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Brother Willie Long, 69

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, December 21at the Hunter Funeral Home for Brother Long, 69, of Lebanon. Preacher at the Watertown Church of Christ for nearly a decade, he died Dec. 18, 2008 at his residence.

Born June in Tompkinsville, KY to the late Sherman and Lucy Crawford Long, Brother Long had been a Church of Christ minister for 55 years.

Services were conducted by sons David & Paul Long and Dr. Tim Long presiding. Interment was in Lebanon’s Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife of 50 years Myra Fox Long; children David Nathan (Debbie) Long, Paul Jonathan (Barbara) Long, Deborah Ann (Don) Qualls and Rebekah (Carl) Syler.

Also surviving are grandchildren Jessica and Allison Long, Jonathan and Hannah Long, Joshua Irwin, Whitney and Alicia Qualls, Noah, Rachel and Ethan Syler; great grandchildren Briana and Addision Irwin; brothers Dr. Tim Lee (Charlene) Long and Tim Long and sisters Wanda Kelton and Margie Jones.

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

Carrie Mae Whitfield Gray, 98

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, December 23 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Gray, 98, of Lebanon. A native of Wilson County, she died Dec. 21, 2008 at Quality Care Nursing Home.

The daughter of the Late A.W. and Era Lee Wilkerson Whitfield, she was a homemaker and a member of the LaGuardo Baptist Church.

Funeral services were conducted by Brother Mark Rager. Interment was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughters Temple (Omrie) Allen and Gladys (Don) Loftis -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren Jerry Loftis and Teresa Scruggs; great-grandson Clay Loftis.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Herman Gray; brothers Howard, Frank, Lester, Glenn and Cecil Whitfield.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Howard Baird Donnell, 83

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, December 23 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Donnell, 83, of Watertown.

A veteran of World War II and retired from the State of Tennessee’s Department of Transportation, he died Dec. 21, 2008 at NHC Healthcare in Murfreesboro.

A member of the Watertown Church of Christ, he was the son of the late Ether Turner and Alexander Clarence Donnell. Burial was at the Commerce Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife of 52 years Margaret Donnell of Watertown and children: Janet (Tony) Bane of Woodbury; Karen Donnell of Watertown and Howard Wayne (Gina) Donnell of Liberty. Also surviving are grandchildren: Jeff (Jennifer) Bane, Connie (Bobby) Moore, Allison (Jason) Greer, Amanda (Aaron) Payne and Julie Donnell; step-grandchildren Amanda and Sarah Price; six great grandchildren and sister Ethelyne (Jack) Lannom of Lebanon. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by stepmother Faustine Agee Donnell and brother Robert Thomas Donnell.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jeffery Scott Hutcheson, 58

MT. JULIET -- A celebration of life service will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2009 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Hutcheson, 58, of Mt. Juliet. A US Army veteran, he died Dec. 13, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. Retired from American Airlines, he was a member of the TWU and the VFW.

Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to service time at Bond Memorial Chapel. Memorial services will be conducted by Pastor Ed Goehner.

Survivors include: his wife of 37 years and high school sweetheart Pat Hutcheson; mother Mrs. Jack Hutcheson and children Christopher Ryan Hutcheson and Jennifer (Adam) Coulter.

Also surviving are grandchildren Gabe and Michael Coulter; siblings Jerry Ann Lee, Gloria (Charles) Barrett, John Hutcheson and Jack Hutcheson; several loving nieces and nephews and many friends

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Hutcheson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jeff to The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, 404 BNA Drive, Suite 102, Nashville, 37217-2571.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Eric Raefsky and his staff at Summit Medical Center, Dr. Stacey Goodman and her staff at the VA Medical Center Stem Cell/Transplant Unit and Odyssey Hospice.

Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Leda Evans Hughes, 86

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Hughes, 86, were held Tuesday afternoon, December 23 at the Immanuel Baptist Church. Mrs. Hughes, of Lebanon, passed away Dec. 22, 2008, at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Born December 25, 1921, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Sadie Beaty Evans.

Mrs. Hughes was a graduate of Livingston Academy and attended Tennessee Tech. Early in life she taught school in rural Overton County. She worked for Selective Service and the United States Postal Service having served as assistant and acting postmaster in Livingston.

She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. She also was a member of the Golden Gems, the Academy Place Book Club and was a 50 year-plus member of the Order of The Eastern Star.

Services were conducted by Pastor John Hunn. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens in Livingston.

Survivors include: daughters Jane (Bobby) Bilbrey of Fort Oglethorpe, GA; and Margaret (Bill) Head of Lebanon; grandchildren Frank Bilbrey of Chattanooga; Andy (Leigh) Head of Lebanon; and Emily Jane (Jeremy) Donegan of Mt. Juliet; great grandchildren McCall Olivia and Neyland Evans Head; sister Lucille Griffin of Albany, KY; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Brown Hughes Jr., a pharmacist in Livingston; brother Houston Evans, and sister Pat Easterday.

Honorary pallbearers: Esther Sunday School Class of Immanuel Baptist Church, Michael Clemons, James Kuykendall, Dr. Ross Averitt, Ray Upchurch, Keith Bilbrey, Gary Maggart, Wayne Evans and Joe Lee.  Active pallbearers: Jim Evans, Bert Evans, Chuck Nicholson, Gary Norris, Randall Clemons and Dwight Philips.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons or to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Marie Ruth Gibson, 76

JASPER -- Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. (C.S.T.) Saturday, December, 27 at the Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Gibson, 76, of Knoxville.

Formerly of Marion County and Coffee County, she died Dec. 22, 2008. She was a member of Hardin Valley Church of Christ.

The family will receive friends 2 to 3:45 p.m. (E.S.T.) Friday followed by a Celebration of Life at 4 p.m. in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel.

Survivors include: her daughters Gloria Jean (Eddie) Evins of Lebanon, Doris (Tommy) Gordon of Knoxville; grandchildren Lynn (David) White of Knoxville; Kimberly (Shawn) Brown of Morristown, NJ; Chad Hayes of Lebanon, Ashley Hayes of Lancaster and Susan (Paul) Barnes of Knoxville; great grandchildren: Ally White, Andy White, Madison Brown, Matthew White, Cole Barnes, Logan Brown and Luke Barnes.

Her husband, Dock Edward Gibson and her mother, Sallie Self, preceded her in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hardin Valley Church of Christ Bldg. Fund, P.O. Box 30297, Knoxville, 37930 or to Brooks House, P.O. Box 1222, Lebanon, 37088.

Arrangements by Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel.

Melvin "T-Pulley" Robertson, 49

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, December 22 at the J.C. Hellum Funeral Home for Mr. Robertson, 49, of Lebanon.

Born January 16, 1959 and known as "T-Pulley" to his family and friends, Mr. Robertson died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.

He was a graduate of Lebanon High School where he played basketball for the Blue Devils.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Gary Owens. Interment was at the Rest Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: son Gabe Brooks and daughter Tenecca Jobe. Also surviving are siblings Clarence Jennings, Bobby Jennings and Debra Abston: three granddaughters; and several other relatives and close friends.

J.C. Hellum Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.



Merry Christmas to All

Checking my calendar I noticed that your column should be in the paper on Christmas Eve. I thought Christmas Eve would make a good topic for you. Stories and customs – things like that. Merry Christmas to you.

-A reader

A lovely topic – the highlight harkening the greater highlight, Christmas Day, the crown of a season of richness and splendor, even if you are without family, even if you are among those who do not believe the Infinite split apart the finite and rested in a Bethlehem manger, raising sweet infant arms.

The wrapped and beribboned gifts this year have carried a heavier whiff of fear, but not for the first time. “The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver,” by Edna St. Vincent Millay, (published in 1922) tells of a wretchedly poor widowed mother. “A wind with a wolf's head /Howled about our door, /And we burned up the chairs/ And sat upon the floor. /All that was left us/ Was a chair we couldn't break, /And the harp with a woman's head / Nobody would take, /For song or pity's sake.” 

The Spirit of Christmas can be found this season


The day is almost here.
And once again, despite a troubling and stubborn economy, a war thousands of miles away from our homeland and a world filed with hunger and despair, we will celebrate Christmas, the day set aside to recognize the birth of Jesus Christ.
It indeed is a wonderful time of year.

Christmas offers each of us the opportunity of hope as we gather with family and friends and share a prayer for peace and prosperity for the New Year and a blessing of thanks for what we have before us, for our good health and for the comforts of food, shelter and warmth.

But Christmas seemingly always reminds us that all are not equally blessed.

Many tomorrow will awake in Wilson County without the smells of all the fixin’s of a holiday kitchen, without colorfully wrapped packages under an ornament-covered evergreen and without the first gleam of hope for what the next day or the day after that will bring.

For many, these are trying times.

It is in times as these and particularly in this season that we should be mindful of the strains and challenges being experienced by others.

Please take the time to enjoy the season.

Extend a helping hand, offer a deed of kindness, be generous and let someone know that you have truly found the Spirit of Christmas.

We at The Wilson Post wish for you and your family a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.  


Thinking on meaning of Christmas


Once upon a time, a time you might consider as long, long ago, a family lived near Tuckers Crossroads. We went to school there and even through the “Great Depression” raged there was great happiness when it was the season for Santa to come.

We put up a large Christmas tree at school and many presents were among the branches. Somehow most every child received a gift and with some that was probably all they received. We all sang Christmas carols and with Maggie Lou Whitefield playing the piano, we made the auditorium rock. “Joy to the World” was in evidence as we poured out our hearts.

School would let out a few days before Christmas Day. We became engrossed in all the preparation for the day. Mother baked all kinds of cakes, coconut, pineapple, chocolate, caramel and a fruit cake. Scraping the pan and eating the icing left on the sides was great fun. We would sing Christmas songs with our Mother leading them as she worked.



Christmas Eve services set

From Post staff reports

The Wilson Post presents a listing of churches in the county that have announced Christmas Eve services.

Bethlehem United Methodist Church will have a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 8 p.m. “O Holy Night” will be sung by Cyndie McGuire and “Silent Night” will be performed by Johnny Carver on guitar. The Rev. Jackie Sojourner, pastor, and her husband, the Rev. O. Price Taylor, will have a dialogue meditation “Were You There?” It will be followed by Holy Community and the candlelight. Everyone is invited. Bethlehem United Methodist Church is at 2102 Lebanon Road at the corner of Bethlehem Road, Lebanon.

New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church will have a Christmas Eve service of carols, Christmas Scriptures, special Christmas music, prayers, communion and candle-lighting at 6 p.m. The 45-minute service is designed to be a community celebration of the birth of Christ. Vernon Burrow is the pastor. The church is located at 7845 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon. For more information, call the church at 449-7020 or visit online at

Westland United Methodist Church will have a Christmas Eve Service at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Westland United Methodist is at 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon.


General News

Local planners approve MCA relocation

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

LEBANON -- McClain Christian Academy is planning a move.

It has outgrown its building, said Donna Macon, a teacher who attended the Lebanon Planning meeting recently to represent the school. Planners approved a site plan at their meeting this past week for a new school to be built behind Fairview Church on Leeville Pike.

Until the new school building is open, Macon said students will move to new quarters in the church building in February.

“We try to keep our class size to 15 students,” she said. “We just don’t have enough room. Our eighth and ninth graders are currently housed at Cumberland.”

Man critical in home invasion, robbery

By JOHN B. BRYAN, The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police are investigating a Tuesday morning home invasion and robbery that sent an elderly man to a Nashville hospital in critical condition.
According to Capt. Terry Bowman with the Lebanon Police Department, authorities were called to the Plaza 231 Inn around 5 a.m. and found Charles Hardy, a 60-plus-year-old man lying on his bed with obvious head trauma.
According to detectives, it was apparent Hardy had been struck in the head several times. Hardy was able to tell the police that a large black male broke into his room and attacked and robbed him. Hardy was bleeding and blood from his wounds stained the bed and floor of the hotel room, they said.


THP gears up for Christmas, New Years holiday enforcement

Troopers target drivers who have had too much holiday ‘spirit’

Tennessee Department of Safety (TDOS) and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) announced today it will be stepping up its enforcement crackdown as part of National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. 

In an effort to find and remove impaired drivers from Tennessee roadways, State Troopers are conducting saturation patrols and holding more than 100 driver license and sobriety checkpoints now through the New Year’s holiday extended weekend.

“The focus of this effort is saving lives,” said Gov. Phil Bredesen. “I urge all Tennesseans and travelers passing through our state to obey the laws designed to keep them safe, not only through the holidays but whenever they get behind the wheel.”

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