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Showing 10 articles from December 15, 2008.


Bertie Stevens Dickens, 94

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, December 13 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Dickens, 94, of Lebanon.

A former employee of the Lebanon Garment Factory, she died Dec. 11, 2008 at Cedars Health Care Center. The daughter of the late Hill and Mary Tomlinson Stevens, she was a Baptist.

Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars and Rev. Robert Amason. Burial followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: grandson Matthew Dickens; nieces & nephews Billy Wayne Holladay, Sue Langevin, Steve Piercey and Sandra Walker.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Dickens is preceded in death by husband Jack "Red" Dickens, son Tony Dickens; sisters Annie Holladay, Chloe Tomlinson and Bill Piercey.

Pallbearers: Steve Piercey, Matthew Dickens, Billy Wayne Holladay, Charlie Rupp, Gill Langevin and Gregg Piercey.

Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Everett Raiford Goodman, 74

REFORM, Ala. -- Funeral services were held Friday morning, December 12 at the Skelton Funeral Home in Reform, Alabama for Mr. Goodman, 74, of Lebanon.

Formerly of Carrollton, Alabama, and a US Army veteran, "Ray" passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008 at his home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Born May 9, 1934, in Pickens County, Ala., he was the son of the late Albert Manus Goodman and Lorene P. Nixon. He was a 1952 graduate of Carrollton High School and a devoted member of the Mt. Hebron Primitive Baptist Church.  He retired from United Technologies as an inspector.

Funeral services were conducted by Eld. Chris Hollingsworth and Eld. Bobby Payne. Interment followed in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in Fayette County, Ala.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years Gracy B. Robertson Goodman; children Marty (Debbie) Goodman and Donna Jo (Marlin) McCool -- all of Gordo, AL; stepchildren Joan Howard of Lebanon and Larry Howard of Nashville; sister Patsy (Curtis) Parham of Gordo, Ala.; five grandchildren and a great grandchild.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Goodman was preceded in death by a son Danny Ray Goodman and sister Lela Sue Goodman.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Grace Garman Kidwell, 98

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, Dec. 11 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Kidwell, 98, of Watertown.

Born in Denver, Colorado and a member of the Watertown First Presbyterian Church, she died Dec. 9, 2009 at Lebanon Health & Rehab. She was a longtime volunteer at University Medical Center with the Volunteer Auxillary.

Services were conducted by Rev. Tim Diffenderfer with burial at the Jones Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: son James F. (Martha) Kidwell of Watertown and daughter Beverly (Bob) Blankenship of Murfreesboro.

Also surviving are grandchildren: Debbie (Rick) Martin, James F. Kidwell, Jr., Beth (Wayne) Reeder and Scott Kidwell -- all of Watertown; Steve (Robin) Blankenship of Calhoun, Jana (Ronnie) Summar, John (Angela) Blankenship and Kathy Black -- all of Murfreesboro; and 14 great grandchildren.

The daughter of the late Rev. Forest J. and Nellie Roth Garman, Mrs. Kidwell is also preceded in death by husband James Doyle Kidwell and sis-ter Johanna Garman.

Grandchildren served as pallbearers.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Herschel Porter Williamson, 87

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, December 12 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Williamson, 87, of the Statesville Community.

A US Army veteran of World War II and retired from the Tennessee National Guard, Mr. Williamson died Dec. 10, 2008 at Cedars Health Care. Born in Wilson County to the late Jessie Allen and Ida Harvey Williamson, he was formerly employed in pipeline construction.

Services were conducted by Rev. Allen Lyon. Burial will follow in the Jennings Cemetery.

Survivors include: brother J.B. Williamson of Statesville and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by 10 siblings. Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

Howard Edward Van Hook, 77

PEGRAM -- Graveside services with full military honors were conducted Friday morning, December 12 at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery for Mr. Van Hook, 77, of Mt. Juliet.

A member of Riverwood Church of Christ and a 1951 graduate of Issac Litton High School, he died Dec. 10, 2009.

Mr. Van Hook retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard as SFC after 42 years of service. He was also a 37 year employee of Army Aviation Maintenance as a helicopter/fixed wing mechanic.

Services were conducted by James Harris. Survivors include: wife Helen Van Hook and daughter Karen Van Hook. Also surviving is brother Alvin (Jean)Van Hook; grandchildren Vada (Jeff) Brown and Paula Wilson; great-grandchild Kristiana Brown.

Honorary pallbearers were current and retired Army Aviation Maintenance Shop Employees.

He was preceded in death by parents Lloyd Franklin and Maxie McCarty Van Hook.

Memorials may be made to Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Efforts, Inc., 410 Allied Drive, Nashville, TN 37211.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Linda Hale, 69

CONCORD -- Graveside services were held Thursday afternoon, December 11 at the Masonic Cemetery in Knox County for Mrs. Hale, 69, of Old Hickory.

A member of Hickory Hills Baptist Church and retired from the Maintenance Division of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Old Hickory District, she died Dec. 7, 2008.

Mrs. Hale was very involved in the Mt. Juliet Little League Girls Softball. In 1974 she was the first coach to take a girls softball team from Mt. Juliet to the State Championship – winning State and Regional championships.

Local services were held Wednesday at the Bond Memorial Chapel, conducted by Rev. Jeff Whited.

Survivors include: her husband of 52 years Alvin Hale of Old Hickory; children Tony (Kim) Hale of Lenoir City; Danny (Jean) Hale of Gallatin and Lysa Smith of St. Louis, Missouri.

Also surviving are siblings James Brashier and Ruth Loy; grandchildren Ryan Smith, Brittani Hale, Courtney Smith, Megan Hale, Cassidy Hale and Lindsey Hale.

The daughter of the late James Thomas and Edith Jane Fox Brashier., she was also preceded in death by son Barry Hale and sisters Helen Johnson, Katherine Knox and Jane Irvin.

Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Nelda Ruth Mabry, 80

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, December 13 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Mabry, 80, of Mt. Juliet.

A retired cafeteria worker at Lakeview Elementary School, Mrs. Mabry died suddenly Dec. 10, 2008. She was a member of Cooks United Methodist Church and the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center.

Services were conducted by Dr. Craig Goff and Pastor Gloria Scott. Interment followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Survivors include: husband Charles E. Mabry of Mt. Juliet and children Connie (Bill) East of Gallatin; Bonnie (Bob) Johnson and Debbie (Lennis) Rader – all of Mt. Juliet and Douglas (Sarah) Mabry of Marietta, GA.

Also surviving are brothers Harold (Catherine) Wooten of Hendersonville and Donald (Frances) Wooten of McAllister, OK; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren

Grandsons served as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to Alive Hospice or the American Heart Association.  The daughter of the late N.M. and Annie Mirtle Miller Wooten, she was also preceded in death by three brothers.

Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Shawn Dorian Haygood, 47

LEBANON -- Shawn Haygood, 47, of Lebanon, died December 9, 2008.

He was a veteran of the US Air Force and an electrical engineer. No services are scheduled.

Survivors include mother Frankie Haygood of Lebanon. He is preceded in death by father Pharon Haygood and brother Darrin Haygood.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


General News

Blood donors urgently needed

The American Red Cross invites Wilson Countians to share the gift of life this December by donating blood to help someone in need.  

A blood donation can help a young mother, a grandfather or a neighbor celebrate another holiday season with family and friends.  

By giving blood, donors can help ensure their community keeps a steady supply of blood on hospital shelves this holiday season. Every day more than 38,000 people in the U.S. must have blood to help treat everything from planned surgeries to car accidents.

The next opportunities to donate blood in Wilson County are:

* Wednesday, Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Providence MarketPlace located at 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road in Mt. Juliet.

* Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at University Medical Center located at 1411 Baddour Pkwy. in Lebanon.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit


General Sports

No. 21 CU pounds Fisk
LEBANON -- Cumberland used a 34-6 run to start the game as the 21st-ranked Bulldogs cruised to a 86-33 victory over Fisk University Friday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center during the Rosa Stokes Classic.

Cumberland (9-1) won its seventh straight contest and its second this season versus Fisk. Channing Tucker, a senior out of Euclid, Ohio, led the Bulldogs with 27 points and Rodney James added 18 points and nine rebounds.

The Bulldogs shot 57 percent from the field in the first half, including 6-of-15 from 3-point range, taking a 53-14 advantage to the locker room.

Tucker scored 16 points before intermission, hitting four 3-pointers, while James added 10 points and five boards.

Fisk made only 27 percent from the floor before the break and committed 14 turnovers, which led to 21 Cumberland points.

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