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Elizabeth "Betsy" Speer Andrews, 73

HOUSTON, TX -- Funeral services for Mrs. Andrews, 73, were held September 22 at Brookside Funeral Home Chapel and interment was in Brookside Memorial Park Mausoleum in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Andrews died Sept. 19, 2008 at her residence.

She was the only child of Clayton and Mae Ligon Speer. She grew up in Lebanon and starred on the Lebanon High School girl’s basketball team in 1952-53.

She received a Masters degree in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and worked for many years in the customs brokerage industry.

Survivors include: sons, Stephen C. Andrews of Atlanta, Ga., Scott H. Andrews of Houston, Texas, and W. Brant Andrews of Atlanta; four grandchildren; cousin Jane Jones of Donelson; numerous other family and friends, especially Melba Hunter of Houston.

Brookside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Janice Sue Morris, 60

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon, November 5 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Ms. Morris, 60, of Mt. Juliet.

The daughter of the late, Louis Henry and Mary Annell Trammel Morris, she died Nov. 2, 2008. Interment was at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Greg (Lita) Ellis of LaVergne, siblings Tom Morris, Bonnie Morris and Carolyn (Wayne) Boyd -- all of Mt. Juliet and Joanne Allen of Lebanon.

Also surviving are grandchildren Danyel Ellis, Johnny Ellis, Krista Ellis and Tearia Wilson.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son John L. Ellis and sister Lois Gregory.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.  Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Kathleen Campbell Stout, 60

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, November 6 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Stout, 60. She passed away on November 4, 2008.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home Thursday from 3 p.m. until the service.

Survivors include husband of 40 years Russell Stout of Lascassas; children Ruth Wilson and Trevis (Peggy) Stout; and grandchildren Catherine Stout, Emily Stout, Tyler Stoglin, Colby Stoglin, Hannah Walker, Briana Wilson and Danielle Wilson.

Also surviving is great-grandchild Gracie Moody; seven siblings: Iris Hisle, Bobbie Miller, Ellis Campbell, Carl Campbell, Glenn Campbell, Ray Campbell, and Patricia Stout.

She is preceded in death by parents Lewis and Ruth Singleton Campbell and brothers Prentiss Campbell, Willie Campbell, Lewis Campbell Jr., and Michael Dale Campbell.

Sellars Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.

Lyda Sides Dunnam, 69

LEBANON -- A funeral mass was held Monday morning, November 3 at the St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church for Mrs. Lyda Sides Dunnam. 69, of Lebanon. Mrs. Dunnam passed away October 31, 2008, at her home.

Born July 12, 1939, in Prentiss County, Mississippi, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Jettie Cox Sides. Mrs. Dunnam was an accountant and a member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church.

Services were conducted by Father Zachary Payikat. Interment followed at the Bethlehem Cemetery at Tuckers Cross Roads.

Survivors include: by her husband of 50 years Raynor Lanier Dunnam; children Ricky (Debra) Dunnam of Lebanon; Rita (Jeff) Rogers of Brentwood; Rodney Dunnam and Robert (Jennifer) Dunnam -- all of Florence, SC.

Alos surviving are siblings Kermit (Edna) Sides of Tupelo, MS; Lunille (Bobby) Kembrough and Sara (Wesley) Hall -- all of Baldwyn, MS; grandchildren Chasity (Brett) Goodner, Ricky (Janine) Dunnam Jr., Jeffrey, Robert, Lyda Beth, Tamara, Jacob, Phillip and Heather Rogers, Rodney (Amanda) Dunnam Jr., Casey and Cody Dunnam, Riley and Ragen Dunnam, Shalane Renee Byers; great grandchildren Hannah Goodner, Ricky, Madison and John Dunnam.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Linda Dye and a great granddaughter Baylee Rae Dunnam.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mark Dewayne Stafford, 41

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 12 Noon, Thursday, November 6 at the J.C. Hellum Funeral Home for Mr. Stafford, 41, of Lebanon.

Born July 1, 1966, to Ulmer and Mary Sue Corder Stafford, he died suddenly Nov. 1, 2008 at University Medical Center. He was a member of New Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Lebanon.

He was graduated from Lebanon High School; attended UT-Martin and was employed at Marriot Hotels and Resorts in Nashville. The family will receive friends Thursday at 11 a.m. Services will be conducted by Rev. Kerwin Utley. Interment at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

In addition to his parents, survivors include: brother Michael (Margie) Stafford; nieces Jermeia, LaQuasha, Katrina and Jakeita; nephew Lavoseo; aunts Linda (William) Fuqua, Mary (Jimmy) Waters, Doris Beard, Carlene (Jackie) Jenkins, Gladys (Charles) Robertson, Elizabeth (Deotis) Taylor, Lois (Ronnie) Word and Cynthia (Charles) Alexander; uncles John (Mary) Stafford, Harold (Joyce) Stafford, Thomas Corder and Larry (Quenessa) Corder; great aunts Gladys Corder and Juanita Patton; give great nieces and nephews; a host of cousins, two devoted, Delaine Brown and Buffy Dilligard, friends and co-workers at the Marriott.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, William and Ethel Sadler Stafford and James and Anna Marie Wharton Corder.

J.C. Hellum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nicole Holly Niemann, 41

LEBANON -- Miss Niemann, 41, of Lebanon passed away Sunday, November 2, 2008 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center following an extended illness. Born August 31, 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she was a customer service representative for Verison.

Inurnment was at the Homewood Cemetery Mausoleum in Pittsburgh. No services are planned at this time.

Survivors include: mother Joan Olsavick Niemann of Pittsburgh and brother Kenneth E. Niemann III of Claifornia. She was preceded in death by father Kenneth Edward Niemann, Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Pamela Louise Paris Rich, 49

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, November 3 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Rich, 49, of Lebanon.

She passed away Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 at her residence. Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include husband Kenneth Rich; children Michelle (B.W.) Allison, Terri (Richie) Deebanks, Chris Lawson and Tony Bryant; step-children Ken (Deb) Rich, Tommy (Melissa) Rich, Tony Rich, Traci (Mike Lackey) Lannom and Scotty Rich.

Also surviving are siblings Ann Bates, Jean Hackney, Danny Paris, Bert (Shawna) Paris, Barbara (Larry) Klein, Brenda Porter, Reva Nopens, Johnny (Sherry) Paris and Casey Zelek; grandchildren Justin Wright, Skylar Pryor, Brandon Rich, Angel Deebanks, Briane Deebanks, Luke Lawson, Kayden Bryant; and step-granchildren Timothy and Tiffany Rich, Sarah, Ryan, Cody, Brooke, and Austin Rich, Joslyn and Trace Lackey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by parents John and Reva Hobbs Paris, brothers Michael and Mark Paris and grandson Tyler Wright.

Active pallbearers were: B.W. Allison, William Wright, Scotty Rich, Tony Bryant, Justin Wright and Richie Deebanks.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.


Telling Tales

Justice Is Blind

I always cringe a little when I hear my middle child running down the stairs with her younger brother following behind, in hot pursuit, crying out“ no, Zoe… please don’t tell mama …please, I didn’t mean it.”


Guest Column

Congrats to winners

As this column is being written, the polls are still open and people are still voting which means we, of course, do not yet know who won yesterday’s election.

We know that despite a glitch or two here and there, it was, overall, a smooth election with what we believe will be a record turnout.

We hope, fervently, that by the time you read this that all of the winners will have been determined, and we want to take this opportunity to congratulate them and wish them the best as they assume their new offices.

We also want to acknowledge those who did not find their names in the winners’ brackets yesterday and thank them for their efforts and their willingness to put their names on the ballot and serve. Running for elective office is certainly not an easy thing to do. It requires much time and effort, and we appreciate the efforts that all of the candidates made.

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Bridezilla Maybe?


Dear Anne, Have you noticed a new trend at weddings? When the Minister/Pastor/Priest pronounces the couple husband and wife, he then says, "Introducing for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Biff and Bunny Jones." Is this a correct introduction? I hope not, because it drives me crazy--and I don't want to be driven crazy by something that's correct.
-From a friend who loves your column and shares it with my out of town family

I think my kind friend has, with her usual sensitivity and perception, hit upon something reflecting the moving and stirring amongst the gears and supports of our society. 

When we comment, often sadly, that nothing stays the same, we’re forgetting that “same” really never was, or not for long. We’ve all seen a lot of change in our lifetimes. The sixteen-year-old newly minted drivers, who, with sinking hearts, have been seeing the gas prices do things they’ve never done around here before. The eighteen-year-old first time voters watching the confusion as candidates make history in the primaries and general elections this presidential year. And the rest of us, aging through our twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, sixties - whoops, we’re old. The rest of us are mystified in understanding how change originates and swirls toward us in often relentless ways; we search history – personal, social, political, and economic. We don’t find much. The yarn seems pretty tangled.



American Legion Post 15 to meet

American Legion Post 15 will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6 in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

For more information, call 444-2460.

Immanuel hosts blood drive

Immanuel Baptist Church will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, Nov. 6, from noon until 6 p.m.

Donate blood or platelets during the month of November and you will receive a limited edition, Paula Deen inspired apron, along with special recipes and a personal note of thanks from Deen herself (while supplies last). Deen is featured on the Food Network.

For more information, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visit



General News

Hit-and-run driver charged

From Post staff reports

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has arrested a Sumner County woman on a variety of charges relating to a hit-and-run incident Wednesday afternoon on the Hartsville Pike.

Tina Jobe, 32, of Gallatin was taken into custody and booked into the Wilson County Jail late Thursday.

According to Mike Browning with the Tennessee Department of Safety, Jobe is charged with driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to give notice of an accident and no insurance.

Jobe was believed to be at the wheel of a 1991 green Honda Accord that struck and seriously injured Terry Randall Tittle, 48.

Tittle’s 1990 Honda Trail motorcycle was reportedly headed southbound on Hartsville Pike when he slowed to turn left on Taylorsville Road. It was at this point his motorcycle was struck by the Accord.

Mr. Tittle was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he remains on life support.

The Accord was found ditched in a parking area behind Walter J. Baird Middle School in Lebanon.

Incumbents retain State House seats

The Wilson Post

Both State House incumbents from Wilson County were successful in holding their seats.

Stratton Bone, a Democrat, defeated his opponent, Albert McCall, Jr, by some 3,000 votes in the 46th District race, while Susan Lynn, a Republican, won over Ken Wilkinson in the 57th District by a margin of 11,000 votes.

Bone’s district includes about half of Wilson County and all of Trousdale and Cannon counties. The 57th House district to which Lynn was reelected includes the remaining portion of Wilson County and part of Sumner County.

Lebanon voters elect Craighead city mayor

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

About two hours after the polls closed Phillip Craighead was able to celebrate his win in the Lebanon mayoral race over opponent William Farmer, by a vote of  5,190 to 4,044.

Craighead said he felt like he had heard from a lot of new people in this election.

“It feels like the new people depended on friends talking to friends and telling the new folks about each candidate,” he said on election night. “We had a lot of friends working for us.”

He added that he hopes to work with his opponent for the benefit of Lebanon.

“I feel like we can put this election behind us and all work together for the good of Lebanon,” he said.

In a public concession statement Farmer, a member of the Lebanon city council, pledged his support to work with Craighead.

Mt. Juliet favors Elam, Watertown OK's Jennings


Mt. Juliet voters sent Mayor Linda Elam back to work at City Hall as she won a close race against three challengers outdistancing her closest opponent, long-time Wilson County educator Wendell Marlowe by 398 votes.

Elam tallied 3,077 votes, while Marlowe netted 2,689, former Mt. Juliet Mayor Kevin Mack had 2,320 and City Alderman Jim Bradshaw rounded out the vote totals with 1,479.

Ray Justice lost his District 1 seat on the Mt. Juliet commission as Ted Floyd managed 830 votes to Justice’s 779. Jonathon Brydalski came in third with 517 votes.

Obama wins Presidency

From Post staff reports

Sen. Barack Obama was declared the winner of the Presidential election late last night, the first African American elected to the highest office in the land.

Obama, the Democratic Senator from Illinois defeated John McCain, the “maverick” Republican senator from Arizona, in the race for President, a race that has gone on for the past 20 months or so. The race is regarded as the longest and most expensive in history.

With Obama’s election, Joe Biden now becomes Vice President. Biden, a former candidate for president, has served for a number of years as a U.S. Senator from Delaware.

Record vote colors Wilson red for President


Voters painted Wilson County red by choosing Republican John McCain for President by a vote of 33,767 to Democrat Barack Obama’s vote of 15,462.

Turnout in Wilson County was high with a total of 49,896 votes recorded. That number includes votes cast during early voting and those who voted by absentee ballot. The vote represented a turnout of about 75 percent, not the highest ever recorded in Wilson County, but still among the top in numbers, said Lynn Harris, administrator of elections for the Wilson County Election Commission.

“We’ll take it,” she said, noting “we’ve done better than that.”

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