Willie Mae Cantrell Thompson

Posted by | February 27, 2003 12:00 am

Willie Mae Cantrell Thompson, 92, of Sparta, passed from this life Feb. 23, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Thompson was born June 30, 1910, in White County, to Alf and Emma Elizabeth Gilbert Cantrell.
She had been a homemaker.
Thompson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Homer Lee Thompson; and two sisters, Ann Thompson England and Willene Thompson.
Survivors include four daughters and one son-in-law, Effie Lee England, Evelyn Thompson and Kathy Seals all of Sparta and Margaret and Cecil Anderson of Cookeville; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 1 p.m., Feb. 26, 2003, … Read More


Herbert Greene

Posted by | February 27, 2003 12:00 am

Herbert Greene, 84, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 20, 2003, at Baptist DeKalb Hospital in Smithville.
Green was born April 8, 1918, in Hueysville, Ky., to William Greene Sr. and Arta Patton Greene.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a retired security officer and antique dealer.
Greene was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Humbert Greene, Denver Greene and Carl Greene.
Survivors include his wife, Maglee Bailey Greene of Sparta; one son and daughter and son-in-law, Michael and Connie Greene of Sparta; one daughter, Benita Wilkerson of Sparta; nine brothers and sisters, Bessie Cavender and James Green both of … Read More


Gentry Brothers relocate, expand business

Posted by | February 27, 2003 12:00 am

Billy Jarvis
The merits of brotherhood have been a source of social interest poets and authors have written about for centuries. Epic struggles of family unity and the strength of the bonds of brotherhood are often the stories of legend. For Jeff and Eddie Gentry, their legacy is not a glamourous tale of fiction. For these entrepreneurs, brotherhood simply means good old-fashioned, hard work.
As Gentry Brothers Tractor Supply completes a second month at their new location on Miller’s Point Road, Jeff and Eddie Gentry reflect on the challenges brought them there in addition to the expanded products and services they now offer after more than three years … Read More




Local pharmacists speak out about recent armed robbery

Posted by | February 27, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The scenario of a peaceful small-town lifestyle has drawn many people to Sparta. However, one local pharmacist has had more than her share of “big-town” crime, since her business has been robbed three times since December 2002.
Sabra Rinio, pharmacist and owner of Sparta Discount Drugs, is still recovering emotionally after a local man, who was allegedly carrying a concealed weapon, came into her pharmacy Monday demanding narcotics and fled the crime scene with undisclosed quantities Schedule II drugs.
Rinio spoke with Expositor staff writer Billy Jarvis Tuesday and stated Sparta Discount Drugs would no longer be stocking or filling prescriptions for certain narcotics because … Read More


Armed robber apprehended following chase, collision with White County deputy

Posted by | February 27, 2003 12:00 am

Billy Jarvis
A Sparta man was arrested Monday following an armed robbery at a local drug store.
According to preliminary information released by Sparta Chief of Police Jeff Guth, E-911 received a call at approximately 2:02 p.m. from an individual at Sparta Discount Drugs stating a man carrying a concealed weapon had just robbed the facility. In addition to providing a description of the vehicle, the caller was also able to secure a license plate number as the suspect fled.
E-911 dispatch immediately notified the Sparta Police Department, and Guth promptly coordinated a pursuit plan between Sparta Police and the White County Sheriff’s Department.
“We were quickly able … Read More


Breeding honored as the Citizen of the Year

Posted by | February 27, 2003 12:00 am

Billy Jarvis
The White County High School multi-purpose room was the venue on the evening of Feb. 25 for the seventh annual Expositor Citizen of the Year, Unsung Heroes, and Golden Apple Teacher of the Year awards.
Following a synopsis by Expositor Publisher Suzanne Dickerson, which featured a magnitude of civic and business achievements, Bob Breeding was announced as the recipient of the 2003 Expositor Citizen of the Year Award. Prior winners Bill Johnson, Edd Rogers and Fate Wilson were on hand as Johnson presented Breeding with the award.
“A lot of nice things have been said about me this evening, but a great deal of credit for … Read More


Good dental habits are important for youth

Posted by | February 27, 2003 12:00 am

Expositor Report
Jacob Bouldin, 4, of Sparta, was feeling a little apprehensive about his visit to the dentist Monday. However, Dr. Waymon Haston had him smiling and looking forward to fixing his “sore tooth.” In observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Haston recommended children should definitely begin dental visits around 4 years old.
The annual observance of children’s dental health, which has been the focal point of numerous special programs in White County elementary schools, began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb. 3, 1941.
The American Dental Association held the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. This single … Read More


Jennie Vee Hogan Abney Tayse

Posted by | February 24, 2003 12:00 am

Jennie Vee Hogan Abney Tayse, 77, passed away at home Feb. 1, 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, … Read More


Richard Dale “Big Daddy” Measles

Posted by | February 24, 2003 12:00 am

Richard Dale “Big Daddy” Measles, 58, of Castalian Springs, passed away Feb. 21, 2003, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Murfreesboro.
Measles was born July 7, 1944, in Sparta, to Paskell Woodrow and Louvena Jones Measles.
He had
served in the U. S. Army and had been employed in road construction.
Measles was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ronald Wayne Measles.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Measles of Castalian Springs and Fancy Kellye of Carthage; two grandchildren, Victoria Sims of Sparta and Tabatha Crowson of Springfield; one sister, Mary Janet Holland Sparta; and eight brothers, Kenny Measles, Tom Measles, Paul Measles and Erbie … Read More


Roy G. Gamble

Posted by | February 24, 2003 12:00 am

Roy G. Gamble, 77, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 20, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Gamble was born July 16, 1925, in White County, to Haskell Gamble and Ella Ballew Gamble.
He had been a coal miner.
Gamble was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Hilda Gamble of Sparta; two daughters sand sons-in-law, Donna Gamble Goguen and Henry Goguen of Sparta and Wanda Gamble Allen and Richard Allen of Nashville; grandchildren, Beth Allen and Jennifer Mayberry and husband Randy all of Sparta and Amy Travis of Clarksville; three great grandchildren, Jesse, Kaitlyn and Maycee; several nieces and nephews; … Read More


Mary Kathryn Brock

Posted by | February 24, 2003 12:00 am

Mary Kathryn Brock, 88, of Spencer, passed away Feb. 19, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Brock was born Aug. 13, 1914, in Spencer, to Jim Madewell and Srelda Yates Madewell.
She had attended Church of God of Prophecy and had been a homemaker.
Brock was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Brock and four brothers, Clarence Madewell, Bransford Madewell, Clyde Madewell and Elbert Madewell.
Survivors include four daughters, Lillion Kirby, Birdie Gilbert, Gladys Simmons and Emma Patrick all of Spencer; five sons, Charles Brock, James Brock, Harold Brock and Ronnie Brock all of Spencer and Roy Brock of Antioch; 24 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; and eight … Read More


Community spirit guides Floyd’s Hometown Foods into new millennium

Posted by | February 24, 2003 12:00 am

Billy Jarvis
Few retail businesses face the enduring challenge of providing a basic commodity that all citizens require. The grocery industry fits such a standard, and as a result the competition is fierce.
Logic suggests national chains might have an advantage in this market because of high-profile exposure and shear volume of numbers.
However, the folks at Floyd’s Hometown Foods operate on a policy of logic that larger competitors often fail to deliver on. When it comes to fundamental customer service, Jim Floyd, Debbie Floyd, and their staff of 32 employees have a special bond with their customers that larger stores can only envy.
“Without our customers, we … Read More


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