Edna Louise Byrum Wilhite

Posted by | February 2, 2018 3:06 pm

Edna Louise Byrum Wilhite, 96, of Knoxville, passed away Jan. 31, 2018.

Mrs. Wilhite was born Dec. 28, 1921, in Manitou, Kentucky.

Prior to nursing school, she joined the war effort and made parachutes during World War II. Mrs. Wilhite graduated from General Hospital diploma nursing program, in Nashville, and she lived most of her life in Sparta, where she worked as a R.N. for many years.

She will be deeply missed by those she touched throughout her life.

Mrs. Wilhite was preceded in death by her parents, Jasper Frank Byrum and Edna Earl Porter Byrum; half-sibling, Wesley Daniel; siblings, James Henry Byrum, Harold Raymond Byrum, “little Ellen;” … Read More

Timothy Allen “Timmy” Pryor

Posted by | February 2, 2018 2:45 pm

Timothy Allen “Timmy” Pryor, 54, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 31, 2018, at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

Mr. Pryor was born July 26, 1963, in White County. He was a self-employed painter.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Pryor; grandparents, Ben and Maude Pryor; and grandmother, Gladys Gilbert.

Survivors include his daughter, Courtney Pryor; granddaughter, Ali Ornelas; grandson, Cooper Card; mother, Donna Dilldine; sisters, Tina Dilldine, Teresa O’Connor; brother, Jerry Pryor; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins, and friends.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Feb. 3, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 5-8 pm., Feb. 2, at the funeral … Read More

Robert Roy Towne

Posted by | February 2, 2018 2:35 pm

Robert Roy Towne, 57, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 2, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Towne was born March 30, 1960, in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Robert and Janet Winchester Towne.

The family has chosen cremation. No other services are planned at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Dudney Nelson

Posted by | February 2, 2018 10:08 am

Evelyn Dudney Nelson, 90, of Sparta, formerly of Sylacauga, Alabama, passed away Jan. 31, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Nelson was a longtime faithful member of Sylacauga Church of Christ.

She was preceded in by her husband, James Milton Nelson, and a daughter, Rita Kaye Nelson.

Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Nelson Dodson and husband Gary, of Sparta; son, James Richard Nelson and wife Pat, of Sylacauga, Alabama; sister, Martha Dudney Jones, age 106, of Huntsville, Alabama; grandchildren, Tony Richard Nelson, Kellye Joann Nelson, Rachel Dodson Hunter, Melissa Dudney Conly; and great-grandchildren, Chase Hunter, Grey Hunter, Collins Hunter, Kaden Smallwood, Connor Smallwood, and Rita Fallon.

Funeral service will … Read More

Rodney Dale Isom

Posted by | February 2, 2018 10:01 am

Rodney Dale Isom, 64, of Sparta, departed this life Jan. 30, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Isom was born Sept. 2, 1953, in Williamson, West Virginia, to William Lee and Bernice Isom.

He was married to his loving wife and best friend, Wanda Ann Wolford Isom, for 45 years. The love they shared was something special, and it was a love that was evident to everyone around them.

Mr. Isom was a retired coal miner where he worked hard for his family for 20 years. He was of the Apostolic Faith and was a faithful member of Apostolic Life United Pentecostal Church, in Sparta. He loved … Read More


Posted by | February 2, 2018 9:47 am

Feb. 16, 2018

1:30 p.m.

Baxter Senior Center

101 Elmore Town Rd., Baxter, Tennessee

The Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD) will hold a Public Hearing to receive comments on programs for older Americans and adults with disabilities.

Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show is March 2-4

Posted by | February 2, 2018 8:02 am

Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show is set for March 2-4, 2018, at Hyder-Burks Pavilion, in Cookeville. The event is presented by the Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland. See the latest trends in home building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping. The event also includes cooking stage, exhibits, barn sale, and education.

Event hours are 4-8 p.m., Friday, March 2; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, March 3; and noon-4 p.m., Sunday, March 4

Visit www.uchba.com for more information.

John Nathan Cooper

Posted by | February 2, 2018 6:39 am

John Nathan Cooper, 90, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 31, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Cooper was born Oct. 10, 1927, the son of Nathan and Mae Cooper.

He served in the U.S. Navy, 1946-1948. Mr. Cooper then obtained degrees from Tennessee Tech and the University of Tennessee. He taught agriculture at Putnam County High School before returning to his true love of raising beef cattle on his farm in the Hickory Valley community of White County.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Sparta.

Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Finabelle Ledbetter; and his wife, Marion Moorman Cooper.… Read More

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Feb. 1, 2018

Posted by | February 1, 2018 4:57 pm

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