord’s church his whole life.

Being an obstetrician-gynecologist physician for 50 years, he took great joy in ushering in thousands of babies. Many of his patients tell stories of how he would sing a lullaby or hymn to their baby during delivery. Other patients shared how grateful they were for Dr. Thurman praying … Read More


Keith Alan Willis

Posted on March 26, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Keith Alan Willis, 69, of Byrdstown, passed away March 23, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Willis was born Jan. 6, 1950, in Ferndale, Michigan, the son of Fredrick Willis and Dora Moeller Willis.

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

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lou Ester Murphy Dishman

Posted on March 26, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Lou Ester Murphy Dishman, 100, of Sparta, passed away March 25, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Dishman was born Sept. 2, 1918, in Livingston, to Willie and Lily Murphy.

She was a retired shirt factory worker. When she was not sewing at work, she was sewing and quilting at home.

Mrs. Dishman was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hershel Dishman; children, Bobby Dishman, Otis Dishman; grandchildren, Jack Simmons, Randy Geer; three sisters; and two brothers.

Survivors include her three daughters, Betty Simmons, Bonnie Geer, Anna Ruth Williams; sons, Donald Dishman, Ronald Dishman; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., March 27, … Read More


Ronald Lee Hampton Sr.

Posted on March 22, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ronald Lee Hampton Sr., 57, of Cookeville, passed away March 12, 2019, at his home

Mr. Hampton was born April 27, 1961, in Mariemont, Ohio, the son of Donald Hampton and Betty Ellen Francis.

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

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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