David Wayne Sherrell

By | February 5, 2018 2:01 pm

Last Updated: February 5, 2018 at 3:58 pm

David Wayne Sherrell, 66, of Sparta, is now resting safely in the arms of his Lord and Saviour, after he departed his earthly life on Feb. 3, 2018.

Wayne was born Feb. 7, 1951, in Sparta, to William Orvil Sherrell and Lillian Troglen Sherrell.

As one of 10 children, Wayne learned to put others before himself, which is exactly what he did throughout his entire life.

When he was only 12 years old, Wayne began his lifelong journey into the world of firefighting, as he became a well-known face at the old city hall, on Bockman Way, where he would assist in all aspects of dispatching and provide aid to anyone who entered the doors.

Wayne also delved into the world of photography, which led him to become one of the youngest employees at The Expositor in the early 1960’s. He continued his employment at the newspaper for several years and even ventured out on his own with a smaller publication.

He also worked at Sparta Police Department where he was responsible for obtaining grants that helped the department grow and flourish in its mission of protecting the residents of Sparta. Wayne also served as a dispatcher and would work countless hours to ensure his beloved hometown was safe.

Wayne continued his career in emergency services and became the director of White County E-911 where he remained until his declining health caused him to retire.

However, the brotherhood of firefighters was his first love, and in that circle of his fire family is where he continued to serve his community and the state of Tennessee.

Wayne was a selfless individual who would reach out to those in need. Although he was not a man of great wealth, his life can be measured by the richness of his friendships.

He was a resident of NHC Healthcare of Sparta for many years before his death. Although he was bedridden, Wayne continued to share his photographic memories of Sparta via Facebook. Equipped only with a laptop, Wayne would take White Countians on trips back in time with his vast collection of photos he had taken over the past 50-plus years.

A memorial service to honor Wayne’s life will be 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home. Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 9.

As per Wayne’s request, his cremains will be interred at Plainview Cemetery, in the Cassville community. Members of the fire service will serve as pallbearers.

The procession will be led by fire trucks from each of the 10 fire departments in Sparta-White County. Officials with the Tennessee Fireman’s Association and other state fire agencies will also be honoring Wayne.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Bobby Sherrell, Tommy Sherrell, Bruce Sherrell; and a sister, Tina Sherrell.

Survivors include his brothers, Jerry Sherrell, Lolly Sherrell, Chuck Sherrell; sisters, Marian Lowery, Delores Davis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hunter Funeral Home to help the family with expenses.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

comments » 3

  1. Comment by Myra Jane Sloan

    February 5, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Wayne was a true treasure for all of Sparta and White County. He was loved by everyone he met. Rest in peace, Wayne.

  2. Comment by Tommy Austin

    February 5, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Great Classmate

  3. Comment by Fred Higgenbottom

    February 6, 2018 at 11:30 am

    I was deeply saddened by the news of Wayne’s death. My sincerest condolences are extended to his many friends and family members.

    I remember Wayne covering White County High School basketball for the Sparta Expositor during the mid 1960’s when I played for the team. He would stand or sit behind the basketball goal to get upfront pictures of the action and we all knew that Wayne enjoyed his work and was a committed Warrior fan.

    Wayne was a beloved and gentle soul as evidenced by the thousands of friends on his Facebook page who enjoyed his unofficial role as scribe, historian and pictorial repository for Sparta and White County history. He began that journey shortly after taking up photography in the early 1960’s.

    Saddened by the loss, my fondest hope is that Wayne is at peace now in a land of incredible beauty and joy reunited with his father and wonderful mother, siblings and enjoying the fellowship of friends and acquaintances who’ve gone on before.


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