Helen Ruth McBride Bell

Posted by | May 8, 2003 12:00 am

Helen Ruth McBride Bell, formerly of Sparta, passed away May 5, 2003, in Eastpointe, Mich.
Bell was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford B. Bell.
Survivors include two children, Carolyn Cleland and Pamela Bernard and husband, Donald; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three brothers, Marvin McBride, Robert McBride and Herbert McBride; and one sister, Mildred McBride.
Services will be at 2 p.m., May 9, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Bohannon Cemetery. Bro. Freddie Copeland will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Patsy Ann Simmons

Posted by | May 8, 2003 12:00 am

Patsy Ann Simmons, 50, of Sparta, passed away May 5, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Simmons was born Aug. 6, 1952, in Crossville, to George Edward Thompson and Mildred Anettia Bolin Thompson.
She had been a nursing home aid.
Simmons was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, John Simmons of Sparta; two sisters, Debra Irene Evans and Dorothy Rachel Clarkson both of Anderson, Ind.; three brothers, Tony Gene Thompson of Cookeville, David Paul Thompson of Anderson, Ind. and Matthew Scott Thompson of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 1 p.m., May 7, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home … Read More




Breast cancer survivors prepare for Relay For Life

Posted by | May 5, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“My biggest fear was for my daughters,” said Sandy Shuburg, as she spoke about her diagnosis of breast cancer in 1991. “I was worried my daughters would get it.”
Shuburg currently serves as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program for women diagnosed with breast cancer. She has a positive outlook on life when she talks about her experience with a disease that usually instills a great sense of fear in most cancer patients. “I really had a good attitude,” she said. “I never got sad, and I didn’t cry.”
Reach to Recovery was founded in 1952 by Terese Lasser, of … Read More


Severe storms ravage county

Posted by | May 5, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Severe storms hit Tennessee during the early morning hours, with extensive damage reported in numerous counties by Nashville news media. White County was no exception, with downed power lines and trees blocking roadways.
Law enforcement and fire departments were kept busy during the pre-dawn storms, which uprooted trees in the City of Sparta, as well as in various sections of the county. Crews from local utilities worked to restore power to homes without power, as high winds showed no mercy for the fragile lines.
Hail was reported in the area of the Smithville Highway and the Mt. Gilead community. Flash floods caused hazardous driving conditions … Read More


Brown injured in Friday crash

Posted by | May 5, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A White County man suffered injuries when the truck he was driving left the roadway and struck several pine trees, before coming to a stop.
According to Trooper Mike Jolley, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, he received the call at approximately 8:48 p.m., May 2, 2003. James R. Brown, 21, of Walling, was traveling on Pollard Road, in a 1993 Ford Ranger, when he failed to properly negotiate a curve. Jolley said the vehicle left the road on the left side, scattering debris for several feet.
The Ford Ranger hit several pine trees of various sizes before the vehicle finally hit a tree large enough … Read More


Mr. Willie Lee Raper

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Mr. Willie Lee Raper, 90, passed away April 29, 2003.
Raper was preceded in death by his wife, Maude Raper; one daughter, Leatrelle Triplett; and one son, Willard Raper.
Survivors include one son and two daughters-in-law, Carlton and Vickie Raper of Hampton, Ga. and Thelma Raper of Tunnel Hill; seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; four sisters, Bertha Sparkman, Mary Spakes, Katherine Cooley and Callie Bumbalough; three brothers, J.L. Raper, Fred Raper and Calvin Raper; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m., May 2, 2003, at
the Westside Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home with burial in Whitfield Memorial Gardens, Rev.
James … Read More


Ernest C. Larson

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Ernest C. Larson, 80, of Harrison Township, Mich., passed away April 26, 2003.
Larson was born July 24, 1922, in Detroit, Mich., to Richard and Caroline Larsen.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was given an honorable discharge a short time later to rejoin his former employer, Murray Corporation, as an inspector of the B17 Flying Fortress.
Larsen had retired from serving as a State Farm insurance agent, after 40 years of service. He was a member of numerous services organizations in the town where he resided.
Larsen was a member of: Centerline-Palmer F&AM #550, Knights Templar of Mt. Clemens, Moslem Shrine Brass … Read More


Susan Kay Petty Divozzo

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Susan Kay Petty Divozzo, 54, passed away April 24, 2003, in Madison Heights, Mich.
Divozzo was born Sept. 13, 1948, in White County, to Comer and Monie Elrod Petty.
She had been an optician with Vision Care.
Divozzo was preceded in death by her father and two sisters, Henrietta Petty and Florene Petty.
Survivors include her mother, Monie Elrod Petty of Sparta; three sons, John Divozzo, Jason Divozzo and Derek Divozzo; one daughter, Marie Thomas of Sparta; one sister, Martha Mitchell of Texas; and three grandchildren, Abigail Divozzo, Drake Divozzo and Sydney Divozzo.
Services were at 10 a.m., April 29, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home … Read More


James “Jim” Mason Brown

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

James “Jim” Mason Brown, 69, of Eustis, Fla., passed away April 19, 2003.
Brown was the son of Martha Rowland Brown and D.A. Brown, who was the longtime publisher and editor of The Sparta News.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
When Brown was living in Sparta, he was an accomplished magician and illusionist and frequently performed on the state of Oldham Theater.
Survivors include two brothers, Dan Brown of San Antonio, Texas, and Louis Brown of Charlottesville, Va. and three daughters, Diane Brown of Clarksville, Kay Brown of Cartersville, Ga. and Amy Brown of St. Mary’s, Ga.
Graveside services are planned for May … Read More


Race M. Braden

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Race M. Braden, 81, of Crossville, passed away April 16, 2003.
Braden was born Dec. 29, 1921, in Winchester, to John and Nellie Smith McDaid.
She was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Crossville. She had been a registered nurse, serving as a public health nurse. Braden was a member of the Seaton Society and received the prestigious Seaton Award from St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
Survivors include her husband, Erwin Braden of Sparta and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 10 a.m., April 21, 2003, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Crossville with burial in Eastland Cemetery. Fr. Patrick Brownell officiated.
Hood Funeral Home


Ella Marie Miskell

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Ella Marie Miskell, 83, of Sparta, passed away April 29, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Miskell was born March 16, 1920, in Knoxville, Md., to Abraham Greenwalt and Mary M. Mirley Greenwalt.
She had been a cook.
Miskell was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one son, Gary Deener of Maryland; six grandchildren, which include Diane Dunn and Roseanne Mathis both of Sparta; 13 great grandchildren and nine great-great
grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m., May 2, 2003, at Elrod Cemetery. Bro. Thomas McCulley will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sarah Katherine Austin

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Sarah Katherine Austin, 61, passed away April 27, 2003.
Austin was born March 17, 1942, in Marion County, Ky., to Paul Fults and Rebecca Anderson.
She had been a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Austin of Doyle; two sons, Darrell Austin and Harold Austin both of McMinnville; one daughter, Carole Clark of McMinnville; five grandchildren, Jonathon, Tara Sue and Amanda Austin, Josh Morton and Russell Clark; one brother and sister-in-law, George and Tina Fults of Doyle; and several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Services were at 2 p.m., April 30, 2003, at the chapel of High Funeral Home with burial in Frazier’s Chapel Cemetery. William “Bill” Welch … Read More




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