Calling all holiday enthusiasts, Christmas is just around the corner

Posted by | November 7, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor Report
Every November it happens – out come the boxes of tinsel and the tree baubles. Off children go with Dad, if they are lucky enough to live in the country, to find the best berried holly, and other evergreens to decorate their homes in festive style. Even the grumpies, who moan and groan about the fuss and the bother, will decorate a tree, grumbling all the while.
Many millennia ago, ancient man believed by decorating the bushes in the winter time, they could make them attractive for the spirits, which they believed had fled for shelter from the harsh weather.
It is not known, of course, … CONTINUED


Pearl Whiteaker

Posted by | November 4, 2002 12:00 am

Pearl Whiteaker, 80, of McMinnville, passed away Nov. 1, 2002.
Whiteaker was born July 12, 1922, in White County to Will and Linda Mae Farley Whiteaker.
She was retired from U.S. Rubber Company.
Whiteaker was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include two brothers, Howard Whiteaker of McMinnville and Bill Whiteaker of Sparta; one sister, Irene Howard of Sparta; two half sisters, Willie Mae Daniels of Cookeville and Audry Young of Fayetteville; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Nov. 3, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Robinson Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Jonathan Angel officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of


Opal Odell Petty Waggoner

Posted by | November 4, 2002 12:00 am

Opal Odell Petty Waggoner, 70, of Smithville, passed away Oct. 29, 2002, at Baptist DeKalb Hospital.
Waggoner was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Zelma Colwell Petty; her husband, Roscoe Waggoner;
and three brothers, Grover “Buddy” Petty, John Petty and Junior Petty.
Survivors include
three daughters and two sons-in-law, Dorothy and Harold Bratcher, Judy Ann Waggoner and Opal and Danny Parker all of Smithville; two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Sherian Waggoner of Smithville and Jesse and Rita Waggoner of Carthage; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two sisters, Lera Tisdale of Smithville and Virginia Rich of Sparta.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Nov. 1, … CONTINUED


Louise Bohannon

Posted by | November 4, 2002 12:00 am

Louise Bohannon, 82, of Cookeville, passed away Nov. 1, 2002.
Bohannon was born Dec. 30, 1919, in Sparta, to William “Bill” and Mary Magalene Clark Officer.
She was a member of McClellan Avenue Church of Christ. Bohannon was a retired elementary school teacher with the Putnam County School System and a member of the Tennessee and Putnam County School Retired Teachers Association.
Bohannon was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lee Bohannon and one brother, Charles Taylor Officer.
There were no immediate survivors.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Nov. 4, 2002, at McClellan Avenue Church of Christ with burial in Lee Cemetery in White County. … CONTINUED


A bit of the past at Days Gone By

Posted by | November 4, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
A new sign and a new location does not mean it is new, at Days Gone By Antiques & Collectables Mall. With over 15 years of experience, Carol and Kenneth Winnett have decided to move Country Road Antiques, from the Shady Grove and Center Point area, to a new location with a new name.
“The old shop was running out of room and we needed to expand,” said Carol. Carol said she likes the new in-town location on Churchill Drive and enjoys meeting new people. She said, “People come from Ohio, Mich., Georgia and basically all over the United States.”
When The Expositor asked Carol what … CONTINUED


Health Council questions American Cancer Society about local services

Posted by | November 4, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The White County Health Council is dedicated to ensuring the best quality health services to the residents of Sparta. However, during a recent meeting, several members expressed a concern about the lack of promised services to local cancer patients by the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Pat Baggerly, along with Donna McBride and Angie Beaty, attended the Health Council meeting representing the district division of the ACS. Baggerly, who serves in an administrative position, attempted to dispel any false information about services provided to White County cancer patients. However, two individuals of the council gave first-hand experiences of how the ACS had not followed through with … CONTINUED


The Happening brings White County youth together

Posted by | November 4, 2002 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Hundreds of White County teenagers gathered at the foot of the stage during The Happening on Saturday to listen to Tom Madden, special speaker for the event and founder of Winterfest, a youth conference sponsored by the Church of God. The students ranged from grades 9 through 12, and they participated in games and activities throughout the night. The Happening’s motto is ‘Bringing young people to Christ.’


Collision sends seven victims to the hospital

Posted by | November 4, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Gary Matthews, 30, of Smithville, and passengers Rhonda Brewer, 36, Scott Hendrickson, 17, Juana Matthews, 11, Aaron Matthews, 11, Arianna Matthews, 11 and Aaron Brewer, 10 were transported to the hospital as a result of injuries they sustained after their vehicle crashed into a tree off Highway 70. As of Sunday evening, authorities said the juveniles had been treated and released.
Trooper Mark Dial of the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the accident on Highway 70W, near Frank Anderson Road, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Sunday. According to the report, Tammy M. Odom, 32, of Sparta, was traveling westbound on Highway 70W in a … CONTINUED


John D. Sparks

Posted by | October 31, 2002 12:00 am

John D. Sparks, 86, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 28, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Sparks served in the U.S. Army during World War II and had been a school bus driver.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Thomas Sparks and Francis Brewington Sparks; three brothers; one sister; two sons, John Lee Sparks and Charles Thomas Sparks; one daughter, Charlene Margeson; one granddaughter; and one grandson.
Survivors include his wife, Vernell Sparks of Sparta; two daughters, Shirley Ann Usrey and Dollie Frances Law both of Sparta; three sisters, Ada Mae Cole, Fancie Davis and Vencie Marshall all of Sparta; seven grandchildren; and seven great … CONTINUED


Ernest Estel “Runt” Brown

Posted by | October 31, 2002 12:00 am

Ernest Estel “Runt” Brown, 82, of Doyle, passed away Oct. 29, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Brown was born June 14, 1920, in White County, to Beecher and Addie Elrod Brown.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and had been a factory worker.
Brown was preceded in death by his parents; his step mother, Louella Smith Brown; and three brothers, Erbie Brown, Willard Brown and L.B. Brown.
Survivors include four sisters and one brother-in-law, Dorothy Brown of Doyle, Lucille Henry and Willine and Ray Brown all of Sparta, and Ruby Brown of Rockwood; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Elizabeth Brown of … CONTINUED


Teddy “Red Horse” Hughes

Posted by | October 31, 2002 12:00 am

Teddy “Red Horse” Hughes, 64, of Doyle, passed away Oct. 30, 2002.
Hughes was born July 2, 1938, to Lester Hughes and Ruth Vinson Hughes
He was co-owner of Citgo Station.
Hughes was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jean Cashion.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Hughes of Doyle; two daughters and one son-in-law, Lori Hughes of Doyle and Ginger and Dwane Scott of Sparta; one sister, Elizabeth Milner of Sparta; two brothers, Jack Hughes and Walter Hughes both of Nashville; and two granddaughters, Kierstin Sims and Mallory Scott.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Oct. 31, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral … CONTINUED


Investigation continues for missing White County man

Posted by | October 31, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Authorities from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department said they are still investigating and following leads on missing person, David Lee Young, 41, of Sparta. Young was last seen at Johnson’s Chapel Recreation Area on Oct. 22, 2002.
If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Young, please contact the White County Sheriff’s Department at (931) 836-2700 or the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department at (615) 597-4935.
David Lee Young
Age: 41
DOB: 03/18/1961
Race: White
Sex: Male
Height: 6’ 1″
Weight: 155
Last Known Address: 119 Lee Street, Sparta, TN
Last seen at Johnson’s Chapel Recreation Area on Center Hill Lake 10/22/2002
– Two injured after vehicle … CONTINUED


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