Carol M. Roberts

Posted by | September 5, 2018 5:23 am

Carol M. Roberts, 81, of Sparta, passed away Tuesday, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ruby Elega Sims

Posted by | September 4, 2018 1:44 pm

Ruby Elega Stamps Sims, 90, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 4, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Sims was born Jan. 4, 1928, in Akron, Ohio, to Luther and Myrtle Stamps.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl Sims; and a foster sister, Elsie Griffin.

Survivors include one son, Robert Earl (Tammy) Sims, of Sparta; three daughters, Darnell (Gary) Day, of Decherd, Earlayne (Jim) Cantrell, of Quebeck, Leanne (Greg) Frasier, of Sparta; sister-in-law, Karin Sims; six grandchildren, Angela Howell, Wendy (Gary) Capley, Will (Ashley) Day, Payton (Brandi) Sims, Jessica (Lanny) Wheeler, Jarred (Annie) Cantrell; 10 great-grandchildren;

Taylor Cowley, Madelyn and Emma … Read More


John Thomas Eller

Posted by | September 4, 2018 1:34 pm

John Thomas Eller, 72, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 3, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Eller was born Feb. 28, 1946, in Sparta, the son of Arthur Eller and Edna Selby Eller.

He was a member of Plainview Church of Christ for 60 years.

Mr. Eller was preceded in death by his parents; his son, John David Eller; his brother, Gene Eller; and an infant daughter.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Eller, of Sparta; son, Todd Eller (Kim), of Sparta; granddaughters, Katie Eller, Anabelle Eller; uncle, Herman Eller; aunt, Jewell Prater; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Sept. … Read More


Franklin D. Marsh

Posted by | September 4, 2018 8:52 am

Franklin D. Marsh, 81, of Sparta, formerly of Okeechobee, Florida, passed away Sept. 2, 2018.

Mr. Marsh was born Oct. 21, 1936, in Cordova, Alabama, to Earnest March and Lucile Dover Marsh.

A memorial service will be at a later date, in Okeechobee, Florida.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Wayne Edward Simmons

Posted by | September 4, 2018 8:51 am

Wayne Edward Simmons, 63, of Spencer, passed from this life, on Sept. 2, 2018, at Generations Center of Spencer.

Mr. Simmons was born June 20, 1955, in Spencer, to John Simmons and Marie Hale Simmons.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Sept. 5, 2018, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Skurlock Cemetery, in Doyle. The family will receive friends 4-9 p.m., Sept. 4, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 5, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home, in Van Buren County, is in charge of arrangements.


Clara Lawson Holland

Posted by | September 4, 2018 8:45 am

Clara Lavaughn Lawson Holland, 75, of Sparta, passed from this life, on, Aug. 31, 2018, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville.

Mrs. Holland was born Sept. 22, 1942, in Sparta, to Robert Lawson and Rosha Manus Lawson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Leslie Holland.

Survivors include her son, Bill Holland and wife Heather, of Summerville, South Carolina; daughter, Teresa Holland, of Sparta; brothers, John Lawson and wife Beverly, of Sparta, Robert Lawson, of Sparta; grandchildren, Sean Demps and wife Amanda, Arthur Holland, Heather Demps, Sharis Holland, Grace Holland,

Elisabeth Holland; and great-grandchildren, Eliza Demps, Eden Demps, Scarlett Johnson, and Fenix Holland.… Read More


Benjamin Friddell

Posted by | September 4, 2018 8:44 am

Benjamin “Randy” Friddell, 24, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 31, 2018, at Rhea Medical Center, in Dayton, Tennessee.

He was born July 14, 1994, in Indiana.

Benjamin lived in Sparta for 16 years before moving to Dayton, in June 2018.

He is survived by his parents, Kenneth Friddell and Deborah Friddell, and his two brothers, Coty Friddell and Nathaniel Friddell, all of Dayton.

Funeral service was 3 p.m., Sept. 2, 2018, at Vanderwall Funeral Home, with burial in Rhea Memory Gardens, in Dayton. The Rev. Justin McCulley officiated.

Vanderwall Funeral Home, in Dayton, Tennessee, was in charge of arrangements.


Richard Keith Howard

Posted by | September 4, 2018 8:36 am

Richard Keith Howard, 79, of Birmingham, Alabama, formerly of White County, passed away Aug. 31, 2018, in Birmingham.

Mr. Howard was born Aug. 14, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan, to Richard Herbert Howard and Willie Mozell Sullivan Howard. He was a cross-country truck driver for 48 years. He was a ham radio operator and an avid University of Tennessee fan.

Survivors include his wife of almost 57 years, Linda McCoy Howard, of Birmingham; daughter, Lynn Howard Ford and husband Ralph, of Nashville; two sisters, Nelda Young and husband James, Ruth Saylors and husband Bobby, all of Sparta; sister-in-law, Sherian McCoy Oakley, of Tullahoma; nephews, J.R. Young, Tyson Sparkman; and … Read More


Sue Howell Sherod

Posted by | September 4, 2018 7:55 am

Sue Howell Sherod, 81 of Ormond Beach, Florida, formerly of White County, passed away Aug. 29, 2018, at Halifax Hospice, in Daytona, Florida.

Mrs. Sherod was born April 22, 1937, in Sparta. She was the youngest and last surviving child of 13 born to Robert Gaither Howell and Mary Lue Carter Howell.

She was a former waitress and worked as a carhop when she met her husband. Sue retired as a machine operator for a paper bag manufacturer. She loved to travel to Las Vegas, play bingo at home, and was a talented cook.

Surviving family members include her husband of 57 years Roger H. Sherod, of Ormond … Read More


Doyle College research project

Posted by | September 4, 2018 7:43 am

By Landon D. Medley

There is more Doyle College than just it being a school. Following the Civil War, the family of Stephen and Philena Gilbert Miller moved to Van Buren County. They claimed land from the estate of Hiram Gilbert Sr. They lived on land that is was near Fall Creek Falls State Park. Hiram Gilbert Sr.’s land deeds can be found in White County land deed records. Gilbert’s children were given land with conditions that they had to live on it for so many years.  Stephen’s son, Charles G. Miller, was born April 11, 1842, NY, died Oct. 13, 1908. He married Margaret Agee. After Charles … Read More



Sports Bulletin Board

Posted by | September 3, 2018 8:57 am

WCMS sixth grade tryouts

The White County Middle School sixth grade basketball teams will have tryouts for both the boys and girls teams this week. The WCMS sixth grade girls will have tryouts 3-4:30 p.m., Sept. 5 and Sept 6. The WCMS boys will have tryouts 4:30-6 p.m., Sept. 6, and 3-4:30 p.m., Sept. 7.

Sparta-White County Little League Meeting

The Sparta-White County Little League will have its first meeting for the new year at 6 p.m., Sept. 17, at the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad Building. This meeting will be to elect new officers for the 2019 season.


WCHS volleyball records its first district win of the season

Posted by | September 3, 2018 8:54 am

Gracie Geer serves the ball for the Warriorettes against Warren County, on Thursday afternoon. Geer helped the Warriorettes pick up their first district win of the season.

The White County High School volleyball team picked up its first district win of the season, on Thursday night, when they traveled to McMinnville to take on the Lady Pioneers of Warren County High School.

The match came down to the fifth and final set before the winner could be decided. The Warriorettes trailed the Lady Pioneers 2-1, and, with their backs against the wall, the   Warriorettes would win the final two sets to pick up the win.

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Warriorette golf team finishes in second place at Red Raider Classic

Posted by | September 3, 2018 8:51 am

The White County High School Warriorettes brought home a second-place trophy this past Wednesday after competing in the Red Raider Classic. Members of the Warriorettes include (L-R) Morgan Quick, Ansley Phifer, and Makenzie Morton.

The White County High School golfers traveled to Coffee County, on Wednesday, to compete in the Red Raider Classic held at Willowbrook.

The Warriorettes came away with a second-place finish in the event, finishing seven strokes behind first-place Tullahoma High School.

The Warriorettes carded a 162 led by Makenzie Morton. Morton would finish her day with a 76, which was good enough for third place in the tournament. Morgan Quick followed that score up with an 86. Ansley Phifer would also play and shot a 100.

The Warriors finished their day with a team score of 342. Tyson Welch came in with the low score for the Warriors … Read More


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