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Martha Frank Denton Null

Posted by | July 12, 2019 6:52 am

Martha Frank Denton Null, 77, passed away July 8, 2019, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Null was born Nov. 14, 1941, in Sparta, to Franklin Denton and Mattie Wilson Denton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman Lee Null Sr.; parents, Franklin and Mattie Denton; and three brothers, Robert Denton, James Denton, and W.D. Denton.

She is survived by her three sons, Thurman Lee Null Jr., Wade Null and wife Beth; son, Daryl Null and wife Marsha; two grandchildren, Brandon, Natally; and sister, Barbara Denton Butcher.

Funeral service will be 5 p.m., July 13, 2019, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Jericho … Read More

Pick up a copy of today’s Expositor

Posted by | July 11, 2019 2:37 pm

Get The Expositor at these locations:

WHITE COUNTY: Highway 84 Market, Jose’s Market, Airport Marathon, Dollar General (all stores), Geer’s Grocery, Wilmar Market, Highway 70 Market, Central View Market and Grill, Big T’s Market, Keith’s Market, The Landing, Lazy Days Market, Mapco Express, Peacock Express, Bon Air Market, EZ Food Mart, Walgreens, Floyd’s Cash Saver, Sparta Market, Highway 111 Shell, Walmart, Regas Exxon, Alcorn’s Market, South Young Market, All In One/Sunoco (next to Burger King), Post Office

VAN BUREN COUNTY: Peacock Express, Citgo, Dollar General, Save-A-Lot, Spencer Drug Co.

Donald Edward Rice

Posted by | July 11, 2019 2:25 pm

Donald Edward Rice, 71, of Sparta, passed away July 11, 2019, at Tennessee State Veterans’ Home, in Murfreesboro.

Mr. Rice was born Nov. 4, 1947, in Hazard, Kentucky, the son of James Rice and Dorothy Kilburn Rice.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, and he was a retired police chief. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, in Cookeville; Cookeville Corvette Club; Police and Fire Retirees, of Ohio; Masonic Lodge F&AM, of Ohio; and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in Ohio.

Mr. Rice was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Willie Lee Selby.

Survivors include … Read More

John Wayne Wilson

Posted by | July 11, 2019 2:15 pm

The world has lost a true Southern gentleman, an honest and simple man, who believed what was right was right and what was wrong was wrong. John could sometimes be very blunt with his words, but you always knew where he stood. He was proud to have served his country as a United States Marine, with two tours to Vietnam from June 1966 to June 1973.

John was born Nov. 13, 1947, in Anderson County, to Andrew H. Wilson and Altie Cleo McCoin Wilson.

John passed away at his home in the Cassville Community, with his loving wife, Brenda, by his side.

He was a welder by trade … Read More

Eddie Royce Cantrell

Posted by | July 11, 2019 2:05 pm

Eddie Royce Cantrell, 86, a Warren County resident and DeKalb County native, passed away July 9, 2019, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, following a lingering illness.

Mr. Cantrell was born Jan. 11, 1933, the son of James Nathan Cantrell and Maggie Givens Cantrell.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Tennessee Army National Guard and a retired officer of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

He was married Feb. 14, 2004, to Glenda Stubblefield Cantrell who survives.

Mr. Cantrell was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Ruth Raymond Cantrell.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Debbie Cantrell Howard and … Read More

Being called out by an 8-year-old

Posted by | July 11, 2019 1:22 pm

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Sammie and I had worked hard, all day…in fact, we had invested lots of “sweat equity” for several weeks…and we were both physically and emotionally exhausted. Everything had to be just right for our special anniversary celebration. It was already “dark-thirty,” and I was trying to trim the hedge, without the luxury or sunlight. Wasn’t doing a real good job, I might add.

“Why don’t you just give it up?” she said. “Call Benny and get him to do it. He does a much better job than you do, anyway!”

Benny, a former neighbor, and others in his family had more experience … Read More

Practicing a positive perspective

Posted by | July 11, 2019 1:21 pm

By Ashley Wiles – Central Church of Christ

Summer, summer, wherefore art thou, summer?  Every year, I marvel at how quickly the summer passes.  As I write this, I find myself in July, staring down the beginning of school.  Yes, we homeschool, but we follow a traditional school calendar, which means July is the time for finalizing plans for the upcoming year, and this year, I have more plans to make.  You see, Micah is 5 now, which means he will be doing kindergarten with us this year.  (And boy, is he thrilled about it!)  I’ve been cruising along in a good rhythm with Gabriel (7th) and Ethan … Read More

Was Jesus a Socialist?

Posted by | July 11, 2019 1:19 pm

Language of Liberty – By Lawrence Reed

Was Jesus a Socialist? Well, if socialism is nothing more than being kind to other people, then you might think the answer is yes. But you can be kind to other people and be a capitalist. John D. Rockefeller probably gave away more money than anyone in human history, and he was certainly a capitalist. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have given away millions, too.

To get an accurate answer to our question, we need to define socialism. Socialism is the concentration of power into the hands of government elites to achieve the following purposes: central planning of the economy and … Read More

WoodmenLife donates flag to Cassville Volunteer Fire

Posted by | July 11, 2019 1:17 pm

WoodmenLife Representative Tim Bumbalough recently donated a new U.S. flag to Cassville Volunteer Fire Department on behalf of local chapter 1110. Cassville Fire Deppartment members are: Chief Teddy Stockton, Cody Wilson, David Barriger, Sherry Young, William England, Michael Weedman, Cody Price, Brandon Young, Richard Taylor, Dennis Clark, James Dodson, Shane Howell, Jordan Dodson, Brandon Griener, Joe Chaston, Jason Wilson, Daniel Loughman, Dawson Sapp, and Chris Henry.

WCHS JROTC program attends Cadet Leadership Challenge Camp

Posted by | July 11, 2019 1:14 pm

Ten members of the White County High School JROTC program recently attended the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge Camp, at the Wendell Ford Regional Training Center, in Greenville, Kentucky.  The cadets were Shawn Austin, Erica Bryant, Abigail Cooper, Amelia Cooper, Sean Kiecksee, Zach Miller, Wilson O’Dell, Rhett Robinson, Kiya Simmons, and Alyssa Young.

The JROTC cadets participated in a wide range of both fun and rigorous training events.  These events included but were not limited to physical fitness training and testing, rappelling, one-rope bridge, confidence course, rafting, field leadership reaction course, water survival, swimming, map reading, field craft, and intramurals.

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The JROTC cadets were placed … Read More

Donations to White County Library

Posted by | July 11, 2019 1:06 pm

April-June 2019 

Books in Memory:

  • Jerry Allen, Springfield 1880, given by WCHS Class 0f 1960
  • William Bohannon, The Librarian of Auschwitz, given by Annette Winters
  • William Bohannon, The Apple Grower, given by Kathy Bailey
  • William Bohannon, Who Was Johnny Appleseed?, given by Tim, Cathy & Drew Farley
  • William C. Bohannon, The Making of an American, given by Frank & Carolyn Nash
  • Barry Lynn Brady, The Way To Brave, given by Roger & Denise Creason & Thurman Mason
  • Barry Brady, People of the Upper Cumberland, given by Floyd’s Cash Saver
  • Verna Blanton Brymer, The Story of the Dulcimer, given by Floyd’s Cash Saver
  • Bettye Carr, Family Trust, given by
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