Carrel Vernon Dockins Sr., 81, passed away Nov. 7, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mr. Dockins was born Sept. 8, 1936, in Datto, Arkansas, to Len Dockins and Trellis Forbes Dockins
Mr. Dockins and his wife, Mae, were the proud parents of two girls and one boy whom they raised in Williamsville, Missouri, on 30 acres outside of town. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Carrel and Mae Dockins had lived in Sparta for the last 10 years. They were blessed to have three children, nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Mr. Dockins also had four brothers and two sisters.
Dortha Lee Chalt Brock Rigsby, 90, passed away Nov. 7, 2017, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mrs. Rigsby was born Dec. 20, 1926, in Bledsoe County, to Walter Brock and Frances Hitchcock Brock.
She was a member of Bellview Community Church.
Mrs. Rigsby was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Ricky Rigsby; and brother and sister-in-law, Vince and Dovie May Brock.
Survivors include her husband of 71 years, George Lee Rigsby; children, Shirley (Ray) Madewell, Gwen Rigsby, Jerry Rigsby, Sandra Layne, Michael (Beverly) Rigsby; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Rigsby Prater; special pet, Ginger; and several nieces and nephews.
Parkes Robert Johnson, 80, of Sparta, passed away on Nov. 5, 2017, at his residence.
Mr. Johnson was born Oct. 2, 1937, the son of Charles Johnson and Della Nichols Johnson.
Survivors include his wife, Cathie Johnson, of Sparta; daughter, Stacy (Larry) Carden, of Westland, Michigan; three grandchildren, Kyle Johnson, of Sparta, Koby Johnson, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Kathi Johnson, of Sparta; one great-grandchild, Kinsley Qualls, of Sparta; brothers, Bruce Johnson, of Trenton, Michigan, Doug Johnson, of Monroe, Michigan, Cliff Johnson, of Monroe, Michigan; and two sisters, Ruby Sowler, of
Petersburg, Michigan, and Elma Magee, of Monroe, Michigan.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Nov. 8, 2017, at … Read More
Imogene Wiseman Knowles, 90, passed away peacefully, Nov. 6, 2017, at Southern Manor, in Winchester.
Mrs. Knowles was born Dec. 7, 1926, the daughter of David Wiseman and Johnie Wright Edwards Wiseman. She was raised in the Harmony community outside of Winchester.
Mrs. Knowles loved children and taught young children’s Bible classes at Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian Church. After marrying Lloyd, she became a member at First Methodist Church, in Sparta.
After a career in banking, she married Lloyd J. Knowles, in 1969. With his work, they traveled throughout the United States and made many friends with whom they corresponded. They also made many friends through gospel singings. They … Read More
William C. “W.C.” Davis, 87, of Spencer, passed away Nov. 7, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of McMinnville.
Mr. Davis was born June 8, 1930, in Van Buren County, to William Carroll Davis and Lola Haston Davis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Patricia Ann Myers; and six siblings, Robert Davis, Ray Davis, Ernest Davis, Lorene Davis, Willene Haston, and an infant sister.
Survivors include his loving wife of 70 years, Alma Denton Davis; son, Eugene (Linda) Davis; grandchildren, Shana Smith, Teresa (Shawn) Roberts, Avery (Gina) Myers; great-grandchildren, Jenna Smith, Bradi (Shelby) and Drew Roberts, Madison, Tatum, and Will Myers; great-great grandchild, Brantley; and special … Read More
Line-up will begin at 9 a.m., at White County High School. The parade will proceed to Veterans Memorial park for a wreath laying ceremony. For more information or to participate in the parade, call (931) 836-3595.
Kenneth Huel McGuire, 71, of Spencer, passed away Nov. 4, 2017, at Erlanger Hospital, in Chattanooga.
Mr. McGuire was born April 1, 1946, in McMinnville, to Cleveland Baxter McGuire and Elizabeth Madewell McGuire.
He retired from logging after 47 years and then he was a self-employed carpenter who made and sold his beautiful furniture all over the United States.
Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Ozella Melton McGuire; two sons, Michael Huel (Sherry) McGuire, of Pikeville, Jonathan Shane (Cheryl) McGuire, of Bone Cave; five grandchildren, Kellsea, Kenlyn, Mattie McGuire, Maddison Sandell, Mason Blaylock; two great-grandchildren, Elijah Summers, Elias Sandell; five sisters, Janice (Larry) Padgett, of Crossville, … Read More
Willie Ann Conley Sandefur, 96, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 5, 2017, in Knoxville.
Mrs. Sandefur was born Oct. 1, 1921, in Sparta, to Huron Conley and Beulah Walker Conley.
She was a longtime resident of Sparta and a member of the First Baptist Church. She possessed a gentle, loving, generous spirit, and loved God, her family, her church family, and her community. She was well known for her cooking, her amazing garden, and caring for the people in her life. Mrs. Sandefur was recognized with the 2008 Outstanding Neighbor Award. She has a special place in so many hearts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; … Read More
(Edith) Carolyn Waterfield Sayles Salzman Simpkins, 78, passed away Nov. 2, 2017, at Poppen Hospice Residence, in Muskegon, Michigan.
She was born on Nov. 4, 1938, in Norfolk, Virginia. She was the daughter of William E. Waterfield and Agnes D. Waterfield Marcum.
Educated in Norfolk public schools, Ms. Simpkins was a cheerleader at Maury High School.
Always creative, she used her artistic skills doing crafts with her six children and making school costumes for them. While raising her children, she worked at home as a contract artist, painting personalized “picnic basket” purses for women around the southeastern United States.
Ms. Simpkins later worked as a staff member of … Read More
The White County High School bowling team opened its season, on Oct. 23, against Upperman High School, at Bowling World, in Cookeville. The bowling team would then turn around and have a match, on Oct. 24, against Cumberland County, in Crossville.
Against Upperman, the Warriorettes were defeated 18-9 by the Lady Bees. Upperman won the total pinfall for the three games 1989-1707.
WCHS lost the first match 695-602 but picked up two individual wins in the match. Megan Wilson won her game 118 to 84, and Sabrina Cherry won her match 94-80. Other scores were Allie Rose (97) Caitlyn Keller (102), Abbi Blaylock (91), and Lexi Hayes (100).… Read More