James Thomas Ray

Posted on February 5, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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James Thomas Ray, 88, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 4, 2019.

Mr. Ray was born Aug. 5, 1930, in Sparta, to James Sylva Ray and Lena Belle Farley Ray.

He was a remarkable man who courageously served his country as a flight crew chief in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Mr. Ray retired from Fleetguard but also had a noteworthy career with Lockheed Aircraft and Douglas Aircraft. He … Read More


Warriors unable to overcome an early deficit

Posted on February 5, 2019 7:07 am by Andy Southard

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Masyn Winningham goes up for a layup against Stone Memorial, on Friday night. Winningham led the Warriors with 12 points.

It didn’t take long for White County High School to be brought back down to earth after their huge win over Cookeville.

All it took was an almost perfect game plan and a team willing to do just what the coach asked.

Stone Memorial, whom the Warriors lost to by only one point in Sparta and scored 55 points against, slowed down the tempo of the game, and their players passed up shot after shot until they got just the one they wanted. Most of the time, or … Read More


Elizabeth Louise Esposito

Posted on February 4, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Elizabeth Louise Esposito, 78, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 3, 2019, at her home.

Mrs. Esposito was born Aug. 11, 1940, in Ridgely, Maryland, the daughter of William Welch and Mildred Haley.

Arrangements are pending.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ruth Hennessee Smith

Posted on February 4, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ruth Hennessee Smith, 92, a McMinnville resident and Bledsoe County native, passed away Feb. 2, 2019, at her residence following an extended illness.

Mrs. Smith was born Jan. 11, 1937, the daughter of Thurman Hennessee and Fronie Johnson Hennessee.

She was a retired employee of Magnetek Century Electric and a member of the Church of Christ, She was married to Merlin Smith who preceded her in death Feb. 2, 1996.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Chelsie Smith; sister, Geraldine Hennessee; and nephew, Tommy Stiles.

Survivors include two sons, Mike “Doc” Smith, of Rock Island, Alan Smith, … Read More


Edward Clay England

Posted on February 4, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Edward Clay England, 84, passed Feb. 2, 2019, at Life Care Center of Sparta

Mr. England was born July 6, 1934, in Sparta, to Alpha England and Della Rice England.

He served his country in the U.S. Army, 1960-1964. After his service, he enjoyed farming, church, and family.

Mr. England was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Douglas Carl England.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Hall Melton England; son, Karl England and wife Cindy; brother, Alpha Eugene England and wife Arleen; grandson, Joshua England; stepsons, Gentry Melton and wife Zarita, Keith Melton and wife Rachel; step-grandsons, Preston Melton, Kelby Melton; and step-granddaughter, Olivia Drennan.

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Vernon Eugene Fletcher

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

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Vernon Eugene Fletcher, 71, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 31, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Fletcher was born Nov. 23, 1947, in Sparta, to J.T. Fletcher and Vera Maie Spivey Fletcher.

In his younger days, he loved to ride motorcycles but quit riding after he had children. However, he continued to be a Ford truck man throughout his life. He loved his red four-wheel drives. In fact, he refused to sell his ’76 red four-wheel drive because all his children learned to drive in that truck. Mr. Fletcher was a great cook and enjoyed cooking for his family. Although he’d probably never admit it, he also … Read More


Ruth Dorlous Moses Davis

Posted on February 2, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ruth Dorlous Moses Davis, 91, passed away peacefully, on Jan. 29, 2019, surrounded by family.

She was born Nov. 17 1927.

Growing up in the Appalachian hills, she had a strong bond with her parents and seven siblings. She continued throughout her adult life to maintain significant ties with her native home place and requested her final resting place be in the family section of Whitley Memorial Gardens, in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Over time, as her health declined, she outlined in detail how she wanted events to proceed at her passing. She specified there was not to be traditional notice nor traditional visitation and other funeral formalities. She emphasized … Read More


Wendy Jean Grenz

Posted on February 2, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Wendy Jean Norgaard Grenz, 65, was born to Don and Ada Norgaard, on July 1, 1953, in Tyler, Minnesota, and grew up on the Norgaard farm near Tyler.

She graduated from Tyler High School, in 1971, with her future husband. On Nov. 24, 1972, she married Laurel Grenz, and, a few months later, the young couple bought a house in St. Paul, Minnesota. Their sons Aaron and Micah were born there. A few years later, in 1981, Laurel’s job took the family to Indianapolis, and then to the Chicago area, in 1993. Planning ahead for retirement, they purchased acreage on the side of Bon Air Mountain, east of … Read More


Keaton Elliott Rice

Posted on February 1, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Keaton Elliott Rice, 24, of Doyle, passed away Jan. 29, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Rice was born Nov. 24, 1994, in Sparta.

He was a heavy equipment operator. His passion was his love for his family, and he enjoyed working on or driving anything with wheels or tracks on it.

Survivors include his wife and mother of his children, Natasha Rice; son, Dailynn Rice; daughter, Anastacia Brown; mother, Tracy Dillon Parker; father, James Elliott Rice; grandmother, Mamie Ruth “Boots” Rice; twin brother, Chris Rice; sisters, Misty Rice, Haley Carr; brothers, Thomas Parker, Nathan Whittenburg, Nicholas Whittenburg, Zachary Dillon, Dale Holt, Caleb Billings; mother from the heart, Janice … Read More


Vernon Eugene Fletcher

Posted on February 1, 2019 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Vernon Eugene Fletcher, 71, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 31, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mary Louise Dibrell Shockley

Posted on February 1, 2019 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Mary Louise Dibrell Shockley, 89, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 31, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta

Mrs. Shockley was born July 2, 1929, to John Henry Dibrell and Dimple Mai Dibrell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Robert Shockley; brothers, John Henry Dibrell, Sammy Dibrell; sister, Louis Dibrell; and sister-in-law, Joyce Dibrell.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Feb. 2, 2019, Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Davis Cemetery. The family will receive friends noon-1 p.m., Feb. 2, at the funeral home.

Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Elizabeth Jane Thompson Bohannon

Posted on January 31, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Elizabeth Jane Thompson Bohannon, 77, passed away Jan. 30, 2019, at her residence after a five-year battle with breast cancer.

Jane was born Oct. 6, 1941, in Sparta, to Herbert Brown Thompson and Elizabeth Cole Thompson, who proceeded her in death.

She retired from Findlay Elementary School after 30 years of teaching kindergarten and first grade. She formed close friendships with many of her co-workers that she carried throughout her life, still meeting them monthly for dinner, until her illness no longer allowed.

After retiring from school, she moved her home embroidery business to a small house on the Thompson family farm and expanded Bo-Tee’s Embroidery, where she … Read More


Jane Bohannon

Posted on January 30, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jane Bohannon, 77, of Sparta, passed away today at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Margaret Virginia Haston Narramore Cope

Posted on January 29, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Margaret Virginia Haston Narramore Cope, 93, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 27, 2019 at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral service will be noon, Feb. 1, 2019, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Plainview Cemetery in the Cassville community.  The family will receive 11 a.m.-noon, Feb. 1, at the funeral home.  Hunter Funeral Home.  Doug Benningfield will officiate.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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