Benny D. Fish Jr.

Posted by | May 23, 2002 12:00 am

Benny D. Fish Jr., 44, passed away May 19, 2002 at White County Hospital.
Benny was born February 24, 1958 to Ben and Rose Vinson Fish in Rockwood, Tenn.
He was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Brenda Wilson and three brothers, Glen, Ronnie and Donnie Fish.
Survivors include: his wife, Conie Graham Fish of Sparta; one son, Jason Fish of Crossville; one step son, Josh Howard of Sparta; parents, Ben and Rose Fish of Sparta; one sister, Joyce Allen of Sparta; three brothers, Bobby Fish of California, Russell Fish of Sparta and Herbert Fish of Sparta; several nieces and nephews.
Services will … Read More


Woodrow Wilson

Posted by | May 23, 2002 12:00 am

Woodrow Wilson, 86, passed away May 18, 2002.
Woodrow was a member of Lonewood Baptist Church and a Veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Cecil Wilson; three sisters, Mary Sommons, Matt Wallace and Addie Bell Graham; one grandson, Ricky Wilson, Jr.
Survivors include: his wife, Ola VanWinkle Wilson; three sons, Burrford Wilson, Anthony Wilson and Ricky Wilson; five grandchildren, Brian, Priscilla, Kimberly, Marcia and Michelle; five great-grandchildren, Charlie, Alex, Cory, Diana and Mariah; several nieces and nephews.
Services were held May 21, 2002 at 2:00 pm CST at Lonewood Baptist Church. Burial will be in Graveyard Ridge Cemetery.
Putnam-Reed Funeral Home… Read More


Lulu Virgie Jones Brendle

Posted by | May 23, 2002 12:00 am

Lulu Virgie Jones Brendle, 91, passed away May 20, 2002 at Calhoun County Medical Center in Battle Creek, MI.
Lulu born November 11, 1910 in White County to Earl Lafate Cates and Virgie Young Cates.
She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, Robin C. Jones and Dan Brendle.
Survivors include: one son and daughter in law, Bobby and Helen Jones of Battle Creek, MI.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held May 24, 2002 at 1:00 pm at Chapel Thurman Funeral Home. Burial will be at Old New Hope Cemetery. Bro. Carson Whiteaker will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home


Taylor keeps Sparta rolling

Posted by | May 23, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
Charles Taylor, owner of Sparta New and Used Tires, offers many services through his shop located at 146 Mayberry Street.
Besides offering the tire lines of Regal, B. F. Goodrich, Michelin and Kumho, Taylor offers alternate brands as well, and he performs tire alignments, balancing and brakes service on most makes and models of vehicles.
His address was 156 Mayberry until a few weeks ago when local 911 services informed him his address was changed to 146 Mayberry.
His address may have changed but his building remains in its original location where Taylor has been in the vehicle services business for ten years.
“I worked for … Read More




Subdivision roads spark intense discussion at county commission meeting

Posted by | May 23, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The White County Commission addressed various orders of business on Monday night, but one item on the agenda led to a somewhat intense discussion that was led by Commissioner Richard Lane.
A resolution to adopt new roads in three subdivisions in White County prompted Lane to question if the roads were developed to the standards required by the county.
Commission Vice-Chairman Kenneth Milligan reminded Lane the county had approved the official road list in February or March and these three roads needed to be added. The roads in question were Imperial Drive in Imperial Drive Subdivision, Country View Drive in Country View Estates, and Tristen … Read More


Seat belt crackdown to target teens during Memorial Day weekend

Posted by | May 23, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor Report
The largest nationwide seat belt enforcement effort ever kicked off this week as more than 11,000 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states are conducting child passenger safety, seat belt and drunk driving checkpoints and other special enforcement activities as part of the Operation ABC Mobilization. The enforcement effort will place special emphasis on protecting teens and young adults this Memorial Day weekend as new data show more than half of all teens who die in crashes are completely unrestrained.
“Our teens and young adults are dying at far higher rates in crashes because they are caught in a lethal intersection of inexperience, risk taking and … Read More


Three injured in Ravenscroft wreck

Posted by | May 23, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Two vehicles collided on West Ravenscroft Road, on Monday, sending Kandy Lynn Rogers, 26, of Georgia,
Trisha D. Lewis, 18, of Pleasant Hill and Kimberly Ruth Martin, 20, of Sparta to the hospital with injuries.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to the crash at approximately 1:15 p.m., May 20, 2002. Inv. Chris Isom, Chief Deputy David Orr and Deputy John Haley of the White County Sheriff’s Dept., arrived on the scene at approximately 1:27 p.m. Firefighters blocked the roadway while emergency workers gained access to the patients and got them ready for transport to the White County Community Hospital.
According to authorities, Rogers was traveling westbound on … Read More


Archiving the past

Posted by | May 23, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
“I first became interested in genealogy when my father wondered who his great, great grandfather was, and my mother, Jean West, was wondering who her great grandmother’s parents were,” said Mary West Holland, White County Historian.
“Then I bought a genealogy book and studied that and started looking in the Tennessee census records for the West and Lay families.
I’ve had the genealogy bug since then.”
Holland, who works part-time with the offices of Dr. R.P. Cooke, DVM, stays busy in her off-time compiling information pertaining to families of White County’s past.
Having been appointed a historian for White County to succeed the late Charles Leonard, … Read More


Sarahan Lee Billings

Posted by | May 20, 2002 12:00 am

Sarahan Lee Billings, 50, of McMinnville, passed away May 16, 2002, at St. Thomas Hospital.
She attended Madison St. Baptist Church in McMinnville.
Morris was a homemaker.
Billings was preceded in death by her parents; Jack & Ann Hillery Braid; one sister, Frances Ann Braid & grand daughter, Andrea Billings.
Survivors include her husband, Eddie Harold Billings of McMinnville; one son, Eddie Harold Billings Jr. of Ind.; one brother, Jim Braid Sr. of Ind.; two sisters, Jacque Linder of Ohio & Patty Helmuth of Ind.; two step brothers, Lloyd Hillery Jr. & Gary Hillery both of Ind.; two grand children, April & Matthew Billings of Ind.; great anut, … Read More


Mrs. Nora Mae Welch Yarbro

Posted by | May 20, 2002 12:00 am

Mrs. Nora Mae Welch Yarbro, 85, of Sparta passed away May 16, 2002 at White County Hospital.
Mrs. Yarbro was born May 1,2002, to Henry & Clara Pearcy Welch in Decator, TN
She was a housewife.
Yarbro was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jacob Forrest Yarbro.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Kindle of Sparta, Tn; one son Mike Yarbro of Decaturville, TN; two grand children, Todd and Scott; four great grand children; one sister, Naom McIllwain of Manchester, TN; one brother, John Welch of Decaturville, TN.
Services will be held May 18, 2002 at Parson’s Mortuary, Parsons, TN. Burial will be at Campground Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral


Jaimon Zayne McKissack

Posted by | May 20, 2002 12:00 am

Jaimon Zayne McKissack, seven months, passed away May 15, 2002 at White County Hospital Emergency Room.
Jaimon was born October 28, 2001 to James Nathaniel McKissack and Jennifer Gay McKissack.
Jaimon was preceded in death by grand father, James Knowler and James Gay.
Survivors include his parents, James & Jennifer Mckissack of Sparta; one sister, Leah Nichole Metcalf of Sparta; one brother, Devin Jordan McKissack of Sparta; grand parents, Terry & sandra Faulk of Sparta and grand mother, Kim Sue McKissack of Michigan; special aunt and uncle, Steve and Linda Hull of Sparta.
Services will be held May 18, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at Thurman’s Funeral Home. Burial … Read More


Arms open wide to help women facing difficult decisions

Posted by | May 20, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Finding out about an unwanted pregnancy can be a confusing and frightening experience, but there is a group of caring individuals who provide companionship and emotional support.
According to Director Kathryn Jones, Open Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center has been in operation for years and she and the board of directors want to make the community more aware of their services. “Our goal is to provide women with emotional and physical support during their pregnancy,” she said.
Open Arms is a private and non-profit local service that is totally dependent on resources from individuals and organizations in the community. They offer confidential guidance and compassionate support … Read More


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