Odell Golden Hunter

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Odell Golden Hunter, 80, passed away Sept. 2, 2002.
Hunter was born Nov. 3, 2002, in White County, to Baxter and Nettie Tollison Golden.
She was a housewife.
Hunter was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Bertha Grown, Frances Young and Ann Dettrey; one brother, J.D. Golden; and one son-in-law, William E. Brock.
Survivors include her husband, James Herschel Hunter of Sparta; two daughters and one son-in-law, Wanda Brock of Sparta and Nancy and Pat Bolin of Doyle; two sisters, Edna Hawley of Sparta and Ruby Snow of Phoenix, Ariz.; two brothers, Eugene Golden of Sparta and Shelah Golden of Radcliff, Ky.; five grandchildren; and two … CONTINUED


Willodene “Midge” Hardin

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Willodene “Midge” Hardin, 68, of Doyle, passed away Sept. 1, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Hardin was born Nov. 29, 1933, in White County, to Josephine Blaylock Simpson.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandy Stolz of Huntsville, Connie Wilson of Sparta and Dianne Green of Madison, Ala.; one sister, Mary Ruth Randolph of Sparta; and one brother, Manuel Bennett of Sparta.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Sept. 4, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Fate Wilson officiated.


Amanda Naomi Sims Cash

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Amanda Naomi Sims Cash, 22, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 1, 2002, at Stones River Hospital in Woodbury.
Cash was born June 27, 1980, in Murfreesboro, to Teddy Lyndal and Rebecca Lynn Howell Sims.
She was a housewife.
Survivors include her husband, Matthew Cash of Sparta; parents, Teddy and Becky Sims of Sparta; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Rachel and Kenny Manis of LaGrange, Ga. and Amy Sims of Sparta; one brother, Ryan Sims of Sparta; grandparents, T.C. and Karyl Howell and Joe B. and Virginia Sims all of Sparta; and one niece and nephew, Robert and Lela Manis.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Sept. 5, … CONTINUED


Local deli reopens with new owners

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
The 2nd Act Deli is open and ready for business with the new owners, Joseph Fuller and his fiance Shelly Scott.
The restaurant is located at 22 Mayberry Street and is dine-in or take out. There are a wide variety of sandwiches to choose from, which include tuna salad, roast beef and Swiss cheese, to pork barbecue, along with several other varieties, which might include a pickle and chips on the side. Include a drink with the meal for just under $5.
Joseph said a fresh supply of barbecue is purchased from Bobby Price, of Sparta, every Monday. Joseph believes in working within the local community … CONTINUED


Harding reaches state finals

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
White County High School teacher, R. Fredrick Harding, was listed as one of the Secondary 2002 Science State Finalists in the first level of the 2002 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program. This prestigious program was established in 1983 by the White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Since 1983, more than 3,000 teachers have been selected as Presidential Awardees. They represent a premier group of science and mathematics teachers who bring national and state standards to life in their classrooms. They provide the nation with an impressive array of expertise to help improve teaching and learning … CONTINUED


Ole Bethel burglary investigated

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
A burglar allegedly stole several items from Ole Bethel Baptist Church and also vandalized their building and church van. Detective Chris Isom of the White County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
Authorities dispatched Deputy Jody O’Dell, of the White County Sheriff’s Department,
to 495 Old Bethel Hollow Road in reference to the burglary. When O’Dell arrived at approximately 10:10 a.m., he found a Sanyo 25-inch color television behind
a rock wall at the entrance to the cemetery, next to Ole Bethel Baptist Church. O’Dell also noticed a Hank Williams Jr., jacket and a Dale Earnhardt t-shirt, with various items in them. The officer walked around the building … CONTINUED


National Guard trains in mission at Ft. Irwin to serve and protect

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“It’s the Super Bowl of training,” said SFC Gary Selby, of Sparta’s unit of the Tennessee Army National Guard, as he spoke about the National Training Center. “This is the closest thing to the reality of war you’ll find.”
With the aftermath of the terrorists’ attacks approximately one year ago, Americans are more concerned than ever before about the security of their nation. On the local level, Tennessean’s fears can be diminished, because they are protected by one of the best fighting forces in the United States, which is known as the Tennessee National Guard.
Tennessee Guardsmen recently spent three weeks in the rough terrain … CONTINUED


September is National Sewing Month

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Rima Austin
If a person were to belong to groups such as the ISMACS, or the Bernina Fan Club, or even the Smocking Arts Guild, then they already know what others are just now learning, that September is national sewing month.
As far as White County is concerned, this year will be low profile and no big events are planned. In the past, it has not always happened that way. Peggy Green of Peggy’s Sew Shop says in the past, her shop has participated in several promotions to help raise awareness. However, this month she does not plan to do as much.
“We have held drawings for new … CONTINUED


Herman Eller

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Herman Eller, 86, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 29, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Eller was born Feb. 1, 1916, in Putnam County, to James Layton and Paralee Allen Eller.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and had been a truck driver.
Eller was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Elese Kirby Eller; two sisters; and one brother.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Clyde LaFever of Franklin and Joan and Ed Howard of Baton Rouge, La.; one son and daughter-in-law, Vic and June Eller of Sparta; five grandchildren and their spouses, Michael and Sheila Eller, Tia Eller, Greg … CONTINUED


Florence Prater Layne

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Florence Prater Layne, 82, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 30, 2002.
Layne was born Oct. 23, 1919, in White County, to Luther Prater and Elzadie Clouse Prater.
She attended DeRossett Brethren in Christ Church and had been employed at the shirt factory.
Layne was preceded in death by her husband, Simon Pete Layne; two brothers, Denton Prater and Arbile Prater; and three grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters, Fay Palmer and May Dean Green both of Sparta; two sons, Johnny Layne and Robert Layne both of Sparta; and two sisters, Mary Layne and Beulah Mae Randolph both of Sparta.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Sept. 1, 2002, at … CONTINUED


Deborah “Debbie” Maria Davis

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Deborah “Debbie” Maria Davis, 43, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 31, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Davis was born Oct. 29, 1958, in White County, to Wayne and Mary Frances Young Davis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Jackie Wayne Davis; and grandparents, Cortez and Katie Ivy Davis and Mellissa and Edgar Young.
Survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Julius Cunningham of Cookeville; one brother and sister-in-law, Jody Lee and Sherrie Michelle Davis of Walling; four nieces, Amanda Maxwell, Samantha Cunningham, Chelsea Davis and Jaceyln Davis; one nephew, Erik Davis; one great nephew, Zane Maxwell; and one great niece, Carrie Maxwell.
Services … CONTINUED


Willodean “Midge” Hardin

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Willodean “Midge” Hardin, 68, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 1, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Hardin was born Nov. 29, 1933, in White County, to Josephine Blaylock Simpson.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandy Stolz of Huntsville, Ala., Connie Wilson of Sparta and Dianne Green of Madison, Ala.; one sister, Mary Ruth Randolph of Sparta; and one brother, Manuel Bennett of Sparta.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Sept. 4, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Fate Wilson will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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