Walter Earnest Hunter

Posted by | August 8, 2002 12:00 am

Walter Earnest Hunter, 91, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 4, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Hunter was born Feb. 25, 1911, in Putnam County, to Alvin Crockett and Effie West Hunter.
He had been a truck driver.
Hunter was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Frances Stockton Hunter.
Survivors include one son, Carl Hunter of Sparta; one daughter, Joyce Looney of Sparta; one brother, Herchel Hunter of Sparta; one sister, Bertha Kelly of Ohio; seven grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
Services were held at 10 a.m., Aug. 7, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Fate Wilson officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home


Muriel E. Blaylock

Posted by | August 8, 2002 12:00 am

Muriel E. Blaylock, 74, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 3, 2002, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
Blaylock was born Sept. 9, 1927, to Marshall Hall Underwood and Verna Mae Robinson Underwood.
She had been a supervisor with Lane Bryant.
Blaylock was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Thurmond Underwood; and one sister, Mildred Underwood.
Survivors include her husband, Clyde Blaylock of Sparta; one daughter and son-in-law, Loretta Irene Bause and Bill Bause of Quebeck; grandchildren and their spouses, Stacy Michelle Simmons and husband, Darrell, of Doyle, Tina Nicole Brown and husband, Richard, of Cookeville, Nickolas Craig Simmons and Michael Corey Simmons; two great granddaughters, Kristen … CONTINUED


Billie Ruth (Ma Bill) Crawford McBride

Posted by | August 8, 2002 12:00 am

Billie Ruth (Ma Bill) Crawford McBride, 71, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 5, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
McBride was born Dec. 28, 1930, in Cumberland County, to Albert and Josie Scott Crawford.
She had been a homemaker.
McBride was preceded in death by one son, William David McBride and her parents.
Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Bonnie Spivey of Quebeck and Michelle and Steve Welch of Doyle; one brother, Joe Crawford of Sparta; one sister, Christine Johnson of Sparta; six grandchildren, Gary and Lisa Baker, Jennifer Dickerson, Miranda and Troy Lawson, Jason Spivey, Jamie Spivey and James Saylors; 11 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; … CONTINUED


Linda Fay Dyer George

Posted by | August 8, 2002 12:00 am

Linda Fay Dyer George, 60, of Quebeck, passed away Aug. 5, 2002, at Alive Hospice in Nashville.
George was born Nov. 29, 1941, in Warren County, to Jessie Eugene Boyd and Dola Argo Boyd.
She attended the Church of Christ and had been a housewife.
Survivors include her mother, Dola Argo Boyd of Quebeck; father, Jessie Eugene Boyd of Quebeck; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Kathy and Jeff Swallows of Quebeck and Teresa and Rodney Pelham of McMinnville; three grandchildren, Stephen Swallows, Dakota Swallows and Cody Bottoms; special friends, Kenny Denise bottoms and Kim Rigsby; and several aunts, one uncle and cousins.
A memorial service will be held … CONTINUED


New school year approaching with rules and regulations

Posted by | August 8, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Summer vacations are coming to an end, with the official opening of school on
August 19. According to White County School Superintendent Donny Haley, many of the same policies will be in effect for students, but some new rules and regulations will be implemented.
Haley said a safe and comfortable school environment is essential if schools are to reach their full potential as educators. “The one-room schoolhouse had far less responsibilities than most people remember,” said Haley. “In that era, families were much larger, less mobile and tended to be more influential. The school played a large role, but not such a lonely role.”
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White County will not be accepting Spencer sludge

Posted by | August 8, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The Save Our Cumberland Mountains (SOCM) recently distributed a press release stating sludge from Spencer’s new sewer plant would be disposed of at the White County Landfill. According to White County Executive Herd Sullivan, the statement is completely false.
Effective March 1, 1998, the White County Landfill no longer accept solid waste from out-of-county. “We stopped taking household garbage and everything,” said Sullivan.
A resolution was passed in November, 1997, by the White County Commission to stop this practice. A disposal fee was attached to the utility bill of each White County resident to help fund the operation of the landfill.
“We agreed [the commission] … CONTINUED


Missing man last seen at Center Hill Lake

Posted by | August 8, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Authorities began a search for a missing man, Eddie Miller, 44, of DeKalb County on Monday. Miller was allegedly last seen at Horseshoe Bend Marina by several friends, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Sunday.
“The family is very worried about Miller and they said it is not like him to go more than a day without contacting them,” said Detective Chris Isom.
Members of the White County Sheriff’s Department worked together with TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency), White and Putnam County Rescue Squads and several other emergency personnel since Monday in an effort to locate Miller.
Isom and
Deputies John Haley and Darren Gongaware secured the scene … CONTINUED


Bethel Larken Bussell

Posted by | August 5, 2002 12:00 am

Bethel Larken Bussell, 92, of Sparta, passed away July 30, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Bussell was born June 3, 1910, in White County, to Meredith Daniel Bussell and Lola Clark Bussell.
He had been a farmer.
Bussell was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Blanton Bussell.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Elrod Bussell of
Sparta; three daughters, Thelma Jean Bussell Gambrell of Cookeville, Edna Ruth Bussell Baker of Sparta and Madelyn Bussell Bennett of Westmoreland; two sons, Albert Bethel Bussell of Algood and Jack Daniel Bussell of Quebeck; 17 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m., … CONTINUED


Ronald Neal (Hammer) Allen

Posted by | August 5, 2002 12:00 am

Ronald Neal (Hammer) Allen, 46, of Baxter, formerly of Sparta, passed away Aug. 3, 2002.
Allen was born Sept. 5, 1955, in Putnam County, to Lowery Lee and Vernie Lou Bray Allen.
He worked in construction.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alvin Keith and Lowery Dow Allen; and two sisters, Linda and Glenda Allen.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Nichole Nash of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, Matthew Neal and Jamie Peters of South Carolina; two grandchildren, Lea Gabriel Daniels and Aidan Finn Peters; one sister, Sue Looney of Sparta; and three brothers, Eddie Allen of Sparta, Glynn Allen of Baxter and … CONTINUED


William Frederk Kruse

Posted by | August 5, 2002 12:00 am

William Frederk Kruse, 71, of Van Buren County, passed away Aug. 1, 2002.
Kruse was born May 28, 1931, in L’Anse, Mich., to Frank Kruse and Theresa Ille Kruse.
He was of the Lutheran faith and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a diesel mechanic and a member of the Teamsters.
Kruse was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie Kruse; two brothers, Bob Kruse and Charlie Kruse; and three sisters, Alice Raymond, Marie Kruse and Elsie Mae Kruse; two daughters, Nancy Lawson of Spencer and Patricia Ruiz of California; three sons, Robert Hendrien of Spencer and Fredrick Hendrien and William Hendrien both … CONTINUED


Jewell Marie VanPelt

Posted by | August 5, 2002 12:00 am

Jewell Marie VanPelt, 65, of Crystal River, Fla., formerly of White County, passed away Aug. 1, 2002, in Florida.
VanPelt attended the Church of Christ and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter VanPelt; one son, Ronnie VanPelt; her parents; one sister, Rosie Pearl Davis; and one brother.
Survivors include her husband, James McGregor of Florida; one sister, Mildred Frances Eller of Sparta; four step sons, James McGregor of Stafford, Va., Dean McGregor and Allen McGregor both of Atlanta, Ga. and Glen McGregor of Port Richey, Fla.; six step grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Aug. 6, … CONTINUED


High hopes for 5th Annual Liberty Square Celebration

Posted by | August 5, 2002 12:00 am

Sara Arthur
The fifth annual Liberty Square Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2002 and organizers have high hopes for the success of this year’s event.
The turn-out for the October weekend has been growing consistently larger every year, and this year is expected to be no different.
The Liberty Square Celebration was started five years ago as a way to bring the community together. It is a day-long event, with many activities, wrapping up with a grand prize giveaway. “We wanted a way for the community to come together united as one, in a safe, positive environment to support and encourage each other as a growing … CONTINUED


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