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Frank MacArthur Green, 86

LEBANON -- A private service will take place at a later date in California for Mr. Green, 86, of Lebanon. Son of the late John Riley & Nettie Walker Green, he died Feb. 5, 2009 at University Medical Center.

Mr. Green was a member of the New Market Baptist Church in Deposit, Alabama, and was a Packaging Specialist with Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL.

He also served in the United States Army during World War II with special honors, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, 1 Bronze Star World War II Victory Medal.

He is survived by daughter Sylvia Lynette Green of Lebanon.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by wife Billie Mae Green.

Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

J. D. Manning, 91

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, February 9 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Manning, 91, of Lebanon.

Born April 2, 1917, in Wilson County, to the late Zebadee & Annie Johnson Manning Sr., he died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at Lebanon Health & Rehab. He was a member of the Bartons Creek Baptist Church and was a floor covering retailer in Florida for many years. 

Services were conducted by Rev. Amos Wilson and Dr. John Cheetham.  Interment followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. 

Survivors include: his wife of 70 years, Emile Halbert Manning; and children Joseph (Jacqueline) Manning of Atlanta, GA; Dr. Patsy (Jonathan Plitman) Manning of High Point, NC.

Also surviving: daughter in law Sandra G. Manning of Leesburg, FL; sisters Ruth Lowe of Lebanon; Kathryn Proctor of Nashville and Betty Sue Jennings of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren Kim (Russell) Marks of Charlotte, NC; Kelly (Peter) Beale of Palmetto, FL; Brian (Sheryl) Manning of New Port Richey, FL; James Scott Manning of Oldsmar, FL; Ethan (Clara) New of Lutz, F:; Jacob, Allison, and Noah Plitman all of High Point, NC; and seven great grandchildren. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son James R. "Jim" Manning; sister, Doris Manning; and brothers Ezra & Dee Manning Jr. 

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Mary Alice Knight, 95

NASHVILLE -- Graveside funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, February 12 at at Woodlawn Memorial Park for Ms. Knight, 95 of Mt. Juliet. She passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2009.

Visitation with the family will be Wednesday from 6-8 pm at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Survivors include: brothers Glenn (Madolyn) Pardue and Nelson (Doris) Pardue; special friend Leila (Sam) Gallaher; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Mary Alice McKnight, 76

MURFREESBORO -- Mary Alice (King) McKnight, age 76, of Murfreesboro, passed away on February 9, 2009 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center. A native and lifelong resident of Rutherford Countym she was a homemaker and member of Hillview Baptist Church.

Her husband Charles pastored several churches in Wilson County, including Fall Creek Baptist 1967-1970.

Mrs. McKnight is preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Berbie King; one brother, Carson King; and two sisters, Lucy Sloan and Joyce Florida; and granddaughter, Mary Lynn McKnight.

She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Charles McKnight; children Debby (Thomas) Rowlette, Angela (Travis) Pitts and Bobby (Lonnie) McKnight; sisters Mary Drucilla King, Erma Lannom, Eunice Givens, and Oneita (Henry) Higgins; and grandchildren Michelle (Raymond) Davy, Stephanie (Jonathan) Pitt, and Caylee Pitts; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. McKnight will be 1 p.m. Thursday February 12, at Jennings and Ayers Chapel with W.D. Thomason officiating.

Burial will follow in Milton Cemetery. Pallbearers will be deacons of Hillview Baptist Church: Carl McKnight, Raymond Davy, Jonathan Pitt, Jimmy Todd, and Eddie Jernigan.

Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 11 Jennings and Ayers, 820. S. Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 615-893-2422

Mary Lou Banta, 82

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 10 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Banta, 82, of Mt. Juliet.

A member of Mt. Juliet Church of Christ and the Ladies Bible Class, she died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009.  She was very active in the Ted E. Bear Club where she served as the primary seamstress and was an avid reader. She was an auditor for the J.C. Penney Company and retired after 23 years of service.

Services were conducted by Brother David Shannon. Graveside services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Winter Park, FL.

Survivors include: children Patty Willoughby of Mt. Juliet, Jeanette Davis of Georgia, Shirley Clegg of Lebanon and Carolyn (Jon) Rose of Memphis.

Also surviving: brother Herman Thornburg of Florida; randchildren Lisa Pratt, Steve Cannon, Sheri McAfee, Joe Lee Davis, Gary Davis, Craig Davis, Mike Schmitz, Russell Clements, Scott Clements and Daniel Clements; great-grandchildren Amy Pratt, Daniel Pratt, Tiffany Cannon, Josh Cannon, Alyssa McAfee, Cara McAfee, Christina McAfee, Katie Davis, Julia Davis, Jeremy Davis, Ashley Davis, Hayden Davis, Allen Clements, Anastasia Clements and Krista Clements; niece Wanda Renken.

She is preceded in death by parents Mont Cephas and Bertha Mae Wright Thornburg, husband Newell Banta; sister Zelma McCarty; grandson Glen Cannon and son-in-law Al Willoughby.

Memorials may be made to the Ted E. Bear Ministry at Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, 1940 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, 37122.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Rev. William R. "Bill" Senter, III, 73


JACKSON, MS -- The Reverend William Robert Senter, III, retired Episcopal priest, 73, died Monday, February 9, 2009 at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center.

A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 21 at the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Terry and will resume at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Francis Hall at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Fr. Senter was born on September 18, 1935 in Chattanooga, the son of the late William Robert Senter, Jr. & Virginia Mack Senter. He earned his B.S. from the University of the South in Sewanee and his B.D. and a MDiv from Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall, with further studies in pasotoral theology & counseling at Vanderbilt University.

Fr. Senter began his ministry in June 1961 in Knoxville where he served as a Deacon and Priest Associate at St. James’ Episcopal Church. In January 1963, he moved to Bristol where he served as the Vicar of St. Columba’s Church.

Shortly after his arrival he married the former Linda Howard, of Lake Providence, LA and they began their family. In May 1968 he became the first full time Vicar of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Lebanon.

In January 1984, Fr. Senter became Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Canton, MS. In April 1994 he became the Vicar of Combined Ministries of the Episcopal Churches in Terry, Crystal Springs and Hazelhurst and in 1996 served the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Forest.

He retired from the Diocese in 2000. He continued his ministry after retirement, serving Grace Church in Lake Providence, LA and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Jackson, MS.

Fr. Senter’s ministry was centered on his love for Jesus Christ and Christ’s love for all of God’s people. He ministered with skill,compassion and effectiveness to people in crisis, in social or emotional difficulty and in pain. He had a gift of helping people when they needed help the most.

Fr. Senter enjoyed birding, music, & sports. He was an avid reader and hobbies included model trains and genealogy.

Survivors include: his wife Linda Howard Senter; children Lydia Elizabeth Senter, Matthew Mack (Lisa) Senter and grandson Jacob Ryan Senter. He is also survived by sisters - and brothers-in-law, Susan & David Holloway, Penny & Art Lassiter, Judy Howard, Sara Beth & Brian Howard and Diane & Robbie Howard, mother-in-law, Eloise A. Howard.

Other relatives include cousins, Sara Jo Hudson, Joe Wheeles, Charles Baker & Cathy B. Cirak. He was blessed with 20 nieces and nephews and 20 great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law R. Keener Howard, brother-in-law Richard K. Howard, Jr., and niece Leigh Anne Holloway.

The family requests that memorial donations be made in lieu of flowers to:

CaringBridge, 1995 Rahn Cliff Court, Suite #200, Egan, MN 55122

Stand Firm in Faith, P.O. Box 13451, Jackson, MS 39236

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 325, Terry, MS 39170

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 108 Azalea Dr., Forest, MS 39074

or any of the other Episcopal Churches that Fr. Senter so faithfully & lovingly served.

Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home on High Street is assisting with arrangements.

Roy R. Enoch, 52

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, February 10 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Enoch, 52, of Lebanon.

A member of the Bellwood House of Prayer, he passed away Feb. 6, 2009 following an extended illness. The chapel service was conducted by Brother Bill Fowler. Interment at Brush Creek Cemetery.

Survivors include children: Terri (Richard) Miller, Rebecca Enoch, Joshua (Jessica) Enoch, Roderick, Broderick and Elijah Enoch; ex-wife Sandra "Sissy" Enoch; siblings: Ray (Diane) Enoch, Carl (Sonia) Enoch, Brenda (Tim) Fish, Nancy (Gary) Ward and Dennis (Lisa) Hamilton; and four grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by father Teamon Carl Enoch, step-mother Sarah Enoch and brother Stephen Enoch.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

William Thomas "Will T." Malone, 93

NASHVILLE -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, February 9 at the Mt. Olivet Funeral Home for Mr. Malone, 93, of Nashville. A musician, World War II veteran and business owner, he died Feb. 6, 2009.

Mr. Malone graduated from Watertown High School in 1934, attended State Teachers College in Murfreesboro from 1934 to 1936, and earned a business degree from Cumberland University 1939, where he was the college’s first band director.

He played saxophone and clarinet in area dance bands including his own band, The Collegians, The Southern Colonels, Francis Craig on WSM and NBC, and with Owen Bradley.

Mr. Malone was a charter member of The Establishment, a big band of business and professionals supporting scholarship funds. He served as organist in Nashville churches, most notably 45 years at First Baptist Church of Donelson.

He owned and operated Roy Warden Piano and Organ Company and was one of the first inductees into the MTSU Band of Blue Hall of Fame.

Services were conducted by Rev. W.L Baker with burial at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Survivors include: children Patsy (Glenn) Davis of Murfreesboro, Michelle Browne of Mt. Juliet, Ann (Scott) Kinney of Murfreesboro, Bill Malone of Old Hickory.

Also surviving is brother Charles Malone of Clarksville; grandchildren Kari Gentry, Kelli (Chad) Johnson, Jim Browne, Beth (Eric) Wehmeyer, Robin Kinney and Melody Kinney; great grandchildren Haley Johnson, Wyatt Johnson and Charlotte Wehmeyer.

He is preceded in death by parents S.V. and Pattye Evins Malone and wife Ruth Peek Malone.

Pallbearers: Glenn Davis, Scott Kinney, Jim Browne, Chad Johnson, John Halliburton and Mike Coakley. Honorary: Charles Malone, Bill Amonette, Jack Evins, Don McEachern, Eric Wehmeyer, Troy Halliburton, Bucky Doster, John Evans and Jimmy Shea.

Arrangements by Mt. Olivet Funeral Home & Cemetery.


Telling Tales

The Black Sharpie
A few weeks ago, Becky told me that one of her resolutions for the new year was that she would stop holding grudges. She intended to let bygones be bygones and instead offer good thoughts for people who wronged her. 
I believe that’s what some people call “taking the high road.” Where that road leads to, I do not know, because it’s a road that is not programmed into my GPS.

Ask Ken Beck

James Bond did not talk in Despereaux
Dear Ken: My children and I recently went to see the animated film “The Tale of Despereaux.” I thought I recognized the voice of Sean Connery but did not see his name listed in the credits. Was that his voice I thought I heard?

Mature Lifestyles

Taking Stock of Your Hearts Health It Matters!

February is heart month – a time that health care professionals or organizations emphasize awareness of heart health and a time to take stock of the health of your heart.

Cardiovascular disease remains American's No.1 killer, claiming more lives than the rest of major causes of death, according to the American Heart Association.


General Lifestyle

Celebrate Black History at weekend programs

Wilson county Black History Committee is planning several programs during February in commemoration of Black History Month.

The theme is “Black History Celebration 2009: Words & Pictures, Making Historical Connections and Understanding Them – Past, Present and Future.”

Events include:

Feb. 15: A building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center will be dedicated in honor of Wiley P. Bernard, who served as an extension agent in Wilson County from 1946 until his retirement in 1979. The ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds, and is sponsored by the Ward Agricultural Center and the Roy Bailey African American History Museum.

Delayed dream dares Marc Cook to make fashion illustration his career

Special to The Wilson Post

It would be erroneous to paint a picture of Marc Cook as a starving artist, yet at age 46 he possesses a deep hunger for success as a fashion illustrator.

A recent layoff from the medical field has caused him to relaunch a dream he laid aside 25 years ago.

“My pictures are very realistic, very technical, refined and intricate,” said Cook recently in his Lebanon home. “The best way to describe it would be as almost realistic fashion portraits. I don’t like to do portraits but I can. I really like to draw the clothes. My mind will focus on details, but it is always the clothing first.”

Lebanon Senior Citizens honor volunteers


Lebanon Senior Citizens Center honored all of its members who work in the day-to-day operations of the facility at the Annual Volunteer Luncheon held Tuesday, Jan. 27.

There are many volunteer opportunities including delivering lunches, helping serve lunch at the center, working in the kitchen, teaching classes, quilting, assembling newsletters, cleaning and much more.

All volunteers in attendance received a certificate of recognition, a gift and a free lunch that day.

Teresa Hightower, assistant director of the center, said, “We could never offer so many services to the Seniors of Lebanon and Wilson County if it weren’t for all of our volunteers who make it all possible. They are very unselfish with their time and talent.”

The Top 12 Volunteers with the most hours received special recognition and were presented with Chamber Bucks complements of Wilson Bank & Trust.

Winter Gathering celebrates Greyhound adoption

Greyhound Pets of America Nashville will host its annual Winter Gathering from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22 in the Tennessee Livestock Center, 1720 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro.

Retired racing greyhounds and their owners and people interested in adopting a retired racing greyhound are welcome. Admission is $5 per person/$10 per family, plus $2 per dog.

This year’s Winter Gathering will include games, prizes, a live auction and competitive racing as well as vendors selling greyhound merchandise, including collars, coats, art, T-shirts and jackets, window decals and jewelry. Proceeds from the Winter Gathering will support greyhound adoption in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky and Northern Alabama.

For more information or directions, contact Mardy Fones at 297-2033 or



Hearts and Flowers with Ups and Downs


Dear Anne, This is not an important question, but I’m asking it anyway. Why do we say things like “raise up” instead of just “raise”? Why the “up” (or “down”)?  Thank you, 
-Friendly Wonderer


Guest Column

The music of the river


On a recent trip I slept beside a clear bubbling mountain stream. And being in a scientific field, I was taught to analyze things. These are the things that came to mind when I thought about the river.

I thought, last night, about the beautiful sounds that I have been going to sleep by these last few nights. What is this peaceful, soothing sound that gets my attention so much that I want to concentrate on it as I lay down to sleep?


General News

Accusations fly against local businessman

The Wilson Post

Local mortgage broker Charles Jones has come under fire recently in the Nashville media accusing him and his business,, of misleading homeowners who find themselves in tight financial situations.
Jones and his wife, Melissa, own several pieces of property in Wilson County and most recently purchased the bowling alley on North Cumberland Street in Lebanon for $500,000.

Nashville television station NewsChannel 5 reported that Jones allegedly defrauded several homeowners in Middle Tennessee by telling them he could save them from foreclosure.

Grammy Award-winning Satcher to perform at MCAs Music at the Mill

At the annual Grammy Awards telecast Sunday evening, the million-plus viewing audience watched in anticipation the performances of some of the world’s most talented artists. 

The Recording Academy doled out 110 golden gramophone trophies amidst the red carpet dotted with over 13,000 glamorous attendees. One of those prestigious awards went to George Strait (MCA Nashville) for Country Album of the Year “Troubadour.”  In less than two weeks, right here in Wilson County, Leslie Satcher who penned the words to the famous song “Troubadour” will perform at McClain Christian Academy’s Music at the Mill. 

Grant meeting held Monday

The Wilson Post

Getting grants to help fight homelessness in Wilson County was the major purpose of a workshop held at First United Methodist Church in Lebanon on Monday.

“We’re here to take the next step toward helping more people,” Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead told about 60 local service providers who attended the informational workshop.

He explained that gathering data about what was already being done as well as services that were requested but unavailable could help Lebanon and Wilson County to get some of the more competitive grants that are available.

Judicial Commission meets here

The Wilson Post

A public hearing conducted by the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission Tuesday in Lebanon to fill the vacant 15th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge’s position heated up a bit when an ex-wife of one of the applicants accused him of spousal abuse and welfare fraud.

 Donna Beaty told the panel that her ex-husband, Deputy District Attorney David Durham, allegedly forced her to apply for welfare to pay for the birth of their child and later hit her in the face breaking her nose.

“He told me to tell the hospital I hit my face on the dash,” she said. Beaty said she was pregnant before she married Durham and he required her to lie and tell welfare officials that she did not know who was the father of her child.


General Sports

Elie leads LHS over Siegel


Lebanon rode a 27-point effort from senior Icelyn Elie Tuesday as the Devilettes defeated Siegel 49-42 at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.

The victory boosted LHS to 9-13 overall and 6-7 in District 7AAA while Siegel slid to 15-8 on the season. Lebanon took an early 15-4 lead and never looked back.

Marissa Jennings backed Elie with nine while Bryanna Payton and Anna Stafford chipped in with six each. Freshman McKenzie Lamberson added a free throw.

Boy’s action Tuesday found Siegel mounting a big comeback and defeating Lebanon 72-64.

Lebanon started out hot, leading 27-18 after one period, but the Stars continued to chip away, finally taking the lead at the end of the third.

Xavier Smith had 18 for LHS while Robert Crudup had 15 and Ryan Beadle 10 as the Blue Devils slipped to 14-11 overall / 8-5 in District 7AAA.

Kerry Hammonds had 24 for Siegel and Marc Gooch finished with 15. The Stars improved to 21-5 overall.

LHS visits Cookeville Friday night and will entertain Wilson Central Monday, Feb. 16.


Goolsby takes Macon Co. job


Watertown High assistant football coach Keith Goolsby has been hired as the new head coach at Macon County High in Lafayette.

Goolsby has been at Watertown since 2005, working under head coach Gavin Webster as offensive coordinator.

Goolsby is a graduate of Smith County High, where he played for Coach Gary Rankin, and Middle Tennessee State University. Following college he taught for seven years in Smith County, four of those years heading the junior high program. He worked under former MCHS coach Pat Dyer 2002--2004 and helped lead Macon County to a record of 12-2 in 2003.

Goolsby was hired in late January and held his first team meeting Wednesday, Feb. 4.

He becomes the sixth head coach at Macon County since the 1990 season and replaces Daniel Cook, head coach for the past four seasons.

The MCHS Tigers went 1-9 during the 2008 season.

Lady Bears down Wilson Central


MT. JULIET -- A double-double by freshman Caya Williams helped lead Mt. Juliet’s Lady Bears to a 51-40 victory over Wilson Central Tuesday night at "The Cave".

Coach Chris Fryer’s team improved to 21-5 overall / 8-3 in District 9AAA and broke a modest two-game losing streak. Williams poured in 20 points and hauled down 10 rebounds while Britt Bell chipped in with 14 points and five assists.

Central’s Class AAA Miss Basketball Jasmine Hassell picked up two quick fouls in the first period and was limited to 14 points -- with a dozen coming after intermission.

The Lady Wildcats dropped to 22-4 overall and 10-1 in 9AAA. The loss halted a 14-game winning streak for Wilson Central.

Boy’s action Tuesday saw the Goldens Bears post a 54-49 come frombehind win over Central.

Senior Zack Delk scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as Mt. Juliet improved to 17-9 overall / 9-2. Teraes Clemmons had 19 points for the winners while Darryl Jackson added 12.

JaJuan Brooks led the Wildcats with 16, Kelton Stewart finished with 13 and Preston Jenkins had eight as WCHS slipped to 12-9 overall / 6-5 in the league.

Central plays at Smyrna Friday night and at Lebanon High Monday, Feb. 16.

Mt. Juliet plays at Hendersonville on Friday.

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