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Johnathan Robert Dowdy, 29

NASHVILLE -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home, 429 Donelson Pike, for Mr. Dowdy, 29, of Mt. Juliet. He passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008.

Visitation with the family will be Wednesday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Services will be conducted by Pastor Jerry Smith. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: wife Bronwen Dowdy; children Angel Nicole Dowdy and Johnathan James Dowdy; parents Linda Faye and Bob Dowdy; father and mother-in-law Rev. James and Debra Freeman.

Also surviving is brother Brandon (Marci) Dowdy; sister-in-law Holly Tate; also loved and missed by his nieces, Brianna, Marissa and Brenna; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Active pallbearers: Daniel Merritt, Blake Davis, Mitch Lovvorn, Randy Lovvorn, Jeremy Crain and Paul Guinn. Honorary pallbearers: Rev. James Freeman, Jared Crain, Justin Crain.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made at any branch of SunTrust Bank.

Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Judy Edene Puckett Pratt, 66

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, November 11, at the Partlow Chapel for Mrs. Pratt, 66, of Lebanon.

Co-owner / operator of Pratt’s Orchard & Garden Center, Mrs. Pratt died Saturday Nov. 8, 2008 at her residence following an extended illness.

The daughter of the late William O. and Irene Elizabeth Kimbro Puckett, she was a native of Williamson County and a graduate of Franklin High School.

Services were conducted by Dr. John Cheetham. Interment followed at the Bethlehem Cemetery in the Tuckers Cross Roads Community.

Survivors include: husband Jack F. Pratt Sr., son Jack F. (Kalee) Pratt Jr.; and sisters Mrs. Billie (Connie) Beerman and Ms. Connie Hamilton.

Active pallbearers: Pal Neal, Perry Neal, Phil Neal, Hugo Sandoval, Dr. Phillip Kinslow, John House, R.D. Denney and Jerry Dowell.

Honorary pallbearers included: Albert Ray Williams Jr., Jacky Bellar, Bobby McEachern, Joe Winfree, W.G. Neal, James Poston, Gordon Bone, Robert Dedman, Dwight McClanahan, Flynn Neal, Marshall Griffin, Chris Dowell, Newell Jenkins and Jimmy Carter Martin.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Michael Wayne Hall, 51

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, November 11 at the Garden of Prayer Tabernacle for Mr. Hall, 51. He passed away suddenly Nov. 5, 2008, in Richmond, Virginia.

Services were conducted by Pastor Johnny Crudup. Interment followed in the Mt. Lebanon Memorial Garden.

Survivors include: father Charlie Hall Jr., daughter Detric Seay; sons Reese and Myrandust Hall and Randy Northington. Also surviving are sisters Pamela Waters and Valerie Seay; brothers Bruce R. and Christopher Hall; along with other relatives and friends.

Lebanon’s J.C. Hellum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Nelda Gentry Hankins, 87

LEBANON -- Funeral Services were conducted Tuesday morning, November 11at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Hankins, 87, of Lebanon.

Born March 22, 1921, to the late Russell & Nora Nokes Gentry, she passed away November 8, 2008, at University Medical Center.

A 1939 graduate of Lebanon High School, Mrs. Hankins was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was an antique dealer for many years and was a homemaker.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. David Freeman and Rev. W.L. Baker officiating.  Interment followed in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. 

She is survived by her grandchildren: Lisa (Kevin) Kent and Chuck (Gina) Coffee; and great-grandchildren: Victoria Kent, Brianna and Kelton Coffee.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hankins was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Kelton Hankins -- who served as Vice-President of the former Lebanon Bank; and her daughter Emily (John) Fusto.

Active pallbearers:  Donny Hamilton, Randall Keith, Shaun Donnell, Haywood Barry, Eddie Callis and Mackey Bentley. Honorary pallbearers:  Pritchard Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Wendy Dowdy, 52

MT. JULIET -- Memorial services for Mrs. Dowdy will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 15 at the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, 1004 Woodridge Place, for Mrs. Dowdy, 52, of Mt. Juliet.

Mrs. Dowdy passed away Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008.

Survivors include: her husband of 22 years Victor Dowdy; children Angie (Tony) Harvey, Lisa (Bret) Antoine, Alisha (Brandon) Dean, April (Morris Kyler) Albright, Tamie Smith, Christina Smith and Nick Dowdy. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren; sister Carol Willis; uncle Tony Palter; and great-aunt Judy Poole

Mrs. Dowdy was preceded in death by parents Charles and Barbara Willis; and brother Chuck Willis.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.



A Lot of Bear and Not Much Bull


Tell me about the origin of “bear market” and “bull market.” I’m mystified why a bear is weak. The black bear I met in the woods one morning long ago didn’t seem weak to me, though obviously I lived to tell the tale.  Thanks,
  -Likes Nature Better at a Distance

Wow. That “black bear in the woods one morning…” sounds like a story we can’t bear.  Is our QP of T (Question Person of Today) a bear for danger? Did he or she bear the brunt? Bear children? Bear up? Bear down? Would that be anything like hoedown? Beyond bearing? What about going into a cave with a bear? (Reminds me of homeroom.) Before you scream, do you want me to get started on bare with my bare knuckles? Is that the bare truth? Could you be a barefaced liar? Enough already? Barely holding on? Well, don’t be a bear about it.

TAKE A BREAK. FIRST THE STOCK MARKET CRACKS YOUR HEART, AND THEN I START YAMMERING AT YOU ABOUT BEAR AND BARE. (At least I didn’t take off on bull. Can you bullieve it?) ONLINE HUMOR (Thanks, JA) “What Is A Grandparent?” (taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds) • Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people's. • A grandfather is a man & a grandmother is a lady! • Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money. • When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars. They show us and talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why we shouldn't step on “cracks.” They don't say, “Hurry up.” • Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes. They wear glasses and funny underwear. They can take their teeth and gums out. • Grandparents don't have to be smart. They have to answer questions like “Why isn't God married?” and “How come dogs chase cats?”• When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again. • Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television, because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us. • They know we should have snack time before bedtime, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we've acted bad. • Grandpa is the smartest man on earth!  He teaches me good things, but I don’t get to see him enough to get as smart as him! • It's funny when they bend over, you hear gas leaks and they blame their dog. 
AN EXTRA: • A six year old was asked where his grandmother lived. “Oh,” he said,“she lives at the airport, and when we want her we just go get her. When we’re done having her visit, we take her back to the airport.”

Today’s source is The Merriam-Webster New Book of Word Histories. Have you ever thought that after Noah Webster made his name in the dictionary world, financial transactions (bullish) then made all this the Merriam-Webster whatever. George and Charles Merriam bought the rights to Webster’s name and works in 1831. Now their name and products are staples on resource shelves, whereas my name and product (this column, folks) is a staple in garbage bin liners. Whatever. 

Re the word whatever. Youth have given us something fun to use – the word whatever. If we can shed our manners and sneer when we say it, we’ll have it down pat. People will say, with some kind of perverse admiration, “My, how young and adolescent  he/she is.” Of course those same people will be working overtime to refurbish their hurt feelings. Whatever. Practice saying whatever while you’re speaking on the phone. That will give you more time to get the facial expression under control. 

DEFINITIONS.  “A bull is someone who buys securities or commodities in the expectation of a price rise, or someone whose actions make such a price rise happen. A bear is the opposite – someone who sells securities or commodities in expectation of a price decline. By extension both terms are used as adjectives, so a bull market is rising in value, while a bear market is declining.”

That’s what they are, but why are those two animals used and not, say, a tiger and a rhinoceros? An alligator and a Rottweiler? An elephant and a donkey?  Oh, yeah, those last two have another job and are currently in a hospital in the Bahamas under fake names (“lhama” and “Chihuahua” would be amusing) recovering from exhaustion and stress-related issues. The donkey’s feeling a lot perkier than the elephant.

The bear came first; probably from an old, self-explanatory proverb (at least seventeenth century which means the Pilgrims could have been saying it up there around Plymouth Rock): “It is not wise to sell the bear’s skin before one has caught the bear.” I would bet those Pilgrims knew exactly what that meant. 
Business people began shortening this to “sell the bear skin” and, very soon, to “bear.”  That would be applied to stock being sold by a speculator. The speculator sold a borrowed stock with a delivery date sometime in the future. The expectation was that the price would go down and the difference between the two prices – you guessed it – would be profit! The South Sea Bubble scandal in 1720 (no time or inclination to explain that – get an MBA on your own) brought this to a crashing halt, and made bear a widely used business term. A few years before some bright, anonymous soul started using bull as a description of a speculative buy in the hopes prices were increasing. It stuck as the opposite of bear.

Well, children like teddy bears, not teddy bulls. Ferdinand is nice bull, though. (OK, that’s a reference to Munro Leaf’s children’s book, The Story of Ferdinand, which became a short Academy Award winning film, made by Walt Disney who was then still alive and unfrozen.  1938. Ferdinand would rather smell flowers than fight. Sometimes I would, too, but I try to push away the thought.)




Guest Column

McKinney's dedication to CASA remembered


On October 15, 2008, Peggy McKinney's life was cut short. While I believe she is in a much better place now, she is sorely missed. Whenever I talked to her, Peggy always had an optimistic attitude toward the cancer. We even had a discussion about the power of positive thinking. In my opinion, she was a firm believer in hoping for the best and believing God would grant her a miracle. That is exactly the way that she handled her CASA cases, too.

To say that Peggy sat back and just took whatever came to her would be an understatement. She ran head first into becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in 1998 and has helped 15 children to find a safe and permanent home. While it may seem like she did not help a lot of children, I would like for you to consider this: One particular case involved two siblings. They'd had involvement with the court since 2000, but after many attempts to work with the family, the children finally came into foster care in 2002.

By the time that they were finally adopted in 2007 (yes, that is five years in foster care), they had been in 10 different foster homes and at least seven different case managers with the Department of Children's Services. In addition, there were countless other doctors, psychiatrists, therapists, contract agencies and attorneys. Throughout all of this, these siblings only had one CASA volunteer, only one person who knew their story from beginning to end.

Peggy did not take information at face value, but instead did a lot of digging and prying. Peggy was able to find information that no one else was able to find. Peggy had a way of talking to parents as if she completely understood what were going through. She was a bulldog and rarely just "let go" of a situation.

The children who were appointed to her knew that she was there for them no matter what. Peggy had been known to ruffle feathers if a child's needs were not being met. She took her volunteer responsibilities very seriously and expected other professionals to do the same. In addition to being a volunteer advocate, Peggy served on the Board of Directors of Wilson County CASA from 2000 until her death and served as Board President in 2005.

Wilson County CASA was a big part of Peggy's life; unfortunately, I was unaware of exactly how important it was to her. In the 10 years she was a volunteer advocate, I knew Peggy for eight of those years. See, I began my career as a case manager with the Department of Children's Services and Peggy's first case was one of my first cases. I knew from the moment that I met her that she had drive and dedication. Knowing Peggy all of these years, I was still unable to see exactly how important CASA was to her. I knew that she was important to Wilson County CASA, but it wasn't until her death that I realized how CASA had affected and enveloped her. Because of this, I have tried to make sure that I let those around me know how grateful and how thankful I am for them. I want them to know how important they are to me. I would encourage others to do the same.

Peggy's death has caused me to look deeper into my faith. I hope that the encouraging words that I have found will help someone else who may be going through a difficult time. "...Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." I Corinthians 16-18 (NIV).

Peggy was a wonderful asset to Wilson County CASA and to others. We will miss her immensely.

Editor’s Note: Laura Swanson is the executive director of Wilson County CASA which is located in Lebanon.


General Sports

CU exits volleyball tourney

From Post staff reports

JACKSON -- Taylor Denney recorded 20 assists and Amanda Twomey had 28 digs, but Cumberland was unable to keep its momentum in a 3-0 loss to Trevecca Tuesday morning at the TranSouth Volleyball Championships being hosted by Union University.

The Bulldogs were eliminated from the tournament and ended the season 20-18 overall. Cumberland posted just a .084 hitting percentage in Tuesday's match, committing 21 errors along the way. Trevecca avenged a 3-2 loss to the Bulldogs in the opening match of the tournament for both teams on Monday.

Katie Ball and Tracy Smallwood both had nine kills and Joni Simpson added seven for CU, while Ball and Denney both recorded 11 digs.

After the teams were tied at five in the first game, Trevecca pulled ahead slightly and then continually added to the lead as the game progressed en route to a 25-18 victory.

Trevecca jumped out 5-1 in the second game but the Bulldogs eventually fought back,


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