James Albert Rollins

Posted by | February 16, 2004 12:00 am

James Albert Rollins, 72, of Murfreesboro, passed away Feb. 13, 2004.
Rollins was born Feb. 13, 1932, in White County to James Franklin Rollins and Lula Fuqua Rollins.
Rollins served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict.
He was retired from Lewis Bros. Bakery and IGA Foods.
Rollins was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Felton Rollins; one daughter, Theresa Rollins Bowling; one son, Tony L. Rollins, all of Murfreesboro; four sisters, Mary Cantrell, Janie Barnes, Kathy Hudson, all of McMinnville, Juanita Jones, of Nashville; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m., Feb. 16, 2004, at … Read More




Sparta says goodbye to popular physician

Posted by | February 13, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
After serving White County residents for more than a half-century as a physician, Dr. Robert F. Baker Sr. has bid his final farewell to a place he has called home since 1952.
Baker passed away Feb. 9, 2004, at Life Care Center of Sparta. He had been an integral part of the community and served in numerous capacities as a member of various service organizations.
Always thinking about the welfare of his patients, Baker and his friend and colleague, Dr. Charles Mitchell, played a major role in the advancement of local medicine, which included supporting the construction of the present White County Community Hospital.
Baker … Read More


Ballpark long way from completion

Posted by | February 13, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Commissioners solicited long-time Little League supporter Dan Cummings to assist with completion plans for the controversial recreation park, but Cummings’ report Monday night was not very positive.
Cummings, who has previously served as Little League president and has spent more than three decades devoted to the baseball program, presented commissioners with his findings about the current condition of the park, which is on the Smithville Highway.
During the January meeting of Steering Committee A, commissioners approved $4,000 for the sifting of the dirt that had been placed on the ballfields. Large rocks had been found in the dirt, which would present a safety hazard to … Read More


Dispatcher’s firing questioned

Posted by | February 13, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Approximately four weeks after the dismissal of E-911 dispatcher Jamie Banks, a board member has asked for the decision to be rescinded.
Gary Witt, former E-911 board of directors chairman, said he felt the board may have acted out of the realm of their authority. Witt said Harry Cole, E-911 director, should have been given the ultimate decision about firing Banks. Although the nine board members voted unanimously to fire Banks, Witt was concerned proper policies and procedures had not been followed, which would allow Banks to appear before the personnel committee to file any grievances in the matter.
“This has nothing to do with … Read More


Love that lasts a lifetime

Posted by | February 13, 2004 12:00 am

Jeanne Bruce
Wayne and Nita Perry will be celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary this year, but they have enjoyed love for a lifetime. The two were married before, but both lost their mates to death. They didn’t expect to love again, but fate had a different idea.
Nita, born in Frogjump, Tennessee, came to Sparta at age 2 months.
“I had never been back to Frogjump since then, but Wayne took me back there when I was 72 years old,” Nita smiled.
Wayne is originally from Philadelphia, where he married a woman who had a brother in Sparta.
“After my wife got Alzheimer’s, I brought her here to … Read More


Dr. Robert Francis Baker Sr.

Posted by | February 12, 2004 12:00 am

Dr. Robert Francis Baker Sr., 85, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 9, 2004.
Baker was born July 31, 1918, in New Orleans, La., to John Leroy Baker and Ruby Catchings Baker.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942-1945 and was attached to U.S. Marine Amphibious Forces in the South Pacific with combat action in three landings. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant senior grade.
Baker was a graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Medicine, with his post-graduate work at Knoxville General Hospital.
He was the former mayor of Sparta. He was active in community affairs, as well as becoming a vital part … Read More


Gladys Louise Thomas

Posted by | February 12, 2004 12:00 am

Gladys Louise Thomas, 78, of Cookeville, passed away Feb. 10, 2004.
Thomas was born Feb. 3, 1926, in Putnam County, to Ira Vaughn and Pauline Hunter Vaughn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Floyd Thomas; one sister, Ruby Brown; and one brother, Arlin Vaughn.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Glenda Thomas; one sister and brother-in-law, Janie and Arnold Nash; and two sisters-in-law, Rose Vaughn and Johnnie Thomas, all of Cookeville.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Feb. 12, 2004, at the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with burial in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Bro. Ronnie Cobb and Bro. David Flatt will officiate.… Read More


James W. Hall

Posted by | February 12, 2004 12:00 am

James W. Hall, 71, passed away Feb. 8, 2004.
Hall was born
Sept. 20, 1932, to William Millard Hall and Ethel Mae Henley.
He had been a minister at Palmer Church of Christ and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Hall, of McMinnville; one daughter and son-in-law Melinda Carol and Danny Grayson, of Whitwell; one son and daughter-in-law, James Timothy and Kristal Hall, of McMinnville; four grandchildren, Seger and B.J. Grayson and Henry and Kelsey Hall; one sister, Sally Smith, of Kimball; two brothers, Bobby Dean Hall, of Rossville, Ga., and Allen Wayne Hall, of Marietta, Ga.; and several … Read More


Norman R. LaForce

Posted by | February 12, 2004 12:00 am

Norman R. LaForce, 75, of Oak Hill, Fla., passed away Feb. 10, 2004.
LaForce was born Dec. 12, 1928, in Appalachia, Va., to Piney B. and Martha LaForce.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and had been co-owner of Peggy’s Country Kitchen.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy J. LaForce, of Oak Hill, Fla.; five sons, Robert LaForce, of Baltimore, Md., Richard LaForce, of Perry, Ohio, Jim LaForce, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Kenneth LaForce and Mike Titchenell, both of Painesville, Ohio.; two daughters, Gayle Frank, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Carol Corral, of San Leandro, Calif.; four sisters, Dell Hassett, of Paradise, Calif., Jean … Read More


Arrie Mae Jernigan

Posted by | February 12, 2004 12:00 am

Arrie Mae Jernigan, 70, passed away Feb. 6, 2004.
Jernigan was born May 29, 1933, in White County to Whitley Roberts and Bessie Baker Roberts.
She was preceded in death by her father; son, Leon Jimmy Jernigan; three brothers, Homer Whitley Roberts Jr., Larry D. Roberts and Wilfred Roberts; and one sister, Hazel Roberts.
Survivors include one daughter, Sue Hillis, of Sparta; three sons, Robert Jernigan, of Sparta, Ronald Jernigan, of Little Rock, Ark., Donald Jernigan, of Sparta; mother, Bessie Roberts, of Sparta; four sisters, Jeanne Kirby, of Cookeville, Opal Williams, of Sparta, Frances Whitley, of Franklin, Wanda McGhee, of Sparta; nine brothers, Harvey Roberts, of Sparta, Charles … Read More


Tiffany Faith Robinson Jenkins

Posted by | February 12, 2004 12:00 am

Tiffany Faith Robinson Jenkins, 30, of Powder Springs, Ga., formerly of White County, passed away Feb. 6, 2004.
Jenkins was born June 1, 1973, to Jack Robinson and Mary Robinson.
She had been a dispatcher for E-911 in Cobb County, Ga.
Jenkins was preceded in death by one brother, Gary Wayne Robinson.
Survivors include her husband, Hollis Lavon Jenkins, of Powder Springs, Ga.; one son, Oliver Lavon Jenkins, of Powder Springs, Ga.; mother, Mary Robinson, of Powder Springs, Ga.; father, Jack Robinson and wife Kathleen, of Sparta; one sister, Sabrina Phillips, of Georgia; stepbrother, Randy Young, of Sparta; grandfather, Jim Robinson, of Sparta; father-in-law, Hollis Jenkins, of Sparta; … Read More


Sarah Jane McBride Tolbert

Posted by | February 12, 2004 12:00 am

Sarah Jane McBride Tolbert, 51, of Murfreesboro, passed away Feb. 9, 2004.
Tolbert was born in Nashville, to James F. McBride and Pauline Wallace McBride.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Tolbert, of Murfreesboro; one brother, Richard F. McBride; mother-in-law, Mary Tolbert, of Murfreesboro; niece, Katherine McBride; and nephew, Robert McBride.
Services will be at 7 p.m., Feb. 12, 2004, at North Blvd. Church of Christ.
Woodfin Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.
This information courtesy of Hunter Funeral Home.


Terry Glynn Nash

Posted by | February 12, 2004 12:00 am

Terry Glynn Nash, 44, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 9, 2004, at Centennial Medical Center, in Nashville.
Nash was born May 3, 1959, in White County, to James C. and Evelyn Aileen Prater Nash.
He had been a lab technician.
Survivors include his parents, James C. and Evelyn Aileen Prater Nash, of Sparta; twin brother, Jerry Lynn Nash, of Atlanta, Ga., and brother, James Michael Fox, of Cookeville; niece, Chrissie White, of Sparta; one nephew, J.J. Fox, of Cookeville; and aunts and uncles.
Private services were Tuesday at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Jerry Young officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Warriors lose heartbreaker in overtime

Posted by | February 10, 2004 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Mr. and Miss Basketball. Brooke Sunday and Seth England were honored as WCHS’s 2003-04 Mr. and Miss Basketball prior to the game with Lebanon.


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