Betty Rose Murphy

Posted by | September 22, 2008 12:00 am

Betty Rose Murphy, 81, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 21, 2008, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Murphy was born Feb. 27, 1927, in Logansport, Ind., to Carl and Sarah Conklin Smith.
She was retired from Best Daycare, in Logansport.
Murphy was preceded in death by an infant child, David Overpeck; two brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Murphy, of Sparta; three sons, Thomas Overpeck Jr., of Lucerne, Ind., Richard Overpeck and wife Terri, of Royal Centre, Ind., Scott J. Overpeck and wife Cynthia, of Grass Creek, Ind.; three daughters, Kathy Kuhn and husband Mick, of Eureka Springs, Ark., Petty Mattson, of Sparta, Anita Spencer … Read More

John Leland Bouldin

Posted by | September 22, 2008 12:00 am

John Leland Bouldin, 39, of Bone Cave, passed away Sept. 20, 2008, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Bouldin was born Dec. 24, 1968, to James Hascal Bouldin and Connie Janey Dodson Bouldin.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Doug Bouldin; cousin, Tom Bouldin; and grandparents, John Leland (Buster) and Mildred Bouldin, James Dodson.
Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Bouldin, of Bone Cave; son, James Leland Bouldin, of Bone Cave; two stepdaughters, Michaela Hensley, of Bone Cave, Leanne Pettit, of Spencer; father, James (Jimmy) Bouldin, of Spencer; mother, Janey Bouldin, of Bone Cave; grandmother, Gwen Youngblood, of Bone Cave; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and … Read More

Warriors shut out by Blue Raiders

Posted by | September 22, 2008 12:00 am

Making a cut. Sam Gribble makes a cut to go through a hole opened up by his linemen during the game with Cleveland. Gribble carried the ball 18 times for 88 yards against the state’s fourth ranked team.

A sudden stop. Seth Anderson brings a Cleveland runner to a sudden stop during Friday’s game. The Warriors were shut out by the state’s fourth ranked Blue Raiders 27-0. The Warriors host Cumberland County for homecoming this Friday.

    A quick look at the scoreboard after Friday night’s game revealed a shut out victory by Cleveland over White County High School, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. 

It’s homecoming week in Sparta

Posted by | September 22, 2008 12:00 am

    Football fans across White County will get a double dose of homecoming this week as both White County High School and White County Middle School will be celebrating homecoming. 
    The details of this week’s festivities for the middle school, which will take on Livingston Thursday, were in last Thursday’s paper along with an introduction to the WCMS homecoming court.  The WCHS homecoming court will be featured in this Thursday’s paper. 
    WCHS has a long week of activities planned for the entire student body culminating with the football game Friday night against Cumberland County.  The homecoming court will be introduced during that game. 
    In honor of the recently completed … Read More

WCHS soccer suffers loss at Oakland

Posted by | September 22, 2008 12:00 am

Guarding her territory. Reanna Young has been solid in goal for the Warriorettes this season.

    The Warriorette soccer team had their version of Friday Night Lights when they traveled to Murfreesboro to take on Oakland in District 7AAA action Friday.
    WCHS came home still in search of their first district win with only one league game remaining.  The Lady Patriots defeated the Warriorettes 3-1.
    Oakland netted all three of their goals in the first half of the contest.  The Warriorettes tightened up the defense the second half and held the Lady Patriots scoreless in the final 40 minutes, but could manage only one goal themselves coming up short … Read More

Voyles finishes seventh at Tennessee Classic

Posted by | September 22, 2008 12:00 am

    Several members of the WCHS cross country team were in action at the prestigious Tennessee Classic on Saturday at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.
    The 33rd edition of the Classic featured 160 teams and more than 1,500 participants. 
    Sparta senior, Markie Voyles, finished seventh overall in the 272 runner field in the girls’ gold race.  Voyles ran the 5k course in 19:44.89.  The winner of the race was Kathy Kroeger of Independence High School.  Kroeger was the 2006 National Champion and last year’s runner-up.  Second place went to Allie Scalf from Science Hill with a time of 18:40.  Voyles finished just over a second behind Jacqueline Pitcock from … Read More

Volleyball defeated by Cookeville

Posted by | September 22, 2008 12:00 am

Action at the net. Jessica Wilson goes up to make a play at the net during the Warriorette volleyball team’s game at Cookeville Thursday. The Warriorettes lost to Cookeville but went 4-1 in their games at Jackson County over the weekend.

    The Warriorette volleyball team started the second half of their district slate at Cookeville Thursday and then played in a tournament over the weekend at Jackson County. 
The Warriorettes took on archrival Cookeville Thursday in district 7AAA action. The two teams had already met once this season with the Cavaliers coming out on top 3-0.
The Warriorettes started the match off on the wrong foot allowing Cookeville … Read More

Joseph Izeah Dodd

Posted by | September 21, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Joseph Izeah Dodd, 84, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 19. 2008, at Alive Hospice Residence, in Nashville.

Dodd was born Feb. 7, 1924, in McMinnville, to Horace and Louise Gamble Dodd.
He resided in McMinnville, Chattanooga, Nashville and finally Sparta.
Dodd served honorably with the 1st Division, 18th Infantry of the U.S. Army during World War II throughout Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster and three Bronze Stars, as well as the Presidential Unit Citation for heroic action performed on D-Day at Normandy (Omaha Beach).
On Oct. 11, 1943, he married Willodeen
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Jimmy Lou Rudder Williams

Posted by | September 20, 2008 12:00 am

Jimmy Lou Rudder Williams, age 86, formerly of Sparta passed away Sept. 13, 2008, at Bethesda Health Care, in Cookeville.

Williams was born April 2, 1922, in Stevens, Ala., to Jim Kelso and Demple Austin Rudder Kelso.
She worked as a nurse for White County Hospital and was a member of Sparta First United Methodist Church. 
Williams was preceded in death by her parents; son, Scott Austin Francis; and husbands William H. Francis, Frank C. Williams.
Survivors include her daughter Janell Francis Clark and husband and Joe Pat, of Cookeville; grandsons, William F. Clark and wife Patti, of Cookeville, R. Hunt Clark and wife Deborah McClary, of Sparta; … Read More

Sadie Lucille Maynard

Posted by | September 20, 2008 12:00 am

Sadie Lucille Maynard, 95, of Baxter passed away Sept. 13, 2008,at Bethesda Healthcare Center, in Cookeville.
Maynard was born April 16, 1913, in Smith County, to James (Jim) Edward and Kizzie Jane Starnes Williams.
She was a homemaker and grew in the Lancaster community of Smith County. Maynard lived many years in White County and attended Liberty Baptist Church. She moved to Baxter in 1988. She loved gardening and working in her flowers until her health declined.
Maynard was preceded in death by her husband, Alfice Maynard; brother, Charlie Williams; and sisters, Clara Holman, Willie Mae Williams, Grace Neal, Lois Alcorn.
Survivors include a sister, Deane Killebrew and … Read More

John L. Osborn

Posted by | September 20, 2008 12:00 am

John L. Osborn, 70, passed away Sept. 13, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Osborn was born Feb. 3, 1938, to Steve and Thelma Smith Osborn.
He was a servant of God and served the Lord 35 years preaching His word. Osborn frequented his daughter’s restaurant, Thelma’s Place, in Cookeville, where he would visit and witness to the customers about the Lord.
Osborn was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife or 45 years, Margaret Brundridge Osborn, of Cookeville; four sons, Steve Osborn and wife Debbie, of Sparta, Roy Osborn and wife Maryann, of Gainesboro; John Osborn, of Arizona, Fred Harden, of Georgia; seven daughters, … Read More

Joseph I. Dodd

Posted by | September 20, 2008 12:00 am

Joseph Dodd, 84, of Lester Flatt Rd.,  in Sparta, passed away Sept. 19, 2008, at  Alive Hospice in Nashville. He was the husband of Willodeen Dodd.

Funeral arrangements will be completed by noon Sept. 20, 2008.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ron Ayers

Posted by | September 20, 2008 12:00 am

Ron Ayers, 55, of Van Buren County, passed away Sept. 16, 2008, at his residence.
Ayers was born July 3, 1953, in Trenton, N.J., to Paul C. and Helen Addleman Ayers.
He worked as a machinist in the tool and die industry.
Survivors include one daughter, Tonya Ayers, of Las Vegas; two sons, Dustin Ayers, of Silverton, Ore., Caleb Ayers, of Buckeye, Ariz.; nephew, Ryan McMann, of Phoenix, Ariz; and niece, Suzan McMann, of Seattle, Wash.
A memorial service will be 5:30 p.m., Sept. 17, 2008, at Fall Creek Falls State Park.
Spencer Funeral Home, in Van Buren County, is in charge of arrangements.

Warriors fall to state’s fourth ranked team

Posted by | September 20, 2008 12:00 am

Making the stop. Three Warrior football players, Sam Gribble, Seth Anderson and Sam Howard, team up to make a tackle in the game against Cleveland.

    The White County High School football team tangled with one of the state’s best teams, and despite turning in one of the better all around performances of the season, were defeated by Cleveland 27-0.
    The Blue Raiders are ranked number four in the state according to the latest Class 4A Associated Press poll.  The Warriors were not able to put the ball in the end zone against the visitors, but did move the ball on Cleveland. 
    The Blue Raiders speed just proved too … Read More

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