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


Former White Countian kills ex-wife, then commits suicide

Posted by | October 21, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor Report
White County experienced a murder-suicide less than one month ago, and on Friday, a Cookeville man, with family ties in Sparta, entered the office of Cookeville attorney Bill Cameron and allegedly shot his ex-wife five times and then shot himself one time in the head.
Richmond (Rick) Allen Rose, 31, formerly of White County, and his ex-wife, Tara Ann Rose, 26, had a history of domestic violence throughout their marriage. Tara had been arrested on domestic assault charges on Thursday. According to informed sources, Tara and her mother had stopped by Cameron’s office on Friday so Tara could seek legal advice.
Tara was sitting on the … Read More


Chattanooga man dies in Highway 111 wreck

Posted by | October 21, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Anthony W. Avans, 20, of Chattanooga, passed away on Saturday because of injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 111 on Friday evening.
According to Trooper Mark Dial of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Avans was traveling north on Highway 111, on the curve between Panther Drive and Winding Lane, when the crash occurred at approximately 8:25 p.m. Avans was driving a 1991 Jaguar and allegedly over-corrected during the curve, which made the vehicle go into a skid. The Jaguar crossed the median, entered into the southbound lane of traffic and collided with a tractor-trailer. Authorities said the vehicle spun and struck the 18-wheeler a … Read More


Nora Lee Breeding

Posted by | October 17, 2002 12:00 am

Nora Lee Breeding, 80, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 15, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Breeding was born May 18, 1912, in Putnam County, to Robert Edward Cannon and Mary Avo Mason Cannon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Clennie Breeding; and one son, Joe Breeding.
Survivors include two daughters, Irene Becker of Sparta and Betty Rigsby of McMinnville; three sons, Jerry Breeding of Sparta, William Clennie Breeding Jr. of Rockland and James Breeding of California; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 18, 2002, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in … Read More


Jewell Hyder

Posted by | October 17, 2002 12:00 am

Jewell Hyder, 89, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 15, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Hyder was born Dec. 22, 1912, in White County, to Lloyd and Martha Lack.
She was a retired factory worker.
Hyder was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Davis; one daughter, Jean Hale; and one son, Dillard Davis.
Survivors include five daughters, Blanche Roberts, Anna Bell Winnett, Ruby Howell, Marie Roberts and Reba Blanton all of Sparta; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Lack of Albion, Mich.; and one sister, Della Lack of Sparta.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 17, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in … Read More


Mark Franklin Moore

Posted by | October 17, 2002 12:00 am

Mark Franklin Moore, 38, of Spencer, passed away Oct. 13, 2002.
Moore was born Sept. 9. 1964, in Sumner County, to James Franklin Moore Jr. and Hilda Brock Moore.
He was retired from Moeller.
Moore was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lewis and Verne Brock and Frank Moore.
Survivors include his father, James Franklin Moore Jr. of Spencer; his mother, Hilda Brock Moore of Spencer; one son, Timmy Moore of Spencer; one sister, Rhonda Caldwell of Spencer; one brother and sister-in-law, Stevie and Margie Moore of Spencer; grandmother, Avo Moore of Rock Island; and nieces and nephews, Brian Narramore and Hope Narramore both of Spencer and Jody … Read More


Luther Humphrey

Posted by | October 17, 2002 12:00 am

Luther Humphrey, 94, of Walling, passed away Oct. 14, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Humphrey was born March 21, 1908, in White County, to Thomas Humphrey and Katie Bain Humphrey.
He had been employed at White County Highway Department.
Humphrey was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Pauline Humphrey; granddaughter, Monica Johnson; and two brothers, Willie Humphrey and Ernest Humphrey.
Survivor include one daughter, Frances Johnson of Nashville; two sons, Joe Humphrey and James Humphrey both of Walling; brothers and sisters, Charlie Ray Humphrey of Cleveland, Bernice Humphrey, Tula Scott and Elsie Mae Gentle all of Alabama and Mary Lou Adcock of Walling; and three … Read More


Mr. Bernice West

Posted by | October 17, 2002 12:00 am

Mr. Bernice West, 91, of Cookeville, passed away Oct. 15, 2002.
West was born Dec. 1, 1910, in Putnam County, to Bertie C. and Notie Winnie Bohannon West.
He attended a Presbyterian Church and had been the trustee of the West Cemetery over 30 years.
West was preceded in death by his wife, Emolene Davis West; his parents; three brothers, Alton West, Lillard West and Ralph West; and three sisters, Anna Viola McCaleb, Emogene Daniel and Vera Mae West.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Carlos L. and Mary West of Sparta and Robert F. “Buddy”
and Gwen West of Cookeville; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Peggy and … Read More


Clifford Bell

Posted by | October 17, 2002 12:00 am

Clifford Bell, 79, of Michigan, passed away Oct. 13, 2002.
Bell was born Nov. 11, 1922, in Putnam County.
He had been a member of the Laurel of Acacia Eastgate Masonic Lodge #477, in Michigan. Bell was retired from Warnock Spring Co., in Detroit, Mich.
Bell was preceded in death by one daughter, Cynthia Ann Bell.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Bell of Michigan; two daughters and one son-in-law, Carolyn Cleland and Pamela and Donald Bernard all of Michigan; three grandchildren and their spouses, Kelly and Bill Cleland-Stolzenfeld, Kevin Cleland and Christina Carter all of Michigan; and two great grandchildren, Shane and Shelby Stolzenfeld both of Michigan.
Services … Read More


Robert Owen Spakes

Posted by | October 17, 2002 12:00 am

Robert Owen Spakes, 83, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 10, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Spakes was born Nov. 13, 1918, in White County, to Kendrick and Lizzie Hale Spakes.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked 44 years for White County. Spakes was also a member of Sparta Masonic Lodge #99 for 25 years.
Spakes was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Jane Maynard Spakes; his parents; one daughter, Judith Elaine Spakes; and one brother, Howard Spakes.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Lynn and Janice Spakes of Sparta and Charles and Debbie Spakes of Doyle; one sister, … Read More


Wal-Mart Foundation donates to Sparta Tree Board

Posted by | October 17, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor Report
An environmental grant by the Wal-Mart Foundation was recently presented to the Sparta Tree Board. Nathan Johnson, city forester, accepted the check for $500 from Wal-Mart store manager, David Eastes. The grant money will be used for education and to plant trees in the community.


Remembering her sweet baby’s arms

Posted by | October 17, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Just like the memories of yesteryear, Gladys Flatt only gets better with age. Her stories of a day and time that were spent enjoying the musical heyday of the man she loved are mesmerizing and intriguing.
Flatt was born July 29, 1915, and her beauty at 87 years old still surpasses that of many women who are half her age. She recollects the day when she met Lester Raymond Flatt, and how the bashful teenager won her heart. “I had gone to a
girlfriend’s house,” said Gladys. “We were walking to church, when a car pulled up and a young man asked us where we … Read More


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