There’s no place like home

Posted by | June 6, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor report
“We weren’t planning on leaving Sparta,” said Reverend Russ Ragovin, whose family returned this past December from California to his previous pastorship at First Christian Church of Sparta.
“But one day, completely out of the blue, we got a phone call from a church in San Diego that was interested in having us interview for a co-pastorate there.
They wanted a husband/wife ministry team.”
Co-pastoring a congregation deeply appealed to Russ and his wife, Ruth, as they are both ordained ministers, and they made the decision to relocate with daughter, Rachel, to San Diego only after a second phone call came, a call totally unrelated to … Read More


Charles Dempsie “Ed” West

Posted by | June 3, 2002 12:00 am

Charles Dempsie “Ed” West, 78, of Sparta, passed away May 30, 2002, at his residence.
West was born Dec. 16, 1923, in Cumberland County, to James Todd and Sallie Ann Stinnett West.
He served in the U. S. Army and was a retired factory worker.
West was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Della Maria West; mother-in-law, Mollie Yates; three brothers, Jack Mack and Raymond “Pete” West and two sisters, Hazel Hash West and Lorene West.
Survivors include five children, Doris Jean Hodge, James Edward Johnson and John Thomas Johnson all of Sparta, Charles D. Franklin West of Walling and Howard Ronald Johnson of Monteagle; one … Read More


J.T. Kirby

Posted by | June 3, 2002 12:00 am

J.T. Kirby, 69, of Sparta, passed away June 1, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Kirby was born Aug. 22, 1932, in White County, to Joseph Franklin Kirby and Allie Mae Maynard Kirby.
He was a carpenter and farmer.
Kirby was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian Lawson Kirby of Sparta; two daughters, Barbara McCulley and Gail Measles both of Sparta; one son, Tommy Kirby of Sparta; one sister, Lela Mosley of Cookeville; one brother, Lloyd Kirby of Sparta; six grandchildren, Amy Sherrell, Janice McCulley, Andy McCulley, Angel Ramdial, Sabrina Jackson and Chelsey Kirby; and six great grandchildren, Kristopher Sherrell, Kevin Sherrell, Audrey … Read More


Thomas Henry Poston

Posted by | June 3, 2002 12:00 am

Thomas Henry Poston, 63, of Sparta, passed away June 2, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Poston was born Aug. 21, 1938, in Sparta, to George Dewey and Sara Emaline Flatt Poston.
He was a truck driver.
Poston was preceded in death by one brother, Fred Poston; one sister, Shirley Simmons and his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Jernigan Poston of Sparta; two daughters and one son-in-law, Teresa and Anthony Hutchings and Denice Poston all of Sparta; two brothers, Carl Poston of Quebeck and Bill Poston of Sparta; five sisters, Lucille Goines, Dimple Adcock, Lois Kirby, Christine Kirby and Sue Graham all of Sparta; three grandsons, Daniel … Read More


Loyd L. Selby

Posted by | June 3, 2002 12:00 am

Loyd L. Selby, 70, of Madison Heights, Mich., formerly of Sparta, passed away May 1, 2002, at his residence.
Selby was born June 23, 1931, in Sparta, to Alpha and Vera Lou Selby.
He was a retired carpenter.
Survivors include his wife, Kedila Selby of Madison Heights, Mich.; two children, Loretta Lynn Selby and Owen Dessel Selby both of Madison Heights, Mich.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond “Johnny” and Dora Selby and Ernest “Morris” and Rita Selby all of Sparta and Bill and Lois Selby of Walling; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Peggy Louise and Gene Greene of Sparta and Fran Marie and Ray Meeks of Cobbtown, Ga.; and … Read More


Sylvester Brock

Posted by | June 3, 2002 12:00 am

Sylvester Brock, 81, of Sparta, passed away June 1, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Brock was born Nov. 6, 1921, in White County, to Robert David Brock and Emma Black Brock.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and had been employed by the Florida Dept. of Transportation.
Brock was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Michael Brock.
Survivors include his wife, Jennie Brock of Sparta; one son, David Brock of Sanford, Fla.; one daughter, June Wells of Sparta; three step sons, James Sparks, Tommy Sparks and Norman Sparks all of Florida; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; three brothers, … Read More



Hilleary keynote speaker at Davy Crockett Day Dinner

Posted by | June 3, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The White County High School Mulitpurpose Room provided the setting for a dinner and political forum on Saturday hosted by the White County Republican Party. Van Hilleary, Republican Gubernatorial candidate, delivered the keynote speech.
With a parking lot almost filled to capacity, interested individuals came to the event to hear Republican candidates voice their opinions and views on various issues relevant to their particular political races. The entrance to the multipurpose was lined with representatives of several candidates as they handed out informational material.
According to Doris Sanders, Republican Party secretary, approximately 380 tickets were sold for the event. No specific numbers were available, but … Read More


Herren found guilty

Posted by | June 3, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Linda C. Herren, 43, of Sparta, was found guilty of second degree murder in criminal court on Wednesday. According to Circuit Court Clerk Henry Foster, the court sentenced Herren to 20 years.
Jury selection took place on Monday with 80 people being interviewed. The group was narrowed down to 14 jurors. There were seven women and seven men selected. Two jurors were excused and 12 were required to stay on for the trial.
Public Defender, Joe Finley represented Linda Herren in the trial. District Attorney Bill Locke and John Moore prosecuted the case for the state with Judge Leon Burns presiding.
As reported by The Expositor, … Read More


Dolente assaulted in traffic stop

Posted by | June 3, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Deputy Lester Dolente of the White County Sheriff’s Dept. was injured during a confrontation with a subject on Saturday evening on Bon Air Mountain. Dolente was struck in the head by the subject and was later transported to the White County Community Hospital where he was treated with multiple stitches and released. The suspect is still at large.
According to White County Sheriff Guy Goff, Dolente was on routine patrol in the Bon Air Community on Highway 70E when he clocked a truck traveling 71 miles per hour. Dolente apparently turned around and put his blue lights on in an attempt to stop the vehicle and … Read More


Brownie Lee Madewell

Posted by | May 30, 2002 12:00 am

Brownie Lee Madewell, 88, of Cookeville, passed away May 27, 2002 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center Hospital.
Brownie Lee was born June 17, 1913 in White County, to George Madewell and Mattie Nash Morgan.
She was a charter member of Wilhite Baptist Church and a seamstress for Wilson Sporting Goods.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roosevelt Madewell; her parents, ; one son, Kenneth Ray Madewell; one brother, Sam Morgan and one sister, Gladys Walker.
Survivors include daughters and son-in-laws, Marie Dennis of Laport, Texas, Lois and Don Tarpley of Sparta, Barbara and Terry Ray of Arcanum, Ohio; one sister, Jewel Henry of Sparta; five grandchildren, … Read More


Charlie Mae Hudgens

Posted by | May 30, 2002 12:00 am

Charlie Mae Hudgens, 90, passed away May 27, 2002, at the Samaritan Health Center in Antioch.
Charlie was born November 15, 1911, in White County to Charlie Clay Felton and Zula Mae Robbins Felton.
She lived in Sparta for many years. Hudgens was a former member of West End Church of Christ and Vultee Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl M. Hudgens and her parents.
Survivors include two daughters, Faye Holland of Atlanta
and Madolyn Rives of Huntsville, Ala.; one son, Raymond Hudgens of Antioch; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2002, … Read More


Lula Virgie Jones Brendle

Posted by | May 30, 2002 12:00 am

Lula Virgie Jones Brendle, 91, passed away May 20, 2002, at Calhoun County Medical Center in Battle Creek, Mich.
Brendle was born November 25, 1910, in White County, to Earl Lafate Cates and Virgie Young Cates.
She was a homemaker.
Brendle was preceded in death by her parents and two husbands, Robin C. Jones and Dan Brendle.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Helen Jones of Battle Creek, Mich.; four grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Services were held May 24, 2002, at the chapel Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Old New Hope Cemetery. Bro. Carson Whitaker officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Maude Lela Sparkman O’Connor

Posted by | May 30, 2002 12:00 am

Maude Lela Sparkman O’Connor, 91, passed away May 27, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
O’Connor was born April 22, 1911, in White County, to James P. and Corina Simmons Adair.
She was a homemaker and a resident of Sparta.
O’Connor was preceded in death by: her husband, Willie Lee O’Connor.
Survivors include three daughters, Catherine Wilson, Lela Mae Smith and Mary Ruth O’Connor all of Sparta; two sisters, Mattie Lee Rozzell and Mary Elia Bundy, all of Chattanooga; one brother, J.P. Adair of Chattanooga; eight grandchildren, Lynn and Rusty Sharp, Carolyn and Mike Wheeler, Lavanda and Duane Howard, Ricky and Leah O’Connor, Lisa and Donell Matthews, Gail … Read More


Mary Jane Farley Marsh

Posted by | May 30, 2002 12:00 am

Mary Jane Farley Marsh, 93, of Sparta, passed away May 25, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Marsh was born July 13, 1909, in White County.
She had worked at the Shirt Factory.
Marsh was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Marsh; one son, Milburn Marsh; and parents, Lona and Della Farley .
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Wilma and Gary Greene of Crossville; one son, Willard Marsh of Sparta; one sister, Rose Farley Norris of Ohio; two brothers, Beecher Farley of Sparta and Charlie Farley of Ohio; six grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m.,
May … Read More


Loyd L. Selby

Posted by | May 30, 2002 12:00 am

Loyd L. Selby, 70, formerly of Sparta,
passed away May 1, 2002, at his residence in Michigan.
Selby was born June 23, 1931, in Sparta, to Alpha and Vera Lou Selby
He was a retired carpenter.
Selby was preceded in death by his parents
and one brother, Robert Selby.
Survivors include his wife, Kedila Selby of Madison Heights, Mich.; two children, Loretta Lynn Selby and Owen Dessel Selby, both of Madison Heights, Mich.; three brothers, Raymond “Johnny” Selby and wife, Dora, of Sparta, Ernest “Morris” Selby and wife, Rita, of Sparta and Bill Selby and wife, Lois, of Walling; two sisters, Peggy Louise Greene and husband, Gene, of … Read More


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