Louise Sparkman Hollandsworth

Posted on January 25, 2020 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Louise Sparkman Hollandsworth, 91, of Doyle, passed away Jan. 24, 2020, at her residence.

Mrs. Hollandsworth was born Feb. 9, 1928, in Doyle, to James Ernest Sparkman and Lilly Webster Sparkman.

She had a work career that spanned from the coat hanger factory, in Sparta, to 30 years at Thomas Industries. Once she retired, she spent most of her time caring for great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Hollandsworth; grandson, James Danny Troglen; brothers, Balas Sparkman, Levon Sparkman; and sisters, Emmadel Bain and Elizabeth Sparkman.

Surviving family members left to cherish her memory include her daughter, … CONTINUED


Melvin Wherley

Posted on January 25, 2020 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Melvin Earl Wherley, 76, of McMinnville, passed from this life Jan. 24, 2020, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, in Murfreesboro.

Mr. Wherley was born Oct. 26, 1943, in York, Pennsylvania, and was of the Methodist faith.

He served his country for over 30 years combined in the military as a veteran of the U.S. Army and with the Army National Guard where he was a staff sergeant, worked as a police officer in White County, was employed with Hagemeyer for a period of time, was active in the Warren County Election Commission, was an administrator at the Loyal Order of Moose, a past Master of Warren Lodge No. … CONTINUED


Herman Estes Vinson

Posted on January 24, 2020 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Herman Estes Vinson, 88, better known as “Pete” to his friends and fellow musicians, passed away Jan. 23, 2020, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, in Murfreeesboro.

Mr. Vinson was born April 29, 1931.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Jan. 27, 2020, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 11 a.m.1 p.m., Jan. 27, at the funeral Home. Ken Wallace will officiate.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Emerson Cloyd

Posted on January 24, 2020 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Emerson Cloyd, 85, of the Lamb Community, of White County,

passed from this life, on Jan. 23, 2020,

Mr. Cloyd was married Jan. 10, 1958, to Mary Julia Huffaker Cloyd.

He was a member of Findlay Church of Christ, in Sparta.

Mr. Cloyd served in the U.S. Army and National Guard, in Tennessee and Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milus Casto Cloyd and Lizzie Mae Wright Cloyd, who had resided in Sparta, and two brothers, Haston Cloyd, who had resided in Pontiac, Michigan, and Carl Cloyd, who had resided in Sparta.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary J. Cloyd, of Sparta; son, … CONTINUED


Eloise Price Alley

Posted on January 24, 2020 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Eloise Price Alley, 94, of Sparta, and wife of the late Miller Alley, passed away Jan. 22, 2020, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Alley was born on March 1, 1925, in Sparta, to Richard and Gwendolyn Price.

She was a member of Pistole Baptist Church.

Mrs. Alley was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Miller Alley; daughter, Kay Stockton; niece, Shirley Ann Baldwin; and grandson, Brian Adam Mills.

Survivors include her daughter, Yvette Clark (James); son-in-law, Joe Stockton and companion Carolyn Murphy; grandchildren, Darryl Stockton (Angela), of Sparta, Dale Stockton, of Madisonville, Kentucky, Dena Wilmoth (Kevin), of Sparta, Heath Mills, of Sparta; great-grandchildren, Aaron (Chelsea) … CONTINUED


Donald Eugene Horsley

Posted on January 24, 2020 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Donald Eugene Horsley, 61, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 20, 2020, in McMinnville.

Mr. Horsley was born April 2, 1958, in Chillicothe, Ohio, to Alfred Horsley and Nancy Bethel Horsley.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Addie “Flo” Hill

Posted on January 24, 2020 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Addie “Flo” Hill, 83, of Plainfield, Illinois, formerly of La Marque, Texas, passed away Jan. 21, 2020.

“Flo” and her husband, Charlie, had resided in Sparta a few years ago and could often be found at Sparta-White County Senior Center, on the dance floor

Flo was born Nov. 1, 1936, in Ramer, Tennessee.

She loved dancing, music, karaoke, game shows, and particularly enjoyed making people laugh. She enjoyed being a waitress for many years.

Flo was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Hill; parents, Rolston Nelson and Lodie Walls Nelson; and her brother, Aaron R. Nelson.

She is survived by her, son Kenny (Kathy) Austin Sr., of … CONTINUED


Dr. Chuck Olds

Posted on January 22, 2020 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Dr. Chuck Olds (Charles Houston Olds II) or “Doc” to thousands of his patients and friends, was born in Scotland County, North Carolina, on Feb. 13, 1945, the oldest child of Senior Master Sgt. Charles “Chuck” Houston Olds Sr. and Mary Goldie Hardin Olds. He died at his home, on Jan. 16, 2020, at the age of 74, with his wife by his side.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Crawford Galyean Williamson Olds; his children, Chuck (Charles) Houston Olds III (and his mother Sharon Olds Stewart), of Riverbank, California; daughter, Sarah Olds Wiley (Joshua), of Sparks, Nevada; daughter, Katie Olds Ocha (Aaron), of Roseville, Nevada; son, … CONTINUED


Carolyn Sue Ford Cravens

Posted on January 22, 2020 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Carolyn Sue Ford Cravens, 77, of Walling, passed away Jan. 19, 2020, at her residence.

Mrs. Cravens was born May 18, 1942, in Sparta, to Wilbert Henry Ford and Mary Alice Clouse Ford.

She was retired from Thomas Industries and was a longtime member of Gum Springs Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Lee “Dave” Cravens who died Dec. 4, 2011.

Surviving family members include her brother, George Ford and wife Carolyn, of Sparta; nephews, Scottie Baldwin and wife Mandy, of Rickman, Chris Cravens, of Manchester; niece, Andrea Neill and husband Mike, of Cookeville; and several great-nieces and … CONTINUED


Jasper Ronald “Ron” Savage

Posted on January 18, 2020 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jasper Ronald “Ron” Savage, of Beech Grove, a native of White County, passed away Jan. 14, 2020, at Horizon Health and Rehab Center, in Manchester.

Mr. Savage was born May 3, 1938, in White County, to Jasper Savage and Gertrude Smith Savage.

He worked at various places until he was married, in 1957, and then began a 44-year career at McQuiddy Printing Company, in Donelson. Mr. Savage retired, in 1991, and moved to Smyrna and then on to Lakewood Park where he joined Lakewood Baptist Church and soon served as a deacon.

Mr. Savage served his country in the National Guard and enjoyed traveling, playing guitar, and singing.… CONTINUED


Charles Foster Rouse

Posted on January 18, 2020 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Charles Foster Rouse, 87, passed away Jan. 12, 2020, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Rouse was born Aug. 27, 1932, in Springfield, to Nancy Lee Hill and Jessie Lee Rouse, also a special grandmother Ozella Mills and grandfather Edna Mills.

Mr. Rouse attended Wallace-Smith Elementary School, in Sparta, first through eighth grades. He was transferred by bus to Darwin High School, in Cookeville, 1950-1952.

In 1952, Mr. Rouse joined the U.S. Navy. He trained in San Diego, California, for four years. He was transferred to Norfolk, Virginia, in 1956. Norfolk was his home port, 1956-1967. He was in and out to sea for training, stationed on … CONTINUED


Bobbie Jean Cope Davis

Posted on January 18, 2020 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Bobbie Jean Cope Davis departed from this life in the evening of Dec. 19, 2019, at the age of 87 with loved ones by her side.

A native to Sparta, Jean met the love of her life, Frank, and together they raised one beloved son, Carl, with the strong ethics that have shaped the entire family since.

Picking up the names “Granny” and “Ole G” as grandchildren and a great-grandchild blessed her life, she always made sure to live up to the legend, her house being filled with the best treats and most wonderous adventures, leaving stories to tell for years to come.

Aside from her family, she … CONTINUED


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