Posted by | December 24, 2001 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
T’was the night before Christmas, and all through White County
The children were dreaming of holiday bounty.
The mayor and sheriff and city commission
Were at home relaxing in yuletide tradition.
And I, in my PJ’s, was watching TV
Just hoping that Santa would come visit me.
Well, all of a sudden, I heard in the pasture
A neighing and braying that seemed like disaster!
Away to my window I flew like a flash,
Tripped over my cat (got a quite nasty gash),
And when I came to, I looked outside to see
A man in red overalls waving at me!
He sat in a wagon … Read More

The savior is born

Posted by | December 24, 2001 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
The Christmas story of Jesus’ birth began many years ago in the town of Bethlehem. There were kings, wisemen and shepherds who made their way to the manger to see the babe wrapped in swaddling cloths.
Shepherds were living out in the fields tending their sheep one night when behold, an angel of the Lord stood in front of them and the glory of the Lord shone around them.
The shepherds were afraid at what they had seen but the angel said to them “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there … Read More

Daisy Doney Webb

Posted by | December 20, 2001 12:00 am

Daisy Doney Webb, 84, of Doyle, passed away Dec. 18, 2001.
Webb was born March 8, 1917, in White County, to Sol and Sally Brady Doney.
She was a member of the Church of Christ and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence Clark Webb; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include three daughters, Ruby Jo Pickrell and Hilda Parsons both of Noblesville, Ind. and Shirley Wilmoth of Algood; four sons, Clarence Clark Webb Jr. and Cecil Edward Webb both of Noblesville, Ind., Charles Eugene Webb of Concord, N.C. and David Webb of Tullahoma; 19 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and two … Read More

Beecher D. Brimer

Posted by | December 20, 2001 12:00 am

Beecher D. Brimer, 84, of Van Buren County, passed away Dec. 17, 2001.
Brimer was born Nov. 9, 1917, in Gatson, to Jay Brimer and Pearl Boyd Brimer.
He attended the Church of God and was retired from saw mill construction.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lee Ward Brimer of Spencer; three sons, Nathan H. Brimer of Florida, Beecher J. Brimer of Spencer and William Brimer of South Carolina; nine daughters, Shirley Brock, Jennifer Marshall and Vella
Moore all of Spencer, Linda Camp, Edith Eates, Anna Renaud and Mary Sue Copeland all of Florida, Mildred Louise Stratton of McMinnville and Kathy Martin of Kansas; four step daughters, Kathy … Read More

Mary Jane Ware Davis

Posted by | December 20, 2001 12:00 am

Mary Jane Ware Davis, 86, of McMinnville, passed away Dec. 14, 2001.
She a member of the Church of Christ. Davis was a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Peabody College. She was a retired associate librarian and school teacher with David Lipscomb University.
Davis was preceded in death by her first husband, John H. Webb Sr.
Survivors include her husband, James Garmon Davis of McMinnville; one son, John H. Webb Jr. of McMinnville; one granddaughter, Tracey Jane Webb of Antioch; one sister, Martha Poston of Lynchburg, Va.; one brother, S. Jack Ware of Sparta; three step sons, William G. Davis of Houston, Texas and James M. Davis and … Read More

Pauline Pennington Burgess

Posted by | December 20, 2001 12:00 am

Pauline Pennington Burgess, 88, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 17, 2001.
Burgess was born Feb. 9, 1913, in Smith County, to Tom and Emma Cantrell Pennington.
She was a homemaker.
Burgess was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Tom Burgess.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Leslie Burgess of Asheville, Ala.; three granddaughters, Belinda West, Susan Urquhart and Paula Cook; and four great grandchildren, Cavin, Scott, Ashley and Addison.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Dec. 18, 2001, at West Sparta Church of Christ with burial in Highland Cemetery. Chad Ramsey officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Virgil Ray Bryant

Posted by | December 20, 2001 12:00 am

Virgil Ray Bryant, 94, passed away Dec. 16, 2001.
Bryant was born Jan. 26, 2001, in Sparta, to Waymon and Martha Brown Bryant.
He served in the United States Army during World War II.
Bryant was a lumber man.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby
A. Bryant of Rickman; two daughters, Barbara Tackel of Washington and Betty Bryant of Rickman; one granddaughter, Sydney Hennessee; one grandson, Charles B. Tackel; one great granddaughter, Lauran Tackel; and one great grandson, Bryant Hennessee.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Dec. 19, 2001, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Old Bon Air Cemetery. Martha Selby officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge

Area merchants are ready for last minute shoppers

Posted by | December 20, 2001 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The holiday season has proven to be busy as usual this year, and the last week of shopping before Christmas is suddenly here. The shoppers are hurriedly making their final rounds with hopes of finding a great bargain for those last few names on the list.
Area merchants are preparing for the sudden last minute shoppers, and have taken great pride in their displays of distinctive selections in gifts. According to Expositor Promotions Director Christy Hampton, the businesses in this region are known for their quality and selection.
Hampton said, “The shops and business in this vicinity are noted for their unique items, especially during … Read More

Local residence totally consumed by flames

Posted by | December 20, 2001 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Flames roared throughout a local residence on Wednesday leaving a total mass of destruction behind.
No one was inside the home at the time of the fire.
Authorities were dispatched to the scene of a two story structure fire at 11060 Monterey Highway at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Chief Lew Betterton of the Cherry Creek Fire Department said, “Chief Ed Kay of the Sparta Fire Department was the first one on the scene and said the home was totally engulfed in flames.”
The residence was owned by Bobby Cunningham and authorities said Dave Johnson was renting the home.
Eleven firefighters from Cherry Creek Fire Department and seven … Read More

SpartaExpositor.com has arrived

Posted by | December 20, 2001 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
For over four years, online readers have enjoyed The Expositor via the world wide web, and now they have reason to enjoy it even more with the arrival of the new web site, SpartaExpositor.com.
Premiering today, SpartaExpositor.com has the print staff of The Expositor excited for many reasons: the radical redesign of the site, its easy navigation and, among other new features, a completely searchable article database.
“Readers have been asking for years to be able to access a wider online range of news items,” said Suzanne Dickerson, Expositor publisher.
“Our new web site allows them to do that with ease.”
The internal search engine for … Read More

When elves wear leather

Posted by | December 20, 2001 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
The long line of Harley Davidson tail lights on Memorial Highway on December 8 resembled a bright string of Christmas bulbs as members of the Cumberland Valley Harley Riders (CVHR) enjoyed acting as Santa’s elves.
Transporting over 100 toys and over $3,000 in monetary donations to the YMCA to assist efforts in their Wish Upon A Star program, CVHR riders braved the rain to discover hot chili, beverages and homemade desserts awaiting them when they arrived with their bundles of gifts and dollars.
This year marked the second annual Harley Toy Run, and CVHR members plan to continue their donations to the YMCA for many years … Read More

Effie Gladys Lane

Posted by | December 3, 2001 12:00 am

Effie Gladys Lane, 81, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 26, 2001.
Lane was born Aug. 16, 1920, in White County, to Eston Green and Louella Adair Green.
She was a homemaker.
Lane was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include two brothers, Carmen Green of Michigan and Carl Green of Sparta; two sons, Charles Swindell and Kelly Swindell both of Michigan; and one daughter, Darlene Swindell of Sparta.
Services were held at 1 p.m., Nov. 28, 2001, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Bethlehem Cemetery. Bro. Bransford England officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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