Marjorie Peterson Webb

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

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Marjorie Peterson Webb, 90, of Unicoi, formerly of Sparta, passed away Nov. 16, 2019.

Mrs. Webb was born Jan. 29, 1929, in Mitchell County, North Carolina, a daughter of Josh Peterson and Eva McCourry Peterson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos W. Webb; brothers, Buster, Charles, Josh Jr., Billy, and Clark Peterson; and sisters, Ella Shrewsbury and Emma Labyerie.

Mrs. Webb is survived by her daughter, Janis Warnick; grandson, Scott Warnick; great-granddaughter, Tori Warnick; sisters, Beulah Joyner, Jerlyne Baxley, Carol Street, Irene Peterson; brother, Michael Peterson; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be noon, Nov. 20, 2019, in the East Chapel of Appalachian … CONTINUED


Bobby Ray Rogers

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

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Bobby Ray Rogers, 81, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 17, 2019, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Bobby, or “B.R.” as he was commonly referred to around the golf course, was born March 16, 1938, in Winchester, to Robert Walden Rogers and Mary Ollie Armstrong Rogers.

He was a longtime sub-regional sales manager and instructor for Combine Insurance Company. Bobby was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as Air Force Police. He was a semi-pro baseball pitcher, with a career that spanned throughout his younger days, during his military service, and afterward. His love for baseball carried over into his life … CONTINUED


Louis Allen Ross

Posted on November 17, 2019 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Louis Allen Ross, 98, passed from this life to the next on Nov. 16, 2019, just seven days after his wife, Jean Killgore Ross, left her earthly home.

Mr. Ross was born Sept. 14, 1921, in Meshack, Kentucky, to Sam and Thelma Ross.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr. Ross answered the call to serve his country and joined the Army Air Corps where he served as a Radio Operator on B-24s in the Pacific Theater. He received the Air Medal for bravery. Out of the original 36 crews in his reconnaissance group, his was the only one to survive.

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Betty Faye McCaleb

Posted on November 17, 2019 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Betty Faye McCaleb, 88, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 13, 2019, at her home.

She was born Jan. 10, 1931, in Jackson, Mississippi, to Albert Brown and Ave Smith Brown.

She worshiped at Trinity Assembly of God, in Algood. She always put Christ first in her life – day in and day out.

Survivors include her husband, Paul McCaleb, of Sparta; sons, Richard Auchenpaugh (Ellen), of Powder Springs, Georgia; Robert Auchenpaugh (Tina), of Powder Springs, Georgia, Allen Auchenpaugh (Carol), of Bald Head Island, North Carolina; and six grandchildren.

Funeral service was 2 p.m., Nov. 16, 2019, Gardens of Memory Funeral Home, in McMinnville, with Jason Stanford officiating. Burial … CONTINUED


Ronald Gene “Ron” Dodson

Posted on November 17, 2019 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ronald Gene “Ron” Dodson, 54, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 11, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Dodson was born Nov. 30, 1964, in Gary, Indiana.

He was a longtime welder at Moeller, in Sparta. He was an avid dirt track racer, well known for racing Dwarf and Mod-Lite series at all of the dirt tracks within a three-hour radius of Sparta.

Mr. Dodson was a veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and a member of Gentry’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Etta Oakwood Dodson, and a brother, Paul David Dodson.

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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


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