John DeWayne Youngman

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

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John DeWayne Youngman, 75, of Sparta, formerly of East Peoria, Illinois, passed away June 4, 2017, at Raintree Manor, in McMinnville.

Mr. Youngman was born Sept. 15, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois, to Dewey Edgar Youngman and Geneva E. McCandeless Youngman.

He was a former employee of the Water Department of East Peoria, Illinois. He also had a career with the Bradley University Police and later with security for Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Youngman served his country in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents; children, Shirley Glover, Keith Herbstreith, Danny Glover, Vickie Glover, Teresa Glover; and grandchild, Shannon Stewart.

Survivors include his wife, … Read More


Laura Rene Seibers Hensley

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

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Laura Rene Seibers Hensley, 52, of Rock Island, formerly of Sparta, passed away June 5, 2017, at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.

Mrs. Hensley was born June 29, 1964, in White County.

She was a former employee of NHC Healthcare of Sparta’s housekeeping department and at one time owned all of the laundry mats in Sparta. She was a member of Campaign Church of Christ.

Mrs. Hensley was preceded in death by her father, Jonas Seibers; mother, Pauline Smith Seibers Barnes; daughter, Pauline Denise “Polly” Hensley; and brothers, Michael, Roy and Gene Seibers.

Survivors include her husband, Roger L. Hensley; stepfather, Donald Barnes; grandson, David Ray … Read More


John Shane “Greasy” Williams

Posted on June 5, 2017 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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John Shane “Greasy” Williams, 49, of Sparta, passed away on June 2, 2017, at Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital, in Smithville.

Mr. Williams was born Jan. 21, 1968, in Sparta. He was the son of the late R.V. Williams and Ruth Cravens Watts.

Mr. Williams was a family man and enjoyed being with his grandchildren. He loved motorcycles and going fishing. He also enjoyed raising a garden. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, R.V. Williams, and grandparents, Vestal and Martha Williams and Earl and Marie Cravens.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Miller Williams; mother, Ruth (Larry) Watts; son, Shane Williams; daughter, Shana … Read More


Terry Hitchcock

Posted on June 5, 2017 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Terry Hitchcock, 74, of Cookeville, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on June 2, 2017, at his home in Cookeville, following extended illness.

Mr. Hitchcock was born May 14, 1943, in Cookeville, to Andrew Bethel Hitchcock and Linnie Mae Madewell Hitchcock.

He enjoyed a successful career in automobile sales and real estate for over 40 years in the Cookeville area. Mr. Hitchcock enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and his beloved dog, Jake. He loved the Lord and is now resting peacefully within the gates of heaven.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Earl Edward Hitchcock; and a daughter, Terri Beth … Read More


Donna Sue Luna Brewington

Posted on June 3, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Donna Sue Luna Brewington, 53, of Byrdstown, formerly of Sparta, passed away May 29, 2017, at her residence.

Ms. Brewington was born June 13, 1963, in Sparta, to Ollie Jean Luna and Myrna Faye Wilson Luna.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter, Kari Nicole Brewington.

Survivors include her son, Terry Keith Brewington and wife Jessica, of Sparta; sister, Angela Rodocker, of Washington;

brothers, Eric Luna and wife Melissa, of Sparta, Carl Douglas Luna, of Washington, Kevin Timothy Luna, of Oregon; two grandchildren, Christopher Thomas Brewington, Shelby Nicole Brewington, both of Sparta; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be … Read More


Russell Hall

Posted on June 3, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Russell Hall, 66, of Sparta, passed away June 2, 2017, at his home.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


John S. Williams

Posted on June 3, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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John S. Williams, 49, of Sparta, passed away June 2, 2017, at Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Kathleen Sparkman

Posted on June 2, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Kathleen Sparkman, 93, of Baxter, passed away May 31, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Cookeville.

Mrs. Sparkman was born Oct. 26, 1923, in White County to Eddie Wyatt Phifer and Vernie Mason Phifer

She was a 1942 graduate of White County High School. She became a “Rosie the Riveter,” working at the Goodyear plant in Akron, Ohio, during World War II. She wore many “hats” – a homemaker, sold Stanley Home Products, worked at Georgia Shoe, at Baxter, taught English at DeBerry Academy and substituted as a teacher in the Putnam County school system. She was also a sales associate with Harvey’s/Peebles of Cookeville.

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Richard John Sutton

Posted on June 1, 2017 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Richard John Sutton, 87, of Sparta, passed away June 1, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Sutton was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of William Sutton and Katherine Alward Sutton. He was the husband of Kari Nylander Sutton.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m., June 10, 2017, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, in Sparta.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Alice Anne Betterton

Posted on June 1, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Alice Anne Betterton, 65, of Sparta, passed away May 31, 2017, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Ms. Betterton was born Oct. 19, 1951, in Pensacola, Florida, to Joseph C. Betterton and Ruby Ann Price Betterton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., June 3, 2017, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 9-11 a.m., June 3, at the funeral home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Thomas Clark “Tom” Rogers

Posted on May 31, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Thomas Clark “Tom” Rogers, 90, of Spencer, passed away May 26, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Rogers was born Jan. 8, 1927, in Van Buren County, the son of Dan Rogers and Sadie Davis Rogers.

Funeral service was 2 p.m., May 28, 2017, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Lonewood Cemetery, in Spencer.

Spencer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Marvin Sparrow

Posted on May 31, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Marvin Sparrow, 83, of Sparta, passed away May 25, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Sparrow was born Sept. 5, 1933, in Kinston, North Carolina, the son of James Sparrow and Elizabeth Whitley Sparrow.

Funeral service will be in Kinston, North Carolina, with burial in Pine Lawn Cemetery, in Kinston.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Elizabeth Edwina Navy

Posted on May 31, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Elizabeth Edwina Navy, 79, of Sparta, passed away May 27, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

She was born May 14, 1938, in Sparta, the daughter of James Griffin and Birdie Dilldine Griffin.

A memorial gathering will be 1-3 p.m., June 3, 2017, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


John Robinson Crowder

Posted on May 31, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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John Robinson Crowder, 82, of Crossville, passed away, May 24, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Crowder was born Aug. 16, 1934, in Sparta, the son of Vasco Crowder and Mallie Howard Crowder.

He worked as a farmer and was a member of the First Christian Church and in recent years attended First Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Crowder was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Henry Crowder, Howard Crowder; and sisters, Louise Tadsen, Genevra Carter and Bernelle Clayton.

Survivors include his wife, Lou Crowder, of Crossville; sons, Robert Crowder, of Florida, Dr. Randall Crowder, of Crossville; daughter, Carol Durden and husband Frank, of Nashville; grandson, Jacob Crowder and wife … Read More


Billy Joe Webb

Posted on May 28, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Billy Joe Webb, 36, of Rickman, passed away May 14, 2017.

Mr. Webb was Sept. 6, 1980, in McMinnville, the son of Bethel Webb and Floretta Myers Webb. He was the husband of Tina Norris Webb.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Loutisha Floretta Myers Grove, and grandparents, Bill and Loriene Myers and Joe and Ruth Webb.

Survivors include his wife, Tina Sue Norris Webb; son, Tristan Webb; Loutisha Webb; father, Charles Bethel Webb; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Butch and Nancy Norris; sisters, Christy Webb, Misty Simmons (Roger); honorary brothers, Michael Bennett, Dwayne Simons; nephews, Austin Simmons, Brayden Reece, Ethan Reece; nieces, Katie Simmons, Ellie Simmons, Lydia … Read More


Jean Ward Goddard Bastian

Posted on May 27, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jean Ward Goddard Bastian, 84, of Doyle, passed away May 26, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Bastian was born Dec. 1, 1932, in Doyle, to Henry Orville Goddard and Anna Bessie Ward Goddard.

She was an accomplished artist, having used a wide variety of avenues, especially in watercolors. Her work won appraise statewide. Mrs. Bastian has artwork displayed in McDonald’s headquarters Chicago, UBS Cookeville, as well as many awards. The conservation picture won statewide as the Trappers National Award plus a third place in a state contest.

Historically, Mrs. Bastian was noted for her love for Tennesseans, The Hermitage, Crag Front and the Sam Davis houses, … Read More


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