Martha Rochelle

Posted by | September 12, 2002 12:00 am

Martha Rochelle, 68, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 10, 2002.
Rochelle was born Sept. 22, 1934, in White County, to Clarence Turpin and Ora Frances Hyder Turpin.
She attended the Church of Christ and had been in the nursing profession.
Rochelle was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Clarence Turpin Jr.
Survivors include three daughters, Renee Elmore of Sparta, Carol Lee Housley of Cookeville and Vicky Pitts of Centerville; one son, Rodney Rochelle; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 4 p.m., Sept. 11, 2002, at Lower Cherry Creek Cemetery. Bro. Randy White officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of


New Beginnings with endless possibilities

Posted by | September 12, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Years of experience is the key to success for New Beginnings in Sparta, and Jill McCulley adds her expertise and special touch to make the business enticing for every customer. McCulley moved into her new location at 109 South Wilson Street in July, and a grand opening is planned September 14.
A corner vacant lot in the middle of town has now been turned into a beautiful addition to the business community. “My husband Bryan came up with the idea for this building,” said McCulley. “The lot was sort of an eyesore for a while, but we’ve had lots of compliments about the building since … Read More


Board passes property annexation ordinances

Posted by | September 12, 2002 12:00 am

Mike Dickerson
The Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed two annexation ordinances, after some discussion from members of the public concerning one of the properties.
The board heard from Bob Breeding and Jeff Young in a public hearing for the annexation of 17 acres of property owned by Young in Gillen subdivision.
Breeding explained his late father and former mayor
Bailey Bockman had reached an agreement over 50 years ago concerning the annexation of the family property. He said both parties had made the agreement in good faith, and it has been beneficial to the city and the Breeding family.
“The city has over three and one-half … Read More


Crash sends one patient to hospital

Posted by | September 12, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Susan Armstrong, 30, of Spencer, was transported to White County Community Hospital, with minor injuries, after she was involved in a two vehicle accident on Wednesday afternoon.
Emergency personnel responded to the intersection of Memorial Highway and Worley Road at approximately 12:56 p.m.
According to Trooper R.C. Christian of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Armstrong was attempting to cross Memorial Highway from Levon Sparkman Road to Worley Road in a 1986 Chevy Astro van. Armstrong allegedly told authorities she did not see anything coming when the impact occurred.
Linda Witt, 59, of Quebeck, was traveling westbound on Highway 70S in a 1998 Infinity when the vehicles hit … Read More


Great is thy faithfulness

Posted by | September 12, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor Report
A time of honor and remembrance took place on Wednesday night at the White County High School football field, with a special service paying tribute to the victims of 9-11 and to recognize the local emergency services personnel. Men, women and children joined hands during the benediction to express their unity as ‘one nation under God.’


Cooking by faith

Posted by | September 12, 2002 12:00 am

Suzanne Dickerson
If you were one of the blessed ones growing up, you will remember your grandmother’s kitchen, counters all full of mixing bowls and spices, loaves of bread rising on the cupboard, and pies cooling on the window sill.
Can you almost smell the aromas floating from that wonderful room?
Well, Shirley Raper’s kitchen is brimming with goodies as any grandmother’s could have ever been. The good news is she is going to share her down-home, melt-in-your-mouth recipes at a cooking school on October 8.
Raper, or Mother Shirley, as she prefers to be called, came to Sparta 20 years ago. She and her husband Bill came … Read More


James Allen “Buck” Hill

Posted by | September 9, 2002 12:00 am

James Allen “Buck” Hill, 50, of Warren County, passed away Sept. 4, 2002.
Hill was born Feb. 18, 1952, in Warren County, to James Clarence Hill and Mary Thomas Cope.
He attended Charles Creek Baptist Church and had been employed at Calsonic Yoruzu Corp.
Hill was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Lou Herrin; father, James Clarence Hill; and one nephew, Anthony Simmons.
Survivors include three daughters, Jennifer Kay Hill, Rhiannon Nichole Hill and Monica Lance Hill all of McMinnville; mother, Mary Cope of McMinnville; step father, Ray Cope of McMinnville; one sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Gary “Yogi” Bratcher; one step sister and her husband Judy … Read More


Toy Renzo Young

Posted by | September 9, 2002 12:00 am

Toy Renzo Young, 79, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 3, 2002, at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville.
Young was born June 15, 1923, in White County, to William Robert and Lina Bell Ballew Young.
He had been a farmer.
Young was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beatrice Winnett Young; one brother, Bill Young; five sisters, Josephine Young, Stella Barr, Annie West, Ella Mae Dover, Margaret Luna; and one great grandchild, Isaac Roberts.
Survivors include his wife, Lorene Blaylock Young of Sparta; three daughters, Barbara McManus and Louise Johnson both of Knoxville and Maxine Nance of New Market; two sons, L.D. Young and Mike Young both … Read More


Katherine Beatrice Taylor

Posted by | September 9, 2002 12:00 am

Katherine Beatrice Taylor, 66, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 6, 2002, at Cumberland Medical Center.
Taylor was born Jan. 15, 1935, in New York, to William Porter and Sybil McPherson.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond Teachout of Sparta; two daughters, Jo Ann Teachout and Anna Macri both of New York; two sons, Lewis Taylor and Steve Taylor both of New York; three sisters, Helen Driscoll, Anna Carhart and Betty Gary all of New York; one brother, Ronnie Solomon of California; six grandchildren, Michelle Teachout and Paul Teachout both of Nashville, Brian Teachout, Jeanette Taylor, Erica Taylor and Jessica Macri all of New York; and one great grandchild, Courtney … Read More


Howard Vasco Crowder

Posted by | September 9, 2002 12:00 am

Howard Vasco Crowder, 75, passed away Sept. 4, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Crowder was born Feb. 8, 1927, in White County, to John Vasco and Mallie Howard Crowder.
He earned a teacher’s certificate at Tennessee Technological University and taught at Cole’s Chapel and Macedonia Elementary schools.
Crowder left the teaching profession to serve in the 1st Cavalry in Korea during the Korean Conflict. After military service, he returned to TTU and graduated.
Three years later, Crowder earned the Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was ordained to the gospel ministry by the Middle Tennessee Presbytery at Robinson Chapel Presbyterian … Read More


Zula Mae Clouse Wilson

Posted by | September 9, 2002 12:00 am

Zula Mae Clouse Wilson, 81, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 7, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Wilson was born Oct. 16, 1920, in Putnam County, to Joel Johnson and Martha Estella Usrey Clouse.
She had been a nurse and homemaker.
Wilson was preceded in death by one daughter, Wilma Jean Wilson; her parents; four brothers, Haston Clouse, Theo Clouse, Leo Clouse and Thomas Clouse; and three sisters, Merrie Maynard, Nora Conley and Leona England.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Thelma and Charles Price of Sparta; three sons and daughters-in-law, William Haston and Pat Wilson and Everett Monroe and Rebecca Wilson all of Sparta and Clarence … Read More


Milan Zedlar

Posted by | September 9, 2002 12:00 am

Milan Zedlar, 85, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 5, 2002.
Zedlar was born Jan. 5, 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Stephen “Tom” and Mary Katie Zedlar.
He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Scottish Rites, a member of Al Koran Shrine in Cleveland and the Lions Club of Kernersville, N.C. Zedlar was founder and president of Kirtland Machine Tool Co. of Kirtland, Ohio, and the owner and president of Smith Armstrong Forge and Heat Treat of Cleveland.
Zedlar was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Jeffrey Glen Kile; and one sister, Eileen Zedlar.
Survivors included his wife of 62 years, Lillian Helen Munz Zedlar of Sparta; … Read More


Les Allen West

Posted by | September 9, 2002 12:00 am

Les Allen West, 18, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 6, 2002.
West was born Jan. 28, 1984, to Lester and Diane West.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bill and Verna Qualls.
Survivors include his parents, Lester and Diane West of Sparta; grandparents, Wilburn and Meredith Ball of Crossville; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Leslie and Scott Sparkman of Doyle, Diana and Jeff Fullerton of Wisconsin and Denise and Jeff Skonecki all of Wisconsin; and one brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Kim West of Michigan. He will also be missed by several nieces, nephews and cousins and friends.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Sept. 8, 2002, … Read More


Gordon “Jack” Fletcher

Posted by | September 9, 2002 12:00 am

Gordon “Jack” Fletcher, 76, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 5, 2002.
Fletcher was born Sept. 27, 1927, in White County, to John Henry and Addie Maynard Fletcher.
He had been a
saw mill worker.
Fletcher was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Margie Kerr Fletcher of Sparta; one daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Danny Moore of Sparta; two step children, Garry Myers of Sparta and Ann Trowbridge and her husband, Gary, of Loretto, Ky.; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Nell and David Gene Guy, Cora Dockery and Myrtle Davis all of Sparta; one sister-in-law, Vera Fletcher of Sparta; two grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and … Read More


Business of the Week

Posted by | September 9, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor Report
The Natural Answer is located at 181 Mose Drive in Sparta (next to Wendys). They offer vitamins, minerals, herbs, bath, body and facial care. Christian books, music and gifts. Owner: Rhonda Dawson, a qualified nutrition specialist, is available to help you with just what you need for everyday healthy living. “Together serving your nutritional and spiritual needs.”


Remembering the victims of September 11

Posted by | September 9, 2002 12:00 am

Blaine Parrish
Being from a small town like Sparta, I’m sure my perspective of New York is quite different than those who have spent most all their lives there. I remember well my first impression of such a vast city, which was going over the Brooklyn Bridge and seeing the skyline for the first time, while hearing ‘welcome to the jungle’ on the radio…..the lady standing in the harbor with a torch held high and proud. She seemed to glow, welcome…..and the Twin Towers, reaching for and seemingly touching the sky, dwarfing everything around them. What a monument to the American dream! I remember watching clouds collide with … Read More


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