Joe Grant Griffin, 64, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 18, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.
Mr. Griffin was born Nov. 18, 1952, in White County, to Erbie Griffin and Bytha Jane Brymer Griffin.
He was a former employee at Moeller Marine and was a longtime member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Janice Griffin; two sons, Bryan (Kim) Griffin, Kelly Griffin; daughter, Kayla Griffin; two stepchildren: Michelle Lago, Robert Lago; grandchildren, Brittany Randolph, Brandon Randolph, Keely Griffin, Alexis Griffin, Joshua Lago, Hailee Lago, Cara Lago; great-grandchildren, Jaxson Russell Ward, Airelle Rose Lago; sister, Virginia Ann Anderson; and brother, Richard … Read More
Sparta and White County, as well as the surrounding area, is filled with beauty beyond compare and numerous attractions that continually draw people from all over the country to the heart of the Upper Cumberland. Discover Sparta is a compilation of all those things that make this a great place to live, work and play.
Kenneth Virgle McCormick, 73, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 15, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.
Mr. McCormick was born June 17, 1944, in White County, to Beecher Virgle McCormick and Cora Kate Wilmoth McCormick.
He served 28 years with Sparta Police Department and retired as a lieutenant uniform commander. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in Vietnam.
Mr. McCormick was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Michael Lane McCormick.
Survivors include his wife, Jonna Faye Dickerson McCormick, of Sparta; son, Kenneth Wayne McCormick, of Sparta; brothers, Gordon Lane (Sue) McCormick, of Sparta, Donald McCormick, of Nolensville; and several nieces … Read More
George Junior Brymer, 81, passed away Sept. 15, 2017.
Mr. Brymer was born Dec. 1, 1935, in Spencer, to Carl Brymer and Cleo Simmons Brymer.
He was a member of the Spencer Church of God and the Van Buren County Rescue Squad and had worked in timber most of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jeff Brymer; granddaughter, Kayleigh Armstrong; and sister, Estell Brymer.
Survivors include his wife, Evie Hale Brymer; son, Jerry (Jodi) Brymer; daughters, Mary (Wayne) Drake, Tina (Richard) Smothers; sisters, Margaret (Harold) Scott, Beatrice Mitchell; brothers, Edward, Carl (Heather), Buster (Dot), Willard (Ann), Houston (Betty), Jimmy (Debbie), Larry Dale … Read More
Jeannette Harville Stewart, 79, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 15, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.
Mrs. Stewart was born Feb. 27, 1938, in Plant City, Florida, to Quinnie P. Harville and Sofia Thompson Harville.
She owned a daycare for children and was a homemaker. She was an avid reader.
Mrs. Stewart was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold C. Stewart; a daughter, Sophia Lynn Smothers; and a sister Elizabeth Harville.
Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Farahani, of California, Melinda Smothers and Larry Neely, of Sparta; son, Rick Smothers and wife Tina, of Sparta; five grandchildren, Sheena Farahani, Shaheen Farahani, both of California, … Read More
Van Buren County law enforcement was honored on Sept. 16, 2017, at a breakfast “Meet and Mingle,” which was held at the Van Buren County Fair Building. The event was sponsored by Caney Fork Electric Cooperative, Citizens Tri-County Bank, and Ben Lomand Connect.
Van Buren County Sheriff Department
Lisa S. Zavogiannis, district attorney general for Van Buren and Warren counties, and Sam Benningfield, general sessions court judge for Van Buren and White counties
Van Buren County Sheriff Eddie Carter with the correction officers
The Rotary Club of Sparta is pleased to announce that the 1,300th White County/Sparta veterans name has been added to the Veterans Park.
Donna Fare, Rotary Club of Sparta Veterans Park Committee, said, “The Veterans Park continues to grow to the point that more panels are needed to inscribe names on the wall of honor.”
When the “Eternal Flame” was lit at the Veterans Park, on Aug. 14, 2015, Mayor Jeff Young, said, “The City of Sparta would like to thank the Rotary Club for all of their excellent work. They have really done a great job with this park.”
July 1, 2016, Beth Stubbs, 2015-2016 Rotary District … Read More
The Rotary Club of Sparta is pleased to announce that every third grade student in White County, including home-schooled, received a dictionary. Rotary members visited each school to make a personal presentation to the students.
Don Randolph, Rotary member, said, “The students were very excited to receive their dictionaries. In some cases, a dictionary is one of the few books in the household.”
For many years at the beginning of each new school year, Rotary delivers hundreds of dictionaries free-of-charge, to all third-grade students.
Knights of Columbus conduct a retirement ceremony for an American flag.
GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club and the American Legion jointly held a ceremony, on Sept. 11, 2017, in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked New York, and thousands lost their lives. Sherry Hickey, president of Sparta Woman’s Club, served as mistress of ceremonies. Chaplain Marjorie Stevens read a special prayer for the day, and secretary Mary Dingwall told about the history of 9/11. Donna Fare ended the day with facts about the Veterans’ Cemetery, which is a fundraising project for Sparta Woman’s Club. Knights of Columbus served as the color guard and also assisted in retiring an American flag. State Representative Paul Sherrell, … Read More
BonDeCroft Elementary School recently celebrated International Dot Day, which was inspired by the book “The Dot,” by Peter Reynolds. Students created artwork featuring dots and displayed them in the gym for the entire school to view as a Dot Museum.