Pete “Gig” Smith

Posted by | March 3, 2003 12:00 am

Pete “Gig” Smith, 83, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 26, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Smith was born May 17, 1919, in White County, to Robert Smith and Floe Reeves Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one sister, Marie Blaylock of Sparta.
Services were at 10 a.m., Feb. 28, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Eastland. Father Fred Schmit officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


April Dawn “Dawnie” Spatty

Posted by | March 3, 2003 12:00 am

April Dawn “Dawnie” Spatty, 47, of Jennings, La., formerly of Sparta, passed away Feb. 24, 2003, at Savoy Medical Center in Mamou, La.
Spatty was born April 13, 1955, in Akron, Ohio. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Tennessee Technological University and had been a substitute teacher. Spatty served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Campbell, Ky., and Wartburg, Germany.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Daniel Spatty Jr.; her grandparents, Thomas and Arietta Palmer; and her parents, Homer L. and Ellen E. Lewis.
Survivors include one son, Nicholas Daniel Spatty III of Australia; one daughter, Elizabeth Dawn Spatty of Jennings, … Read More


Barbara Fancher Hudgens Crouch

Posted by | March 3, 2003 12:00 am

Barbara Fancher Hudgens Crouch, 68, of Cookeville, passed away Feb. 28, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Crouch was born April 28, 1934, in White County, to Milburn Everett and Rebecca Fancher Hudgens.
She was a retired teacher with the White County School System.
Crouch was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Erick Parrish.
Survivors include her husband, Joe B. Crouch of Cookeville; one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Betty Parrish of Maryville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and Bob Moorehead of Lebanon and Misty and Scott Pyburn of Algood; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Sissy Leech of Nashville and Nancy … Read More


Verble “Gene” Eller

Posted by | March 3, 2003 12:00 am

Verble “Gene” Eller, 62, of Sparta, passed away March 1, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Eller was born Jan. 15, 1941, in White County, to Arthur Eller and Edna Ura Selby Eller.
He was a member of Plainview Church of Christ. Eller had worked at Thomas Industries as production manager, which led to a national sales and marketing director position. He retired after 30 years of service. Eller also served as the first director of White County’s 911 Emergency Communications.
Eller was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Louise Eller; and one nephew, John David Eller.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Howard Eller of Sparta; … Read More


Anna Joy Brannon

Posted by | March 3, 2003 12:00 am

Anna Joy Brannon, 72, of Sparta, passed away March 2, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Brannon was born Aug. 18, 1930, to Henry Jackson Guy and Minnie Ann Davis Guy.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Debra Taylor of Bone Cave; one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Howard Vance of Doyle; one grandson; six step grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one sister, Sue Wallace of Old Hickory; two brothers, Freddie Guy of Doyle and Billy Guy of Sparta; one sister-in-law, Earlene Guy of Doyle; a host of special nieces and nephews; and family and friends who called her … Read More


Johnny Ray Steele

Posted by | March 3, 2003 12:00 am

Johnny Ray Steele, 51, of Sparta, passed away March 1, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Steele was born June 13, 1951, in Sparta, to Virgil and Mary Gaines Young Steele.
He had been a laborer.
Steele was preceded in death by his father; two sisters, Betty Williams and Oral Dean Steele; and one brother, James Steele.
Survivors include three daughters and one son-in-law, Jessica Steele and Heather Steele both of Sparta and Jennifer and Jeremiah Manus of Spencer; three grandchildren, Austin Simpson, Tyler Simpson and Amaria Martinez all of Sparta; mother, Mary Young Steele of Sparta; one sister and brother-in-law, Maxine and Coy Blaylock of Sparta; one … Read More


James M. Passons

Posted by | March 3, 2003 12:00 am

James M. Passons, 88, of Sparta, passed away March 1, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Passons was born May 5, 1914, in White County, to James M. Passons and Ida Ora Haston Passons.
He was retired from Thomas Industries and had been a farmer.
Passons was preceded in death by his parents, James M. Passons and Ida Ora Haston Passons; his wife, Varina Mai Passons; and one son, Jim Passons.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Betty Passons and Bobby and Virginia Passons all of Sparta and David and JoAnn Passons of Lenoir City; one daughter-in-law, Joan Passons of Knoxville; nine grandchildren; and 10 … Read More


Business of the Week

Posted by | March 3, 2003 12:00 am

Expositor Report
Family Defensive Arts is the home office for SI FANG TAO (THE WESTERN WAY) Martial arts style. The style is family-owned by Ireneo Rose & McKinzie Rose. They inherited the style from Master Jim Green upon his retirement. They hold the title of “SHIHAN” and teach traditional non-competitive Chinese self-defense. Both have been to Hong Kong & China to receive their Mandarin personal seal and the official Mandarin school seal. Manners & respect for one another is part of the citizenship curriculum taught here. They invite you to visit them Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 5 p.m. at the Rose Building, 146 W. Bockman Way (by … Read More



Hickey appears in court Friday

Posted by | March 3, 2003 12:00 am

Billy Jarvis
Robbery suspect Tim Hickey appeared before Judge Sam Benningfield during White County General Sessions Court Friday. Hickey faces multiple criminal charges, including armed robbery and aggravated assault, resulting from his alleged gunpoint robbery of Sparta Discount Drugs on Feb. 24, 2003.
Before the mid-morning break, Hickey appeared as Benningfield questioned the suspect relative to his financial status. Hickey indicated that he had no assets or cash and that his vehicle was totaled in the incident. Hickey responded upon further questioning that he was unable to make bond and that he had not been able to speak with his family or anyone else since his arrest in … Read More


White County Narcotics Unit

Posted by | March 3, 2003 12:00 am

nets multiple weekend arrests
Billy Jarvis
The newly formed Narcotics Unit within the White County Sheriff’s Department had a busy weekend to close out February.
In addition to serving multiple warrants, the team of three officers arrested 16 suspects on Saturday evening alone on drug and alcohol related charges.
Multiple arrests continued throughout the weekend.
“This is a new unit Sheriff O’Connor formed to specifically address drug and alcohol related problems in White County,” said Narcotics Unit member deputy Charles Dennis. “There are three officers in our unit, and our primary focus as a team is to to aggressively investigate and arrest in matters regarding alcohol and drug … Read More


Jennie Vee Hogan Abney Tayse

Posted by | February 27, 2003 12:00 am

Jennie Vee Hogan Abney Tayse, 77, passed away Feb. 21, 2003.
Tayse was born June 6, 1923, to John B. Hogan and Cassie J. Dyer Hogan.
She was retired from Fleetguard in Cookeville.
Tayse was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl Ray Abney and her parents.
Survivors include her husband, James Tayse of Sparta; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Larry and Melba Abney of Harrison, Mich. and Dennis Ray Abney of Sparta; one stepson and wife, Gene and Kay Abney of Oklahoma; one sister, Alberta Petty of Hazel Park, Mich.; one brother, Paul E. Hogan of Chesterfield, Mich.; four grandchildren, Michele Cunningham, Patricia Heckler, Aimee Abney … Read More


Clio Mable Moore

Posted by | February 27, 2003 12:00 am

Clio Mable Moore, 80, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 24, 2003, at Bethesda Health Care Center.
Moore was born July 6, 1922, in Jackson County, to Marion Thomas Welch and Josie Az Whiteaker Welch.
She had been a homemaker.
Moore was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Charlie Eugene Moore; two sisters, Gladys Lenore Wilson and Buenola Joyce Welch; and infant brother, Marion Thomas Welch Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Charlie Moore of Sparta; children, Roger Dale Moore and wife Judy, Joyce Ruth Adcock, Mary Frances Nash and husband Phillip and Cynthia Ann McBride all of Sparta and Harold David Moore and wife Lisa of McMinnville; … Read More


James Grady Bertram

Posted by | February 27, 2003 12:00 am

James Grady Bertram, 42, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 24, 2003.
Bertram was born Feb. 9, 1961, in Marrow, Ohio, to Claude William Bertram and Edna Mae Brown.
He had been a mechanic at Wagner.
Survivors include his wife, Pam Brock Bertram of Sparta; one son, James Jeremy Bertram of Crossville; one daughter, Alicia Brittany Bertram of Crossville; one step son, Brandon Crawford of Sparta; parents, Claude and Edna Bertram of Crossville; one brother, William Bates Bertram of Crossville; and one sister, Debe Flynn of Crossville.
Services will be at 1 p.m., Feb. 28, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Bolin Cemetery in … Read More


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