Larry Wayne McCulley

Posted by | February 12, 2019 2:34 pm

Funeral service for Larry Wayne McCulley, 67, of Medina, formerly of Sparta, will be 3 p.m., Feb. 14, 2019, at Bodkin Funeral Home, in Milan, with burial to follow in the Obion Chapel Cemetery near Cedar Grove. Visitation with the family will be 5:30-9 p.m., Feb. 13, and 1:30-3 p.m., Feb. 14, at the funeral home.

Mr. McCulley was born Oct. 11, 1951, in Sparta, to Clifford Perry and Modella Hitchcock McCulley.

He was a member of the Campbell Street Church of Christ, in Jackson, and he was a retired maintenance supervisor for the Jackson Christian Schools.

Mr. McCulley was preceded in death by his parents.

He is … Read More

Cutest Couple 2019 winner

Posted by | February 12, 2019 12:23 pm


Congratulations to the winner of the Cutest Couple Contest sponsored by The Expositor and – Lori Campbell and Monty Grissom. The couple received 536 votes by deadline, at noon, today. They will receive the following prizes:

•$25 gift card to Yanni’s

•$25 bouquet from A Cut Above

•$25 gift card to Sparkle City

•$25 gift certificate to NAPA

Prizes may be picked up on Thursday, Feb. 14, at The Expositor.

Weekend revival

Posted by | February 12, 2019 10:28 am

Fri.-Sun., March 8-10

Who: Spring Hill the Baptist Church

What: Weekend revival (Elder Tim Pack will be preaching)

When: 7 p.m., on Friday and Saturday; 6 p.m., on Sunday

Where: Church, 300 Spring Hill Rd., in Walling

Singing at Community Free Will

Posted by | February 12, 2019 10:25 am

Saturday, Feb. 16

Who: Community Free Will Baptist Church

What: Featured singers will be the Greg Jenkins Family

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Church, on South Camp Heights

Christopher Robert Ethan Friant

Posted by | February 12, 2019 8:51 am

Christopher Robert Ethan Friant passed away peacefully at home, on Feb. 7, 2019, in Sparta, Tennessee, just one day shy of his 45th birthday.

He was born to Jillian Jane Friant Anderson and Clyde Wayne Dallwein, in Warren, Michigan, on Feb. 8, 1974.

Chris spent his early childhood in Michigan and moved to Sparta, in 1988. He graduated valedictorian of White County Adult Education Center, in 1990, at the age of 16. He was a mechanic and laborer by profession and was passionate about woodworking, gunsmithing, and electronics. He loved to fish, especially for bass, and to hunt. He enjoyed the peace and quiet of being in nature.  … Read More

Linda Diane Sanden

Posted by | February 12, 2019 8:40 am

Linda Diane Sanden, 69, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 10, 2019, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

She was born Jan. 13, 1950, in Mt. Morris, Michigan, the daughter of Herchel Willey and Lillian Rogers.

She was the wife of Paul Saegebrecht. She was a member of the Eastern Star, and she loved her puppies.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband of 13 years, Paul Saegebrecht, of Sparta; brother, Ronald Willey, of Michigan; sister, Bonita, of Michigan; and special friend, Deniece Reynolds, of Chattanooga.

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

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is

David Marcus Bradley

Posted by | February 12, 2019 8:32 am

David Marcus Bradley, 83, passed away Feb. 9, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta, after an extended illness.

Mr. Bradley was born  July 5, 1935, in Sparta, to Oliver Clyde “Shine” Bradley and Winnie Johnson Bradley.

Mr. Bradley served his country in the U.S.  Army, 3rd Armored Cavalry and the Army Reserves.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clyde Bradley Jr.; and sister, Elise Brown.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marla and Steve Moore, and grandson, Elijah Price.

A memorial service was 6 p.m., Feb. 11, 2019, at Hampton’s Crossroads Baptist Church. The Rev. Maston Jackson officiated.

Memorial donations may be made to Friends … Read More

Employment and Education Resource Fair and Milk and Perishable Distribution Event

Posted by | February 12, 2019 8:26 am

Hosted by Tennessee Department of Human Services, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and American Job Centers

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Sparta Housing Authority, 300 Crag Rock Dr., in Sparta

Employment/apprenticeship, job services, job search, resume writing, interviewing skills, career planning/development, Jobs4TN registration, Reconnect enrollment, and milk and perishable distribution

YMCA soccer – register now

Posted by | February 12, 2019 7:37 am

Registration closes at 3 p.m., March 18 (Sign up your children now through March 18; $35 for members; $45 for non-members)

Two weeks practice: March 25-April 5

Kick-off: April 6

Game days: April 6, April 13, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18

Possible rain make-up games: May 25

Reaching out to a selfless couple

Posted by | February 12, 2019 7:25 am

Judy and Wayne Shirley, 50th wedding anniversary, in 2013

Dear SpartaLive,

I met Wayne and Judy Shirley when they began attending First Community Church of Sparta ,in the early 2000s. They were friendly folks in their 60s – empty nesters, their sons raised into hard-working, responsible, productive citizens. Wayne drove a bus for White County schools. Judy worked at Kroger. Like most of us, they had already overcome many adverse experiences in their own lives. You would never guess that unless they told you. The couple was so happy, full of caring for others, intent on spreading joy.

One day, in 2008, an incident of severe abuse revealed … Read More

Kevin Bouldin Youth Coon Hunt

Posted by | February 11, 2019 9:46 am

Submitted by the family of Kevin Bouldin

Strong family and community connection is something that is hard to find in a large city, but not on top of the mountain, in Spencer.

For those who participated in the 2018 Kevin Bouldin Youth Coon Hunt, on Oct. 13, 2018, they experienced our strong family and community connection first hand.  Spencer/Van Buren County has always been home and for the past year have been an enormous comfort and support for our family.  Kevin Bouldin loved this mountain and never wanted to leave the mountain.  Kevin was a strong family man, loving husband, nurturing and supportive father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, … Read More

Van Buren Middle School caps off a successful season

Posted by | February 11, 2019 8:40 am

Van Buren County Middle School Eaglettes capped off a great season by winning the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament, on Feb. 2, 2019.  VBMS Eaglettes had a great season finishing with a record of 18-3.  The Eaglettes went undefeated in the SVC regular season conference, finished runner-up in the SVC conference tournament, and was victorious in the James C. Haile Tournament, bringing home first place and the gold ball.  This is the first girls’ team to bring home the gold ball from the James C. Haile Tournament.

The Eaglettes had three players named to the SVC All-Tournament team.  They are Kaytlin Crain, Emily Allen, and Layla Bouldin.… Read More

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