Crossing the ocean to a world of love

Posted by | March 14, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The depth of a person’s love for another human being is a strong and powerful emotion, and the bond between a man and woman in love is even greater. When Gertrud Emily met Larkin Paul Austin in war-torn Germany, she was unaware of the changes that were about to take place in her life.
Gerta, as family and friends know her, worked in a mess hall at Rhine-Mein Air Force Base in Frankfurt, Germany. She could not speak English, even though she came in contact with Americans on a daily basis. According to Gerta, there was an incident of food poisoning and because of security … CONTINUED

Everett G. Dodson

Posted by | March 11, 2002 12:00 am

Everett G. Dodson, 84, of Dickson, formerly of Sparta, passed away March 8, 2002.
Survivors locally include Jimmy Dodson, Billy Carl Dodson, Helen Bennett and Doris Dodson all of Sparta.
Services were held at 2 p.m., March 10, 2002, at Taylor Funeral Home in Dickson with burial in Dickson Cemetery.
Taylor Funeral Home in Dickson was in charge of arrangements.
This information is courtesy of Thurman Funeral Home.

William Luther (Luke) Merriman Jr.

Posted by | March 11, 2002 12:00 am

William Luther (Luke) Merriman Jr., 85, of Doyle, passed away March 7, 2002, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
Merriman was born Oct. 8, 1916, in Bridgeport, Ala., to William Luther Merriman Sr. and Lillie Fridell Merriman.
He attended Quebeck Church of Christ and was a member of Warren Lodge #125. Merriman was retired from Powermatic Foundry as a foreman.
Merriman was preceded in death by three brothers, Creed Merriman, Bill Merriman and Gaither Merriman and three sisters, Jessie Randall, Gladys Massey and Rena Madge Burnett.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Frances Davis Merriman of Doyle; two sons and one daughter-in-law, William Luther Merriman III and Kay Merriman … CONTINUED

Jessie (Evie) LaFever

Posted by | March 11, 2002 12:00 am

Jessie “Evie” LaFever, 87, of Franklin, passed away March 5, 2002.
LaFever was the son of Bethyl and Alice Certain Young.
She attended Johnson’s Chapel Baptist Church and was retired from the Sparta Shirt Factory as a machine operator.
LaFever was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert LaFever; five sisters, Laura Clouse, Delee Frailey, Dela Williams, Vella Looney and Evelyn Young..
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Leslie and Barbara Ann LaFever of Franklin and Clyde Albert and Kay LaFever of Franklin; two grandsons, Robert LaFever of Franklin and Gregory LaFever and his wife, Tina, of Franklin; one great granddaughter, Camille LaFever of Franklin; two step … CONTINUED

Providing White County with commitment and service

Posted by | March 11, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The word “farm” has always depicted a visual image of a hard-working family functioning together to accomplish great things for its members. Vaughn Walker, agency manager for White County Farm Bureau since 1997, hopes the community feels the same sense of family with a membership of 4,800 in White County.
Walker is proud of the history of the Farm Bureau, with Tennessee Farm Bureau holding the title of the largest in the United States. “We surpassed Texas years ago,” he said.
White County Farm Bureau had its beginnings in the early 1930’s, with the help of T.L. Leonard, the vocational agriculture teacher, County Agent W.F. … CONTINUED

Calling all Easter bunnies: The hunt begins March 23

Posted by | March 11, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Her love of children and wanting to provide them with an exciting and fun childhood is what inspired Cindy Judd Howell to initiate many of her projects for elementary school-age youngsters.
Howell, along with several family members, will be conducting the fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt at Doyle Elementary School on March 23. “My family and I thought the egg hunt would be good for the community and the kids,” said Howell. “The first year we had approximately 85 children participate, and each year it has steadily grown.”
All children through fifth grade are invited to attend and participate in the fun and games. Registration … CONTINUED

Controlled burn, a bit threatening

Posted by | March 11, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Authorities were burning old brush off the hillside behind Magic Video, near the old Sheriff’s Department and cemetery, on Friday morning. Apparently the fire got out of control and the Sparta Fire Department was dispatched to the scene.
The Emergency 911 Center dispatched firemen to the brush fire at approximately 9:23 a.m. and they arrived at 9:24 a.m., on March 8, 2002. Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay along with approximately seven firefighters had the fire under control within a short amount of time. Authorities were on the scene until approximately 9:50 a.m.
-Outbuildings destroyed by fire
Two small buildings and their contents, along with several acres … CONTINUED

Guth and Selby honored for meth lab eradication

Posted by | March 11, 2002 12:00 am

Suzanne Dickerson
Two of Sparta’s finest were honored by their peers at a ceremony in Cookeville on Thursday.
Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth and Investigator Allen Selby were both commended for their role in the eradication of methamphetamine labs in the law enforcement effort known as Operation Stop Gap. The combined efforts gained the honor of the Case Of The Year for the entire Southeast District including seven states for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).
Selby was given a special honor, a plaque and cup, in recognition of his contribution to the effort in Middle Tennessee, presented by the Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA) Atlanta office.… CONTINUED

On fire, but not too hot to handle

Posted by | March 11, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
“My daddy was a dispatcher before 911, so I listened to him every night on the radio,” said Mary Beth Clouse of her early interest in community service.
“I was so proud.
That’s back when they had only one person doing it.
He did that for 18 years, so I thought emergency services were so cool.”
Clouse said before she graduated from White County High School, she considered a career in law enforcement.
After the birth of her son, Brandon, she worked various jobs, and then a friend, Ed Hensley, chief of the Mt. Gilead Fire Department, was instrumental in her decision to become a volunteer … CONTINUED

Frances Lorene Gibson

Posted by | March 7, 2002 12:00 am

Frances Lorene Gibson, 74, of Dayton, passed away March 5, 2002, at Hospice of Dayton.
Gibson was a member of Miami Valley Worship Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dillard and Lizzie Ann Rice; two sisters, Mattie Hall and Bertha Winnett; and two brothers, Roscoe Rice and Arzo Rice.
Survivors include her husband, Roscoe Gibson; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Dennie and June Cannon of Dayton and Rev. Michael and Donna Gibson of Beavercreek; six grandchildren, Chuck Jr., Kim, Terry, Sherry and Michael Adam; seven great grandchildren; one sister, Ilene Rice of Morristown; two brothers, Willard Rice and Arlen Rice both of Sparta; and many … CONTINUED

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