James Arnold Norris

Posted on November 14, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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James Arnold Norris, 83, passed away Nov. 12, 2019.

Mr. Norris was born July 25, 1936, to Roy Monroe Norris and Annie Dildine Norris.

To know him was to love him. We knew him as a loving husband, who loved his wife of 62 years like no other. We called him Dad, Pops, Papa, Ernie, and “Russ.” He loved his family and always taught them to love the Lord as he did. He showed that love by the way he lived every day. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, teaching them life lessons and a little mischief for which he was known. He loved his garden and was … CONTINUED


Willard Franklin Green

Posted on November 14, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Willard Franklin Green, born June 28, 1950, made his grand entrance into this world prompt, as he was known to be, at 7 months. His mother, Mary Frances, gave birth to this 4-pound baby boy at her mother’s house with her husband, Willard Harrison, by her side. A force even at 4 pounds, he was unyielding all the days of his life.

As a young boy, Frank attended Fredonia Baptist Church. Fredonia is where he became a Royal Ambassador and also where he accepted Christ as his Lord at the age of 9. Frank’s love of RAs continued throughout high school and the rest of his life.

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Dawn Annette Altilio Evans

Posted on November 13, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Dawn Annette Altilio Evans, 53, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 11, 2019, in Nashville.

Mrs. Evans was born on Oct. 30, 1966, in Orlando, Florida, to Joseph Francis Altilio and Evelyn Annette Bennett Altilio.

She was served as a nurse for two years. She loved college football, especially Florida Gators. She loved camping, spending time with her family, nature, and being outdoors.

Mrs. Evans was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Francis Altilio.

Survivors include her husband, Jeff Evans, of Sparta; son, Sean Evans (Stephanie), of Chattanooga; mother, Evelyn Annette Bennett; two sisters, Donna Brandenburg (John), of Sparta, Debbie Hatchen (Bobby), of Sparta; and brother, Frank Altilio, … CONTINUED


Samuel Thomas “S.T.” Griffin

Posted on November 13, 2019 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Samuel Thomas “S.T.” Griffin, 93, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 12, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Griffin was born April 4, 1926, in the Griffintown community of White County, to Ransom Isaiah Griffin and Edna Ada Caldwell Griffin.

He worked 13 years for Porter Hayes on his peddler truck and then worked over 40 years installing tile. When he was not working his day job, he loved working his farm.

Mr. Griffin served his country in World War II with the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gena Marie Stewart Griffin; children, Janet Griffin Newberry, Helen Diane Griffin, Stephen Thomas Griffin; and … CONTINUED


Jerry Lee Worthington

Posted on November 12, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jerry Lee Worthington, 67, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 8, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Worthington was born Dec. 14, 1951, in Sparta, to Jessie Rhea Price Worthington and Charles Worthington Jr.

He was a dedicated member of Oakwood Street Church of Christ, always ready to serve his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There you could always find him before any service, ready to greet everyone that came by with a firm handshake and a smile. He retired from Federal Mogul, in Smithville, in 2010, after 35 years of service. He was an avid fan of all sports, as well as hunting and fishing. In his younger years, … CONTINUED


Barbara Genell Daniels

Posted on November 12, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Barbara Genell Daniels, 77, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 9, 2019, in Sparta.

Mrs. Daniels was born May 14, 1942, in Cookeville, to Haywood Henry and Mamie Bumbalough Henry.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Bobby Daniels.

Survivors include her son, Tim Daniels, of Sparta; daughter, Kathy Daniels Brooks (James), of Texas; grandchildren, Joshua Daniels, Justin Daniels, both of Sparta; sister, Brenda Elrod, of Monterey; and brother,

Glenn Henry, of Monterey.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m., Nov. 13, 2019, Oak Lawn Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 13, at the funeral home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home


Connie Laurel Myers Turrington

Posted on November 12, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Connie Laurel Myers Turrington, 72, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 9, 2019, in Nashville.

Mrs. Turrington was born July 30, 1947, in Sparta. She was the daughter of Harvey Nolan Myers and Minnie Bell Walker Scott.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Johnny Turrington Sr.; brothers, Donald Myers, Jeff Myers; and sister, Shawna Evon Myers.

Survivors include her life partner, Othel Dunham Jr.; daughters, Lisa Bryan, of Sparta, Lora Turrington, of Sparta; son, Johnny Turrington Jr.; grandchildren, Rodney Henry, Jesse McCullough, Jacob Turrington, Josh Turrington; great-grandson, Braxton Taylor; great-granddaughter, Paige McCullough; sisters, Carolyn Dunham, Renee Myers, Melissa Fisher, June Myers; and several nieces and nephews.… CONTINUED


Rebecca Jean Killgore Ross

Posted on November 12, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Rebecca Jean Killgore Ross, 96, passed on to the next life, on Nov. 9, 2019, in Sparta.

Mrs. Ross was born March 5, 1923, in Samson, Alabama, to Phonso and Ruth Killgore.

A Celebration of Life will be 2 p.m., Nov. 17, 2019, at Central Church of Christ. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m., Nov. 17, at the church.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements .


S.T. Griffin

Posted on November 12, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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S.T. Griffin, age 93, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 12, 2019 at his residence.

Mr. Griffin was born April 4, 1926.

He was a United States veteran.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jerry Worthington

Posted on November 9, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jerry Worthington, 67, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 8, 2019, at this residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Dorinda Joy Driver Henry

Posted on November 8, 2019 5:05 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Dorinda Joy Driver Henry, 55, was born Oct. 1, 1964, and passed away Nov. 8, 2019.

Mrs. Henry graduated with honors from Tennessee Technological University, in 1988, with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. She went on to the banking industry, working with Citizens Bank, Union Planners, Regions Bank, and Putnam First Mercantile. She had many awards and accolades throughout her career and was passionate about helping people. Mrs. Henry touched many lives with her testimony and perseverance. She was a firm believer in Jesus Christ and loved her church family. She was loved by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Darryl Henry; … CONTINUED


Birgit Kuban Austin

Posted on November 6, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Birgit Kuban Austin, 75, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 4, 2019, in Sparta.

She was born March 22, 1944, in Frankfurt, Germany, to Herbert and Emma Reuter Kuban.

She will be remembered as a good friend, hard worker, and for her love of travel.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Austin (Charlotte), of Sparta; son, Rockwell Austin, of Cookeville; husband of 20 years, Roy Austin, of Bluffton, South Carolina; grandson, Wilson Ervin; granddaughters, Anna Ervin, Olivia Ervin, Mary Alice Ervin, Delilah Austin; sister, Karin Kuban-Scheel (Wolfgang), of Frankfurt, Germany; brother, Gerhard Kuban (Doris), of Nauheim, Germany; and special friend, Patty Dronfield.… CONTINUED


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