Charles W. Bolton

Posted by | February 23, 2004 12:00 am

Charles W. Bolton, 70, of Memphis, passed away Feb. 16, 2004.
Bolton was born May 7, 1933, in Zion’s Rest, Miss.
He had been employed in the investment and insurance industry.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Dr. Chuck Olds, of Cookeville; one grandson, Bart Williamson and wife Sarah, of Algood; two great grandsons, Zachary Williamson, Jacob Williamson; and best friend and constant companion, Carolyn Trussell, of Memphis.
Services were at 11 a.m., Feb. 19, 2004, at Old Zion Rest Church of Christ with burial in Old Zion Rest Cemetery.
Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Information courtesy of Thurman Funeral Home.




Gasoline drive-offs rampant in White County

Posted by | February 20, 2004 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
Paying for gasoline is just part of the expense of owning a vehicle. Not paying can be the first step to losing a driver license or even spending time in jail.
Recently, two boys in a four-door gray Grand Am pumped $18 worth of gasoline into the vehicle at a White County gas station and left without paying.
If convicted of this theft, according to Tennessee Code Annotated, ‘in addition to the fine and imprisonment authorized by law for the offense of theft, the court may order the suspension of the driver license of a person’.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, “Several area businesses … Read More


Black History Month saluted Saturday

Posted by | February 20, 2004 12:00 am

Jeanne Bruce
February is Black History Month and White County will celebrate it with an exhibit and reception 5-8 p.m., Feb. 21, 2004, at the Sparta Civic Center sponsored by the White County Democratic Party.
“The exhibit will have photos of ancestors, of local school groups from years ago, church members from the old church, and blacks in Sparta who have been first in their field,” said Louvenia Gardenhire, who is organizing the exhibit.
Gardenhire, who was contacted by the Democratic Party a couple of years ago to help organize the event, has been interested in black history for many years.
“I got interested in old photos from … Read More


Dispatcher’s dismissal stands

Posted by | February 20, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A White County E-911 dispatcher has appealed her dismissal to the grievance committee of the board of directors, but during a Feb. 17, 2004, meeting, the three-member group voted unanimously for their original decision to fire Jamie Banks to stand.
Banks was fired during a Jan. 12, 2004, meeting of the E-911 board of directors after she was involved in an investigation by the White County Narcotics Unit. Harry Cole, E-911 director, suspended Banks after seeking legal advice and had requested the district attorney to investigate the matter further.
Jerry Lowery, chairman of the board of directors, had asked for Banks’ dismissal during the Jan. … Read More


Be careful with the heart

Posted by | February 20, 2004 12:00 am

Jeanne Bruce
The American Heart Association has announced February as American Heart Month, and a local resident fully understands the need for a healthy heart.
Edwin Herel of Sparta, had his first heart surgery in 1992 at Yale University Hospital in Connecticut, because of a heart attack. Within four years, he was told that his heart was still in poor condition, but he could not have another surgery.
“They put me on a medicine regimen, but my condition was deteriorating,” Herel said. “After moving here, I began looking for a new cardiologist and found one in McMinnville that was associated with The Heart Group out of St. Thomas … Read More


Woodrow Webb

Posted by | February 19, 2004 12:00 am

Woodrow ‘Woody’ Webb, 81, of Nashville, passed away Feb. 11, 2004.
Webb was born in Overton County to Shirley Webb and Elizabeth Webb.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked for the Detroit City Police Department from 1949 – 1959. He also owned and operated Webb’s Department Store in Sparta until his retirement.
Webb was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Frances M. Ridge Webb; two daughters and one son-in-law, Carolyn Webb, Joan and Charlie Collier; three sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Sandra Webb, Don and Alicia Webb, Richard and Louise Webb; seven grandchildren; two great … Read More


Polly Van Strickland

Posted by | February 19, 2004 12:00 am

Polly Van Strickland, 42, of Lake Hamilton, Fla., passed away Feb. 14, 2004.
Strickland was born Dec. 15, 1961, in Holden, W. Va., to James D. Ferrell and Jean V. Hughes Ferrell.
She had been a homemaker.
Strickland was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband Steve Strickland, of Lake Hamilton, Fla.; mother, Jean Ferrell, of Sparta; one daughter, Laura McClellan, of Clearwater, Fla.; one stepson, Nicholas Strickland, of Lake Wales, Fla.; two sisters, Dorles Abraham, of Valley View, Ohio, Debra Marcum, of Delharton, W. Va.; and three brothers, Darrell Ferrell, of Valley View, Ohio, James D. Ferrell Jr, of Haines City, Fla., and Oliver … Read More


Vera Idela Hash

Posted by | February 19, 2004 12:00 am

Vera Idela Hash, 85, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 16, 2004.
Hash was born July 27, 1918, in Oklahoma City, Ok., to Jim Teeters and Alice Hartbarger.
She had been a homemaker.
Hash was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph Hash; one son, Kendale Hash; one grandchild, Julia Tanner; one sister, Reva Satterwhite and one brother, James Teeters.
Survivors include four daughters, Sarah Tindle, of Sparta, Pam Howser, of Sparta, Patricia Watts, of McMinnville, Marilyn Hughes, of Doyle; one son, J.D. Hash, of Rock Island, seven grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
Services were at 2 p.m., Feb. 18, 2004, at High Funeral Home Chapel with burial … Read More


Ida Mae Melton Underwood

Posted by | February 19, 2004 12:00 am

Ida Mae Melton Underwood, 86, of Columbia, passed away Feb. 17, 2004.
Underwood was born in Warren County to George Ernest Melton and Audie Eskel Saddler.
She had been a housewife.
Underwood was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, William Marcus Underwood.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Janice Katherine Shepherd and Sam, of Mt. Pleasant; one son and daughter-in-law, George Michael Underwood and Linda, of Byron, Ga.; one stepson, William Ralph Underwood, of Lavergne; three sisters, Ree Brady, of Sparta, Ruth Melton, of McMinnville, Juanita Smith, of Centerville; five grandchildren, Darrell Shepherd, Bill Shepherd, Scott Shepherd, Laura Mixon, Marcus Underwood, Shauna Underwood; and many … Read More


Ellen L. Denton Patton

Posted by | February 19, 2004 12:00 am

Ellen L. Denton Patton, 78, of Tampa, Fla., passed away Feb. 7, 2004.
Patton was born July 11, 1925, in Tennessee, to Joe Denton and Nan Franks Denton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Eddie B. Denton.
Survivors include three daughters and spouses, Glenda Faye and Fred Edwards, of Ruskin, Fla., Rita and Pete Judge, of Zephrhills, Fla., Donna Patton, of Tampa, Fla., one sister, Jo Frances Sapp, of Sparta; one brother, Fred Denton, of Cookeville; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Feb. 21, 2004, at Jericho Church of Christ with burial in Jericho Cemetery. Bro. … Read More


Edwin Nash

Posted by | February 19, 2004 12:00 am

Edwin Nash, 79, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 7, 2004.
Nash was born May 28, 1924, in Putnam County to John Wesley Nash and Ova Viola Chaffin.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Nash, of Sparta; one daughter, Carole McBride; one son, Edwin Dean Nash, both of Birmingham; one sister, Ruth McMaster, of Michigan; three grandchildren, Marshall McBride, Adam McBride, Jonathan Nash; two great grandchildren, Meredith McBride and Maddie McBride.
Services were at 1 p.m., Feb. 10, 2004, at Plainview Church of Christ with burial in Plainview Cemetery. Bro. Charlie Myers officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Freshman Warriors are district tourney champs

Posted by | February 17, 2004 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Looking for the elusive roundball. Bodies are scattered all over the floor as the WCHS freshman Warriorettes and Riverdale’s freshman battle for the ball.
WCHS was defeated by Riverdale 59-44 in the championship game.


Farm Bureau observes Food Check-Out Day

Posted by | February 17, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
To recognize the outstanding efficiency and productivity of America’s farmers and ranchers, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the American Farm Bureau Women’s Committee officially commemorated Feb. 5, 2004, as Food Check-Out Day.
White County Farm Bureau did its part in celebration of the event. Joy Templeton, chairperson for the White County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, presented a check to the White County Help Center to purchase needed food items. Maryel Dean Mullins, director, will stock the shelves will food to be given to those who may find themselves in a time of crisis because of financial difficulties.
Latest statistics compiled by the Agriculture Department’s … Read More


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