Edward Lee “Zap” Vinson

Posted by | March 20, 2003 12:00 am

Edward Lee “Zap” Vinson, 57, of Sparta, passed away March 12, 2003, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Vinson was born Jan. 22, 1946, in White County, to Hillard Malcolm Vinson and Ruby Pauline Vinson.
He had been self-employed in construction.
Vinson was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one son, Jerry Vinson “Poteet” of Sparta; two brothers, Johnny Vinson of Nashville and Carroll Vinson of Sparta; and two sisters, Janice Boles and Sheila Vinson both of Sparta.
Services were held at 1 p.m., March 19, 2003, at Harvest Outreach Ministries Church with burial in Rose Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Tony Vinson officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge


Charles Douglas Walker

Posted by | March 20, 2003 12:00 am

Charles Douglas Walker, 66, of Sparta, passed away March 18, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Walker was born Jan. 7, 1937, in White County, to James Edward Walker and Pearl Grace Bilbrey Walker.
He had been a farmer and employed at Agee Oil.
Walker was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Gail Qualls Walker of Sparta; five sisters, Virgie Dickey of Florida, JoAnn Jones, Becky England and Patsy Allison all of Sparta and Brenda Spurlock of LaVergne; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m., March 21, 2003, at Sparta First Baptist Church with burial in Overton County Memorial Gardens. … Read More


Co-Op not just a farmer’s resource anymore

Posted by | March 20, 2003 12:00 am

Billy Jarvis
Rural communities across Tennessee have a heritage in agriculture that couples their livelihood with their lifestyles. While corporate farmers from the Midwest and north Atlantic states manage their sprawling acres like assets on a balance sheet, the Tennessee farmer tends to blend his identity with the patch of dirt he calls home.
Community farmers often forge a quiet brotherhood among their local colleagues. Sharing in the lifestyle of farming is a social passion for many men and women, and no place is more common to the life of a farmer than the local farmer’s Co-Op. While the White County Farmer’s Co-Op continues to be an indispensable … Read More


Tennis teams ready to hold court

Posted by | March 20, 2003 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Jason Ryder readies for his fourth and final season of high school tennis.
For the second straight year, Ryder will man the number one singles seed for the Warriors.
The WCHS teams don’t waste any time getting into the heart of their schedule.
They host the always tough Oakland teams this afternoon in their season opener.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite



United in spirit and patriotism

Posted by | March 20, 2003 12:00 am

Jeannie Hawkins
Do you know this young man? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. He is, Lance Corporal Randall “Tony” Anthony Hawkins. He is a White Countian and like many others, is ready and willing to fight for our country. Whether it be a father, a brother, a son or an uncle, these men have given up their freedom, so we can have ours. They’ve given up the luxuries of home, family and friends to protect and serve each and every one of us, and yes, even the anti-war protesters.
How quickly you have forgotten the tragedy of 9-11 and the threats of even worse to come. Or … Read More


Guarding our nation

Posted by | March 20, 2003 12:00 am

Jarrod Conner
Over 4,000 soldiers in the Tennessee Air and Army National Guard have been mobilized since the presidential declaration of Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle on Sept. 14, 2001.
Units and individuals from across Tennessee have also recently been deployed to Kuwait to participate in the disarmament of Iraq.
The question on many White Countians minds is: “Have the Sparta or Cookeville National Guard units received any deployment orders?”
“The Sparta or Cookeville units have not received any alert notification or orders to mobilize,” said Captain James Reed.
“However, the units are conducting sensible planning and making preparations in the event we are called to duty.”… Read More


War in Iraq begins

Posted by | March 20, 2003 12:00 am

Expositor Report
President George W. Bush told the world Wednesday night the United States and its allies had launched a campaign to oust Saddam Hussein from Iraq and “free its people.”
Bush warned the nation the conflict “could be longer and more difficult than some predict.”
But he assured Americans “this will not be a campaign of half-measures, and we will accept no outcome except victory.”
Bush said “coalition forces will make every effort to spare innocent civilians from harm.”
But Bush warned that goal may not be simple to reach.
“Saddam Hussein has placed Iraqi troops and equipment in civilian areas, attempting to use innocent men, women … Read More


Heading down the highway with safety through AARP Driver Safety Program

Posted by | March 20, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Driving is the easiest and simplest way to get from one location to another, and for senior citizen, it may be the last resort for holding on to their independence. Although the natural aging process can play tricks on eyesight and reactionary time, individuals age 50 and over have found a way to hone their driving skills and stay alert behind the wheel. The answer is AARP Driver Safety Program.
AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom driver refresher course specially designed for motorists age 50 and older. The eight-hour course is taught in two, four-hour days, and the cost is … Read More


Jessie Haston

Posted by | March 17, 2003 12:00 am

Jessie Haston, 95, of Sparta, passed away March 12, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Haston was born Sept. 14, 1907, in White County, to Thomas A. White and Louise Shannon White.
She was a member of Central Church of Christ for 80 years. She had worked at East Sparta City School and Baker Elementary.
Haston was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert L. Haston; parents; one sister, Mary Lou White; and one brother, Seth White.
Survivors include Jerry Haston of McMinnville and Richard Thomas Haston of Starkville, Miss.; two daughters, Joanna H. Jones of Tullahoma and Nancy H. Meyers of Chattanooga; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; … Read More


Virginia “Jenny” Humphrey

Posted by | March 17, 2003 12:00 am

Virginia “Jenny” Humphrey, 61, of Walling, passed away March 6, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Humphrey was born March 9, 1941, in White County, to Effie “Matt” Dillon Simmons and Josephine Black Simmons.
She retired from Red Kap Industries after working more than 30 years as a seamstress.
Humphrey was preceded in death by her father and one niece, Monica Johnson.
Survivors include husband, Joe Lee Humphrey of Walling; two daughters and one son-in-law, Legina Humphrey of Walling and Lisa and Greg Allison of Sparta; her mother, Josephine Black Simmons; and three sisters and one brother-in-law, Elise White, Wilma and Gary Copeland and Rena Floyd all … Read More


Vernal A. Lafever

Posted by | March 17, 2003 12:00 am

Vernal A. Lafever, 89, of Sparta, passed away March 13, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Lafever was born May 12, 1913, in Putnam County, to William Asher and Parilee Randolph Lafever.
He had been a dairy farmer, coach, teacher and worked in the building supply story business.
Lafever was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Ethel Luke Lafever; one daughter, Betty Ruth Judd; three sisters; and one brother.
Survivors include three daughters, Jonelda Cawthon, Susan Lafever and Cindy Johnson all of Sparta; two sons, John Lafever of Rock Island and David Lafever of Sparta; 10 grandchildren, Benjamin and Jonathan Judd, Marshall, Jon Anne, … Read More


Mary Hewes Jones

Posted by | March 17, 2003 12:00 am

Mary Hewes Jones, 70, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Chautauqua County, New York, passed away March 10, 2003 at Alive Hospice Residence in Nashville.
Jones will be remembered as a woman who followed her heart.
She loved her family, the Lord, music and literature.
She was preceded in death by her parents,Sidney T. and Rhea O. Hewes and her sons, Chuck and Sid Draper.
Survivors include her husband, Ken Jones of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Tucker Hewes of Naples, Fla.; daughters, Kate Snow of Ashville, N.Y. and Pat Draper-Helms of Vero Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Jennifer Blanchard of Stockton, N.Y., Michael Campana of Ashville, N.Y., and Brian and Meredith … Read More


Business of the Week

Posted by | March 17, 2003 12:00 am

Expositor Report
We have a variety of fresh flowers for birthdays, anniversaries, or any of your family’s funeral needs.
The Rose Petal does in home decorating for when you are not so sure what style and colors you need in your home.
For weddings we will come to your place of matrimony to help you coordinate your wedding to make it as beautiful and special as the moment.
When your decoration comes each year remember that The Rose Petal will personalize your decoration flowers for the price and quality that you want. Owners Jimmy & Martha Presley, 386 West Bockman Way or call us at 836-8465.


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