James E. Snodgrass

Posted by | October 13, 2003 12:00 am

James E. Snodgrass, 72, of LaFollette, passed away Oct. 7, 2003, at St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County.
Snodgrass was born May 14, 1931, in White County to Henry Clay Snodgrass Jr. and Mollie Essie Taft Snodgrass.
Snodgrass was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lucille S. Baskins; two brothers, David H. Taft and Harold Taft Snodgrass.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Snodgrass, of LaFollette; three sisters, Lenora S. Cooper, of Beaufort, S.C., Mary Helen Williams, of Sparta, and Nancy S. Houston and her husband, Joe, of Burlington, N.C.; one brother, Thomas M. Snodgrass and wife Mary, of Rockford; and several nieces and nephews.
Services … Read More


Shannon Lynette Coffman

Posted by | October 13, 2003 12:00 am

Shannon Lynette Coffman, 35, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 9, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Coffman was born July 23, 2003, in White County to Wanda Coffman.
She had been employed at Russell Stover Company.
Survivors include
two sons, Cody Johnson and Jacob Johnson, both of Sparta; mother, Wanda Coffman, of Sparta; two sisters, Tara Coffman, of Cookeville, Ashlee Coffman, of Sparta; and several aunts and uncles.
Services were at 2 p.m., Oct. 12, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Old New Hope Cemetery. James Haynes officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Stella Lucille Kerr

Posted by | October 13, 2003 12:00 am

Stella Lucille Kerr, 83, of Fayetteville, formerly of Sparta, passed away recently.
Kerr was born to Robert and Vada Randolph Geer.
She was a member of Riverside Church of Christ.
Kerr was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Robert Kerr; and one son, James Irwin Kerr.
Survivors include one daughter, Norma Jean Hastings, of Fayettville; three sons, Robert Lee Kerr, of Waynesville, Ohio, Billy Wayne Kerr, of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Kenneth Earl Kerr, of South Carolina, one sister, Veda Henegar, of Huntsville; 12 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m., Oct. 15, 2003, at Higgins Funeral home with … Read More


Myrtle Minnie Bryant

Posted by | October 13, 2003 12:00 am

Myrtle Minnie Bryant, 97, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 8, 2003, at NHC of Sparta.
Bryant was born March 3, 1906, in White County, to William Jones and Mattie Presley Jones.
She had been employed at a local shirt factory.
Bryant was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Bryant; four brothers and sisters.
Survivors include one daughter, Gail Wheeler, of Sparta; four sons, Norman Jones, Jimmy Bryant, Billy Gene Bryant, all of Sparta and Ray Bryant, of Seattle, two grandchildren, three great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Services were at 1 p.m., Oct. 10, 2003, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Old Bon Air … Read More


William Edward “Speedy” Howard

Posted by | October 13, 2003 12:00 am

William Edward “Speedy” Howard, 70, of Central La., passed away Oct. 10, 2003.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Eller Howard; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joanie Renee and Gregory ‘Rip’ Stell, of Tulsa, Kimberly Diane and Tracy Paul Baron, of Denham Springs; two grandsons, Joshua Paul and Jordan Tyler Baron, of Denham Springs; sister, Erlene Howard, of Sparta; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Sue Howard, of Sparta; numerous nieces, nephews and other loving relatives.
Services will be at noon, Oct. 13, 2003, at Central Worship Center in Louisiana with burial in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Rev. W. H. ‘Bill’ Parsons and Rev. Morris Hunter will officiate.
Arrangements are courtesy of


Lillian Christina Prater Randolph

Posted by | October 13, 2003 12:00 am

Lillian Christine Prater Randolph, 78, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 11, 2003 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Randolph was born Feb. 27, 1925, in White County, to Charlie Lee Prater and Lillie Rogers Prater.
She had been a homemaker.
Randolph was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Charles Prater, Johnny Prater; four sisters, Anna Lois Prater, Brenda Safley, Gladys Blaylock and Mildred League.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Estus ‘Eck’ Randolph; one daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Ann Cooper and Mark Cooper; one son and daughter-in-law, Danny Randolph and Vickie Randolph; grandchildren, Sheila and Rex Frame, Milynda and Brent Farley, Christy and James Snodgrass, Danya … Read More





Domestic violence has hidden horrors

Posted by | October 10, 2003 12:00 am

Coleen Gorski
According to statistics, every day, four women will die because of domestic violence, and a woman’s home is nine times more dangerous than out on the streets.
Domestic violence affects the home, the schools, the workplace, and friends. This widespread crime is not only in larger cities, but also in small towns as well. It is nationwide and one that is being addressed by several organizations. The Genesis House in Cookeville provides services for nine counties, including White County, and provided services for 362 White County residents this past fiscal year.
“On the average, it takes six to eight times for a woman to leave,” said … Read More


Ghostly tales

Posted by | October 10, 2003 12:00 am

Coleen Gorski
Several story tellers will be on-hand to walk groups through the City Cemetery, behind the old county jail, on Oct. 11, 2003. They will tour in small groups, and the entire stroll will last about 40 to 45 minutes.
Story tellers will be dressed in full costume and ready to tell some spooky stories.
Guests will be guided from station to station, progressing through the cemetery.
Each story teller will have a different ghostly tale to tell.
The tour is not recommended for young children and parents are asked to use their own discretion. “If a child gets scared easy,” said Cathy Taylor, director of White … Read More


Doyle mayor wants raise or will resign

Posted by | October 10, 2003 12:00 am

Jarrod Conner
“I’ll turn my resignation in to you all,” said George Barlow, Doyle mayor, during Tuesday’s meeting of the Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
“If it ain’t doubled?” questioned Alderman James Yates, referring to the mayor’s expense account.
“That’s right. If it ain’t doubled,” said Barlow.
During the September meeting, the board approved to raise the salary of the city recorder, Mildred Ashworth, from $5.25 per hour to $10 per hour, effective Sept. 15, 2003. A question was then raised about the mayor’s pay not being equal to Ashworth’s. Barlow is paid through an expense account, not by salary, from which he receives $400 per month.… Read More


Be aware

Posted by | October 10, 2003 12:00 am

Coleen Gorski
Over 30 years ago, Lois Miller was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The first tumor found was removed and the results came back as benign. Lois and her husband Avery, were relieved, but that was short lived. Approximately 14 months later, a malignant tumor was detected.
However, they did not find just one more tumor. Lois’ breast was littered with thousands of tiny tumors, ranging from the size of a pin head, to a green pea, to almost the size of a baseball.
“I was stunned,” said Lois, “but, the doctor told me if his wife had to have cancer, this is the type he would want … Read More


Roberta Manus Dodson Jernigan

Posted by | October 9, 2003 12:00 am

Roberta Manus Dodson Jernigan, 77, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 5, 2003.
Jernigan was born Oct. 3, 1926, in Spencer, to Revedy Manus and Goldie Prater Manus.
She had been retired from Wagner and was a member of Gum Springs Baptist Church.
Jernigan was preceded in death by her parents; and two husbands, James Dodson and Rev. Charles Leighton Jernigan.
Survivors include one daughter, Ann Holland, of Cookeville; one granddaughter, Lisa Dillard and husband Danny, of Crossville; three great grandchildren, Katy Bilbrey, Haley Dillard and Colton Dillard, all of Crossville; one brother, Gene Manus, of Spencer; three sisters, Dovie Simmons, Tennie Yates, both of Sparta and Betty Wilson, … Read More


Michael Lynn Seibers

Posted by | October 9, 2003 12:00 am

Michael Lynn Seibers, 35, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 6, 2003, at U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville.
Seibers was born July 6, 1968, in White County, to Jonas Seibers and Pauline Smith Seibers Barnes.
He had been a farmer.
Seibers was preceded in death by his father; one son, Adam Seibers; and two brothers, Roy Seibers and Gene Seibers.
Survivors include his mother, Pauline Barnes; ten sisters, Maxine Humphrey, of Ala., Jenny Quarles, of Sparta, Grace Fredon, of Fla.,
Joann Maynard, Lois Gentry, both of Sparta, Rita Burke, of Murfreesboro, Crickett Moore, of Sparta, Kathleen Seibers, of Campaign, Laurie Hensley, of Sparta, and Starline Judd, of Campaign; six … Read More


Mae Luna Robinson

Posted by | October 9, 2003 12:00 am

Mae Luna Robinson, 88, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 7, 2003.
Robinson was born July 28, 1915, in DeKalb County, to Charlie D. Luna and Lela Jane Steele Luna.
She had been a homemaker.
Robinson was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Savage Robinson; three sons, Gene Robinson, Hebron Robinson and David Robinson; son-in-law,
James Holman; sister, Ann Turner; and three brothers, Ernest Luna, Monroe Luna and Reed Luna.
Survivors include three daughters, Ruby F. Holman, of Quebeck, Rose Brown, of Sparta, Thelma Spears and her husband Guan, both of Sparta; one son, Douglas Robinson and wife, Naomi, of Tunnel Hill, Ga.; two daughters-in-law, Rosell Robinson, … Read More


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