Steve Randall Simmons

Posted by | June 4, 2007 12:00 am

Steve Randall Simmons, 48, of Sparta, passed away May 31, 2007.
Simmons was born Oct. 26, 1958, in White County, to Leonard Lewis Simmons and Nellie Ruth Greene Simmons.
He had been employed in the construction industry.
Simmons was preceded in death by his mother, Nellie Ruth Greene Simmons; and one brother, Leonard Allen Simmons.
Survivors include his wife, Tamara ‘Tami’ Simmons, of Sparta; one son, Shawn Simmons, of Valparaiso, Ind.; father, Leonard Simmons, of Sparta; stepmother, Geneva R. Simmons, of Sparta; one brother, Richard Lewis Simmons, of Sparta; father-in-law, Thomas Richard Dorris, of Sparta; and two step-daughters, Rachel Ann Stafford and Chelsea Desiree Sherrell, both of Sparta.… Read More

Bro. Fate Dibrell Wilson

Posted by | May 31, 2007 12:00 am

Bro. Fate Dibrell Wilson, 79, of Sparta, passed away May 27, 2007.
Wilson was born June 3, 1927, in White County, to William Petway Wilson and Hattie Leota Stockwell Wilson.
He served as a Baptist minister for 50 years.
Wilson was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Carl Wilson, Sydney L. Wilson; and three sisters, Maggie Brown, Eva Denton, and Dorothy Miller.
Survivors include his wife, Roberta O’Dell Wilson, of Sparta; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Carol Wilson, Roger and Margaret Wilson, all of Sparta; one sister, Loretta Randolph, of Sparta; two grandchildren, Michael Thomas Wilson and his wife Jennifer, of Sparta, Tracey Conley, of … Read More

Produce market called ‘breath of fresh air’

Posted by | May 30, 2007 12:00 am

Renee Bouldin
Summertime is fresh fruit and vegetables.
And while everyone knows it is convenient to go to one of the many supermarkets this fast-paced society has to offer, it is worth the 15-minute drive down Highway 135, one mile past the Burgess Falls State Park entrance, to MMKM Family Produce.
Here, a person can purchase homegrown organic produce, while strains of bluegrass music quietly play in the background. Or enjoy a hand-dipped ice cream cone, and relax in a rocking chair on the back porch overlooking the family pond.
Mike Jeffers is the operator of MMKM Family Produce, and his two children Karlie, 10, and Michael, 7, … Read More

William Glenn Farris Sr.

Posted by | May 29, 2007 12:00 am

William Glenn Farris Sr., 75, of Bartlett, formerly of Sparta, passed away May 22, 2007.
Farris served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, was a retired bus driver and a former employee of Malone and Hyde.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Farris, of Bartlett; one son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Shelby Farris, of Lakeland; and two brothers, Frank Farris and Jimmy Farris, both of Memphis.
Services were 1 p.m., May 26, 2007, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Highland Cemetery.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Harold Woolf

Posted by | May 24, 2007 12:00 am

Harold Woolf, 84, of Sparta, passed away May 23, 2007.
Woolf was born July 16, 1922, in Stewartsville, N.J., to Claude Woolf and Florence Feltman Woolf.
He was retired from Conrial and was a member of the Sparta congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Woolf was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Russell Woolf; and one son, William Woolf.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Rose Woolf; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Harold and Diane Woolf, of Mt. Bethel, Pa., John Woolf, of Sparta, Stephen and Donna Woolf, of Mystic Island, N.J., Joe and Jennifer Woolf, of Mt. Pocono, Pa.; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Maria and … Read More

PCS of Sparta making computers affordable

Posted by | May 22, 2007 12:00 am

Missy Jones
Matt Frasier opened PCS Computers with an overwhelming desire to offer affordable computers, and to make technology available to everyone in the community by specializing in budget computers.
“We want to give back to the community because we know Sparta has good people and they deserve to have affordable computing resources in their homes,” said Frasier. “We believe in helping people get their foot in the door so they can work their way up in computer.
We do not throw computers away.”
PCS services and repairs most brands of computers.
They sell used systems and can also build customized systems to suit specific needs. In May, … Read More

Albert Anderson Swindell

Posted by | May 21, 2007 12:00 am

Albert Anderson Swindell, 86, of Sparta, passed away May 16, 2007.
Swindell was born May 7, 1921, in White County, to Pleas Anderson Swindell and Della Jane Worley Swindell.
Swindell served in World War II and received the Philippine Liberation Medal and Bronze Star. He had been employed with Sparta Planing Mill as a carpenter for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Mollye Thurman Swindell; two infant siblings; four brothers, Robert Swindell, Hershell Swindell, Herman Swindell, Tom Swindell; and two sisters, Treva Reeves and Alberta Speck Cayce.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma Mae Farris Swindell; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Wynne E. … Read More

Albert Swindell

Posted by | May 17, 2007 12:00 am

Albert Swindell, 86, passed away May 16, 2007.
Swindell was the son of Pleas Anderson Swindell and Della Worley Swindell.
He had been employed with Sparta Planing Mill as a carpenter for many years alongside his brothers, Hershell, Herman and Tom Swindell, who are now deceased.
Swindell served in World War II and received the Philippine Liberation Medal and Bronze Star.
He will lie in state at Thurman Funeral Home on May 17, 2007, with the funeral at 11 a.m., May 18, 2007, at Central Church of Christ.
Swindell’s complete obituary will be in the May 21, 2007, edition of The Expositor.

Unique business “double” the fun

Posted by | May 15, 2007 12:00 am

Missy Jones
A six-year success story with New Beginnings Hair Salon led owners Jill McCulley and Rachael Whittenburg to expand their operation by offering consignment for home furnishings.
The Magic Lamp has furniture, home decor, antiques and collectables. And because all the items are consigned, the buyer gets the best deals.
“It is a better option than yard sales,” said McCulley, “and the customer gets more for their money. We have displayed the items to look their best, and there are no fees for consigning.”
The cozy atmosphere and the way the furniture and items are arranged in the store give them the appearance of being new.
“We … Read More

Michelle Marie Williams

Posted by | May 14, 2007 12:00 am

Michelle Marie Williams, 42, of Sparta, passed away May 10, 2007.
Williams was born May 2, 1965, in Chicago.
She had worked for Pacesetters as a laborer.
Survivors include her husband, Perry Williams, of Sparta; two sons, Jay Iceman and Joshua Iceman, both of Sparta; mother, Phyllis Sasser, of Sparta; father, Bud Notstine, of Ohio; one brother, Daniel Notstine, of McMinnville; one sister, Dawn Eskew, of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial gathering will be 1 p.m., May 12, 2007, at her residence, 942 Idlewild Drive.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.

Warrior baseball season ends with one run loss

Posted by | May 11, 2007 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Throwing down.
Warrior catcher, Dalton Bain, throws down to first base to erase a batter during District 7AAA tournament action.
The Warriors were defeated 5-4 by the Blaze to end their season with a 13-18 mark.

Dewey Leon Fowler

Posted by | May 10, 2007 12:00 am

Dewey Leon Fowler, 80, of Sparta, passed away May 8, 2007.
Fowler was born March 3, 1927, in White County, to Samuel Raymond Fowler and Ollie Mae Goodwin Fowler.
He was retired from Detroit Police Department and was active the White County community. He had served as president of the Republican Party, was a Master Mason, active member of Heavenly Host Lutheran Church, and helped obtain drug dogs for the DARE program.
Fowler was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Rachel Fowler Gailbreath and Elsie Fowler Bowington.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Jewel Martin Fowler; one daughter, Martha Stone; one brother, Delbert Fowler; … Read More

Turney Financial Group: Safe money specialists

Posted by | May 8, 2007 12:00 am

Missy Jones
Turney Financial Group offers financial help and planning with a focus on helping people have safe money when they retire through the use of index annuities.
Turney Financial Group is owned and operated by Scott Turney and Dennis Turney.
Turney Financial employees are safe money specialists who help ensure a person’s retirement.
According to Scott, some people want to deal with risky funds when it comes to their money so they can earn more. However, some people want a combination of some risk and some safe options.
“I only handle the safe part,” said Scott.
“I don’t like mutual funds, because I feel there is too … Read More

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