In Alphabetical Order by Surname
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DAVIS, Carl Ray (circa 1924-1998)
Sparta resident and Van Buren County native Carl Ray Davis, 74, died May 22. A retired pattern maker at Spartans, a contractor and builder, and a member of the Methodist Church, he was the son of Carroll and __ola Haston Davis. He is survived by his wife, Faye Shockley Davis; two daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn and Glen Jared of Murfreesboro, and Shirley and Vaughn Seegraves of Lewisburg; three brothers, W.C. and Robert Davis, both of Spencer, and Ernet Davis of Nashville; one sister, Willene Haston of Spencer; and four grandchildren, Monica and Meagan Jared, Justin and Ben Seegraves. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Hunter Funeral Home with Dewey Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Southern Standard, McMinnville, TN. Sun, 24 May 1998, p. 2-A.
[Contributor: L.J. Hunter, 2000]
DAVIS, George Donald (1930-2001)
George Donald Davis, 71, of Sparta, passed away Monday, April 30, 2001, at Alvin C. York V.A. Medical Center in Murfreesboro. Davis was born February 17, 1930, in Sparta, to Johnny Ray and Lillie Mae Mitchell. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a truck driver. Davis was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Lynn Davis, Sr. and his parents. Survivors include his wife, Daisy L. Sullivan of Sparta; two sons, Donald G. Davis and Randall E. Davis both of Sparta; one brother, Herbert
Davis of Sparta; one sister, Ann Dunham of Sparta; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Services were held Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Lost Creek Cemetery. J. T. Davis and Herbert Davis officiated. Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.Sparta Expositor, Sparta, TN. May 2001.
DAVIS, Melton Eugene (circa 1929 - 1953)
Melton Eugene Davis, 24-year-old Van Buren county native, died instantly early Saturday morning when the automobile which he was driving crashed into a concrete bridge on Highway 55, 2 miles south of Morrison. The accident occurred about 2 a.m. Young Davis, an employee of an Indianapolis, Ind., parts manufacturing concern for the past three years, was returning to the home of his mother, Mrs. Elva Yates Davis, at Bone Cave, from Manchester at the time of the accident. He had been at home from Indiana for a few days on vacation. Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Cpl. Donald Davis, Ft. Hood, Texas, and one sister, Mrs. Thruston Cunningham, Indianapolis, Ind. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at McElroy Church of Christ. J.R. Redden officiated and burial was in McElroy cemetery.
24-Year Old Killed In Car Crash SaturdaySouthern Standard, McMinnville, TN, Thursday, June 11, 1953.
[Contributor: Maxine Reggio, 2000]
DAY, Caste Franklin
Caste Franklin Day, 84, of Sparta passed away Thursday, August 23, 2001. Day was born March 16, 1917, in White County, the son of Richard and Emily Henry Day. He was a farmer. Services were Monday, August 27, 2001, in the Liberty Baptist Church, with burial in Shady Grove Cemetery. Greg Long, Elmore Judd, and Fate Wilson officiated. Day was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Frances White Day of Walling; two sons, Teddy Keith Day of Sparta; Casto Franklin Day, Jr. and wife Ton of Quebeck; two daughters, Jean McFall and husband Jim of Walling; Joyce Morris and husband Mark of Walling; Janet Foster of Quebeck; eleven grandchildren, Darrell and Joan Day; Darla and Rodger Garrison; Frankie and Carrie Day; Jessica Day; Amy and Dale Farmer; Ashley and Dory Cobb; J.J. and Julia Morris; Josh and Kenya Morris; Jake Morris; Brandon Foster; Michelle Foster; and five great-grandchildren. Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.Mountain View, Spencer, TN. Fri, 31 Aug 2001, p. 2.[Contributor: L.J. Hunter, 2001.]
DEATON, H.G. (circa 1928-2000)
Rock Island resident and Van Buren County native H.G. Deaton, 72, died Jan. 25 at his home after an extended illness. A retired ranger with Rock Island State Park, a charter member of the Rock Island Lions Club, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Church of God, he was the son of Claude E. and Nora McBride Deaton. He is survived by his wife, Janiette Yates Deaton; daughter, Doris Rae Dryden of Murfreesboro; grandsons, Jason Michael and John Matthew Dryden, both of Murfreesboro; granddaughter, Tammy Dryden of Murfreesboro; great-granddaughter, Dixie Jane Dryden of Murfreesboro; brothers, Clarence and Elmer Deaton, both of Rock Island and Doug Deaton of McMinnville; and sisters, Velma Elrod of Rome, Ga., Viva Moore and John Ann Grissom, both of Rock Island, Amolene Dobbins of Aliquippa, Pa., Maxine Roberts of Ware Sholes, S.C., and Sue Palombo of McMinnville. Services were held Friday at High's Chapel with Steve Breedlove and Rev. Winfred Phillips officiating. Burial followed at McElroy Cemetery in Van Buren County with military graveside rites administered by VFW Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173. High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Southern Standard, McMinnville, Tenn. 30 Jan 2000, p. 2-A.[Contributor: L.J. Hunter, 2001]
DELON, Howard E. (1929-1952)
Funeral Monday For Pfc. Delon, Killed In Korea
The remains of Pfc. Howard E. Delon, Van Buren county soldier killed while fighting with the Third Infantry Division in Korea, is scheduled to arrive at Tullahoma tomorrow (Saturday) at 12:55 o'clock. High Funeral Home will meet the body and bring it here for reburial with funeral services scheduled for Monday morning. The rites will be conducted at Mt. Elam Baptist church at 10 o'clock Monday morning with Rev. Creed McCoy, pastor of Euclid Avenue Baptist Church, Knoxville, officiating. Burial will be in Long cemetery. Pfc. Delon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Delon of the Cedar Grove community, Van Buren county, was killed in action November 23. He had been a member of the Third Infantry's fighting force since his assignment to Korea in July. Born in Van Buren county, March 31, 1929, the soldier entered the service January 15, 1951, Pfc. Delon received basic training at Camp Breckenridge, Ky., with the famed 101st Airborne Division. He sailed for overseas duty July 5 and was given a combat assignment immediately upon his arrival in the Far East. Besides his parents, the soldier is survived by one brother, Cpl. Carl W. Delon, now stationed at Lake Charles, La., Air Force Base, and a sister, Mrs. Tom Argo of Spencer. Also his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lucian Delon, Spencer.Southern Standard, McMinnville, TN. Feb. 22, 1952, p. 1.[Contributor: Maxine Reggio, 2001]
DELONG, William Burton (circa 1930-1998)
Spencer resident and Van Buren County native William Burton Delong, 68, died May 21 at Centennial Medical Center after a three-day illness. A bus driver for Van Buren schools for 29 years and affiliated with Burton Wrecker Service, he served his country in the Korean War. He was a member of the Baptist Church. A son of the late George Leyton and Dema Esta McCoy Delong, he is survived by his wife, Royce Jean Delong; three sons, William Delong and Royce Edward Delong, both of Dunlap, and Teddy Eugene Delong of Cookeville; one sister, Thelma Martin of Spencer; one brother-in-law, Rayburn Martin of Spencer; four grandchildren and three step-grand- children. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home Spencer Chapel with Lofton Graves officiating. Burial will follow at Long Cemetery. Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home Spencer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.Southern Standard, McMinnville, TN. 24 May 1998, p. 2-A.
[Contributor: L.J. Hunter, 2000]
DRAKE, William Thorson (circa 1924-2000)
Spencer resident and Van Buren County native William Thorson Drake, 76, died Jan. 10 at Tennessee Veterans Home in Murfreesboro after an extended illness. A retired supervisor with the Tennessee Forestry Division and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was the son of William Brian and Mary Jane Hillis Drake; and was preceded in death by his first wife, Grace Hitchcock Drake in 1987. He is survived by his wife, Antha Drake; daughters, Peggy Bayless and Sherry Crain, both of Spencer; sons, William Morris Drake of Franklin and Wayne Drake of Spencer; brother, James Edward Drake of Detroit, Mich.; step-sons, Danny and Eddie Hodge, both of Spencer; step-daughters, Donna Boles of Sparta, Reba Childers of Spencer, and Rachel Owensby of Dunlap; 10 grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren. Services were held Thursday at High's Chapel with Gene Brock officiating. Burial followed at Long Cemetery in Van Buren County with military graveside rites administered by VFW Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173. Donations may be made to the Tennessee Veterans Home in Murfreesboro. High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Southern Standard, McMinnville, TN. Jan. 14, 2000, p. 1-A.
[Contributor: L.J. Hunter, 2000]
DUNN, Robert Lonzo (1927-2001)
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.Mountain View, Spencer, TN. Friday, 9 Mar 2001, p. 2.[Contributor: L.J. Hunter, 2000]
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