Monthly Archives: April 2002

Vivian Louise (Weezy) Selby Smith

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Vivian Louise (Weezy) Selby Smith, 79, of Sparta, passed away April 21, 2002, at Wharton Nursing Home.
Smith was born Aug. 11, 1922, in White County, to Robert F. Selby and Beulah Mae England Selby.
She was a nurse’s aid.
Selby was preceded in death by her husband, June Smith; parents; one brother, Billy Selby; and two sisters, Helen Baker and Elizabeth Smith.
Survivors include three brothers, C.B. Selby of Monterey, Robert E. Selby of Crossville and James L. Selby of Sparta and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., April 23, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in New … CONTINUED


Ida Lee Gum

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ida Lee Gum, 88, passed away April 19, 2002.
Gum was born Sept. 27, 1913, in Sparta, to W.D. Dodson and Mary Fowler.
She attended the Church of Christ and was a member of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary VFW. Gum was self-employed as a hairdresser and was the oldest cosmetologist in Tennessee.
Survivors include one sister, Imogene Haston of McMinnville; one niece, Dorothy Basham of Morrison; and six great nephews, Jerry Basham and Jimmy Basham both of Rock Island and Ricky Basham, Steve Basham, Don Bost and Darrell Bost all of McMinnville.
Services were held at 1 p.m., April 21, 2002, at High Funeral Home Chapel with burial … CONTINUED


National Association of Realtors celebrated American Home Week

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Every spring since 1952, REALTORS across America have led their communities, townships and neighborhoods in a celebration of home ownership and private property rights. Known today as American Home Week, this year’s April 7-13 observance marked the 50th anniversary of the tribute to one of the cornerstones of democracy. American Home Week is a celebration aimed at reminding citizens of their constitutional freedom to own private property. Throughout the designated week each April, the realtors association sponsors activities such as property improvement projects to aid the needy, essay contests centering on the theme of home ownership and special seminars on home-buying and home-selling trends.
American Home Week began … CONTINUED


1st Annual White County Breast Cancer Survivors’ and Nursing Scholarship Dinner

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
An overwhelming response from White Countians and visitors from surrounding areas left standing-room-only at the Agricultural Complex on Thursday night as attendees gathered to honor survivors of breast cancer.
Melinda Williams, co-chairman for the 1st Annual White County Breast Cancer Survivors’ and Nursing Scholarship Dinner, explained to approximately 400 supporters how the idea of the celebration of life was formulated.
Williams, along with co-chairman, Dru Milligan, opened the ceremonies by explaining the step-by-step plans that resulted in honoring the women who had survived breast cancer.
Mary Clement, wife of U.S. Congressman Bob Clement, was the keynote speaker for the dinner. Mary Clement is a strong … CONTINUED


James W. (Bill) Simmons

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James W. (Bill) Simmons, 73, of Hixson, formerly of White County, passed away April 20, 2002.
Simmons was the son of Nasby and Edna Simmons.
He served in the Korean Conflict and was retired from Conoco Oil Company.
Simmons was preceded in death by his parents, Nasby Simmons and Edna McKinney and two brothers, Byrle Simmons and Charles McKinney.
Survivors include his wife, Willene Webster Simmons of Hixson; one son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Susan Simmons; one daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Chris Lanier; three grandsons, Matthew Lanier, Jeff Simmons and Scott Simmons; one sister, Katherine Strickland of Doyle; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held … CONTINUED


Sims and Mitchell receive awards

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


James Franklin (Frank) Cannon

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Franklin (Frank) Cannon, 59, of Quebeck, passed away April 20, 2002, at White County Hospital.
Cannon was born Jan. 6, 1943, in White County, to O.T. and Lois Simmons Cannon.
He was a factory worker.
Cannon was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Roy Lester Cannon.
Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Elaine Johnson of Quebeck and Tammy Greenwood of Florida; one son, Franklin Todd Cannon of Quebeck; and five grandchildren, Jessica Greenwood, Kayla Greenwood, Mary Ann Greenwood, Tiffany Johnson and Tyler Johnson.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., April 22, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Anderson Cemetery. Rev. J.V. Lowery … CONTINUED


Vehicle flipped, pinning woman inside

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
Emergency workers assisted in a one vehicle accident on East Cole Road on Friday. The driver, Hope Gorham, 35, of Walling and a juvenile passenger, Dillan Wesley Sullivan, 8, were transported to the local hospital with minor injuries after their vehicle had flipped.
Authorities were dispatched to the scene of the accident at approximately 8:03 p.m.
Deputy Doug Goff of the White County Sheriff’s Dept. arrived on the scene
at approximately 8:08 p.m. and found a 1987 Suzuki JS3 laying on its side. The driver, Gorham, was trapped inside the vehicle. According to Goff, several concerned citizens watched as emergency personnel took control of the situation.… CONTINUED


Terminally positive

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
Not too many years ago, being diagnosed with a cancerous condition was akin to being handed a death warrant, but no longer: Cancer research has afforded millions of people with viable cures, and research is continuing.
Susan Fischer, a cancer survivor for over ten years, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991, shortly after she was given her first mammogram, and she underwent a mastectomy only four days after her diagnosis.
Following the surgery, she received eight chemotherapy treatments three weeks apart, and she has been cancer-free ever since.
“My thought was always if I had to lose a part of my body, that would be … CONTINUED


James (Jack) Thomas Dyer

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James (Jack) Thomas Dyer, 85, of Sparta, passed away April 16, 2002, at V.A. Hospital in Murfreesboro.
Dyer was born May 6, 1916, in Clifty, to Rex Dyer and Eunice Jaco Dyer.
He served in the U.S. Army where he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal.
Dyer was the grandson of the late James Jaco, who served as sheriff of White County in the early 1900’s. For the past 35 years, he had made his home with Madge Foster and her husband, Havern “Bo” Foster, who has since passed away.
Dyer was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Cecil Sherrill; and three brothers, Rex … CONTINUED


Tennis team double faults to Cookeville

Posted on April 22, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Lauren Roper and Rachel Hammond pair up in doubles competition for the Warriorette tennis team.
Above, the team gets ready to receive a serve from a Lady Cavalier tandem in Cookeville last Thursday.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


WCHS softball picks up win # 4

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


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