Bernie Ruth Johnson Foster

Posted by | March 20, 2003 12:00 am

Bernie Ruth Johnson Foster, 71, of Doyle, passed away March 17, 2003.
Foster was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Sparta, to Wiley and Vera Roberts Johnson.
She had been a homemaker.
Foster was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Foster and one grandson, Stephen Paul Savage.
Survivors include five daughters and four sons-in-law, Sue Savage and Gail and Eugene Lawson all of Doyle, Wanda and Gary Stafford and Brenda and Tommy Pope all of Sparta and Sharron and Byron Mason of Walling; two sons and daughters-in-law, Cecil and Leigh Ann Foster and Jason and Tabatha Foster all of Sparta; 12 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Pauline … CONTINUED


James Howard Brown

Posted by | March 20, 2003 12:00 am

James Howard Brown, 85, of Sparta, passed away March 14, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Brown was born June 12, 1917, in Princeton, Ky., to James Edward and Sara Ann Anderson Brown.
He was a retired service station owner and ambulance driver.
Brown was preceded in death by his wife, Elise Bradley Brown and three brothers, Harless, Henry and Roy Brown.
Survivors include three sisters, Edna Alexander of Rensselaer, Ind. and Nita Perry and Mary Conley both of Sparta and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 1:30 p.m., March 17, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Doug Downs officiated.
Hunter Funeral


Virginia “Jenny” Simmons Humphrey

Posted by | March 20, 2003 12:00 am

Virginia “Jenny” Simmons Humphrey, 61, of Walling, died March 6, 2003 at Sparta Life Care Center.
Humphrey was born March 9, 1941 in White County to Effie “Matt” Dillon and Josephine Black Simmons. She lived in Walling most of her life, and after more than 30 years retired from Red Kap Industries where she worked as a seamstress.
She was preceded in death by her father and a special niece, Monica Johnson.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Lee Humphrey of Walling; daughters and son-in-law, Legina Humphrey of Walling and Lisa and Greg Allison of Sparta; her mother, Josephine Simmons; sisters and brother-in-law, Elise White, Rena Floyd and Wilma … CONTINUED


Harry Lougan Bland

Posted by | March 20, 2003 12:00 am

Harry Lougan Bland, 86, of Sparta, passed away March 17, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Bland was born Nov. 11, 1916, in Snow Shoe, Pa., to Edward Joel Bland and Lorene Uzzell Bland.
He was a retired industrial engineer with General Electric.
Bland was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Bland of Sparta; one daughter, Linda Sue Bland Matthews of Cedar Hill; three sons, George William Bland of Doylestown, Pa., William E. Bland of Titisville, Pa. and Harry L. Bland Jr. of Erie, Pa.; and four grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m., March 21, 2003, at United Methodist Church in Snow … CONTINUED


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. … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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.”… CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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