James Royce Bean

Posted by | January 29, 2010 12:00 am

James Royce Bean, 63, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 23, 2010, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Bean was born Jan. 1, 1947, in Indiana.
He had been a heavy equipment operator for Stanley Daniels and attended Hickory Valley Baptist Church.
Mr. Bean was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Brandon Love Dailey; and an uncle, Cecil.
Survivors include his wife, Estell Bean, of Sparta; three daughters, Melissa Anderson, Lori Wood, Carla Riche, all of Burkesville, Ky.; two stepdaughters, Debbie Love, Cindy Ferrill, both of Cookeville; two brothers, Danny Joe Bean, Kenneth Bean, both of Burkesville, Ky.; one sister, Anna Ruth Gilbert, of Russell Springs, Ky.; … CONTINUED


Violet Foster Rigsby

Posted by | January 29, 2010 12:00 am

Violet Foster Rigsby, 92, of El Paso, Texas, formerly of Doyle, passed away Jan. 18, 2010, at Mountain View Healthcare Center, in El Paso.
Mrs. Rigsby was born Dec. 19, 1917, in Van Buren County, to Will and Sarah Catherine Alverson Foster.
She was a beautician and a member of the Church of Christ.
Mrs. Rigsby was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paris C. Rigsby; one sister, Evelyn Murez; and two brothers, Ed Foster and William Ernest Foster.
Survivors include one sister, Kathleen Panter, of Pikeville; special niece, Dorothy Murez Swack and husband Gary, of El Paso; and several other nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was … CONTINUED


Ralph Farley

Posted by | January 29, 2010 12:00 am

Ralph Farley, 81, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 23, 2010, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Farley was born Dec. 11, 1928, in White County, to Rice Haskell and Margie Taylor Farley.
Survivors include his brothers, Dale Farley, of Sparta, and Donnie Farley, of Smithville, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was 1 p.m., Jan. 27, 2010, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Howard Cemetery. David Wilson officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mable Pearl Kerr Harden

Posted by | January 29, 2010 12:00 am

Mable Pearl Kerr Harden, 93 of Sparta, passed away Jan. 27, 2010, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Harden was born April 1, 1916, in White County to Lee and Lucy King Kerr.
She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Olcie Lavaughn (Snap) Harden; and daughters, Nina Harden and Judy Lane.
Survivors include her sons, John Harden, of Cookeville, Jerry Harden, of Winchester, Ind.,
Daughter: Jennie McCoy of Winchester, Ind.; son-in-law, Wilbert Lane, of Sparta; sister-in-law, Elmarie Harden, of Sparta; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be graveside, at 10 a.m., Feb. 1, 2010, at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Jimmy Scott … CONTINUED


Ova Allen Wilson

Posted by | January 29, 2010 12:00 am

Ova Allen Wilson, 100, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 23, 2010, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mrs. Wilson was born July 13, 1909, in Gainesboro, to Russell Thomas Allen and Louisa Smith Allen.
She had been a homemaker. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers and visits with her friends and relatives. She loved church and reading her Bible. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 42 years, James Rufus Wilson; five sisters, Avo Allen, Edna Barnes, Mary Melton, Susie Florence Bean, Annie Hawkins; one brother, William Cardell Allen; and one grandson, Ronnie Weaver.
Survivors … CONTINUED


Ann Vinson Jones

Posted by | January 29, 2010 12:00 am

Ann Vinson Jones, 71, passed away Jan. 28, 2010, at ther residence.
Mrs. Jones was born Jan. 2, 1939, in Orlando, Fla., to Garrett and Hatha Burgess Vinson.
“MeMe,” as she was called by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she adored, owned and operated Odie’s Drive-In Restaurant for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a life-long companion, Jim Jones; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Katherine Vinson, Milse and Charlie Butler; and three brothers, Garrett Jr., Harold (Brains) and Charles Vinson.
Survivors include two daughters, Cindy Spellings and husband Troy, Carrie Martin and fiancé Paul Hunter, all of Jackson County; grandchildren, Shannon and Shane Abbott, … CONTINUED


Connie Annette Kirby Henry

Posted by | January 29, 2010 12:00 am

Connie Annette Kirby Henry, 53, of Smithville, passed away Jan. 27, 2010, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Mrs. Henry was a teacher.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Ida Ruth Hyder Kirby.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Henry, of Smithville; daughter, Jennifer Annette Henry, of Smithville; father, William Clinton Kirby, of Sparta; brother, Warren Kirby, of Sparta; 16 nephews; and 10 nieces.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Jan. 31, 2010, at Smithville Church of Christ, with burial in Lower Cherry Creek Cemetery, in White County. Bro. Dan Gulley, Bro. Tim Woodward and Bro. Elwin Mahan will officiate. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., Jan. 30, … CONTINUED


Sandra Dee West Lovley

Posted by | January 29, 2010 12:00 am

Sandra Dee West Lovley, 48, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 29, 2010, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville.
Ms. Lovely was born Dec. 10, 1961, in Sparta.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Larry (Jay) West, and brothers Darren and Steven West.
Survivors include her daughter, Breanna Jai Lovley, of Sparta; special friend, Nell Dunbar, of Sparta; Shirley Smith, of Sparta; sisters, Karen Sue Lack and husband Gary, of Sparta, Kim Pecor and husband Kenny, of Clarksville; niece, Kelli Wimberly, of Clarksville; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Feb. 1, 2010, at Hunter Funeral Home, with … CONTINUED


Helen Schattschneider

Posted by | January 29, 2010 12:00 am

Helen Schattschneider, 85, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 23, 2010, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Schattschneider was born Oct. 30, 1924, in Cairo, Egypt, to Stavros and Evdoxia Tsitsimbidis Eliadis.
She was of the Greek Orthodox faith.
Mrs. Schattschneider grew up in Egypt, and at the age of 22 moved to the United Stats. She prided herself in being a “World War II bride.” She was a homemaker and taught language. She was fluent in Greek, Arabic, English and Italian.
Mrs. Schattschneider was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy Schattschneider; one brother, Dimitrius Eliadis; and three sisters, Maria Brown, Roxoula Ahlborn and Fanoula Baharis.
Survivors … CONTINUED


Warriorettes upend Cookeville

Posted by | January 29, 2010 12:00 am

The Warriorettes celebrate as the final horn sounds on their 50-44 victory over Cookeville snapping a six-game losing streak to their archrivals. The Warriors put up a valiant effort before dropping a 42-40 decision.

The Warriorettes moved into a two-way tie for the top spot in District 6AAA with their 50-44 win over the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers (13-8) on Thursday night in Roy Sewell Gymnasium.
The loss ended a six-game skid to the archrivals by the Warriorettes (13-9) and put the two with identical 4-1 league marks with three games remaining in district play.
The Warriors (5-15) came up just short in the nightcap despite a valiant effort. … CONTINUED


Police investigating forgeries and thefts

Posted by | January 28, 2010 12:00 am

Sparta residents are being cautioned to be aware of their surroundings and properly secure their property, while area businesses have been asked to watch for bogus checks and prescriptions, which have continued to be passed in the community.
“We’re seeing a lot of check thefts and we still have a lot of these bogus cashier’s checks that are being sent to people and people are cashing them in different places,” said Chief Jeff Guth. “We’re getting reports from Cookeville about checks that are stolen over there and they’re being passed over here.”
Guth suggested anyone receiving a check should actually physically look at the driver license to confirm … CONTINUED


Murdered man’s family files lawsuit against wife

Posted by | January 28, 2010 12:00 am

The father, mother and sister of Terry Sullivan, who was found murdered in his home on Jan. 16, 2009, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his wife.
Joe and Vauda Sullivan, along with their daughter, Daphne Sullivan Jacob, recently filed the document in White County Circuit Court, and named Cheryl Sullivan and “John Doe I” and/or “John Doe II” alleged co-conspirators in the case.
The “facts” of the lawsuit state Terry Sullivan, on Oct. 6, 2008, executed a Last Will and Testament that appointed his wife as executrix, leaving his entire estate to his wife.
At the time of his death, Terry had “in effect a life … CONTINUED


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