Search for missing man continues

Posted by | October 28, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Several rescue teams pulled together in search of a White County man, David Lee Young, over the weekend. According to authorities, Young is in his 40’s and allegedly went to harvest Ginseng in the Johnson’s Chapel area, on Tuesday, and has not been seen since.
Authorities said Young did not return home on Wednesday, and his boat and truck were found at Johnson’s Chapel boat dock. Members of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department are investigating.
The DeKalb County Rescue Squad began a search on Wednesday and after several days of tiring efforts,
they requested assistance from the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad and Putnam County Rescue Squad … Read More


William Earl “Billy” Welch Jr.

Posted by | October 24, 2002 12:00 am

William Earl “Billy” Welch Jr., 38, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 19, 2002, at
White County Community Hospital.
Welch was born Dec. 18, 1963, in Ravenna, Ohio, to William Earl Welch Sr. and Patricia Diamond Smith.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Welch.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Welch of Sparta; one daughter, Elana Welch; one step son, Raymond Morgan of Sparta; mother, Patsy Smith of Sparta; father, William Earl “Bill” Welch Sr. of Sparta; two brothers, Paul Welch and Bret Welch both of Sparta; two sisters, Judy Myers and Becky Welch both of Sparta; and grandmother, Frances Welch of Sparta.
Services were held at … Read More


Richard Molnar

Posted by | October 24, 2002 12:00 am

Richard Molnar, 69, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 23, 2002.
Molnar served in the Korean Conflict and had been an electrical contractor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Molnar and Anna Mae Biszaha Molnar.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Molnar of Sparta; five children, Faith Molnar, Richard A. Molnar, Dawn Robinson and Leah Koch all of New Jersey and Gail Swift of Ohio; one sister, Lorraine Lloyd of Florida; 10 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 25, 2002, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Crossville. Veral VanWinkle will be the presiding overseer.
Thurman Funeral Home


Joyce Cumming

Posted by | October 24, 2002 12:00 am

Joyce Cumming entered into eternal life on Oct. 21, 2002.
Cumming was born Sept. 14, 1940, to Rachel and Verlie Oliver.
She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all those she knew. Although she may be gone from this earth forever, her smile and love will shine down on us forever.
She was preceded in death by one son, John Cumming; husband, John D. Cumming III; and father, Verlie Oliver.
Survivors include four daughters, Yolonda Cannon of Sparta, Nancy Little and husband Michael of Sneads Ferry, N.C., Kim Cumming of Sparta, and Lori Richardson and husband Michael of Algood; one son, John D. Cumming … Read More


Spencer Blake Stewart

Posted by | October 24, 2002 12:00 am

Spencer Blake Stewart, 31, of Decatur, passed away Oct. 17, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Stewart was born July 24, 1971, in Putnam County.
He had been employed in sales. Stewart was a member of the Decatur Jaycees and the Rock ‘n’ Country Band in Cookeville.
Stewart was preceded in death by one son, Samuel Blake Stewart; infant child; and two sisters, Shawna Dixon and Traci Stewart; grandparents, Virgil Rector, Marie Moore and Herman Stewart; and great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Atwell Rector.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Ann Stewart of Decatur; father and step-mother, Danny and Margaret Stewart of Decatur; mother and step-father, Barbara and Bobby … Read More


Jentlelee Mosley White

Posted by | October 24, 2002 12:00 am

Jentlelee Mosley White, 80, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 23, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
White was born Feb. 26, 1922, in
White County, to Joe and Sophia Grissom Mosley.
She was retired from Ben Lomand Cooperative.
White was preceded in death by James Floyd White.
Survivors include two cousins, Belle Sims and Sherree Shaw both of Knoxville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, W.D. and Ruth White of Walling; one sister-in-law, Frances Day of Walling; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Oct. 26, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Bethlehem Cemetery. Charlie Myers and Chad Ramsey will officiate.
Hunter Funeral


Verdie Copeland

Posted by | October 24, 2002 12:00 am

Verdie Copeland, 94, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 22, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Copeland was born Jan. 17, 1904, in White County, to James Allen Eller and Sarah Jane Eller.
She had been a homemaker.
Copeland was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Alex Copeland and her parents.
Survivors include one son, James Copeland of Sparta; one daughter, Frances Whitaker of Sparta; six grandchildren, Barry Whiteaker, Jimmy Whiteaker, Joe Whiteaker, Mike Whiteaker, Debbie Baker and Janice Hale; six great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 24, 2002, at Copeland Chapel Church with burial in the church cemetery. … Read More


Roy Leonard Seibers

Posted by | October 24, 2002 12:00 am

Roy Leonard Seibers, 61, of Doyle, passed away on Oct. 20, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Seibers was preceded in death by his parents, Jonas and Iva Tindle Seibers.
Survivors include his wife, Berdie Lull Seibers of Doyle; one son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Mary Seibers of Sparta; one granddaughter, Amanda Seibers of Sparta; seven brothers, Jimmy Seibers, Allen Seibers, Tommy Seibers, Billy Seibers, Wayne Seibers, Michael Seibers and David Seibers; 10 sisters, Lois Gentry, Rita Burke, Mary Lee Moore, Kathleen Seibers, Laura Hensley, Starleine Seibers, Maxine Humphrey, Jenny Franklin, Grace Ferdon and Joann Maynard; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Oct. … Read More


Hilleary visits constituents

Posted by | October 24, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor Report
Gubernatorial candidate Van Hilleary took time during his busy schedule to visit with some “home folks” here in White County Sunday afternoon.
Gubernatorial candidate Van Hilleary took time during his busy schedule to visit with some “home folks” here in White County Sunday afternoon.
Hilleary spoke to the large crowd during a brunch fund raiser at White County High School. He was introduced by State Senatorial candidate, Paul Bailey. who announced. “We are proud to welcome to White County, the next Governor of the state of Tennessee, Van Hilleary!”
The crowd of almost 200 rose to their feet, and applauded their choice for governor, and his … Read More


Stolen vehicle found burned

Posted by | October 24, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Local authorities recovered a stolen vehicle from a field on Cove Road on Oct. 17, 2002. The vehicle belonged to Wanda and Rodney Isom, of Sparta.
Authorities said someone reported finding a burnt truck in their field. Deputy Jody O ’Dell of the White County Sheriff ’s Department responded and discovered the tires and doors were removed and the tag to the vehicle was on the ground behind it.
– Teen’s vehicle crashes into tree
Franklin L. Brasel, 17, of Sparta, was transported to the White County Community Hospital as a result of injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle accident on Hickory Valley Road on Tuesday.… Read More


Sparta helping protect America’s babies with Spooktacular Stroll

Posted by | October 24, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The nation’s most precious asset is the youth of today. These young men and women will be the leaders of tomorrow, and the March of Dimes makes sure they have a good start in life.
The March of Dimes mission is to promote healthly babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality through research, education, community service and advocacy. According to Cindy Hackler, community director for White, Cumberland, Sequatchie and Hamilton counties, the March of Dimes is sometimes a “behind the scenes” supporter of numerous medical advancements and benefits.
In January 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt, established the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Roosevelt, who suffered … Read More


David Oscar Nash

Posted by | October 21, 2002 12:00 am

David Oscar Nash, 86, passed away Oct. 15, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Nash was born Nov. 8, 1915, in Putnam County, to Lester and Minnie Mae Dunn Nash.
He was a member of Corinth Church of Christ and a retired logger.
Nash was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Linnie Opal Davidson Nash; one daughter, Lillian Rivers; four sons, Glynn Nash, David Nash Jr., Bobby Nash and Lenard Nash; and two brothers, Ezra Nash and Willie Nash.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Lennie and J.L. Phillips of Cookeville; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert Joe and Barbara Nash of Sparta; 20 grandchildren; 41 great … Read More


Spencer Blake Stewart

Posted by | October 21, 2002 12:00 am

Spencer Blake Stewart, 31, of Decatur, passed away Oct. 17, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Stewart was born July 24, 1971, in Putnam County.
He had been employed in sales.
Stewart was preceded in death by one son, Samuel Blake Stewart; infant daughter, Shawna Dixon; one sister, Traci Stewart; grandparents, Virgil Rector, Marie Moore and Herman Stewart; and great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Atwell Rector.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Ann Stewart of Decatur; father and step
mother, Danny and Margaret Stewart of Decatur; mother and step father, Barbara and Bobby Miller of Baxter; a brother and sister-in-law, Danny Wayne and Joyce Ann Stewart of Rickman; sister-in-law … Read More


Lillie Mae Gist

Posted by | October 21, 2002 12:00 am

Lillie Mae Gist, 69, of Rockford, Ill., passed away Oct. 14, 2002, in Maywood, Ill.
Gist was born Jan. 5, 1933 to Essie and Flossie Gist.
She had been a registered nurse.
Gist was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, James Thomas Gist; three daughters, Debbie Surease Gist, Donna Lee Gist and Shirley Williamson; one son, Earl Gist; mother, Flossie Fuller; one sister, Ella Mae Hopgood, four brothers, Troy Fuller, Leon Fuller, Lloyd Fuller and James Fuller; and one grandson, Christian Lord James Mitchell.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Oct. 19, 2002, at Davis Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of


Richmond “Rick” Allen Rose

Posted by | October 21, 2002 12:00 am

Richmond “Rick” Allen Rose, 31, of Cookeville, passed away Oct. 18, 2002.
Rose was born Nov. 10, 1970, in Miami, Fla., to Bernie and Deborah Lawhorn Rose.
He had served in the U.S. Army. Rose had been employed as a Gold Certified salesman with Cumberland Auto Centers.
Survivors include four daughters, Susan Rose, DeeAnn Rose Emilie Rose and Sophia Rose; parents Bernie and Deborah Lawhorn Rose of White County; two brothers, Robert James Rose and Orry Rose, both of White County; one sister, Sarah Ann Friesel of Florida; grandparents, John and Dee Essigmann of White County; and former wife, Gloria Rose of North Carolina.
Services will be held … Read More


Judicial commissioner positions cause heated debate in committee

Posted by | October 21, 2002 12:00 am

Sara Arthur
Commissioners discussed resolutions about procedures for hiring judicial commissioners at the regular monthly meeting of Steering Committee B. However, some of the commissioners had a difference of opinion on some of the suggestions.
Commissioner Terry Alley began discussion on the judicial commissioners resolutions by introducing the proposed changes to hiring procedures.
The question was posed as to why Circuit Court Clerk Henry Foster was not on the committee. Alley told the board he felt it was because of the recent illness suffered by Foster.
However, Commissioner B. K. Luna asked Alley to remind the board of what was said by Alley at the previous Steering Committee … Read More


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