Charlie Mae Cooper

Posted on February 12, 2020 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Charlie Mae Cooper, 93, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 10, 2020, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Ms. Cooper was born Dec. 12, 1926, in White County, to Charlie Black Cooper and Notie Elizabeth Medlin Cooper.

Charlie Mae was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. She loved tending to her flowers, knitting, crossword puzzles, and putting puzzles together. Ms. Cooper was a graduate of White County High School where she played basketball. She later retired from Caney Fork Regional Library. She loved everyone and spending time with her nieces, nephews, and her family; they loved her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in … CONTINUED


Treca Grey Jones Johnson

Posted on February 11, 2020 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Treca Grey Jones Johnson, 91, of Walling, passed away Feb. 10, 2020.

Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 14, 1928, in Warren County, to Alva  Jones and Velma Schrock Jones.

She worked many years as a teacher’s aide at Central View Elementary School, in Walling, but the full-time job she most excelled at was as a wife and mother. She was the model of a Southern lady: gentle, soft-spoken, patient, compassionate, and tough as nails. Mrs. Johnson devoted her life to her family, especially to the care of her daughter, Wanda. Later in life, she adopted many friends and family as honorary grandchildren. She was everybody’s Ma.

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Charlie Mae Cooper

Posted on February 10, 2020 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Charlie Mae Cooper, 93, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 10, 2020, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Roy Douglas Stafford

Posted on February 10, 2020 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Roy Douglas Stafford, 81, departed this life peacefully, at his home, on Feb. 9, 2020, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Stafford was born Sept. 20, 1938, in Jackson County.

He was a resident of the Cassville community, in White County, where he had lived since the age of 7.

Mr. Stafford was the second of six children born to Lando G. Stafford and Ruby McCoin Stafford, both of whom preceded him in death. His sister, Janice Hutson, passed away in March 2019.

He was a 1957 White County High School graduate who served with the Tennessee Army National Guard from 1957 to 1963. He was a longtime dairy … CONTINUED


Bobbie Jean Mingle

Posted on February 9, 2020 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Bobbie Jean Mingle passed from this life, on Feb. 5, 2020, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

She was born July 11, 1934, in Trenton, to Robert and Martha Rushing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Martha Rushing, and her sisters, Nancy L. Rushing and Mary E. Rushing.

Survivors include her daughters, Terry Lynn (Gary) Harris, Debbie Ann Ryandski; son, Danny (Bambi) Mingle; brothers, Willow Dean Rushing, Charles D. (Cindy) Rushing; grandchildren, Jeffery Paoli, Chrystal Harris, Elizabeth (Shawn) Adelabu, Tommy Ryandski, Jennifer Ryandski; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was 1 p.m., Feb. 8, 2020, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Saylors Cemetery.

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Bobby Wayne Cantrell

Posted on February 9, 2020 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Bobby Wayne Cantrell, 42, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 6, 2020, at his residence.

Mr. Cantrell was born April 2, 1977, in Smithville.

He was a machinist by trade and enjoyed working on electronics as a hobby. As a child, he enjoyed operating and racing remote control cars. Then, as an adult, he enjoyed taking long drives in his car.

Mr. Cantrell was preceded in death by his father, Curtis Wayne Cantrell, and grandfather Delmer Guffey.

Survivors include his daughter, Ashlynn Brooke Cantrell, of Sparta; mother, Della Jane Guffey, of Crawford; grandparents, Ruby and  Henry Foster, of Sparta; grandmother, Opal Jeanette Perry Guffey, of Crawford; sisters, Kimberly Ann … CONTINUED


Tony Martin Jellinich

Posted on February 9, 2020 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Tony Martin Jellinich, 78, of Sparta, away peacefully in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his loved ones, on Feb. 7, 2020.

Mr. Jellinich was born Oct. 8, 1941.

Tony loved fishing, hunting, farming, working in his garden, and sharing the fruits of his labor with others. Even though Matilta was mean, he loved his cow. He was an active member of the congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Florence Jellinich; brother, Richard; son, Richard; and great-grandson, Blake.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Violette; children, daughter-in-law Connie, Karla (Scott), Tonya (Steve), Coriena (Ted), Jody (Derick), Joe; … CONTINUED


Pamela Jane Ruttledge

Posted on February 9, 2020 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Pamela Jane Ruttledge, 74, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 7, 2020, at home, surrounded by family and friends.

Mrs. Ruttledge was born Sept. 8, 1945, in Portland, Oregon, to Oran and Virginia Denhard. She was the oldest of five children.

She graduated from Sandy Hugh School and continued to earn a degree at Oregon Health and Science University. During her 46-year career in health care, she specialized in X-ray and mammography, eventually retiring from a supervisory position, in 2011.

In December 1984, Pam married Dwight Ruttledge (USAF). Dwight and Pam, along with their beloved family, were then stationed in    Germany where she worked in a NATO hospital. After … CONTINUED


Sandra Bowman

Posted on February 9, 2020 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Sandra Bowman, 43, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 6, 2020, in Nashville.

She was born on Dec. 7, 1976, in Livingston, and she is the daughter Raymond Bowman and Rosalie Phillips.

Survivors include her daughter, Harley Judkins (Tyler); mother, Rosalie Phillips (Larry); father, Raymond Bowman; sisters, Susan Mabe (Jonathan), Edna Wilson; brothers, Lee Wilson (Christy), Steven Wilson, Christopher Wilson, Brandon Wilson (Kara); and grandchildren, Mason and Malachi Judkins

No services are scheduled at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Penny Ann Hale

Posted on February 7, 2020 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Penny Ann Hale, 58, of Smithville, passed away Feb. 5, 2020, at Saint Thomas Midtown, in Nashville.

Mrs. Hale was born Dec. 10, 1961, to Carolyn Elmore and Eugene Wilkey.

She was a Baptist and worked at Tenneco.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Eugena Renee Wilkey, and two sisters-in-law, Clara Wilkey and Cynthia Hale.

She leaves to cherish her memory, husband, Leroy Hale, of Smithville; four children, Frank (Amber) Wilkey, Carolyn Hale, Angela (Logan) Murphy, Leroy “Chip” (Amanda) Hale, all of Smithville; grandchildren, Brylie and Kenley Wilkey, Ariana Keith, T.J. Bratcher, Emma and Elena Murphy, Mikeal (Destiny) Wooden, all of … CONTINUED


Bettye Ann Barker Floyd

Posted on February 6, 2020 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Bettye Ann Barker Floyd, 85, of Sparta, passed Feb. 5, 2020, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Floyd was born July 29, 1934.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm Floyd; parents, Riley Odus Barker and Berttie Barker; and siblings, James Barker, Lois Barker Taliaferro, and Lester Barker.

She is lovingly survived by her sons, Mike Floyd (Joyce), of Sparta, Steven Floyd, of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Annmarie Floyd Joyce (Michael), Collin Floyd (Chase), Evan Floyd, Ethan Floyd; great-grandchildren, Ansley Joyce, Owen, Elliot Floyd; and sister, Rebecca Barker Adcock.

Funeral service will be noon, Feb. 8, 2020, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. … CONTINUED


Opal Imogene Baksa

Posted on February 6, 2020 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Opal Imogene Baksa passed from this life, on Feb. 4, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Opal was born Sept. 4, 1939, in Walling, to J.D. and Opal Pollard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.D. and Opal; spouses, Andy Baksa, James Jackson; grandson, Zechriah Behoford Lee King; and niece, Lori Ann Kibby.

Opal always had a smile on her face and never met a stranger. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her brother, John Dexter Pollard and wife Geraldine, of Sparta; children, Theresa Danielle Freeman, of Sparta, James Lee Jackson, of Rock Island, Delena Ruth Nash and husband James, … CONTINUED


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