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Showing 6 articles from September 9, 2008.


Clair Suddarth, 51

LEBANON -- Memorial services will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Suddarth, 51, of Lebanon.

The son of George W. Suddarth and the late Hilda Suddarth, he passed away Monday, September 8, 2008 at his residence.

A 1975 graduate of Lebanon High School and a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Mr. Suddarth was the owner of Superior Stone.

The family will receive friends Thursday at the funeral home between the hours of 4-7 p.m. Memorial services will be conducted by Brother Russ Stephens.

Survivors include brother Dr. Wes (Pat) Suddarth of Lebanon and sister Linda (John) Aufderhar of Huntsville, AL; nephews Wesley M. Suddarth of Lebanon, Mike Miller and David Miller -- both of Huntsville, AL.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to your favorite charity.

Sellars Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Erwin G. Marquardt, 87

LEBANON -- A memorial service will be held at a later date for Mr. Marquardt, 87, of Lebanon.

Known as "Erv" to his family and friends, Mr. Marquardt passed away August 25, 2008, in Orland Park, Illinois, following a brief illness while visiting his daughter.

Born August 1, 1921, in Berwyn, Illinois, he was the son of the late Charles August and Anna Meyer Marquardt, who had immigrated to the United States from Germany.

Mr. Marquardt was a World War II Air Force veteran, was retired from the United States Postal Service and was a member of the Bairds Mill Church of Christ.

He and his late wife, Geraldine "Jeri" Landrum Marquardt, who passed away June 1, 2007, made porcelain dolls for many years.

He and his wife were inurned at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Columbarium in Elwood, Illinois Monday, September 8.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters.

He is survived by children Michael (Joyce) Cox of Berea, Ohio; Sheila Blaylock of Orland Park, Illinois; and Sonja (Wallace) Hall of Elkin, North Carolina.

Also surviving is brother Charles (Kay) Marquardt of Saint Germain, Wisconsin; sister-in-law Marjorie Smith of Lebanon; brothers-in-law Paul (Reba) Holt of Lebanon and Robert (Barbara) Holt of Marietta, Georgia; six grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Bairds Mill Church of Christ in care of Mike Walters, 305 Holly Hills Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.

Information provided by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

John W. Shankle, 84

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Monday, September 8 at Center Chapel Church of Christ for Mr. Shankle, 84, of Mt. Juliet.

Founder of Alexander Shankle General Contractors, he died September 5, 2008.

Mr. Shankle was a member of Center Chapel Church of Christ where he served as a deacon and was the son of the late Joseph Newman and Addie Walker Shankle.

Services were conducted by Brother John Miller. Interment followed at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: wife Blanche Faircloth Shankle; son David S. Shankle; daughter-in-law Donna M. Shankle; brother Cecil "N.C."  (Louise) Shankle and sisters Margaret Baker and Delora (Lewis) French.

Also surviving are grandchildren Jennifer (Michael) Haynes, Marissa (Alan) Hatcher, Sharon Shankle, Angela Shankle and Robert "R.J." Shankle; great-grandchildren Justin Haynes, Victoria Dowdy, Peyton Haynes, Blake Propes, Matthew Haynes, Glayson Propes, Brynn Taylor and Jackson Hatcher.

He was preceded in death by his siblings J. Harold Shankle, Carl Shankle and Mozelle Brisendine and his son John Robert "Bobby" Shankle.

Active pallbearers were nephews. Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Elders of Center Chapel Church of Christ.

Memorial may be made to the Center Chapel Church of Christ Building Fund or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4205 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 216, Nashville, TN 37215.  

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Ruby Castleman, 80

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 10 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Castleman, 80, of Mt. Juliet.

She passed away September 6, 2008.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Wednesday. Services will be conducted by Brother Ronnie Smith. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens

Survivors include: her husband of 59 years Robert Castleman; children Wayne Castleman and his fiancé Joy Smith, Brandon Kelley, Kathy Castleman and special friend Steve, Jennifer Spears and Brooke Murphy.

Also surviving are siblings Robert (Jeanette) Polson and Mabel (Carson) Castleman.

Pallbearers: Randy Castleman, Ronny Castleman, Ralph Swallows, Junior Polson, Brandon Kelley and David Swallows.

She was preceded in death by son Roger Dale Castleman and daughter Carolyn Marie Castleman.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Ruth Gray James, 76

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, September 8 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. James, 76, of Lebanon.

She passed away Friday, September 5, 2008, at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin.

Born September 19, 1931, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Eleanor Burton Gray.

She and her husband operated James’ Fruit Stand in Gallatin from 1967-1972 and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Laguardo Baptist Church where she taught a children’s Sunday School class.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Jimmy Gray.

Services were conducted by Elder Dee Russell officiating. Interment followed at the Crestview Memorial Park in Gallatin.

Grandsons and grandsons-in-law served as pallbearers.

Survivors include: her husband of 60 years W. H. James Sr.; children W. H. (Priscilla) James Jr. and William "Bill" (Peggy Sue) James — all of Oak Grove; Annette (Horace) Darnell of Lebanon; Debbie Todd of Bethpage; Lynne James Lynch and Patricia James -- both of Lebanon.

Also surviving are sisters Peggy (Joe) Leath and Doris (David) McWilliams -- all of Mt. Juliet and brothers Tommy (Lorene) Gray and Ralph (Ruth) Gray -- all of Lebanon; sister-in-law Shirley Gray of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren Pennie (Dave) Bergman, Tammie (Dwight) Prock, Jesse (Jennifer) James, Billy (Tamara) James, Amanda (Russell) Breece, Samantha (Shannon) Reed, Walter (Melissa) Todd Jr., Chris Todd, Kenny (Brandi) Lynch and Kelly Lynch; as well as 12 great grandchildren.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


General Sports

CU hires Freeman as SID

LEBANON -- Cumberland University announced Tuesday the hiring of JoJo Freeman, a veteran in the field of collegiate media relations, as the University’s Sports Information Director.

"Our athletic department is very fortunate to count someone with the professionalism and experience of Mr. Freeman as part of the team," CU Athletics Director Ron Pavan said.

"As we move the University’s athletic programs forward, he will be a critical part of the department, helping us as we work to keep the media and Bulldog fans up-to-date on all the latest achievements in our department."

Freeman spent seven-plus seasons in the Middle Tennessee Media Relations office, working primarily with women’s basketball, baseball, men’s tennis and men’s and women’s track/cross country during his tenure.

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