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Showing 12 articles from February 5, 2009.


Cathy Lynn Ray, 48

LEBANON -- A celebration of fife service has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, February 6 at the Sellars Funeral on the Baddour Parkway for Ms. Ray, 48, of Lebanon.

A courageous and spiritual woman of the Pentecostal faith, she died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, following a four-year battle with cancer.

Visitation is set for 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home Services will be conducted by Brother Daniel Stirnemann, Brother George Wallace and Brother Brad Brandon.

Private family interment to follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: sons Michael P. Illobre of Nashville and Stephen (Brandy) Illobre of Lebanon; father Paul Ray of Lebanon; siblings Danny (Lynn) Ray and Paul H. Ray -- both of Mt. Juliet; Tim Ray, Richard Ray and Rita F. Ray -- all of Lebanon; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Ina Mae Ray.

Special thanks to her caregivers, Wayne and Betty Smith and Odyssey Hospice nurses Tony and Marilyn.

Arrangements by Mount Olivet Funeral Home & Cemetery and Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Henry Lee Wills, 58

LEBANON – A memorial service has been set for 6 p.m. Saturday, February 7 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Wills, 58, of Lebanon. He died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Saturday, from 4 p.m. until the service.

Survivors include: wife Linda Wills and children Michael Lee Wills of Lebanon, Louis "Bubba" Wills of Nashville, and Michelle McLain of Texas. Also surviving are siblings: Kenneth (Pat) Wills of Lebanon; Brenda (Jerry) Beckham of Washington; Eunice (Jimmy) Sorrow of Arizona; Linda (Bobby) Woodard of Nashville and Wanda (Leonard) Lassiter of Cookeville; foster-sister Ann Boyd; foster-sister-in-law Dean Bloodworth of Lebanon; brother-in-law David (Susan) Marlles of Lebanon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by sister Joyce Ogle, foster brother Robert Henry Bloodworth, brother Charles Wills, parents Geraldine Knudson and Henry Loftis Wills, and foster parents Evelyn and Louis Bloodworth.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Jeffery Dean Stone, 50

LEBANON -- A celebration of life service was held Thursday evening, February 5 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Stone, 50. of Lebanon. An electrician for Jerry Dean Electric, Mr. Stone passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Survivors include: children Jeff (Jessica) Stone of Lebanon; Brian Stone and Renee Brown -- both of Michigan. Also surviving is sister Sue (Peter) Rantz of Michigan and grandchildren Joshua, Nickolas, Lacey and Princeston Stone; Mikayla, Jaden and Xzavier Brown.

He was preceded in death by parents John & Bernice Stone; brother Robert Stone as well as his grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Mathilda Hutchison, 84

LEBANON -- Mrs. Hutchison passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at age 84.

No services are scheduled.  Survivors include children: Fred (Julie) Hutchison of Watertown, B.I. Hutchison and Lynn Hutchison.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Robert Charlie Harris, 80

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, February 7 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Harris, 80, of Lebanon. Known as "Charlie" to his family and friends, he passed away Feb. 4, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends Friday from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 12 Noon until the service.

The chapel service will be conducted by Brother Ron Pulley and Brother Larry Pedigo. Interment follows in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include wife Lola Grace Truitt Harris; daughter Linda Harris (James Brian) Fannin; grandchild Rob Fannin; sisters Sybil Jones and Dorothy Fisher; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents Robert Nathan and Lilly Wynne Harris; sisters Ruby Watkins, Gracie Carpenter and Claudia Pulley.

Active pallbearers: Wayne Garrett, Mike Singleton, Cliff Baker, Nathan Wayne Fisher, Clayton Fisher and Freddie Cripps.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Wesley Smith, 25

MT. JULIET – Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, February 7 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Smith, 25, of Hermitage. He passed away February 3, 2009.

Visitation with the family will be Friday, February 6 from 5-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Services will be conducted by Pastor Stan Mitchell.

Survivors include: fiancé Erica Willey; mother Dwanna Mayfield; sons Timothy Smith and Jonathan Lucio; sister Anna Mayfield; uncle Dennon Smith; cousins Brisha Webb, Britney Webb, Emilie Parrott, Serenity Canfield and Curtis Canfield; and best friend Matthew Calvo.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by grandparents Joe and Clara Smith; and aunt Selena Webb.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet


General Lifestyle

Saturday tree-planting to benefit Lebanon

A tree-planting event is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 along the Cedar City Trail.

The planting will begin behind the Eye Center Building at North Castle Heights Avenue in Lebanon. The trees were donated by the Tennessee Environmental Council through a grant from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Recreation Equipment Inc. and Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. They are Redbud and Sweetgum trees, native to Tennessee.


General News

Judicial Selection panel visits Lebanon Tuesday


Members of the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission are to be in Lebanon on Tuesday, Feb. 10 to interview candidates for the vacant Criminal Court judge’s position.

The Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, in the Criminal Courtroom at the John W. Musice Judicial Building, 115 E. High Street.

The seat to be filled was left vacant by the death in December of Judge J.O. Bond who suffered a stroke. He had been re-elected to serve another eight-year term on the bench in 2006.

MTE Customers Care special donation assists needy members

Middle Tennessee Electric’s Customers Care made a special donation of $15,000 to Wilson County Community Help Center this week to assist needy members with payment of electric bills.

“It’s our hope these charitable monies will help those in need,” said MTE Customers Care Board Chairman Doretha Wright. “The whole purpose of this organization is to find ways to use these monies and channel the funds back to worthy community causes.”  

MTEMC Vice President of Marketing and Communications Chris Jones said these funds came from members who round their monthly bills to the nearest dollar through the cooperative’s Operation Round Up program.

Tornadoes ripped area one year ago

The Wilson Post

A year ago Thursday night (Feb. 5), tornados ripped through Tennessee, both to the south of Lebanon, and just to the north.

Those storms left friends and neighbors of many in Wilson County homeless, bereaved, without clothing, furniture or food and with other life-threatening needs.

The storms did touch the northwestern edge of Wilson County, but did little damage there.

One huge super-cell tornado destroyed a gas transmission plant in Macon County which burst into flames that were visible over much of Wilson County.


General Sports

5 locals ink on signing day


Five Wilson County prep athletes made their college decisions official Wednesday, Feb. 4 on National Signing Day.

Traditional NCAA Division II power Carson-Newman of Jefferson City swooped up the leading rushers at Wilson Central High and Mt. Juliet -- inking Cody Clawson and Collin Earnhardt to scholarships.

Clawson is expected to move to receiver while Earnhardt is slated for duty in the secondary.

WCHS linebacker Nathan Rottero signed with UT-Martin. Rottero, one of the top tacklers in Middle Tennessee, played in the Toyota East - West All-Star Game.

Lebanon’s Cumberland University landed Friendship Christian School offensive lineman Trey Walker while Wilson Central High soccer standout Tashia Romkee signed with Savannah College of Arts & Design, one of the top team in the NAIA Sun Conference.

Lady Bulldogs going pink


LEBANON -- Cumberland’s women’s basketball team will participate in the WBCA Pink Zone activities Thursday, February 12, at home versus Union University, with the Lady Bulldogs wearing pink warm-up shirts, wrist bands, socks and strings.

All fans attending the contest are encouraged to wear pink in support of the national initiative.

SportsWorld is donating the wrist bands for both Cumberland and Union as well as pink socks for the Bulldogs. The same t-shirts CU wears for warm-ups will be available for purchase by fans at the game. All proceeds on the day of the game, including t-shirt sales and gate money, will be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund and the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition.

Any cancer survivors wishing to attend the contest should contact the local American Cancer Society or CU assistant coach Kelly Tarr at

University Medical Center will distribute breast cancer awareness information at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center on the day of the contest as well.

The WBCA Pink Zone™ initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.

Women’s basketball teams across the nation are challenged to dedicate one game between February 13 - 22 to raise breast cancer awareness and funding.

Cumberland hosts a basketball doubleheader, Saturday, February 7, featuring of bevy of activities, including a canned food drive for a local church, Upward Basketball players attending the men’s and women’s doubleheader as well as the annual Coming Home celebration.

The athletics department is sponsoring a canned food drive that will benefit the Compassion Center at College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon.

For all fans who donate a canned food item, $1 will be deducted from the price of admission for the game. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and children 10 and under are admitted free.

The First Baptist Church Lebanon sponsored Upward Basketball league teams are scheduled to attend the contest between the Bulldogs and Mid-Continent University at the Floyd Center.

All Upward kids in uniform will be admitted free to the game and will be recognized at halftime of both the men’s and women’s contests.

The annual Coming Home festivities will take place between games. A court will be announced among the 14 nominees following by the crowning of the Coming Home King.

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