Walter Keith Horton

Posted by | February 13, 2003 12:00 am

Walter Keith Horton, 65, of Quebeck, passed away Feb. 10, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Horton was born May 29, 1937, in White County, to John A. Horton and Mildred Sims Horton.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Mott Horton of Sparta; one son, Danny Horton of Quebeck; one daughter, Jennifer Adcock of Quebeck; and four grandchildren, Hannah Horton, Hallee Horton, Jessica Ray and Sarah Ray all of Sparta.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Feb. 13, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. John Murphy will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is


Ruth Parrish

Posted by | February 13, 2003 12:00 am

Ruth Parrish, 83, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 11, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Parrish was born Dec. 22, 1919, in
White County.
She had been a homemaker.
Parrish was preceded in death by her husband, James Elbert Parrish and two sons, Bobby Dean Parrish and James Elbert Parrish Jr.
Survivors include three daughters, Nancy Smith of Atlanta, Ga., Diane Allen of Ringgold, Ga. and Dreama Moceri of Sparta; one son, Gus Parrish of Sparta; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Feb. 13, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Davis Cemetery. Rev. Billy Hawkins will officiate.
Hunter Funeral


Ward Lewis Lyon

Posted by | February 13, 2003 12:00 am

Ward Lewis Lyon, 82, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 10, 2003.
Lyon had been employed by General Electric.
He was of the Catholic faith.
Lyon was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis Cooper and Josephine Geihecker Lyon.
Survivors include two daughters, Carol Lyon of Nashville and Jean Lyon of California; four sons, Richard Lyon of Sparta, Dean Lyon of Washington, John Lyon of California and David Lyon of Florida; and one sister, Bernadette Hoyte of Missouri.
Services will be held at 3 p.m., Feb. 17, 2003, at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with burial in Farview Cemetery in Waterloo, Iowa.


Pioneer pressure upends Warriors;

Posted by | February 13, 2003 12:00 am

Warriorettes roll over Lady Pioneers 70-26
Tammy Wilhite
Daniel Johnson has to dish off after he penetrates toward the basket against Warren County and get cuts off by a defender.
Warren County won the turnover plagued game by a score of 78-60.
The Warriors are now 7-17 overall and 0-10 in the district.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


2003 Farmers of the Year announced

Posted by | February 13, 2003 12:00 am

Ed and Eddie Ray Cole of the Coles Chapel Community were selected as the White County Soil Conservation District Farmers of the Year for 2002. The Coles are widely respected for their exemplary farming operation, SCD officials stated. Their 750-acre operation includes 275 acres of corn silage; 200 acres of wheat double cropped for hay or silage, 170 acres of pastureland and 200 acres of hayland. All crops are grown using the minimum-tillage method (30 percent of the soil surface covered with the prior crop residue after the new crop has been planted). Ray Cole, Clifton Dunn, Vernice Howell Billy Turner and Erbie Howell have helped the Coles … CONTINUED


E-911 director addresses county commissioners

Posted by | February 13, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Questions and answers were the top priority on the agenda for a joint meeting of Steering Committees A and B, as White County Commissioners met with the E-911 Board of Directors and the director, Harry Cole.
Gary Witt, E-911 board chairman, asked to make an opening statement before the question and answer portion of the meeting. Wallace Austin, commission chairman, said he would give him time for public comment at the end of the agenda. Witt told Austin by law he was the legal representative for E-911 and asked again to make his statement. Austin once again told Witt the agenda would be followed, and … CONTINUED


E-911 voting in question; secret ballots deemed illegal

Posted by | February 13, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The E-911 Board of Directors conducted a secret ballot on Tuesday night during the election of a board chairman, in action designated as illegal in the Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA).
[TCA 8-44-104 (b): All votes of any such governmental body shall be by public vote or public ballot or public roll call. No secret votes, or secret ballots, or secret roll calls shall be allowed. As used in this chapter, “public vote” means a vote in which the “aye” faction vocally expresses its will in unison and in which the “nay” faction, subsequently, vocally expresses its will in unison.
TCA 8-44-102 (b) (1): “Governing body” … CONTINUED


An unforgettable love story

Posted by | February 13, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The world has heard hundreds of love songs, written by the greatest composers in history, and almost every couple remembers the music that was playing the moment they fell in love.
However, for Wenonah Greene Copeland, Nat King Cole best described her love affair with her husband when Cole sang his signature song called “Unforgettable.”
The years have not diminished the light in Wenonah’s eyes when she talks about Lonnie Lee Copeland, the handsome blue-eyed man she married 50 years ago.
“He was the most handsome man I had ever seen,” she said, with a little mischievous grin. “His hair was almost black, and he … CONTINUED


Rosemary Elizabeth Duncan

Posted by | February 10, 2003 12:00 am

Rosemary Elizabeth Duncan, infant, passed away Feb. 6, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Rosemary Elizabeth was born Feb. 6, 2003, to Jason Duncan and Kasandra Hickam.
Survivors include her mother, Kasandra Hickam of Cookeville; father, Jason Duncan of Cookeville; one brother, Shawn Duncan of Cookeville grandparents, Elizabeth Perkins of Doyle, Janie Hickam of Murphysboro, Ill. and Norman Hickam of Altopass, Ill; great grandparents, Lattie Graham of Doyle, Bill and Dottie Dallas of Anna, Ill and James and Joann Hickam of Altopass, Ill.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Buddy Gillette

Posted by | February 10, 2003 12:00 am

Buddy Gillete, 67, of Pinellas Park, Fla., formerly of White County, passed away recently in Florida.
Gillette was the son of Ray and Jewell Gillette
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one son, Lee Gillette of Florida; two sisters, Betty West and Diane Gillette both of Florida; one aunt, Mary Bell Bumbalough of Sparta; and two cousins, Edwina Hutson and Mildred Eller both of Sparta.
Services were held in Florida.
This information is courtesy of Thurman Funeral Home.


John Richard Johnson

Posted by | February 10, 2003 12:00 am

John Richard Johnson, 88, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 6, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Johnson was born Aug. 5, 1914, in White County, to William Johnson and Della Mae Brown Johnson.
He had served in the U.S. Army during World War II and had been a farmer.
Johnson was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one son, Jackie Johnson of Sparta; one granddaughter, Janet Pastorick of North Carolina; one great grandchild, Journey Pastorick of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Feb. 8, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Lost Creek Cemetery. Bro. … CONTINUED


Ronald Lee Hawk

Posted by | February 10, 2003 12:00 am

Ronald Lee Hawk, 67, of Doyle, passed away Feb. 7, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Hawk was born March 30, 1935, in Michigan, to Ulysses G. Hawk and Lillian Mackie Hawk.
He had been a mechanic.
Hawk was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Hawk of Doyle; son and daughter-in-law, Ernest and Diana Hawk of Marriottsville, Md.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Dennis and Shirley Hawk of New Baltimore, Mich., Kenneth and Connie Hawk of Lapeer, Mich. and William and Sharon Hawk of Imlay Township, Mich.; one sister and brother-in-law, Ray and Beverly Salyers of Troy, Mich.; one sister, Betty Williams of … CONTINUED


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