Bobbie Jean Cope Davis

Posted by | January 18, 2020 10:54 am

Bobbie Jean Cope Davis departed from this life in the evening of Dec. 19, 2019, at the age of 87 with loved ones by her side.

A native to Sparta, Jean met the love of her life, Frank, and together they raised one beloved son, Carl, with the strong ethics that have shaped the entire family since.

Picking up the names “Granny” and “Ole G” as grandchildren and a great-grandchild blessed her life, she always made sure to live up to the legend, her house being filled with the best treats and most wonderous adventures, leaving stories to tell for years to come.

Aside from her family, she … CONTINUED


Kristie Roberts

Posted by | January 18, 2020 10:52 am

  Kristie Roberts, 47, passed from this life, on Dec. 28, 2020, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Kristie was born March 6, 1972, in Cookeville, to Laura Carrick Roberts and John Albert Roberts.

She graduated from White County High School.  Kristie had an   outgoing personality and was loved by family and friends. Kristie also had an active curiosity that she loved to share. She especially had an ear for the streets to keep all informed.

Kristie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Albert Roberts Gertie Brown Paige Roberts, Dave Eugene Carrick and Laura Jean Worthington Carrick, and an uncle, Franklin Dwitt Roberts.

Survivors include her daughter, … CONTINUED


Burtchie Bumbalough

Posted by | January 18, 2020 10:50 am

Burtchie Bumbalough, 71, of Byrdstown, Tennessee, formerly of Jay County, Indiana, passed away on Jan. 13, 2020, at  Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Bumbalough was born Jan. 21, 1948, in Monterey, Tennessee, but spent most of his life in Jay County, Indiana.

He served in the U.S. Army, in 1965. He went on to serve in the Navy, 1965-1972.

Mr. Bumbalough gave to all of his family and wanted everybody to celebrate life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Audie Lee Bumbalough and Reba Lee Foster Bumbalough, and brothers, Perry Dean Bumbalough and O’dell Bumbalough.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa (Miller) Bumbalough, of Byrdstown; … CONTINUED


Wesley Harold Johnson

Posted by | January 18, 2020 10:49 am

Wesley Harold Johnson, 92, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 17, 2020, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Johnson was born May 1, 1927, in the Bon Air community, of White County, to Riley Magnus Johnson and Phronie Belle Sapp Johnson.

He had a work career that took him inside most White County homes, most notably as a milkman, delivering milk for Irwin Dairy, which eventually became Southern Belle, and then he retired as a Sears repairman.

When Mr. Johnson was not working, he could be found in the woods or around a body of water as he was an avid hunter and fisherman and a founding member … CONTINUED


Robert “Bob” Dewey Presley

Posted by | January 18, 2020 10:47 am

Robert Dewey Presley, better known as Bob, 75, passed away Jan. 16, 2020, at his residence, in Sparta.

Mr. Presley was born Nov. 6, 1944 in Sparta, to Thomas Presley Sr. and Christine Presley York.

He was a devoted father and loving family man – a simple man who loved to go fishing and watch Gunsmoke. At the age of 16, Bob started going to the pool hall and remained an avid pool and card player throughout his life.

Mr. Presley was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Roy York; brother, Thomas Presley Jr.; and sister, Betty Hall Pinion.

Family members left to cherish his memory include … CONTINUED


Kynett United Methodist receives Golden Cross Foundation Award

Posted by | January 18, 2020 9:21 am

Kynett United Methodist Church, in Sparta, and Burton’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Algood, have received grants – $4,500 and $5,412 respectively – from the Golden Cross Foundation. Money from these grants was used to replace HVAC units and improve a parking lot.

Rev. Diantha McLeod, pastor at both churches, said, “In February 2019, both HVAC units at Kynett were in need of dire repair. One unit only heated, and the other stopped working completely. A majority of the church’s members are 55+ years old – many with medical issues that become aggravated in extreme temperatures. Everyone knew it would be difficult to worship in the building in the … CONTINUED





W.C. Middle School Warriorettes win against Tullahoma

Posted by | January 16, 2020 3:20 pm

By Jerry Lowery

The eighth grade Warriorettes beat South Tullahoma to advance to the semi-final game by a score of 48-8.  Celeste Reed led the scoring with 12 points.  Braydon Taylor added seven, and Pyper Price scored nine points in the win.

The eighth grade Warriors upset the number four seed, Tullahoma East, 52-40 to advance in the semi-final game to be played on Thursday.

Briar Wilhite had 12 points, Malachi Brown had six points, and Owen Adams added five points in the win.

Results from the Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 games will be published in the Jan. 20 edition of The Expositor. All games are played


WCHS Warriors and Warriorettes begin district play with wins

Posted by | January 16, 2020 3:19 pm


Gracie Dodgen shooting a three behind the screen of Kanden Reeves

By Jerry Lowery

The White County Warriors and Warriorettes began District play against Warren County, on Jan. 14.

The Warriorettes took the court in the first game of the night with a dominating win over the Lady Pioneers.  The Warriorettes took the lead in the first quarter and never looked back in the win.

Morgan Quick led the Warriorettes in scoring with 16 points.  Kanden Reeves followed with 13 points.  Kendreah Reeves and Gracie Dodgen added 11 points each.  Nia Powers, Alicia Stiles, and Julia Curtis scored eight points each.  Andi Haston and Taylor Rittenberry added two … CONTINUED


How moose tracks helped in moving

Posted by | January 16, 2020 3:13 pm

By Topher Wiles

“Variety is the spice of life,” William Cowper cheerfully penned in 1785, but I have to wonder if he ever picked up his family to move from one state to another.  Had he counseled anyone through the loss of a loved one or a divorce from a spouse?  Had he ever tried to calm a young adult starting a new job or a child going to kindergarten?  Although some may wax poetic about change, the emotional toll of change is undeniable.  Anxiety, fear, and stress are all too common as we ride the emotional roller coaster associated with changes in our lives.

If variety is … CONTINUED


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