Leah Ellis Johnson

Posted on April 2, 2020 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Leah Ellis Johnson, 96 of Gallatin, previously of McMinnville, passed away March 25, 2020.

Mrs. Johnson was born March 11, 1924, in White County, to Charlie and Ina Ellis.

She was a member of Friendship The Baptist Church and worked as a secretary at Eastside Elementary. Her family was her first love, and she also loved gardening, flowers, cooking, crocheting, and quilting.

Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband of over 65 years, Layron “W.L.” Johnson.

She is survived by her four daughters and son, Carol (Tom) Moore, of Hendersonville, Diana (John) Doss, of Nashville, Charlene (Don) Kennedy, of Madison, Mississippi, Judy Elliott, of Gallatin, Terry … CONTINUED

Mary Mildred Wright

Posted on April 2, 2020 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Mary Mildred Wright, 98, passed from this life, on March 25, 2020, at the Lynchburg Nursing Home.

Mrs. Wright was born Dec. 11, 1921, in Sparta, to Maude and Lemon Smith.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hubert R. Wright; brothers, Lonard Smith, Dillon Smith; and sisters, Joyce Walls and Mozel White.

Survivors include her daughter, Brenda June Campo, of Marshall, Texas; son, Charles (Barbara) Wright, of Manchester; grandchildren, Bruce (Sherry) Hutchings, of Sparta, Beth (David) Trumbly, of Conroe, Texas, Gina (James) Hester, of Marshall, Texas, Carrie (John) McInturff, of Manchester, Charles Wright II, of Manchester, Bradley (Ashley) Wright, of Cookeville; 13 great-grandchildren; and five … CONTINUED

Charles Gilbert Galemore

Posted on April 2, 2020 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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CMSgt Charles “Chuck” Gilbert Galemore, USAF/TNANG (Retired),  86, of Cookeville, went to be with the Lord, on March 28, 2020. He passed peacefully at home.

He was born May 4, 1933, in Success, Arkansas, to Gilbert Galemore and Eva Laughlin Galemore.

The family moved to Charleston, Missouri, where Chuck spent his childhood and youth.

Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, on May 25, 1951, five days after graduating from Charleston High School. After basic training and technical school at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB), Texas, he began his career in aircraft maintenance at Mountain Home, Idaho. In 1952, he was transferred to the 6th Air Rescue Group, … CONTINUED

Randy Dean Goodwin

Posted on April 2, 2020 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Randy Dean Goodwin, 55, passed away March 30, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Goodwin was born April 26, 1964, in Sparta, to Paul Gene Goodwin and Linda Lou Goodwin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Goodwin and Linda Goodwin and his wife, Paula Goodwin.

Survivors include his daughters,  Brittany Walker, Tiffany Simmons; grandchildren, Emma, Ilam, Caden; brother, Mike Goodwin and wife Mitzy; sisters, Donna Austin and husband Robert, Michelle Page and husband Eric; several nieces and nephews, all of Sparta; and a special friend, Dorothy Bruch.

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, there will be a private family visitation and funeral.

Graveside service … CONTINUED

James Michael Moore

Posted on April 2, 2020 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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James Michael Moore, 61, passed away March 29, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Moore was born Feb. 23, 1959, in White County, to James Moore and Virginia Sparkman Moore.

He was a truck driver and a member of the Church of Christ.  Mr. Moore was a graduate White County High School Class of 1977. He resided in Van Buren County, and his hobbies included participating in tractor pulls.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by wife, Kim Kinnaird Moore.

Survivors include his mother, Virginia Sparkman Moore; brothers; Don Moore, of Doyle, Jeff (Pam) Moore, of Sparta; sister, Patricia (Don) … CONTINUED

Robert Farlow

Posted on April 2, 2020 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Robert Farlow, 60, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2020, at his home.

Mr. Farlow was born on July 2, 1959, to Hiram Olen Earl Farlow and Reba Nell Rogers.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Farlow was a lover of all sports. He enjoyed watching football any chance he could with his son, Ryan.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Farlow; sons, Robert Olen Farlow Jr., Ryan Mitchell Farlow and wife Nikke Nichole Farlow; brothers, John Earl Farlow; sister, Roxanna Gale Farlow; four grandchildren, Amy Lay, Brandi Davenport (Brandon Officer), Layton Davenport, Steven Davenport; one great-grandchild, Kinsleigh Welch; four nieces, Rebecca Krenzke, Katherine Mendez, Amy … CONTINUED

Mary Magdalene Luna

Posted on April 2, 2020 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Mary Magdalene Luna, 85, passed from this life at her residence, in Sparta, on March 28, 2020, to be with the Lord

Mrs. Luna was born Feb. 22, 1935, to Anthony P. Adcock and Rutha V. Taylor Adcock.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Frank Adcock and Claborn Adcock.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 33 years, Roston Luna; Her son, Carl D. Young and wife Juany; brother, Jessie Adcock; stepchildren, Hilda (Harold) Thurman, Esther (David) Fouts, Karen Luna, Mary Luna, Amy (Howie) Knapp, Phillip (Vicky) Luna; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nephews.

The family sends many thanks to all those who … CONTINUED

Brad LeRoy Hapner

Posted on April 2, 2020 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Brad LeRoy Hapner, 42, of Cookeville,  passed away March 29, 2020, at his home.

He was born Jan. 7, 1978, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of Lee Hapner and Janet Stetler Hapner.

He was a managing partner at Longhorn Steak House. He loved hunting and fishing, his family and friends, his employees, and the people of Cookeville. He also loved his dog, Fisher, and his cat, Hunter.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Janet Stetler Hapner, and his grandparents, Calvin and June Hapner and Jack and Anna Lee Stetler.

Survivors include his parents, Lee and Patricia Hapner, of Sparta; sisters, Heather Hapner (Brandon), of Rome, … CONTINUED

Nora Elizabeth Stewart “Betty” Polston

Posted on April 2, 2020 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Nora Elizabeth Stewart “Betty” Polston, 84, of Cookeville, passed away March 14, 2020, at Bethesda Health Care in Cookeville.

Mrs. Polston was born Oct. 15, 1935, in Montgomery, Virginia, to Percizal Roy Stewart and Gladey Elizabeth Harmon Stewart.

She was a former Kroger employee.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bryce Stanley Polston, who passed away Jan. 9, 2013.

Surviving family members include her cousin, Pam Janis and husband Tom, of Michigan; mother-in-law, Mattie Polston, of Cookeville; sister-in-law, Brenda Hall Ransom and husband Ron, of Cookeville; niece Kelly Hall; three great-nieces; and two great-nephews.

Funeral service was 2 p.m., March 15, … CONTINUED

Donna Gail Taylor

Posted on March 30, 2020 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


Donna Gail Taylor, 77, of Cookeville, passed away on March 26, 2020, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Donna was born March 16, 1943, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Clifford McCulley and Modella Hitchcock McCulley.

Donna grew up in White County and graduated from White County High School. After school, she moved to Nashville and worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation for 12 years. She married John, in 1974, and moved to Tallahassee and then to Miami, in 1979, and worked several years for the FDOT District 4 Credit Union, relocated to Orlando, in 1993. They moved back to Tallahassee, in 1998, and returned home to … CONTINUED

Dorothy Dean Stewart Zvara

Posted on March 30, 2020 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Dorothy Dean Stewart Zvara, 93, of Mauldin, South Carolina, formerly of Ferndale, Michigan, and Lakeland, Florida, passed away March 24, 2020, at home, with family at her side.

Dorothy was a devout Methodist and attended the Mauldin United Methodist Church.  She looked forward to Sunday service and Bible Study.  As her mobility became more difficult, the church provided her with a posted, named parking space.  She was very proud of this designated space and made a point of showing it to all who visited her.

Dorothy loved to travel and visit new places.  Her brother, Sam Stewart, of Fort Myers, Florida, recently mentioned that Dorothy told him, “Sammy, … CONTINUED

Ernest Denton Bennett Jr.

Posted on March 30, 2020 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ernest Denton Bennett Jr., 91, recently of Nashville and formerly a native and resident of Sparta, passed away on March 27, 2020,  at the Lodge at Natchez Trace, in Nashville.

He was born outside of Sparta, in White County, on March 10, 1929.  He grew up in White County and attended Bear Cove Elementary School and White County High School from which he graduated in 1948.  He proudly served as a Tennessee State Trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for over seven years, in the 1950s, and thereafter remained a lifelong friend and supporter to law enforcement generally and specifically of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

His first posting … CONTINUED

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