Willie Cameron Clark Austin

Posted by | December 1, 2003 12:00 am

Willie Cameron Clark Austin, 86, of Murfreesboro, passed away Nov. 24, 2003.
Austin was born in White County, to Erbie B. Clark and Henry Lou Cameron Clark.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband Merrill D. Austin.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Merrill D. and Becky Austin, of Monument, Colo., John L. and Linda Austin, of Memphis, and William C. and Charlotte Austin, of Murfreesboro; one sister, Mary Elizabeth Hutson, of Sparta; two brothers, Thomas A. Clark, of Fairfield Glade, Erbie Clark, of Sparta; and five grandchildren.
Services were at 11 a.m., Nov. 29, 2003, at Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro, with burial in … Read More


Robert Ray Davis

Posted by | December 1, 2003 12:00 am

Robert Ray Davis, 74, of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, passed away Nov. 9, 2003.
Davis served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his wife, Mable Imogene Dodson Davis, of Sparta; one son, Robert E. Davis, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two sisters, Christine Grogan and Elmarie Hardin, both of Sparta; one brother, J.C. Davis, of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Private graveside services were at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


S. G. Clark

Posted by | November 27, 2003 12:00 am

S. G. Clark, 74, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 24, 2003.
Clark was born April 19, 1929, in White County, to Wilbur Clark and Ollie Manus Clark.
He was a retired lumber factory worker.
Clark was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Veda Adcock Clark, of Sparta; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Nov. 29, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bro. Fate Wilson will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sam Carr

Posted by | November 27, 2003 12:00 am

Sam Carr, 56, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 23, 2003.
Carr was born July 21, 1947, in White County, to Ed Carr and Betty J. Rice Carr.
He had been the owner of Cy’s Pool Room.
Carr was preceded in death by his father; grandmother, Lovie Presley; grandfather, Andrew Presley; one sister, Judy Young and three brothers, Gene Carr, Bob Carr and Erbie Ray Carr.
Survivors include one daughter, Kim Hillis and her husband, Brad, of McMinnville; one son, Mike Carr and his wife, Lindy, of Sparta; six grandchildren, Courtney, Chad, Ashley, Hayley, Cody and Taylor; mother, Betty J. Rice Carr, of Sparta; two sisters, Mary Austin, of … Read More


Alice Bernice Fields

Posted by | November 27, 2003 12:00 am

Alice Bernice Fields, 77, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 22, 2003.
Fields was born Oct. 1, 1926, in Birmingham, Ala., to Alvie C. Weir and Ethel Beatrice Brent Weir.
She had been employed at a shirt factory.
Fields was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Fields; two sons, Jack Fields and Max Kelly Fields.
Survivors include two daughters, Jimmie Gail Doot, Sally Pirtle, both of Sparta; one sister, Betty Chartrand, of California; one brother, Robert Waldron, of Texas; nine grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Services were at 2 p.m., Nov. 25, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Jonathan … Read More







‘Don’t do what I have done’

Posted by | November 25, 2003 12:00 am

Coleen Gorski
As of October 24, Angela Baker had been incarcerated more than 50 days.
This time.
When she was taken to jail, Baker was under the influence of methamphetamine and remained in hold (separated from other inmates) for two days before they brought her out.
Over the years, she has spent a great deal of time behind bars.
“I have been locked up over half my life,” said Baker. “I was 15 years old the first time I got in trouble. I ran away from home, and I used drugs.”
At the young age of 16, she was placed in a juvenile home where she lived for … Read More


Suspect rams police cruisers

Posted by | November 25, 2003 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
Jesse Lynn Merriman, 23, was arrested Nov. 23, 2003, and faces four charges after being involved in an accident with a White County Sheriff Patrol car. He was transported to White County Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
According to the report, while on patrol at approximately 9:05 p.m., Deputy Charles Sims noticed a vehicle with the driver’s side taillight not working. Sims got behind the vehicle and discovered there was also no tag on the vehicle.
When the officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver sped up, running off the roadway then managed to regain control and continue into Van Buren County. The … Read More


Conley appears in court for first-degree murder charges

Posted by | November 25, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Betty Elaine Conley, 37, of Sparta, appeared in General Sessions Court Friday to answer to the charge of first-degree murder of longtime White County resident Jim Roy Haley.
Conley was arrested Nov. 18, 2003, after Haley’s body was found at his residence by a family member. Joe Finley, public defender, was appointed as her legal counsel.
The Expositor spoke with Detective Chris Isom on Sunday afternoon about the progress of the investigation. At this time, Isom said he could not release any further statements until he consulted with Special Agent Tommy Calahan, of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, who is assisting with the case.
According … Read More


Garey Thomas Howell

Posted by | November 24, 2003 12:00 am

Garey Thomas “Fat Cat” Howell, 58, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 20, 2003.
Howell was born Nov. 9, 1945, in White County, to Walter Howell and Versie Stewart Howell.
He was a retired grocery store owner.
Howell was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Joann Price.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Grogan Howell, of Sparta; one daughter and son-in-law, Tonya Maxwell and Mark Maxwell, of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, Garey Shane Howell and Aja Hyder Howell, of Sparta; two grandchildren, Jason Ross Maxwell and Garey Patton Howell, both of Sparta; one brother, Don Howell, of Sparta; and one sister, Judy Goodwin, of Sparta.
Services … Read More


William Norman Luna

Posted by | November 24, 2003 12:00 am

William Norman Luna, 81, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 18, 2003.
Luna was born May 6, 1922, in DeKalb County, to Samuel D. Luna and Tinnie England Luna.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
He had been a chemist with Olin Chemical Company.
Luna was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Kay Luna and Debra Luna, both of Alabama, and one brother, Roston Luna, of Sparta.
Services were at 11 a.m., Nov. 22, 2003, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Taylor’s Providence Cemetery. Bro. David Lee England and Bro. Alton Colwell officiated.… Read More


Hilda Louise Jones Cantrell

Posted by | November 24, 2003 12:00 am

Hilda Louise Jones Cantrell, 70, of McMinnville, passed away Nov. 21, 2003.
Cantrell was born Feb. 10, 1933, to James A. Jones and Gilla Pippin Jones.
She was a retired coordinator of off-campus classes for Tennessee Technological University.
Survivors include her husband, Edd Cantrell, of McMinnville; one daughter, Cathy S. Cantrell, of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, Edd M. Cantrell II and DeLisa Cantrell, of Sparta; four sisters, Barbara Moore, of Sparta, Sue Mitchell, of Hermitage, Ida Ruth Blunkall, of Nashville, and Mary Jane Taylor, of Springfield; five brothers, James Rex Jones, Bobby Jack Jones, Kenneth Jones, Ronald Jones and David Jones, all of Sparta; and five grandchildren, … Read More


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