Mildred Rena Kirby

Posted by | September 8, 2019 1:19 pm

Mildred Rena Kirby, 63, of Doyle, passed away Sept. 4, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Kirby was born Dec. 8, 1955, in White County.

She was a garment factory worker who had a career that spanned from Doyle Shirt Factory to Wilson Sporting Goods. She was a member of Ole Bethel Baptist Church.

Mrs. Kirby was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Gene Kirby; mother, Ella Mae Young Dover; father, Andrew Milton Jones; brothers, Renzo Presley, Charles McCloud, James Horace Presley, Bobby Presley, Milton Andrew Jones; and sister, Betty Jean McCloud.

Survivors include her son, Ricky Mace and fiancée Donna Measles, of Sparta; granddaughter, Addisyn Jean Elizabeth … CONTINUED

Jack Burdette

Posted by | September 8, 2019 1:16 pm

Jack Burdette, 67, of Sparta, passed away suddenly, on July 29, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Burdette was born June 14, 1952, in Wheeling, West Virginia, to Howard Burdette and Shirley Bockes Burdette.

He was retired from the maintenance department at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include his brother, Fred (Charlotte) Burdette, of Muskegon, Michigan; sister, Kay Rambo, of Grier, South Carolina; nieces, Kristin Adams, Alana (Rocky) Moore; and nephew, Scott Rambo.

A Celebration of Life will be at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 14, 2019, at the Holiday Inn Express, 1228 Bunker Hill Rd., in Cookeville. Lunch will be provided.

Dyer Funeral Home, in Cookeville, is in charge of

Wilma Donelson Yott

Posted by | September 8, 2019 1:14 pm

Wilma Donelson Yott, 64, of Sparta, passed Sept. 1, 2019, at Alive Hospice, in Murfreesboro, following a brief battle with cancer.

She was born July 1, 1955, to J.C. Donelson and Betty Seabolt Donelson.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Wendy Donelson, and her stepdaughter, Lori Yott.

Survivors include her parents; husband of 44 years, Bill Yott; sons Kenny (Rachel) Yott, Derek Yott, all of Sparta; one stepdaughter, Scerina (Randy) Maynard, of Baxter; brother, Junior (Darlene) Donelson, of Sparta; sister, Karen (Tim) Young, of Smithville; sister-in- law, Deanna (Darrel) Wheatley, of Doyle; grandchildren, Maya Yott, Little John and Samantha Maynard, Blake Lawson; and several aunts, uncles … CONTINUED

Becky Shannon Rushing

Posted by | September 8, 2019 1:13 pm

Becky Shannon Rushing, 51, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 3, 2019.

She was born Sept. 25, 1967, in Cookeville to Bill Bandy and Wanda Harris Bandy.

A memorial service will be held at a later date, at Macedonia Baptist Church.

Oak Lawn Funeral

Home is in charge

of arrangements.

Hazel Pauline McLean

Posted by | September 8, 2019 1:12 pm

Hazel Pauline McLean, 94, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 5, 2019, in Sparta

Mrs. McLean was born May 2, 1925, in Chico, Texas, to Alaska Page and Minnie Long Page.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James William McLean; son, James Farrell McLean; and granddaughter, Lisa Baldwin.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Gale Lusk (Alvin), of Sparta, Sharon Anne Baldwin (David), of Fredricksburg, Virginia; daughter-in-law, Brenda Lee McLean, of Albany, Georgia; grandchildren, Kevin Harold Lusk, Dallas McLean Lusk, Dawn Weisenberger, Mary Baldwin, David Baldwin Jr., Jason McLean, Jessica Nicole Walton, Austin McLean; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will 2 p.m. EST, on Sept. … CONTINUED

Ruth Ann Rohrig Underwood

Posted by | September 8, 2019 1:10 pm

Ruth Ann Rohrig Underwood, 73, of Walling, passed away Sept. 5, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Underwood was born Feb. 17, 1946, in Detroit, Michigan.

At her request, the family will receive friends noon-2 p.m., Sept. 9, 2019, at Hunter Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Old Philadelphia Cemetery.

Hunter Funeral Home

is in charge

of arrangements.

Curtis Marie Sullivan

Posted by | September 8, 2019 1:08 pm

Curtis Marie Ward Sullivan, 93, passed away Sept. 7, 2019, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Sullivan was born Jan. 18, 1926, in the Peeled Chestnut Community, of White County, to James Marvin Ward and Esther Hutchings Ward.

She married Herd Estell Sullivan Sr., in 1949, and was a teacher in the White County School System for 43 years. Mrs. Sullivan was a dedicated member of Liberty Baptist Church and enjoyed serving as their piano player. After her retirement, she found joy in traveling, being a substitute teacher, and volunteer work for the hospital and other organizations. She was a proud member of the Retired Teachers Association … CONTINUED

Charlie Clifford Mills

Posted by | September 8, 2019 1:07 pm

Charlie Clifford Mills, 91, passed away Sept. 6, 2019, reuniting with his late wife, Betty Burgess Mills, on their 60th wedding anniversary.

Mr. Mills was born July 13, 1928, in Sparta, to William Ernest Mills and Lilly Modena Howell Mills.

His career with Michigan Tractor lasted for 35 years where he served as the service manager and heavy equipment mechanic. After his work days – full of hard labor and dealing with customer issues – were over, he loved to come home to play baseball with his son, Roger, whether it was a game of catch or hitting balls for Roger to field. Mr. Mills came from a … CONTINUED

Play our Pigskin Pick’em

Posted by | September 8, 2019 9:36 am

Pigskin Pick’em, presented by SpartaLive and The Expositor, is live! Each week, we invite you to predict the winners of select high school and college football games. Make your best picks, and, at the end of the 15- week contest, one grand prize winner will receive a $250 Walmart gift card!

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Hunters can donate deer to feed hungry Tennesseans

Posted by | September 7, 2019 8:16 am

Hunters for the Hungry program is now open for the 2019 deer season. Early this season, more than 80 deer processors throughout the state are accepting donations of deer to feed Tennessee families in need.

To see processors currently participating, visit

When hunters harvest a deer, they may donate it at a participating processor. The venison is processed and then provided to community food banks or soup kitchens.

One deer provides as many as 168 meals. Over the last two decades, Hunters for the Hungry has provided more than 7 million meals to hungry Tennesseans.

“Last season was our second-best year in history and we’re excited … CONTINUED

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