Glen Lee Shomake

Posted by | March 4, 2004 12:00 am

Glen Lee Shomake, 66, of Cookeville, passed away March 1, 2004.
Shoemake was born April 10, 1937, in Smith County, to Frank Shoemake and Bessie Bush Shoemake.
Shoemake was a retired exterminator for Hub City Exterminators.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Shoemake; and stepmother, Ethel Shoemake.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Mary Coffee Shoemake; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Russell Cox, all of Cookeville; two sisters, Ruth Norris, of Livingston, Ethel Blair and husband Ernest, of Elmwood; grandchildren and spouses: Amanda and Tim Dyer, Jennifer and Scott Griner, Andrew and Suzanne Cox; great grandchildren Aaron, Reuben and Samuel Dyer.… Read More


Mary Delma Matthews

Posted by | March 4, 2004 12:00 am

Mary Delma Matthews, 76, of Sparta, passed away March 1, 2004.
Matthews was born March 24, 1927, in White County, to James Andrew Howell and Mary Magdalene Howard.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willard Matthews; one brother, J.D. Howell; and one sister.
Survivors include her children: Mike and Vickie Matthews, Darlene and Dennis Thomas, Donnell and Lisa Matthews, all of Sparta, Carolyn and Randall Laney of Cedar Hill; one sister, Dorothy and husband Barney Johnson of Losantville, Ind.; ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m., March 4, 2004 at Pistole Baptist Church, with burial in Howell Cemetery. Bro. Fate … Read More




Treasure Hunt kicks off March 4

Posted by | March 2, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The first day of March brings the hope of spring fun and games, and it is also the time for the annual Expositor Treasure Hunt.
Beginning March 4, 2004, clues will be posted in The Expositor that will lead the treasure hunters to their bounty. The prize will be $100 for finding the famous Expositor brick, which was also used in last year’s treasure hunt.
The brick will be hidden on public property in White County. The hiding places will be reachable with a truck or car.
Ten clues will be written for the hiding place and will be distributed throughout The Expositor inside the … Read More


Mitchell named Citizen of the Year

Posted by | March 2, 2004 12:00 am

Jeanne Bruce
The eighth annual Citizen of the Year, Golden Apple, and Unsung Hero Awards Ceremony took place, February 29, 2004, at White County Middle School.
The crowd cheered and stood to their feet as Dr. Charles Mitchell was announced the 2004 Citizen of the Year. A large part of the crowd was Mitchell’s family, who had hidden until his award was announced, and cheered loud enough for Mitchell to realize they were all there to honor him.
Mitchell, with tears in his eyes, after accepting the award from Bob Breeding, the 2003 Citizen of the Year, said, “Any credit I receive must go to my wife as … Read More


Tragedy strikes as 16-year-old dies in crash

Posted by | March 2, 2004 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
White County has lost another vibrant teenager after a one-car accident on Highway 84 Sunday afternoon.
Nicole Roberson would have celebrated her 17th birthday in just a few months. Instead, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, she lost her life following an automobile crash.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, Roberson was traveling northbound on Highway 84 at approximately 1:25 p.m., on Feb. 29, 2004, when she lost control of her vehicle, apparently overcorrected and began to slide sideways down the roadway. The vehicle, a 2000 Mitsubishi, then impacted an embankment, rolled several times coming to a rest on its wheels where the vehicle was completely destroyed by … Read More


Berdie Mae Lull Seibers

Posted by | March 1, 2004 12:00 am

Berdie Mac Lull McCormick Martino Seibers, 83, of Doyle, passed away Feb. 28, 2004.
Seibers was born July 5, 1920, in Doyle, to George Henry Lull and Margie Mae Ballard Lull.
She had been a homemaker.
Seibers was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands, Richard Edward McCormick, Bill Martino, Roy Seibers; two sons, Lynn Douglas McCormick, George Eston McCormick; and three brothers, Henry Lull, Fred Lull and Herbert Lull.
Survivors include four grandchildren, Richard McCormick, of Doyle, Vicky Smith, of West Palm Beach, Sherrie Mott, of Morrison, Paul McCormick, of Doyle; five great grandchildren, Brandon Mott, Rachel Mott, both of Morrison, Justin Smith, of West Palm … Read More


Diana Charlyn Ray Prater

Posted by | March 1, 2004 12:00 am

Diana Charlyn Ray Prater, 59, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 26, 2004.
Prater was born July 18, 1944, in McMinnville to Walter Ray and Geraldine Jordon Ray.
She had been a homemaker.
Prater was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, James Earl Prater, of Sparta; one son, Dwayne Prater, of McMinnville; granddaughter, Latisha Prater Towers, of Cookeville; mother, Geraldine Tanner, of McMinnville; one brother, Eddie Shultz, of McMinville and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 2 p.m., Feb. 29, 2004, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Rose Cemetery. J.C. Allen and Jerry Barnwell officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Eddie Dean Hodge

Posted by | March 1, 2004 12:00 am

Eddie Dean Hodge, 48, of Spencer passed away Feb. 24, 2004.
Hodge was born Nov. 29, 1955, in Pikeville to James Hodge and Antha Burgess Hodge Drake.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include two sons, John David Hodge, Dewayne Hodge; mother, Antha Hodge Drake; brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Margaret Hodge, all of Spencer; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Danny Boles, of Sparta; two foster sisters, Reba childress, of Dunlap, Rachel Owensby, of Signal Mountain; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 2 p.m., Feb. 28, 2004, at Love-Cantrell & Cope Spencer Chapel with burial in Lonewood Cemetery. Wayne Sullivan officiated.
Love-Cantrell &


Edna Pauline Vinson Daniels

Posted by | March 1, 2004 12:00 am

Edna Pauline Vinson Daniels, 81, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 26, 2004.
Daniels was born April 9, 1922, in White County to Guster Vinson and Maude Rice Vinson.
She had been a homemaker.
Daniels was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Oakley Daniels.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Earl Lenell Randolph, Jean Ann and Kenneth Weaver; one son, Donnie Lynn Daniels, all of Sparta; three sisters, Sue Bray, of Sparta, Ima Jean Golden, of Cookeville, Lorene England, of Sparta; four grandchildren, Tammy Kennedy, Jeffrey Randolph, Shanee’ Daniels, Jerrica Daniels; and three great grandchildren, Morgan, Bailey and Nathan.
Services will be at 11 … Read More


James Darren West

Posted by | March 1, 2004 12:00 am

James Darren West, 34, passed away Feb. 26, 2004.
West was born May 21, 1969, to Shirley Smith and James Lary West.
Survivors include mother and stepfather, Shirley and Ron Smith; one daughter, Brandi Lee West, of Sparta; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Sandra Lovely, of Sparta, Kim and Kenneth Pecor, of Fort Bragg, NC, Sue and Gary Lack, of Sparta; grandparents, Irene Meadows, the late Jonah Meadows, the late Jack West and the late Ida West; special friend, Angie Knowles; and many friends, aunts and uncles.
Services were at 4 p.m., Feb. 29, 2004, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home was




Kay named VFIS Instructor of the Year

Posted by | February 27, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Emergency services personnel must learn proper driving techniques to ensure the safety of the public, and Ed Kay, Sparta fire chief, is the person who can help departments develop these skills.
Kay has been an instructor for Volunteer Firemen’s Insurance Service for approximately five years and has been named the Instructor for the Year 2003. VFIS is the nation’s leading provider of insurance and training services for emergency service organizations.
A statement issued to VFIS clients, by David F. Wyras, president, said according to U.S. Fire Administration statistics, nearly 20 percent to 25 percent of accidental deaths in the fire service are related to vehicles. … Read More


Truck flips on Old Kentucky Road

Posted by | February 27, 2004 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
Stacy Turner, 29, of Sparta, was transported to White County Community Hospital and was released the same day after being x-rayed and treated. His mother, Betty Turner happily told The Expositor, “They did an x-ray on his back, but he is fine.”
Jason Henry was the first one on the scene and said, “He was getting out of the vehicle when I got here.”
According to the report filed with the White County Sheriff Department, Stacey was adjusting an item in his truck when he ran off the roadway. He was unable to regain control of his vehicle, and as his truck hit the intersection, it … Read More


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