Monthly Archives: March 2019

Oscar Waymon Young, Jr.

Posted on March 31, 2019 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Oscar Waymon Young Jr., 77, of Sparta, passed away March 29, 2019, at TriStar Centennial Hospital, in Nashville.

Oscar “Junior” was born May 31, 1941, in the Indian Mound Community of DeKalb County, to Oscar Waymon and Ollie Mae Young.

Junior and his late wife, Brassie, were owners of White County Truck and Trailer Parts of Sparta.

When he was not working or spending time with his family, he was on the greens at Sparta Country Club, or you could find him    watching westerns, on TV.  He enjoyed watching all Tennessee Vols sports.

He had been a member of Bear Cove Baptist Church for over 40 years and … CONTINUED


Matthew David Miller

Posted on March 31, 2019 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Matthew David Miller, 28, of Sparta, passed away March 27, 2019.

He was born May 30, 1990, in Putnam County.

Matthew David was an automation tech at Seimens.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Ann Nolt Miller; parents, David Allen Miller and Paytina Ann Lassiter Miller; grandmother, Thelma Lee Lassiter; aunts, Elaine Thweatt, Tammy (Robert) Sims; cousins, Leigh Ann Lynn, Robert Payton Sims, Jessica Lynn Wheeler, Blake Lynn, Zack Lynn, Arie Ross Wheeler, Hadley Sims, Keegan Sims, Aiden Wheeler; and mother-in-law, Toni Nolt

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., April 1, 2019, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from … CONTINUED


Cookeville native propels submarine legacy into the future

Posted on March 30, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By M. Dawn Scott, Navy Office of Community Outreach

KINGS BAY, Ga. – As citizens of Cookeville go about their daily lives, members of the U.S. Navy’s “Silent Service” work beneath the ocean’s waves, continuing a tradition that only a small fraction of military members will ever know: strategic deterrence.

Chief Petty Officer Joshua Brown who hails from Cookeville, Tennessee and is a 2003 graduate of Cookeville High School takes on the task to execute one of the Defense Department’s most important mission of strategic deterrence.

Brown is stationed at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, homeport to the Ohio-class ballistic-missile and guided-missile submarines. Brown serves with the … CONTINUED


Bon Air United Methodist Church

Posted on March 30, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood


13th Annual Celebration of Spring and Easter Egg Hunt

Posted on March 30, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Edgar Evins State Park will host the 13th Annual Celebration of Spring and Easter Egg Hunt Saturday April 13th with activities and vendors 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Peninsula. The event begins at 9 a.m. with Ranger-Led Wildflower Hikes and continues with music and entertainment throughout the day.  Don’t miss the wildlife demonstrations, Cannon Arts Dance Studio performance, pontoon boat rides, face painters, and craft vendors. Make plans to visit the food vendors and enjoy a picnic on the grounds. Be sure to stop by the office and climb the tower that overlooks the park and lake. The Grand finale will be the Easter Egg Hunt at 2 … CONTINUED


Brian Corey Vaughn

Posted on March 30, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Brian Corey Vaughn, 37, of Sparta, passed away March 27, 2019.    Mr. Vaughn was born Sept. 30, 1981, in Crossville.

He enjoyed working on cars and racing cars. He was a former member of Sparta-White County Rescue Squad and an automobile enthusiast, attending Rod Run every year with his family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Clifton Vaughn Sr.; brother, Billy Clifton Vaughn Jr.; sister-in-law, Jennifer Vaughn; grandparents, Charlie and Evelyn Watson, Claude and Delia Vaughn; aunt, Vonda Disney; and several friends, Dewey Presley, Bronson McBride, Ritchie Summers, Todd Spivey, Tom Good, Greg Hutchings, and Paul Ryan.

Survivors include his stepchildren, Gregory Vinson, Erika Vinson; … CONTINUED


Deborah Ann Lenoci

Posted on March 29, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Deborah Ann Lenoci, 61, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

She was born April 19, 1957, in Galveston, Texas, the daughter of Robert Ramee and Elizabeth Elliott.

The family has chosen cremation. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mamie Ruth “Boots” Rice

Posted on March 29, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Mamie Ruth Shockley “Boots” Rice, 80, of Disneyland Road, passed away March 27, 2019.

Mrs. Rice was born March 7, 1939, in Spencer, to Joe Willy Shockley and Demie Martin Shockley.

She was retired from Mallory. Mrs. Rice had been a long-time caregiver and a member of the Ole Country Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Ades Rice; daughter, Sarah Rice; son, Tony Rice; and a grandson, Keaton Rice.

Survivors include her children, Rita Rice, of Sparta,  Sherry (Bino) Bouldin, of Rock Island, James Rice, of Sparta; grandchildren, Susan Smith, Cindy (Mickey) Robinson, Dwayne Simons, Brent England, Kendra Lee, Terri Phillips, Misty … CONTINUED


Jennie “Rhea” Davis

Posted on March 29, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Jennie “Rhea” Measles Davis, 79, of Quebeck, passed away March 28, 2019, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Davis was born Oct. 16, 1939, in Van Buren County, to Alfred C. Measles and Pearl Maynard Measles.

She was a member of Hickory Valley Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Earl Wayne Davis, of Quebeck; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Mike Hale, of Quebeck; grandchildren, Michael Hale and wife Paulina, Anna Nicole Hale; great-grandchild, Ashton Davis Hale; two sisters, Willie Ruth Martin, of Spencer, Alma Jean Sparkman, of Spencer; and several nieces, nephews, numerous friends, and close relatives.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m., March 30, 2018, … CONTINUED


Warrior baseball defeats Stone Memorial twice

Posted on March 29, 2019 8:08 am by Eli Rushing

The White County High School Warriors cruised to a pair of victories versus the Panthers of Stone Memorial, on Monday and Tuesday nights. At home, the Warriors came away a 13-3 win and on the road they shut out the Panthers by the score of 11-0. The runs piled up for the Warriors as they rode their hot bats to great success.

In the March 25 game, the boys’ offense kicked off the first inning and set the tone for a runaway victory. Although Stone scored first off an error by Eli McDonald, the Warriors quickly secured the lead and began to build it. A line drive single … CONTINUED


Harper-led Lady Bears claim Cinderella title

Posted on March 29, 2019 8:08 am by Jerry Lowery

Sparta’s hometown sports standout during her high school career, Kellie Jolly Harper, and the Missouri State Lady Bears have taken claim to the name Cinderella as they advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.  The Lady Bears are now the lowest seed that is still in the big dance.

On March 25, the Harper-led Lady Bears took on and defeated a very strong number three-seeded Iowa State team.

“That was amazing,” Lady Bears head coach Harper said in awe. “I’m so proud of this team, and I think the thing that makes me the most proud is the way we just went out and played basketball … CONTINUED


Sparta’s Deandra Luna earns NAIA All American honors

Posted on March 29, 2019 8:08 am by Jerry Lowery

A former White County High School Warriorette is continuing to make an impact with Bryan College, just as she did for the Warriorettes during her tenure at White County High School.

Deandra Luna and teammate Karli Combs, of Rutledge, Tennessee, recently earned the NAIA All American Honorable Mention Awards for the Bryan College Lions.

The two Lions added the All-American honors to their already All-AAC First Team awards received at the conclusion of Bryan’s most successful regular-season in program history. The Lions went undefeated in AAC play for a perfect 26-0 mark before notching three more wins in the conference tournament for a 29-0 record against AAC foes, … CONTINUED


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