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Showing 12 articles from December 3, 2008.


Bettye Skelton Parks, 78

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, November 29 at the College Hills Church of Christ for Mrs. Parks, 78, of Lebanon.

Born February 17, 1930, in Wayne County, she died Nov. 26, 2008 at the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Mrs. Parks retired from banking after a 40 year career.

The daughter of the late Claude Casey and Gladys Walker Skelton, she was a member and very active volunteer of the College Hills Church of Christ.

Services were conducted by Dr. Larry Locke. Interment followed in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

She is survived by her husband Harold "Goose" Johnson; sons Tracey (Kim) Parks of Lebanon and David (Meg) Parks of Hermitage.

Also surviving are grandchildren Grace and Ella Parks, Jackson, Lauren and Sam Bond; step-daughters, Rita Bohr of Donelson and Ann Walker of Humboldt; and sister Mary Elizabeth Skelton Tolbert of Murfreesboro.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James Leslie "Les" Parks, who died August 25, 2006.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Brian Douglas Reeder, 35

LEBANON -- Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, December 4 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery for Mr. Reeder, 35 of Monterey. He passed away Sunday, November 30, 2008.

Visitation will be Wednesday at the Partlow Funeral Chapel between the hours of 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Brother John Grant.

Survivors include: mother Sally (Gail) Parker of Lebanon; father Odell (Patsy) Reeder of Lebanon and daughter Chelsey Cherie Reeder of Monterey.

Also surviving are: brothers Jason Parker and Jamie Parker — both of Cookeville; Rodney and Darrin Reeder — both of Lebanon; sisters Sandra (Jim) Gibbs of Lebanon, Kristie Norman of Ft. Oglethrope, GA, Missy Reeder of Lebanon, Olivia Henry of Gainesboro and Amanda Nelson of Chattanooga; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Reeder is preceded in death by grandparents Hubert and Edna Lackey and Delbert and Dessie Reeder.

Active pallbearers: Shane Lening, Kevin Shouse, Jeff Payton, Stacy Padgett, Michael Parker and Terry Hall. Honorary pallbearers: Jim Gibbs, Jake Byrd and Raymond Nelson.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Edna Mae Manning, 73

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, December 4 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Manning, 73, of Mt. Juliet. A member of the Mt. Juliet Church of God, she died December 1, 2008.

Visitation with the family will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bond Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: children Jesse D. Manning, Raybon E. (Carrie) Manning, Sherry (Jeff) Hackett, Belinda J. Kennedy and Donna E. (Brian) Moore.

Also surviving is brother Richard Ernest (Marge) Pond; sister-in-law Linda Pond; grandchildren Alicia Musgrove, Jason Musgrove, Leslie Lawson, Christy Lawson, Amber Hackett, Jessica Hackett, Stephen Manning, Marisa (Tim) Henson, Ryan Kennedy, Anthony Oliver, Joey Manning and Samantha Manning; great grandchild Mackenzie Oliver.

The daughter of the late Richard Ernest and Mazelle Modine Stewart Pond, Mrs. Manning was also preceded in death by her daughter Patricia Musgrove and her brother,James Douglas Pond.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Jerry Dee Clifton, 46

MT. JULIET -- Funeral service were held Tuesday afternoon, December 2 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Clifton, 46, of Mt. Juliet. A loving father and husband, he passed away Nov. 29, 2008 after a long battle with leukemia.

Services were conducted by Brother Bruce Grubbs. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife Teresa and children Nicholas, Gabrielle and Hannah; mother Shirley Clifton and brothers Jeff, Jim and John Clifton.

He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Joseph and his father, Jack.

Active pallbearers included: John Clifton, Jason Clifton, Eric Palmatier, Mike May, Ben Rush and Scott Martin.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Lucille M. Bryant, 61

LEBANON -- A memorial service will be held at a later date for Mrs. Bryant, 61, of Lebaon. Known as "Lucy" to her family an friends, she passed away on December 2, 2008.

Survivors include her husband Terry Bryant of Lebanon and son Russell Spears of Athens, Ala.

Also surviving are sisters Peggy Rich of Rogersville Ala. and Brenda (Jeff) Smith of Knoxville; nephew Caleb, Austin and Jason Rich of Alabama as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

Margaret Elizabeth Duncan, 87

NASHVILLE -- Graveside services were held Monday, December 1 at Woodlawn Memorial Park for Mrs. Duncan, 87, of Mt. Juliet.

A member of the First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet, she died November 28, 2008.

The widow of the late Cordell G. Duncan, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Earl and Laura Carlisle Tatum.

Survivors include: daughter Kathy Duncan; granddaughter Laura Huggins and great granddaughter Stephanie Huggins.

Memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Foundation or Alive Hospice.

Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, was in charge of arrangements.

Retha Gayle Hall Crutcher, 64

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, November 30 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mrs. Crutcher, 64. She passed away on Nov. 25, 2008.

Services were conducted by Brother Larry Walker and Brother Allen Allcock. Interment was in the Conatser Cemetery.

Survivors include husband Roy Allen Crutcher; children: Alan Crutcher and Lissa (Will) Funk; and siblings: Glenda (Thurman) Whited, Betty Hall, Sharon Jared and Lynette Aslinger; sister-in-laws: Diane (Michael) Hughes and Charlene Horne.

Active pallbearers: Allen Allcock, Michael Hughes, Jerry McFarland, Eddie Callis, Howard Crutcher Sr. and Howard Crutcher Jr.

She is preceded in death by parents Elmer and G. Christine Brewer Hall.

Memorial donations may be made to: The ALS Association (Development Dept., 27001 Agoura Rd, Suite 250, Calabasas CA 91301, 888.949.2577).

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

Rob Jerald Schall, 52

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, December 4 at Celebration Lutheran Church, 3425 N. Mt. Juliet Road, for Mr. Schall, 52, of Mt. Juliet. Co-owner of Hydro Design Service, Inc., Mr. Schall died November 29, 2008.

A member of Celebration Lutheran Church, he was a 1974 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. Services will be conducted by Pastor Kevin Martin.

Survivors include: mother Shirley Schall (Bob) Dorsey of Nashville and brother Hall (Laura) Schall of Mt. Juliet.

Also surviving are: nieces and nephews Dixie Schall, Barnum Schall, Rebecca Kruck, Caleb Schall, Carly Schall and Monica Schall; as well as several great-nephew and great-nieces; and several cousins including Kris Gorrell -- whom he was especially close and worked side by side with for 26 years.

Mr. Schall was preceded in death by his father, Hal David Schall, Sr. and brothers Rick Schall and Ron Schall. Memorials may be made to Celebration Lutheran Church.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mr. Juliet.


Telling Tales

He Had it Coming

Recently I had an encounter with an individual that was far from pleasant. The encounter was long past due as the situation had been intolerable for far longer than necessary.  Without going into the gory details, the bottom line is that this person was continually being unkind to one of my children.


General News

Airport Commission honors Fox at final council meeting

The Wilson Post

Outgoing Lebanon Mayor Don Fox was honored with a resolution from the city’s Airport Commission honoring him for his 15 years of support for the airport.

Airport Commission Chairman T.O. Cragwall presented the resolution to Fox at the beginning of Tuesday night’s regular Lebanon City Council meeting.

Fox said felt the Airport Commission deserved the credit for improvements made at the facility.

Later, the mayor thanked all the city employees who he said had made his tenure a pleasure.

“They deserve all the credit,” he said. “I haven’t picked up a shovel in years, except in my garden, but they do every day.”

He added that what makes Lebanon a good city to live in is the service offered by the employees and by the council. “It’s a team effort,” he said.

Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath agreed, noting “It’s really a ‘we’ thing.”

Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry said he thought Fox had lived up to the Jaycees creed, “Service to humanity is the best work of life.”

All the councilors agreed that meetings wouldn’t be the same without Fox. The new mayor, Philip Craighead, takes office in a ceremony at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 at City Hall.

During the business portion of the meeting, council voted unanimously to amend the city sign ordinance to require all electronic signs which are near residential areas to be turned down to lower light and only display a static message at night.

Council took the action at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

Several residents spoke in favor of the changes and one man, the pastor of The Sanctuary on Leeville Pike, Pastor Daniel Stirneman, asked for an amendment, allowing churches and schools to have a scrolling single line/one color message with time and temperature run through the night.

Ward 4 Councilor Joe Hayes proposed an amendment to allow churches and schools to do as the minister requested, it failed for lack of a second.

The council also set a work session to discuss budget issues for Monday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. Mayor Pro Tem William Farmer told the council that the city’s cash on hand had fallen from $20.617 million at the end of September to $16.967 million at the end of October. He also pointed out that the city’s general fund was actually in the red as of the end of October.

It had been $1,011 million in the black in September, but had fallen to a negative $139,302 by Oct. 31.

He asked that all department heads look for ways to cut back and get the city back in the black. He also said he wanted department heads to attend the meeting on Dec. 22 with figures to show the council where their departments were financially now and where they expected to be by June 2009.

In addition to stating her support for the sign ordinance, Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath said she thought part of the budget solution might be to start charging fees for the use of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. She pointed out that the city supplies police and maintenance services for the center, which cost the city money.

The ordinance to allow the city to apply for a State Industrial Access Grant to build an access road for the proposed Bible Park, faces some opposition from Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhl and Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston.

Huddleston moved to defer action on the resolution and Buhler seconded, but Huddleston agreed to withdraw his motion after Warmath and Farmer proposed an amendment which made it clear that resolution did not commit the city to fund any amount not covered by the grant.

The council also approved an Incentive Package for CoreTech Park and agreed to administer State Grant Funds for that project.

Ordinances annexing property on Quarry Loop Road and zoning it SP (Specific Plan) also passed. The property is owned by General Contractors, Inc. which plans to use it for storing building materials and equipment and possibly for a contractor’s office.

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at

Beck to contribute to Post

From Post staff reports

Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson County, has recently become a contributing writer for MainStreet Media and its local newspaper, The Wilson Post.

Earlier this year Beck concluded a 31-year career with The Tennessean where he edited the Nashville newspaper’s "Sunday Showcase" entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.

"We’re glad to have a veteran writer such as Ken now pitching in with engaging stories practically every week," said John Bryan, publisher of The Post.


General Sports

Wasson, Christopher make decisions


GLADEVILLE -- Two more Wilson Central Lady Wildcats have made decisions on where they will continue their education and basketball careers.

Guard / wing Lauren Wasson committed last week to NAIA power Trevecca Nazarene and is scheduled to sign with the Lady Trojans in ceremonies tentatively slated tonight at WCHS.

Wasson averaged roughly six points and 4.6 rebound per game as a junior. Her high point game was a 14 point effort vs. District 9AAA rival Hendersonville.

She caught the eye of college coaches with an outstanding run over the summer with the Tennessee Elite AAU program.

Trevecca, coached by Mt. Juliet native Gary Van Atta, is presently ranked No. 3 in the NAIA with a 9-0 record. Last season the Lady Trojans finished 23-12 overall and placed second in the NAIA National Tournament.

Point guard Jessyca Christopher committed last week to the University of Alabama - Huntsville, a NCAA Division II school -- a member of the Gulf South Conference.

She will sign with the Lady Chargers during the NCAA’s spring signing period. Christopher averaged 7.5 points per game as a junior and roughly three assists per contest.

A deadly three-point shooter, she racked up a season-high 19 points vs. Mt. Juliet in last year’s Green County Bank Tournament.

Christopher injured a knee during the 2008 region tournament, missing the final four games of the season, but has worked her way back to the floor in rehab. She was also considering a scholarship offer from King College in East Tennessee.

UA-H is coming off a 12-16 record last season under coach Jeff Keller and are off to a 1-4 start this season.

Wasson and Christopher along with University of Georgia signee Jasmine Hassell are all committed for the fall of 2009.


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