Nathan E. Hawkins

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Nathan E. Hawkins, 80, of McMinnville, passed away Dec. 29, 2001.
Hawkins was born April 12, 1921, in Jackson County, to Sam and Avo Smith Hawkins.
He was a member of New Hope Community Church in Jackson County. Hawkins served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Survivors include two sons, Charles R. Hawkins of Gainesboro and Stanley C. Hawkins of Sparta; one brother, Haggard Hawkins of California; three sisters, Helen Barlow of Nashville and Jane Pryor and Loretta Paquette both of California; eight grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Dec. 31, 2001, at the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home. Burial … Read More


Arcanna S. Evans

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Arcanna S. Evans, 71, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 26, 2001.
Evans was born July 29, 1930, in White County, to P.R. and Arcola Johnson Stewart.
She was a factory worker.
Evans was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Avery Evans; one sister, Bessie Holland; and one brother, Ananais Stewart.
Survivors include one son, Bruce Evans of Sparta; two daughters, Charlotte Buckner and Angelia Evans both of Sparta; one brother, Preston R. Stewart of Sparta; one niece, Mary F. Tubbs of Sparta; nine grandchildren, Carol Bonner and her husband, Glenn, Tracy Evans, Fatima Evans, Lyndsay Evans, Chad Tubbs and his wife, Christy and Zachary Buckner all … Read More


Virgil Ray Bryant

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Virgil Ray Bryant, 94, passed away Dec. 16, 2001.
Bryant was born Jan. 26, 1907, in Sparta, to Waymon and Martha Brown Bryant.
He served in the United States Army during World War II.
Bryant was a lumber man.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby
A. Bryant of Rickman; two daughters, Barbara Tackel of Washington and Betty Bryant of Rickman; one granddaughter, Sydney Hennessee; one grandson, Charles B. Tackel; one great granddaughter, Lauran Tackel; and one great grandson, Bryant Hennessee.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Dec. 19, 2001, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Old Bon Air Cemetery. Martha Selby officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge


Elbert Mansfield Humphrey

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Elbert Mansfield Humphrey, 86, of Walling, passed away Dec. 25, 2001, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Humphrey was born Sept. 15, 1915, in White County, to Ammon and Lela Johnson Humphrey.
He was a farmer.
Humphrey was preceded in death by two sons, Neil Felton and Dariel Wayne Humphrey.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Ruth Felton Humphrey of Walling; one grandson, Kevin Humphrey; and one daughter-in-law, Doris Roberts Humphrey of Walling.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Dec. 28, 2001, at Springhill The Baptist Church of Christ. Frank Randolph and Alton Marcum officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Louise Raines

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Louise Raines, 63, of Celina, passed away Dec. 25, 2001.
Raines was born Feb. 7, 1938, in Celina, to Joe Bob Daniels and Inis Adams Daniels.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include two sons, Billy Raines of Celina and Joey Raines of Sparta; six daughters, Elaine Allen, Sherry Bennett and Loretta Worthington all of Sparta, Bonnie Burton of Edinburgh, Ind., Glenda Donahue of Celina and Dorenda Odell of Walling; five brothers, Bill Daniels of Indianapolis, Ind. and Eddie Hubert Daniels, Milly Joe Daniels, Paul Daniels and Wayne Daniels all of Celina; and three sisters, Eva Long and Betty Riddle both of Burkesville, Ky. and Bonnie Sue McLerran of … Read More


Stephen J. Bensing

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Stephen J. Bensing, 58, of Madison Heights, Mich., passed away Dec. 22, 2001.
Bensing was born March 7, 1943, in Findlay, Ohio, to Lester and Agnes Taylor Bensing.
He was a member of Woodlawn Church in Royal Oak, Mich. and was a designer at M & T Design in Troy, Mich.
Bensing was preceded in death by his mother.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Bensing of Madison Heights, Mich.; one step son, Lee Hill of Henderson, Nev.; his father and step mother, Lester and Marie Bensing of Findlay, Ohio; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Phillip and Joyce Bensing of San Francisco, Timothy and Darlene Bensing of Troy, Mich. and … Read More


Janice Marie Wheeler

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Janice Marie Wheeler, 60, of Cookeville, passed away Dec. 28, 2001, at St. Thomas Hospital.
Wheeler was born Aug. 24, 1941, in Overton County, to Lester and Pearl Allen Sanders.
She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Wheeler was a Registered Nurse and a member of M.E.N.S.A. and American Nurses Association.
Survivors include two sons, Jeffrey Will Burton of Indianapolis, Ind. and Brian Lester Burton of Cookeville; two daughters, Terry Aline Bush of Cookeville and Tracey Jean Burton of Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers, Buddy Sanders of California and Al Sanders of Nashville; one sister, Barbara Wilson of Cookeville; 12 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Services will … Read More


Members of business community gather to welcome doctor

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Friends, professionals and well-wishers gathered on Dec. 19 at the new office location for Dr. Jeffrey Belknap on Mose Drive. The Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce conducted a Red Carpet ceremony to welcome Dr. Belknap and his staff to the community.




Early morning burglary at Save-A-Lot

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
The Sparta Police Department investigated a burglary on Mose Drive this morning in reference to a large quantity of cigarettes being stolen. The burglar broke into the local grocery store by the front door and was not apprehended at this time.
Authorities were dispatched to Save-A-Lot at 179 Mose Drive at approximately 4:55 a.m. The Sparta Police Department arrived on the scene at approximately 4:59 a.m. and found the front door
had been pried open and the burglar alarm was on.
Lieutenant Ken McCormick of the Sparta Police Department said, “After checking everything we found a large quantity of cigarettes were stolen.” McCormick also stated the … Read More


Remembering the difficult stories of 2001

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The year 2001 will long be remembered as the most defining 365 days in the history of America. While the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, brought the realization of terrorism and devastation to the American people, every city in the United States experienced their own personal heartbreaks.
Headlines in newspapers draw the attention of many readers. It is tradition with many publications to print a year-end review of the stories that had the greatest impact on the community. Many news reports were tragic, and these are the most difficult to review.
-White County’s first traffic fatality for 2001 occurred when the … Read More


Traffic stop led to several arrests

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Two were arrested on drug charges after authorities stopped a vehicle on Will Thompson Road because the driver had a suspended license.
At approximately 1:15 p.m., Dec. 25, 2001, Deputy Connor Wardlaw of the White County Sheriff’s Department stopped a vehicle on Will Thompson Road because he had prior knowledge of the driver, Charles James Earl Davis, 18, not having a drivers license. According to the report, a license check on Davis did reveal his license was suspended.
During a search incident to arrest, three used syringes and two marijuana cigarettes were found. The passenger, Harold Lavurn Hutchings, 43, had a small plastic baggie in his … Read More


Conrad Clouse

Posted by | December 27, 2001 12:00 am

Conrad Clouse, 87, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 24, 2001.
Clouse was born April 14, 1914, in White County, to Wesley Clouse and Margaret Ann Williams Clouse.
He attended Central Church of Christ and was a plumber.
Clouse was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Verna Clouse; two daughters, Donna Jackson of Chattanooga and Sharon Wilhite of Sparta; one sister, Juanita Bass of Detroit, Mich.; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Dec. 27, 2001, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bro. Don Burns will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge


Ronnie Leslie Minnear

Posted by | December 27, 2001 12:00 am

Ronnie Leslie Minnear, 47, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 23, 2001.
Minnear was born April 24, 1954, to James Leslie (Zuke) and Gertie Jane Rich Minnear.
He was a logger.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Dale Austin Minnear of Sparta; one daughter, Kelly Nichole Minnear of Sparta; one son, Austin Kyle Minnear of Sparta; parents, James Leslie (Zuke) and Gertie Jane Rich Minnear of Sparta; one brother, David Wayne Minnear of Sparta; one sister, Deborah Sue Redmond of Sparta; and grandmother, Nannie Mae Rich of Sparta.
Services were held at 1 p.m., Dec. 26, 2001, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Plainview Cemetery in
the Cassville community. … Read More


Stephen J. Bensing

Posted by | December 27, 2001 12:00 am

Stephen J. Bensing, 58, of Madison Heights, Mich., passed away Dec. 22, 2001.
Bensing was born March 7, 1943, in Findlay, Ohio, to Lester and Agnes Taylor Bensing.
He was a member of Woodlawn Church in Royal Oak, Mich. and was a designer at M & T Design in Troy, Mich.
Bensing was preceded in death by his mother.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Bensing of Madison Heights, Mich.; one step son, Lee Hill of Henderson, Nev.; his father and step mother, Lester and Marie Bensing of Findlay, Ohio; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Phillip and Joyce Bensing of San Francisco, timothy and Darlene Bensing of Troy, Mich. and … Read More


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