Isabell Conley

Posted on December 4, 2019 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Isabell Conley, 88, of Cookeville, passed away Nov. 30, 2019, at her home.

Mrs. Conley was born Sept. 22, 1931, in Cookeville, to Rollis Bevey Clouse and Pearlie Lee Finley Clouse.

She was a retired cashier, having worked at several grocery stores, in Cookeville. She was a member of Caney Fork Baptist Church.

Mrs. Conley was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Hershell Clouse, Casto Clouse, Opal Pinkston, Nellie Whitaker, Beacher Clouse, Arnold Clouse, Arvil Floyd Clouse, Wanetta Phy, Willard Clouse, Rufus Finley Clouse, Obey Gene Clouse, Kathleen Clouse, Earl Clouse, and an infant sister.

Survivors include her husband, Douglas Conley; three daughters, Janice (Cecil) Garrett, … CONTINUED

Norma Jean Rice Gardner

Posted on December 4, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Norma Jean Rice Gardner, 86, of Gulf Shores, Alabama, formerly of Quebeck, Tennessee, passed away Nov. 29, 2019, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Gardner was born Oct. 25, 1933, in Sparta, to Norman Rice and Addie B. Emerton.

She was married 50 years to James Ray Gardner.

Mrs. Gardner was retired from the Packaging Division of Nestle’ Corporation.

She loved to watch Hallmark shows, quilting, and sending cards to family, friends, and fellow church members. She was a member of Quebeck Church of Christ.

Mrs. Gardner was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; eldest son, James Gardner; sister, Ann Frasier;  and brothers, Clayton Rice, Charlie Rice, … CONTINUED

Carla Ruth Lee Stanfield

Posted on December 4, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Carla Ruth Lee Stanfield, 67, of Powder Springs, Georgia, formerly of Sparta, Tennessee, passed from this life Nov. 29, 2019, at Cobb Tranquility Hospice in Austell, Georgia.

Mrs. Stanfield was born July 21, 1952, in Sparta, to James Lee and Virgie Knowles Lee.

After graduating from White County High School, in Sparta, Mrs. Stanfield moved to Atlanta, Georgia.  She worked in management for commercial and construction supply companies.  She retired as an administrative assistant to the city manager of Kennesaw, Georgia.

Mrs. Stanfield did not have children but was a special aunt to well-loved nieces and nephews, as well as their children and grandchildren.  With Mrs. Stanfield, children … CONTINUED

James A. Harold Rice

Posted on December 4, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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James A. Harold Rice, 80 of Sparta, passed away Nov. 24, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Smithville.

Mr. Rice was born Oct. 21, 1939, to Wesley Rice and Nancy Steele Rice.

He retired from Brady Printing Company as a printer after nearly 40 years of service.  He was a licensed Church of Christ minister until 2011, serving in the Keltonburg and Campaign churches.  Mr. Rice served his country in the United States Army and has attended First United Pentecostal Church, in Cookeville, with his caregiver, since 2012.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; and three brothers.

Survivors include his friend and caregiver, Cathy Randolph, … CONTINUED

Steven Martin MacDonell

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

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Steven Martin MacDonell, 68, passed away Nov. 26, 2019, at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital. He was a Spencer resident and a native of Tampa, Florida.

Mr. MacDonell was born Sept. 11, 1951, to Kenneth Archibald MacDonell and Virginia Ruth Martin MacDonell. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a master mechanic for Chrysler and Ford, and was of the Baptist faith.

He was a well-known caver and was a member of the National Speleological Society.  He was a founding member of Spencer Mountain Grotto, a member of the Southern Cruisers Motorcycle Club, and rode with the Christian Motorcycle Association. He was an avid amateur radio operator, with his … CONTINUED

Jack Leron Cothran

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

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Jack Leron Cothran, 84, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 29, 2019, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Cothran was born Aug. 25, 1935, in Central, South Carolina, to George Washington Cothran and Mary Ann Hicks Cothran.

He was a graduate of Central High School, in Central, South Carolina, and then attended Tri-Country Technical College, in Clemson, South Carolina, where he obtained his associate degree. He later attended Tennessee Tech University, in Cookeville.

Mr. Cothran was plant manager for Mallory Timers for approximately 25 years. He attended First Baptist Church, in Sparta, for many years. Mr. Cothran loved his family, his friends, music, his community, fishing, and golf.… CONTINUED

Lilla Mae Vaughn Bailey

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

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Lilla Mae Vaughn Bailey, 98, of Loudon, passed from this life Nov. 27, 2019, at River Grove Health and Rehabilitation, in Loudon.

She was born May 1, 1921, in Pineville, Mississippi, the daughter of William Vaughn and Florence Wilkins Vaughn.

Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ecil James Bailey; and one son, Ecil James Bailey Jr.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Mrs. Bailey was a member of First Baptist Church, in Sparta, and sang in the choir for many years. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed homemaking.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Lou and Doug Faragher, of Vonore; one … CONTINUED

James “Jim” Rex Jones

Posted on November 26, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood


James “Jim” Rex Jones, 82, of Sparta, passed from this life on Nov. 22, 2019, at Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center, in Monterey.

Mr. Jones was born Feb. 11, 1937, in Sparta, the son of James Andrew Jones and Gilla Pippin Jones.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Joeann Jones; three sisters, Barbara Moore, Hilda Cantrell, Sue Mitchell; and three brothers, John Paul Jones, Charles Jones, and Boyd Wade.

Survivors include his wife, Angela Jones; his children and their spouses, Allen and Lora Jones, Robin Bruce, Jeffrey and Lori Jones, Regina Jones, Jason Jones; four brothers, Bobby Jack Jones, Kenneth Jones, Ronald Jones, … CONTINUED

Thomas Rhea Anderson

Posted on November 23, 2019 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Thomas Rhea Anderson, 70, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 22, 2019, in Sparta.

Mr. Anderson was born Jan. 23, 1949, in Sparta, to Jessie Anderson and Willene Brown Anderson.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a man of    many traits, his favorite was truck driving, but the job he loved most was being a dad to his children and Pa to all his grandbabies.

Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eddie Anderson; sister, Pam Quaves; and two infant brothers.

Survivors include his loving wife of 39 years, Gail Anderson; sister, Wanda Vinson (Jerry), of Tullahoma; four sons, Carl … CONTINUED

Arthur Lane “Junior” Cunningham

Posted on November 20, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Arthur Lane “Junior” Cunningham Jr., 77, of Jacksonville, Florida, formerly of Sparta, passed away Nov. 18, 2019, after a long illness.

Mr. Cunningham was born March 24, 1942, in Sparta, to Arthur Lane Cunningham Sr. and Dora Ann LaFever Cunningham.

He was retired from the logistics division of AT&T.

On Saturdays, Junior loved to watch college football, especially Florida State, and Sundays were reserved for NASCAR. Throughout the week, he enjoyed watching old television shows.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Beulah Mae Cunningham, Ruby Stockman, Mildred Kirby; brother, Kenneth Cunningham; and stepson, James David Pressly.

Surviving family members include his wife, Marion Flynn Cunningham, … CONTINUED

Edward Gene “Eddie” Guy

Posted on November 19, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Edward Gene “Eddie” Guy, 68, of Spencer, passed away Nov. 15, 2019, at Erlanger Hospital, in Chattanooga.

Mr. Guy was born Oct. 27, 1951, in Spencer, to Raymond Henry Guy and Mattie Beatrice Walling Guy.

He worked at Mallory Timers from 1969 until its closing. Mr. Guy was an avid fisherman, especially crappie fishing. If he was not fishing, he could be found on his John Deere tractor. He loved spending time with his family with a good cup of coffee on his front porch.

Surviving family members include his two daughters, Julie (Troy) Wenger, of Sparta, Jennifer (David) Hight, of Alexandria; four granddaughters, Amanda Roberts, Amber Wright, … CONTINUED

Melissa Ann Roberts Allen

Posted on November 19, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Melissa Ann Roberts Allen, 48, passed away Nov. 8, 2019, at her home.

Melissa (Lisa) was born Jan. 16, 1971, in Nashville, to Willard Oliver Roberts and Martha Ann Murdock Roberts.

She was a “Mimi” to numerous children.  She cared deeply for her best friends, Tammi Goodeon Young and Jamie Murphy.

She is survived by her daughters, Alivia Roberts (fiancé Steven Mitchell), Erika Allen; grandsons, Bentley Stafford, Holden Mitchell; sisters, Candie (David) Davison Banks, Susan (Marty) Roberts Simmons; brother, James (Felisha) Davison; nieces, Nikki Jones, Joelle Simmons, Jocelyn Simmons; and nephews, Kyle Jones, Marcus Davison, Justin Davison, and Daniel Davison.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m., Nov. 23, at … CONTINUED

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