Residence on Finley Road gutted by flames

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

Gutted. Charred 2x4s and household belongs are all that can be seen inside the residence on Findley Road, after it was gutted June 16 by an early morning fire. No injuries were reported in the incident.

A home on Finley Road was gutted by fire, on June 16, but no one was reported injured in the incident.
Firefighters with North End Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the residence, at approximately 4:23 a.m., and found flames leaping from the home.
They battled the blaze for some time before fire command requested additional manpower at the scene.
A countywide mutual assistance page was issued and available firefighters from Sparta … CONTINUED


Miktarian’s killer receives death penalty

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

Remembering. Mindy Barlow’s neighbors on Holder Road, in Quebeck, have been right there when she needed them. Neighbors decided to plant Crape Myrtle trees at the edge of each of their properties, in memory of Miktarian, so Barlow could view them as she travels along the roadway. The first tree was planted in Barlow’s yard, on July 6, 2009, almost one year after Miktarian’s death. Pictured are Mindy Barlow (seated), Steve Barlow, Faith Rueckert, Valerie Rueckert, Billy Rueckert, Jack Mullarkey, Kathy Mullarkey, Barbara Madge and Ed Madge. Others who are participating, but were not present, include Jim and Earlayne Cantrell and Ed and Irene Herel.

Slain. Josh Miktarian,

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Child rape charges filed against man

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

Mark Dewayne Presley, 29

A White County man was arrested, on June 11, after an investigation led to charges of rape of a child less than 13 years old.
According to Detective Chris Isom with White County Sheriff Department, Mark Dewayne Presley, 29, was taken into custody at his home in the northern portion of the county.
Isom stated information was received about inappropriate contact with a child and a joint investigation was instigated with the Department of Children Services and the District Attorney General’s office.
He said the case is still under investigation.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, his department is also pursuing an investigation … CONTINUED


Wava (Carolyn) Walling

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

Wava (Carolyn) Walling, 65, of Spencer, passed away June 15, 2010, at White County Community Hospital.
Mrs. Walling was born in Oct. 8, 1944, in Bledsoe County, to Levis Perry Clark and Loletta Marie Green Clark.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., June 20, 2010, at Spencer Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 5-9 p.m., June 18; 8 a.m.-9 p.m., June 19; and 8 a.m., until time for the service, on June 20.
Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Shalla Marie Smith

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

Shalla Marie Smith, 16, of Spencer, passed away June 14, 2010, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Ms. Smith was born July 29, 1993, to Lisa Walling and Shane Smith.
Survivors include her mother, Lisa Smith, of Spencer; father and stepmother, Shane Smith and Ashley Lawson, of Spencer; brothers, Pvt. Nathan McCormick, of Fort Jackson, S.C., Caleb Lawson, of Spencer; grandparents, Henry and Petty Walling, Randy and Jeanie Smith, all of Spencer; great-grandparent, Ruby Smith, of Spencer; uncles, Robert Walling, Jody Smith, Jason Smith, all of Spencer; aunts, Melinda Walling, Miranda Walling, both of Spencer; and lots of special aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.
Funeral service will be … CONTINUED


Willie Buford (Bill) Daniels

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

Willie Buford (Bill) Daniels, 67, of Sparta, passed away June 15, 2010, at his residence.
Mr. Daniels was born July 23, 1942, in Sparta, to Leon Dee and Ida Rose Anderson Daniels.
He was a member of Johnson Baptist Church, in Putnam County, and was retired from Wagner/Federal Mogul. He also worked as a farmer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dortha Teeple.
Survivors include his wife, Eva Nell Holloway Daniels, of Sparta; daughter, Lisa Letizio and husband Guido, of Michigan; son, Willie Hartford Daniels and wife Denise, of Sparta; four grandchildren, Derek Hunter, Lindsey Daniels, Marissa Letizio, Christina Letizio; three great-grandchildren, Adrienne, … CONTINUED


William Haskel (Bill) Spakes

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

William Haskel (Bill) Spakes, 85, passed away June 11, 2010, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Spakes was born Oct. 31, 1924, in Doyle to William Kendrick and Lizzie Spakes.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Purple Heart while stationed in Germany.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Howard Spakes and Robert Spakes.
Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Spakes, of Doyle; one son, Billy Spakes, of Doyle; three daughters, Beverly Rogers and husband Ronnie, of Sparta, Bethene Ward, of Doyle, Banetta Wilford and husband Randy, of Doyle; sister, Sallie Anderson, of Doyle; eight … CONTINUED


Virginia Louise Gilbert White

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

Virginia Louise Gilbert White, 86, passed away June 10, 2010, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mrs. White was born March 24, 1924.
She had been a member of the Taft Church of Christ for many years. She loved her church family and will be sadly missed.
Mrs. White was preceded in death by her parents John and Della Peyton Gilbert; Kenneth White; two sisters, Cora Smartt, Lois Riggs; and a brother, Johnny Gilbert.
Survivors include her daughter, Janice Carter and husband Troy, of Sparta; granddaughter, Dana Bray and husband Eugene, of Sparta; great-grandson, Daniel Bray, of Sparta; and great-granddaughter, Kaleigh Bray, of Sparta.
Funeral services was a … CONTINUED


Debra Jean Knight

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

Debra Jean Anderson Knight, 51, of Sparta, passed away June 10, 2010, at White County Community Hospital.
Mrs. Knight was born Jan. 25, 1959, in Dayton, Ohio.
She had been a longtime employee of Mallory Timers
Mrs. Knight was preceded in death by her father, Lester Eugene Anderson.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Knight, of Sparta; sons, Johnny Knight, II of Shelbyville, Daniel Knight and wife Ashley, of Sparta; mother, Treva Pittman, of Sparta; sister, Lisa Sewell and husband Greg, of Sparta; brother, Lester Anderson and wife Kathy, of Sparta; and grandchildren, Ella Janaye Knight and Kennedy Beth Knight.
Funeral service was 1 p.m., June 13, 2010, at … CONTINUED


Edna Jane Sullivan

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

Edna Jane Sullivan, 95, of Spencer, passed away June 10, 2010, at her residence.
Mrs. Sullivan was born March 26, 1915, in Huntsville, Ala., to William Monroe and Sarah Frances Delong Pack.
Funeral service was 2 p.m., June 13, 2010, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Long Cemetery.
Spencer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Henry Ford Nash

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

Henry Ford Nash, 85, of Quebeck, passed away June 10, 2010, at his residence.
Mr. Nash was born Dec. 24, 1924, in Putnam County, to Will and Ginnie Katherine Stoglin Nash.
He was a retired sawmill laborer.
Mr. Nash was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Daniel, Willie, Hubert Nashw; and sisters, Sherlene Daly, Erbie Ward and Myrtie Barnes.
Survivors include his sisters, Lennie Ellen Woody, Treva Poss, both of Sparta; special niece, Dimple Burris, of Quebeck; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was 2 p.m., June 12, 2010, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Howell Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Beulah L. Austin Johnson

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

Beulah L. Austin Johnson, 97, passed away June 12, 2010, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 5, 1913, in White County, to William Henry and Ida Myrtle Sapp Austin.
She had been a member of the Lost Creek Methodist Church
Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Frank Henry Johnson.
Survivors include her caretakers, Illa McCaskey, Doug Austin and Jim McCormick, and a host of other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., June 14, 2010, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Lost Creek Cemetery. Stewart Orell and Edward Spiva will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home


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