June Louise Moore Cookson

Posted by | February 23, 2004 12:00 am

June Louise Moore Cookson, 79, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 20, 2004.
Cookson was born April 10, 1924, in Framingham, Mass., to Edward Moore and Edna Moore.
She had been a homemaker.
Cookson was preceded in death by her parents; and one daughter, Shelia Setty.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Graham, of Sparta, Betty Babine, of Massachusetts; one sister, Lollie Roden, of Massachusetts; three brothers, Bill Moore, of Pennsylvania, Roger Moore, of Massachusetts, Marky Moore, of Arkansas; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Services were at 2 p.m., Feb. 22, 2004, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Danny Lane will officiate.
Hunter


Charles W. Bolton

Posted by | February 23, 2004 12:00 am

Charles W. Bolton, 70, of Memphis, passed away Feb. 16, 2004.
Bolton was born May 7, 1933, in Zion’s Rest, Miss.
He had been employed in the investment and insurance industry.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Dr. Chuck Olds, of Cookeville; one grandson, Bart Williamson and wife Sarah, of Algood; two great grandsons, Zachary Williamson, Jacob Williamson; and best friend and constant companion, Carolyn Trussell, of Memphis.
Services were at 11 a.m., Feb. 19, 2004, at Old Zion Rest Church of Christ with burial in Old Zion Rest Cemetery.
Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Information courtesy of Thurman Funeral Home.




Gasoline drive-offs rampant in White County

Posted by | February 20, 2004 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
Paying for gasoline is just part of the expense of owning a vehicle. Not paying can be the first step to losing a driver license or even spending time in jail.
Recently, two boys in a four-door gray Grand Am pumped $18 worth of gasoline into the vehicle at a White County gas station and left without paying.
If convicted of this theft, according to Tennessee Code Annotated, ‘in addition to the fine and imprisonment authorized by law for the offense of theft, the court may order the suspension of the driver license of a person’.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, “Several area businesses … CONTINUED


Black History Month saluted Saturday

Posted by | February 20, 2004 12:00 am

Jeanne Bruce
February is Black History Month and White County will celebrate it with an exhibit and reception 5-8 p.m., Feb. 21, 2004, at the Sparta Civic Center sponsored by the White County Democratic Party.
“The exhibit will have photos of ancestors, of local school groups from years ago, church members from the old church, and blacks in Sparta who have been first in their field,” said Louvenia Gardenhire, who is organizing the exhibit.
Gardenhire, who was contacted by the Democratic Party a couple of years ago to help organize the event, has been interested in black history for many years.
“I got interested in old photos from … CONTINUED


Dispatcher’s dismissal stands

Posted by | February 20, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A White County E-911 dispatcher has appealed her dismissal to the grievance committee of the board of directors, but during a Feb. 17, 2004, meeting, the three-member group voted unanimously for their original decision to fire Jamie Banks to stand.
Banks was fired during a Jan. 12, 2004, meeting of the E-911 board of directors after she was involved in an investigation by the White County Narcotics Unit. Harry Cole, E-911 director, suspended Banks after seeking legal advice and had requested the district attorney to investigate the matter further.
Jerry Lowery, chairman of the board of directors, had asked for Banks’ dismissal during the Jan. … CONTINUED


Be careful with the heart

Posted by | February 20, 2004 12:00 am

Jeanne Bruce
The American Heart Association has announced February as American Heart Month, and a local resident fully understands the need for a healthy heart.
Edwin Herel of Sparta, had his first heart surgery in 1992 at Yale University Hospital in Connecticut, because of a heart attack. Within four years, he was told that his heart was still in poor condition, but he could not have another surgery.
“They put me on a medicine regimen, but my condition was deteriorating,” Herel said. “After moving here, I began looking for a new cardiologist and found one in McMinnville that was associated with The Heart Group out of St. Thomas … CONTINUED


Woodrow Webb

Posted by | February 19, 2004 12:00 am

Woodrow ‘Woody’ Webb, 81, of Nashville, passed away Feb. 11, 2004.
Webb was born in Overton County to Shirley Webb and Elizabeth Webb.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked for the Detroit City Police Department from 1949 – 1959. He also owned and operated Webb’s Department Store in Sparta until his retirement.
Webb was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Frances M. Ridge Webb; two daughters and one son-in-law, Carolyn Webb, Joan and Charlie Collier; three sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Sandra Webb, Don and Alicia Webb, Richard and Louise Webb; seven grandchildren; two great … CONTINUED


Polly Van Strickland

Posted by | February 19, 2004 12:00 am

Polly Van Strickland, 42, of Lake Hamilton, Fla., passed away Feb. 14, 2004.
Strickland was born Dec. 15, 1961, in Holden, W. Va., to James D. Ferrell and Jean V. Hughes Ferrell.
She had been a homemaker.
Strickland was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband Steve Strickland, of Lake Hamilton, Fla.; mother, Jean Ferrell, of Sparta; one daughter, Laura McClellan, of Clearwater, Fla.; one stepson, Nicholas Strickland, of Lake Wales, Fla.; two sisters, Dorles Abraham, of Valley View, Ohio, Debra Marcum, of Delharton, W. Va.; and three brothers, Darrell Ferrell, of Valley View, Ohio, James D. Ferrell Jr, of Haines City, Fla., and Oliver … CONTINUED


Vera Idela Hash

Posted by | February 19, 2004 12:00 am

Vera Idela Hash, 85, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 16, 2004.
Hash was born July 27, 1918, in Oklahoma City, Ok., to Jim Teeters and Alice Hartbarger.
She had been a homemaker.
Hash was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph Hash; one son, Kendale Hash; one grandchild, Julia Tanner; one sister, Reva Satterwhite and one brother, James Teeters.
Survivors include four daughters, Sarah Tindle, of Sparta, Pam Howser, of Sparta, Patricia Watts, of McMinnville, Marilyn Hughes, of Doyle; one son, J.D. Hash, of Rock Island, seven grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
Services were at 2 p.m., Feb. 18, 2004, at High Funeral Home Chapel with burial … CONTINUED


Ida Mae Melton Underwood

Posted by | February 19, 2004 12:00 am

Ida Mae Melton Underwood, 86, of Columbia, passed away Feb. 17, 2004.
Underwood was born in Warren County to George Ernest Melton and Audie Eskel Saddler.
She had been a housewife.
Underwood was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, William Marcus Underwood.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Janice Katherine Shepherd and Sam, of Mt. Pleasant; one son and daughter-in-law, George Michael Underwood and Linda, of Byron, Ga.; one stepson, William Ralph Underwood, of Lavergne; three sisters, Ree Brady, of Sparta, Ruth Melton, of McMinnville, Juanita Smith, of Centerville; five grandchildren, Darrell Shepherd, Bill Shepherd, Scott Shepherd, Laura Mixon, Marcus Underwood, Shauna Underwood; and many … CONTINUED


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