Miscellaneous Van Buren County, Tennessee Obituaries

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Alice Irene Strickland Meadows
Alice Irene Strickland Meadows, 80, of Sparta passed away Saturday, February 24, 2001.
Meadows was born September 1, 1920, in West Virginia, the daughter of Georgia and Addie Williams Strickland. She was a homemaker.
Services were Tuesday, February 27, 2001, in Hunter Funeral Home with burial in New Bon Air Cemetery. Glen Hargroves and Kenneth Peters officiated.
Meadows was preceded in death by her husband, Normal Lee Meadows.
Survivors include three daughters, Ann Phillips of Sparta; Helen Hastings of Spencer; Judy Bumbalough of Sparta; three sons, George W. (Bud) Meadows of Sparta; Tim Meadows of Sparta; Tom Meadows of Sparta; a sister Jean Pack of TX; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Dave Eugene Carrick
Dave Eugene Carrick, 75, of Sparta passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2001.
Carrick was born July 28, 1925, in White County, the son of Dave and Josephine Gist Carrick. He was a mechanic and attended Kynett Methodist. He served in the Army during World War II.
Services were Saturday, March 3, 2001, in East Sparta Church of God with burial in Davis Cemetery. Sister Shirley Rayford and Brother Ken Edmondson officiated.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Jean Worthington Carrick of Sparta; a son David Carrick of Cookeville; three daughters, Wilma Gwynn of CA; Linda Irby of Cookeville; Laura Roberts of Sparta; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Wayne Turner
Michael Wayne Turner, 52, of Murfreesboro passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2001.
Turner was born April 11, 1948, in Warren County, the son of Everett Lee Turner and Wavie Citt Turner. Turner served in the Navy and was a disabled veteran. He attended the Baptist Church and was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 513.
Graveside services were Saturday, March 3, 2001, in Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Jim Wright officiated.
Survivors include his father and mother, Everett and Wavie Turner of McMinnville; two sisters, Wanda Silver of OH; Patricia Goodman of Smithville; two brothers, Ricky Turner of McMinnville; Kerry Turner of McMinnville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Dempse Cordell Saylors
Dempse Cordell Saylors, 91, of Sparta passed away Friday, March 2, 2001.
Saylors was born August 24, 1909, in White County, the son of Monrow and Hattie Hash Saylors. He was a teacher, mail carrier and farmer. He attended the Black Oak Church of God.
Services were Sunday, March 4, 2001, in Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Saylors Cemetery. Glea Shelley and Howard Thomason officiated.
Saylors was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Gertrude Saylors and Clara Hefner Elam.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice Howard Saylors of Sparta; a son, Eugene H. Saylors and wife Rhonda of TX; three daughters, Linda Wilson and husband Gary of Chattanooga; Dinah Saylors of NY; Julia Ruby of IL; two brothers, Dillard Saylors of AL; Grady Saylors of Nashville; eight grandchildren, Gregg Wilson, Stephanie Wilson, Aaron Ruby, John Ruby, Brad Saylors, Melissa Saylors, Renee Saylors, Tracy Humphrey, John Humphrey, and a great-grandchild, Reagan Humphrey.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Charles Higginbotham
Mary Charles Higginbotham, 75, of McMinnville passed away Saturday, March 3, 2001.
Higginbotham was born February 14, 1926, in Warren County, the daughter of Johnson Higginbotham and Mae Bell McGee Higginbotham. She was retired from Lockheed Martin Corporation and attended the Baptist Church.
Services were Monday, March 5, 2001, in the Love-Cantrell & Cope Chapel with burial in Shellsford Cemetery. Titus Ward officiated.
Higginbotham was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Amos Higginbotham.
Survivors include two nieces, Wanda and James Harris of McMinnville; Mildred and John Hunter of Rock Island; a nephew, Billy and Brenda Higginbotham of Antioch; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Higginbotham of McMinnville.
Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Brenda S. Jones Harold
Brenda S. Jones Harold, 59, of Harrisville, WV, passed away Monday, February 26, 2001.
Harold was born May 13, 1941, in Sparta, the daughter of Jeff and Kina C. Lawrence Jones. She was a homemaker.
Services were Saturday, March 3, 2001, in Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Fate Wilson officiated.
Harold was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her mother, Kina c. Lawrence Jones of Sparta; three sons, Stephen Harold of OH; Curtis Harold of TX; Michael Harold of TX; two daughters, Teresa Lafferre of WV; Debbie Nichols of WV; two brothers, Hoyte Jones of Sparta; Sam Jones of IN; a sister, Hassie Cleveland of MI; and 12 grandchildren.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Lonzo Dunn
Robert Lonzo Dunn, 73, of Sparta passed away Thursday, March 1, 2001.
Dunn was born March 19, 1927, in Putnam County, the son of Evans Monroe and Edith Steele Dunn. He was retired from Red Cap.
Services were Saturday, March 3, 2001, in Doyle Church of Christ with burial in Doyle Cemetery. Bobby Wilhite officiated.
Dunn was preceded in death by a sister, Rosell Brock, and two sons, Dennis Earl and Robert Evans.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Dunn of Sparta; a daughter, Patricia Cunningham of Sparta; two granddaughters, Tracey Pineda of Cookeville; Tabitha Williamson of Sparta; three brothers, Willie L. Dunn of Sparta; Loyd Dunn of Sparta; Kenny Dunn of Quebeck; two great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Jacob; and step-mother, Sallie Dunn of Sparta.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Tracy Lynn Graham
Tracy Lynn Graham, 32, of Sparta passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2001.
Graham was born November 19, 1968, in Sparta, the son of Willie Houston Graham and Anna Knowles Graham. He was a truck driver.
Services were Saturday, March 3, 2001, in Hensley Chapel Baptist Church with burial in Young Cemetery. Buster Young officiated.
Survivors include his wife, Missy Irene Graham; two daughters, Mindy Sue Graham; Marla Lynn Graham; mother, Anna Knowles Graham; a sister, Patricia Ann Carson and husband Matt; a niece, Halie Tennelle Carson; in-laws, Tracy and Misty Dover; father and mother-in-law, Judy and Bob Parsons.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Ruth Yates Johnson
Mary Ruth Yates Johnson, 55, of Sparta passed away Friday, March 2, 2001.
Johnson was born December 31, 1945, in Sparta; the daughter of Robert and Carrie Miller Yates. She was a housewife.
Services were Sunday, March 4, 2001, in Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Chris Nash officiated.
Johnson was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Dewey Raymond Johnson of Sparta; a daughter, Tammy K. Mealy and husband Arthur of Chattanooga; two grandchildren, Amanda and Kayla; four sisters, Ruby Baker of Sparta; Willie Bell Baker of Sparta; Nancy Cook of Chattanooga; Judy Peardon of Chattanooga; several nieces and nephews.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Willie A. Newby
Willie A. Newby, 82, of Cookeville passed away Monday, March 5, 2001.
Newby was born September 25, 1918, in Van Buren County, the daughter of John Titus Hillis and Nancy Louella Roberts Hillis. She was retired from Rockford Textile and attended the Church of Christ.
Services were Thursday, March 8, 2001, in the Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Crain Hill Cemetery. Alvin Pegg officiated.
Newby was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Bouldin.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Bogle of Nashville; Judy Constock of Unionville; Carol Newby of FL; two sons, Bill Newby of Cookeville; Butch Newby of Algood; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Alva Etheline Sims “Granny” Tallent
Alva Etheline Sims “Granny” Tallent, 82, of Sparta passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2001.
Tallent was born March 9, 1918, in White County, the daughter of Thomas Francis Sims and Rebecca Jane Green Sims. She worked in the garment industry and was a member of the Lighthouse of Mercy Full Gospel Church.
Services will be Friday, March 9, 2001, at 11 a.m. in the Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Corinth Cemetery. Brother Tony Vinson and Brother Chris Hash will officiate.
Tallent was preceded in death by her husband, William Talmadge “Bill” Tallent.
Survivors include a son, Otis Lemar Tallent and wife Shirley Dukes Tallent of Sparta; two daughters, Carolyn Sue Howell and husband Gene of Sparta; Linda Faye Lafever and husband Jimmy of Sparta; sister, Jessie Madeline Sims of Chattanooga; seven grandchildren, Rebecca Elen Tallent and fiance Daryl Rasmussen of Sparta; Terry Wayne Vison and wife Guylene Vinson of Sparta; Melissia Carol Vison Moore and husband Andrew of Morrison; Tony Lee Vinson and wife Crystal Shockley Vinson of OH; mark Anthony Lafever and wife Tessie Brasel Lafever of Sparta; Marty Allen Lafever and wife Cindy Walker Lafever of Sparta; Christy Faye Lafever Flynn and husband Shawn of MS; 10 great-grandchildren and a step-great-grandchild.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Ruby Gladys Fuqua
Ruby Gladys Fuqua, 83, of Rock Island passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2001.
Fuqua was born October 19, 1917, in White County, the daughter of Sylvester Southard and Ollie Bryant. She was a member of the Church of God and a homemaker.
Services were Thursday, March 8, 2001, in High Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Shellsford Cemetery. Steve Breedlove officiated.
Fuqua was preceded in death by Billy Southard, Agnes Davis, Martha Threet and a grandson, Jason Buckner.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley McCormick of Rock Island; Anna sue Cutts of Nashville; four grandchildren, Tim Buckner, Kevin McCormick, Lynn McCormick, Amanda McCormick, a sister, Hattie Bates of McMinnville; two great-grandchildren, Kristan Buckner and Dakota McCormick.
High Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Cornelia Carmen Carter
Cornelia Carmen Carter, 87, of Sparta passed away Sunday, April 8, 2001.
Carter was born May 22, 1913, in Dayton, Tennessee, the daughter of Dwight and Melissa Carmen. She was a homemaker.
Services were Wednesday, April 11, 2001, in Hunter Funeral Home with burial in the Rose Cemetery. Dave Shelley officiated.
Carter was preceded in death by her husbands, Henry Delany and Cordell Carter.
Survivors include her brother, Ralph Carmen of McMinnville, several nieces and nephews.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Tommy Lee Cantrell
Tommy Lee Cantrell, 66, of Sparta passed away Sunday, April 8, 2001.
Cantrell was born November 16, 1934, in Sparta, the son of Lonnie Earl and Ollie Mae Carr Cantrell. He was a truck driver.
Services were Tuesday, April 10, 2001, in Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. David Lee England officiated.
Cantrell was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Sue Cantrell of Sparta; a son, David Cantrell and wife Myra of Sparta; two grandchildren, Amy Cantrell of Sparta and Holly Cantrell of Sparta.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Elizabeth Mitchell Haston
Elizabeth Mitchell Haston, 89, of Sparta passed away Monday, April 9, 2001.
Haston was born March 15, 1912, in White County, the daughter of Wayne M. and Florence Steakley Mitchell. She was a homemaker.
Services were Wednesday, April 11, 2001, in the Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Highland Cemetery. Don England and Joe Wallace officiated.
Haston was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Vincent Haston, and her parents.
Survivors include her son, Lynn and wife Frances Haston of Sparta; two daughters, Kay and husband Don England of Sparta; Judy McDonald of Sparta; a sister, Kathryn Harris of Sparta; eight grandchildren, Charles Haston; Waymon Haston; Julia Wood; Debbie Foster; David England; Lori Lynch; Robert McDonald; Steve McDonald; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchildren.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth “Sis” Ray Gasperone
Mary Elizabeth “Sis” Ray Gasperone, 75, of Sparta passed away Friday, April 6, 2001.
Gasperone was born in White County, the daughter of John Casto and Jennie Lee Ray. She was retired from the White County Human Resources.
Services were Monday, April 9, 2001, in the Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Saylors Cemetery. Brother Rick Davis officiated.
Gasperone was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Gasperone.
Survivors include her daughter, Jo Ann Goodwin of Sparta; two sons, John Ray Gasperone of AZ; Ronald Keith of AZ; four sisters, Dorothy Rust of Sparta; Mable Gray of Sparta; Garnetta Flatt of Sparta; Auda Loftin of GA; a brother, Joe Ray of Sparta; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Edith Swindell
Mary Edith Swindell, 91, of McMinnville passed away on Monday, April 9, 2001.
Swindell was born December 31, 1909, in White County, the daughter of Henry and Alice Knowles Gillette. She was a seamstress.
Graveside services will be held Friday, April 13, 2001, in the Gardens of Memory. Lee Perkins will officiate.
Swindell was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Loyde Swindell; daughter, Sheila Markum; sons-in-law, Tom Markum and Alex Pistole; sister, Myrtie Hudson and brothers, Charlie, Dudley and Ray Gillette.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Mertie and Lannie Clemons of McMinnville; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Scarlett and Phillip Stout of McMinnville; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Larry and Tere Pistole of St. Stephens Church, Virginia, Tommy and Kathy Markum of McMinnville and Neal Pistole of Murfreesboro; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William Thomas (Bill) Muncey
William Thomas (Bill) Muncey, 69, of McMinnville passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2001.
Muncey was born August 24, 1931, in Warren County, the son of John and Letha Basham Muncey. He was a timber/nursery worker and a Baptist.
Services were Thursday, April 12, 2001, in the Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Bobby Muncey and George Roberts officiated.
Muncey was preceded in death by a son, Billy Muncey; a brother, Rick Muncey; and sister, Dora Turner.
Survivors include her son, Gary Dewayne Muncey of McMinnville; brothers, Bobby Muncey of McMinnville; Johnny Muncey Jr. of McMinnville; Andy Muncey of McMinnville; sisters, Dorothy Simmons of Spencer; Dena Mahaffey of Centertown; daughter-in-law, Myrna Lou Bouldin of McMinnville; two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Gladys Loring Van Hooser Mason
Gladys Loring Van Hooser Mason, 87, of Trenton, FL, passed away Monday, April 9, 2001.
Mason was born September 21, 1913, in McMinnville, the daughter of Zerah Van Hooser and Bettie Lilian Loring Van Hooser. She was a homemaker and a charter member of the Temple Baptist Church.
Graveside services were Thursday, April 12, 2001, in Friendship Cemetery. Jimmy Tollison officiated.
Mason was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Mason Sr.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Mason Parrish of FL; Frances Mason Givson of Carthage; a son, William Thomas Mason Jr. of FL; a sister-in-law, Bessie Cox of Campaign; a nephew, Paul O. Barnes of McMinnville; a niece, Betty Hitchcock of McMinnville; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Woodrow Wilson Welch
Woodrow Wilson Welch, 83, of Sparta passed away Thursday, June 28, 2001.
Welch was born June 13, 1918, in White County, the son of Ella Caroline Jacobs Welch. He served in the Army during World War II.
Services were Saturday, June 30, 2001, in the Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Eastland Cemetery. Brother Jack Chadwell officiated.
Welch was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James Welch.
Survivors include his wife, Elma Welch of Sparta; four daughters, Kay Beavers of CA; Gail Welch of Sparta; Rhonda Cooley of Sparta; Janice Kirby of Sparta; son, Robert C. Welch of Semour; brother, Billy Welch of Crossville; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Thelma Lucille England Webb
Thelma Lucille England Webb, 84, of Sparta passed away Saturday, June 30, 2001.
Webb was born July 11, 1916, in White County, the daughter of Elize (Lige) and Bell Rozzell England. She was a retired factory worker.
Services were Tuesday, July 3, 2001, in Hunter Funeral Home with burial in New Bon Air Cemetery. Dan Horton officiated.
Webb was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Ethel and Beula; and four brothers, Wheeler, William, Charlie, and Woodroe.
Survivors include her son, Willima M. (Paye) Webb of McMinnville; sister, Maggie Johnson of AL; granddaughter, Connie Webb of Sparta; grandson, Keith Webb of IL; two great-granddaughters, Robynn Quals Nash of Sparta; Jessica Hope Webb of IL; and great-great-grandson, Dalton Wade Nash of Sparta.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Frank Henry Johnson
Frank Henry Johnson, 90, of Sparta passed away Friday, June 29, 2001.
Johnson was born January 8, 1911, in Sparta, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Moody Johnson. He was a farmer.
Services were Sunday, July 1, 2001, in Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Lost Creek Cemetery. Reverend Ed Spiva officiated.
Johnson was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Beulah Austin Johnson of Sparta; several nieces and nephews.
Hunter Funeral Homme was in charge of the arrangements.

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