Thelma Jean Smith

Posted by | October 28, 2002 12:00 am

Thelma Jean Smith, 61, of Cookeville, passed away Oct. 25, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Smith was born Aug. 29, 1941, in White County, to Verble Sherrell and Blanche Elizabeth Cason
Sherrell of Algood.
She was a member of Scott Avenue Baptist Church and had been a machinist at Flowserve.
Survivors include her mother, Blanche Sherrell of Algood; husband, Ernest Smith of Cookeville; three sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Melody Smith of Cookeville and Jeff and Amy
Smith and Robin and Leslie Smith all of Knoxville; two daughters, Lisa Whitehead and Jacki Smith both of Cookeville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Glen and Ruth Sherrell and Solon and … Read More


Edgar Grant “Red” Pistole

Posted by | October 28, 2002 12:00 am

Edgar Grant “Red” Pistole, 67, of Winchester, passed away Oct. 24, 2002, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
Pistole was born in White County.
He had been a minister with the Church of Christ denomination.
Pistole was preceded in death by one daughter, Elizabeth Faye Pistole and two brothers, Edward Pistole and Abie Pistole.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Elizabeth Cowan Pistole of Winchester; one daughter, Sharon Russell of Chicago, Ill.; one son, Leon Lynn Pistole of Defiance, Ohio; two sisters, Margaret Henry of Buffalo Valley and Mary Ellen Hernalsteen of Ubly, Mich.; two brothers, Ervin Dares Pistole of Loudon and Richard Carlen Pistole of Luthersville, Ga.; and … Read More


The Clock Shop’s distinctive gifts, with a tick

Posted by | October 28, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
If someone is looking for a unique gift item, with a little tick, they will surely find a wide variety of antique and new style clocks at the Clock Shop, located at 7-C Cook Street, at the Sparta Shopping Center.
The Clock Shop has been open for 13 years at its present location and is owned by Kenneth Pippin. Pippin is a native White Countian and his business has been an asset to White County and the Upper Cumberland. When Pippin opened the shop, he knew the business would be a clock and gift specialty shop with antiques. He said, “Each year the antique clocks have … Read More


Commission delays selection of judicial commissioners

Posted by | October 28, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Controversy among county commissioners has resulted in a one-month delay of selecting two judicial commissioners for the upcoming term.
Judicial commissioners for White County are appointed on a yearly basis. In the October county commission meeting each year, two recommendations to fill the positions are made to the full court. However, this October’s commission meeting saw the delay of hiring the warrant writers until the November meeting, which is past the official take-over date for the new positions.
Judicial commissioners’ terms begin November 1, but Terry Alley, chairman of the selection committee, requested more time to evaluate and implement new guidelines and procedures for the … Read More


Governor candidates speak candidly

Posted by | October 28, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
With only eight days until the November 5th election, Tennesseeans are carefully monitoring each contested race with anticipation. Polls indicate Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen and Republican candidate Van Hilleary are in a dead heat for the top office in the state.
Interviews with U.S. Congressional candidates, Janice Bowling, Republican, and Lincoln Davis, Democrat, and State Senatorial candidates, Paul Bailey, Republican, and Charlotte Burks, Democrat, will be published in Thursday’s edition of The Expositor.
In recent telephone interviews with both gubernatorial candidates, The Expositor presented the two men with the same list of 10 questions, which related to pertinent issues. The following is a list of … Read More


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


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