LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, December 20 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Fisher, 82, of Lebanon.
A World War II veteran of the US Army and a construction contractor, he died Dec. 17, 2008.
Mr. Fisher attended the Philadelphia Church of Christ and was a member of the Real Estate Investors of Nashville. As a contractor, he built, among other projects, a hospital in Israel.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home Saturday from 11 a.m. until service.
The chapel service will be conducted by Brother Tom Watson. Interment will be in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of 62 years Mary Walker Fisher of Lebanon and children Glenda (James) Van Norman and Brenda (Tom Hall) Fisher.
Also surviving are siblings Harley Fisher of Murfreesboro and Louise (Marvin) Bains of Lebanon; grandchildren Richard (Melissa) Griffin, Anthony (Amanda) Griffin, Kevin (Christy) McNerney, and Charles (Jamie) Garrison; Crystal Griffin and eight other great, grandchildren.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Lebanon Senior Center.
He is preceded in death by parents George Monroe and Beulah Maynard Fisher, son Jay Fisher, brothers: James Roby Fisher, Dillard Fisher, and Valous Fisher; and grandson J.C. "Justin" Fisher, Jr.
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.
WATERTOWN — Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, December 19 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Johnson, 75, of Hartsville.
A native of Wilson County and a veteran of the United States Air Force, Mr. Johnson died Dec. 16, 2008 at his residence. A retired roofer, he was a Baptist and the son of the late Thomas Eldridge Johnson and Angle Lee Wilkerson Johnson.
The family will receive friends Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.
Services will be conducted by Brother Joey Gregory with burial at the Poplar Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife Delores Warren Johnson of Hartsville and children: William H. Johnson, Jr., Michael Andrew (Peggy) Johnson, Sr., Jeffrey Alan (Shirley) Johnson, Sr., and Phillip Wayne Julie) Johnson — all of Hartsville and Nelda Ruth (Rick) Dixon on Goodletsville.
Also surviving are 23 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and brothers: Robert Lee Johnson of Lafayette, Ernest (Mary) Johnson of Kentucky, Albert (Betty) Johnson of White Bluff, James (Faye) Johnson of Hartsville and Jessie (Margie) Johnson of Seven Springs, NC; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant daughter, grandson John Kilzer and great grandson Michael Ryan Crenshaw. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, is in charge of arrangements.
By RON HART
We finally did in the Hart family what I have secretly wanted to do for years: we agreed not to exchange Christmas presents. Sadly, we decided this a bit late as I took off Dec. 9 to shop, unknowingly on “Call In to Work Gay Day,” which, along with my stylish new tighter-fitting pants, has done nothing to quell the office rumors about me.
While it took some family members time to get their heads around the idea, not giving gifts this year has worked remarkably well. Those in the family who opposed it when we sent out e-mails telling them that we were not going to get into the one-upmanship of present buying this year have now really embraced the idea. We suggested donating to charity, helping a needy local family, volunteering, or perhaps pooling our Christmas money and bidding for that U.S. Senate seat in Illinois on behalf of a family member.
The idea that Christmas has become a pressure-packed ritual of buying for our family in return for them buying for us in equal measure misses the intent. When did bringing myrrh and frankincense morph into buying X Boxes and Wii for bratty kids?
So many families have more than they need. Want is often disguised as need. And if we want something, we tend to get it for ourselves.
The awkward annual ritual of having to strategize and anticipate what family members and friends want for Christmas is a no-win proposition. Then, we get in our SUVs and head to crowded malls (which historically do not have sales before Christmas to take advantage of this) to buy Chinese-made trinkets or poorly fitting clothes for family.
Then comes the ritual of the giving of the gift. The only thing acted out in America more around this time of year than a Charles Dickens play is the “just what I wanted” face that 90 percent of us feign. The pressure of having to like a present may be worse than the self-induced pressure to please someone with a gift. I find both unnecessarily stressful in equal measure.
Partially to blame is the advertising of Madison Avenue. Ironically, the liberals in New York say they oppose everything capitalistic, yet they make commercials implying that you are a jerk if you do not hand your mate keys to a Lexus with a bow on it sitting in the driveway. If you want to give your spouse a car that is fine with me since O.J. Simpson will be making the license plate. But being guilted into buying by overly suggestive ads is not good. Perhaps this explains Americans’ problem with debt.
I have always found hypocritical the way the New York Times will have a maudlin article about, say, starvation in Darfur juxtaposed with a Saks Fifth Avenue ad for a $1,250 pair of Gucci shoes. It seems ironic that the two men most admired by the liberals at the New York Times are Hugo Chavez and Hugo Boss. Too many folks will buy that $1,250 pair of shoes to wear to a fundraiser that they paid $100 to attend that is way more social than charitable.
Men are particularly hard hit this time of year. Since we clearly have no idea what women want the other 364 days of the year, it is unrealistic to expect that we will guess right on Christmas. Men have wasted more time doing this than video buffering.
In the vein of “What would Jesus do?” I think we all need to evaluate what Christmas really is and we have allowed it to become. Christmas seems to have evolved into something more like “What would Paris Hilton do?”
Perhaps we are too willing to live for the here and now and to go into debt for things we do not need. We must take care of those who we know need the basics of life first. If Hurricane Katrina taught us anything, it is that our dysfunctional government cannot take care of the citizens of this country. Those who can afford a $400 game that our kids will toss aside before the last football bowl game is over should consider how good it would be to give that money to an efficient soup kitchen in their area.
Ron Hart is a Southern libertarian columnist who writes a weekly column about politics and life. He worked for Goldman Sachs and was appointed to The Tennessee Board of Regents by Lamar Alexander. Hart is an investor in a real estate venture in Wilson County. His email: RevRon10@aol.com.
To the Editor:
A special thanks for your support as we work together within the community to create an awareness and appreciation of contributions African-American citizens have made in Wilson County over the years.
The Wilson County Black History Committee is indebted to you for your time, service and contributions.
We appreciate you.
The Wilson County Black History Committee
To the Editor:
When better than now, especially with the coming New Year and election transition, to reflect upon America’s bent priorities?
Currently there are millions facing bankruptcy, needing life-saving health care, homeless and hungry, while the U.S. spends trillions more on the military than all the rest of the entire world put together.
Going without question Americans have a cultural mindset with outsized ambitions and infatuation with military power. War and planning for war are seen as exemplary and common place and its ready acceptance abandons even the pretense of fighting defensively or viewing as a last resort. This can be readily seen by the White House, the Pentagon, the news media and religion in the falsified war upon Iraq (planned long before 9/11).
Simply put we’re engaged, “Silence in the face of evil is always on the side of the aggressor” with those at the top in actually making reality that persecute “the least of them,” not unlike the slaughter of the Palestinians, the people of Darfur, the long suffering people of Somalia, Haiti, Burma and so without end or purpose. For it was Karl Rove, Bush’s chief advisor and strategist the last eight years, who said… “we’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” And this arrogance was never questioned. Even Pat Robertson said the 33 million strong religious right elected Bush, not once but twice.
No doubt the U.S. is an empire with military bases all over the globe, but empirically throughout history empires selfishly fail. Then let’s strive to try to change ourselves and to maintain the new administration in a way that gives justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
By Jennifer Horton
Are you ready for Christmas next week?
That’s right, Christmas is next week, Thursday, to be exact.
We know what you’re thinking because we’re thinking the same thing. We can’t believe it’s almost here.
We want to take this opportunity to tell you about our schedule for the rest of this week and the next two weeks.
We will close our office at noon, today, for our Christmas luncheon. The office will reopen on Monday, Dec. 22 at 8 a.m.
We will publish two newspapers next week as we normally do, but our office will close at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 24 and will be closed for Christmas Day, Dec. 25 and Friday, Dec. 26.
Our schedule the following week when New Year’s Day occurs, will be the same.
Bethlehem United Methodist Church will have special music by the Carver family and Cyndie McGuire on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m.
The Rev. Jacquie Sojourner’s message will be “Kinswomen,” based on Luke 1.
Bethlehem United Methodist Church is at 2102 Lebanon Road at the corner of Bethlehem Road, Lebanon.
All are welcome.
Pastor Vernon Burrow will bring a sermon entitled, “Releasing the Song in Your Soul” at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 21 at New Hope Presbyterian Church.
The sermon is based on the based on the conversation between Mary and Elizabeth in Luke 1:39-45. The Men’s Singers will bring the special music, and the children will light the fourth candle in the Advent Wreath.
Come Christmas Caroling with members. Meet at the Church, Monday, Dec 22, at 5:30 p.m. Carolers will be back by 8 p.m.
The church is located at 7845 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon. For more information, call the church at 449-7020. Visit online at www.newhopecpchurch.com.
TO HONOR 2008 MSC WEST CHAMPS
By TOMMY BRYAN
Cumberland University’s football program is turning to the community for contributions to help buy the team championship rings. The Bulldogs recently wrapped up a 6-5 season under head coach Dewayne Alexander, including a last second win over No. 11-ranked Lambuth in the season finale.
The heart-stopping victory secured a share of the Mid-South Conference Western Division championship, a once-in-a-lifetime moment for the program.
"Best we can tell, it’s been over 40 years since a Cumberland football team has won a championship of any kind," Coach Alexander said.
The total cost of rings will be around $12,000 with rings going to some 90 players and staff members. Alexander said a decision was made to appeal to the public instead of fund-raising from businesses for donations.
"I’d really like this to be a community effort," Alexander said. "These young men showed so much self discipline, determination, desire and character. They certainly deserve this recognition."
Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the ring effort should call the football office at 615-547-1330.
The shops around Watertown’s Public Square might notice an increase in business this weekend as Watertown High hosts its annual Holiday Classic.
Sale Creek High from Hamilton County and Lighthouse Christian from Antioch will join with Mt. Juliet Christian Academy and host Watertown for two days of action.
Admission is $5 per person with today’s games starting at 4 p.m. Saturday action gets underway at 1 p.m.
Lebanon’s Devilettes will play LaVergne today at 4 p.m. in the Antioch Classic and Ravenwood Saturday at 4 p.m.
Lebanon’s boys are playing in the Mid South Classic with games at Jackson County High in Gainesboro and Cookeville High.
The Blue Devils opened with an 88-80 win over Jackson County Thursday and are bracketed with Shelbyville Central and Clarksville Northeast. The Blue Devils got 21 points from Casey Nunley, 15 from Xavier Smith, 13 from Robert Crudup and 10 from Jacob Thigpen.
Lebanon (6-3) will take on Northeast Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Gainesboro. Win or lose, Lebanon will play Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at a site to be determined.
The lower bracket features Cookeville, Collierville, Livingston Academy and Clarksville. A consolation bracket will guarantee each team at least three games.
Wilson Central’s boys play Buckhorn, Ala. today at 5:30 p.m. in the Smyrna Bulldog Classic. WCHS then plays Moore County Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Friendship Christian hosts Westmoreland High Friday night in a District 8A doubleheader at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
Mt. Juliet High will host the second annual Golden Bear Classic beginning tonight at 4 p.m. as Hunters Lane plays the Dyer County girls followed by Hunters Lane vs. BGA in a boys game. Mt. Juliet plays Father Ryan in a 7 p.m. doubleheader.
Saturday at 4 p.m. Wilson Central plays Hillsboro in a girls game; 5:30 p.m. BGA plays Hillsboro’s boys. MJ and Hunters Lane square off in a 7 p.m. doubleheader.