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Showing 10 articles from February 12, 2009.


Charles Edward Mabry, 79

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, February 14 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Mabry, 79, of Mt. Juliet. A member of Cooks United Methodist Church and the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center, he died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.

Mr. Mabry was the son of the late, Harvey Loyd and Hattie Mae Turner Mabry.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at Bond Memorial Chapel.

Services will be conducted by Dr. Craig Goff and Pastor Gloria Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Survivors include: children Connie (Bill) East of Gallatin, Bonnie (Bob) Johnson of Mt. Juliet and Debbie (Lennis) Rader -- all of Mt. Juliet and Douglas (Sarah) Mabry of Marietta, GA. Also surviving is brother Roy Alton Mabry of Cottontown, 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Mabry was preceded in death by his wife Nelda Ruth Mabry (December 10, 2008), two brothers and two sisters.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Nancy Everett Sunday School Class and member of the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Alive Hospice or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Elbert "Jimmy" Moore, 75

LEBANON -- Funeral arrangements are incomplete for Mr. Moore, 75, of Lebanon. He died February 11, 2009.

Survivors include: spouse Annie E. Moore, daughter Crystal M. Moore and granddaughter Christianey Winter Moore, two brothers, four sisters and a host of other relations.

Saddler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 615-444-9494

Flora Mai Harper, 100

GORDONSVILLE -- Graveside services were held at the Gordonsville Cemetery Thursday, February 5 for Mrs. Harper, 100, of Gordonsville. She died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 at Sumner Hospice at Gallatin Healthcare Center.

Mrs. Harper was born January 22, 1909 in New Middleton, the daughter of the late Minnie Frances Turner and Willie Baker.

She worked as a cook at Gordonsville School, at the Carthage Shirt Corporation and Precision Rubber Company in Lebanon. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Gordonsville.

Services were conducted by Brother Mike Christian.

Survivors include: sons Glenn McClanahan of South Carthage and Bobby Harper of Lebanon, five grandchildren, seven great granchildren, five great, great granchildren; sisters Myrtle Reed of Nashville and Delia Preston of Carthage, brothers Rev. Howard Baker of Indiana and Thayer Baker of Nashville.

In addition to her parents, seven siblings preceded her in death, as did son Clyde William McClanahan and husband Erle D. Harper (January 26, 1981).

Gordosnville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.

J. Doyle Griffin, 93

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, February 14 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Griffin, 93, of Watertown. Son of the late Ballard and Mettie Cunningham Griffin, he passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009.

A graduate of Watertown High School, Mr. Griffin was a longtime member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church, a charter member of the Watertown Lions Club and actively involved in other civic endeavors.

He was owner and operator of Griffin’s Grocery for many years, was an avid sports fan and loyal supporter of the Vanderbilt Commodores and New York Yankees.

The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Friday. Services will be conducted by Rev. Tim Diffenderfer. Interment will follow at Jones Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Griffin is survived by sons John (Joyce) Griffin, David (Brenda) Griffin and Richard (Virginia) Griffin — all of Nashville. Also surviving is sister Dara Shaver of Murfreesboro; grandchildren Ben (Kate) Griffin, Eric (Emily) Griffin, Michael Griffin, Ginger and Lynne Griffin; great grandchildren Jackson, Charlie, Lindsey and Mason; sisters-in-law Juanita Griffin and Grace Donnell.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Griffin is preceded in death by his wife Sarah Vaught Griffin; brothers Wayne, Layne and Fred; sisters Ellen and Edith.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, c/o Jim Kidwell, 6677 Sparta Pike, Watertown, TN 37184.

Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

Pauline M. Morgan Thorson, 92

NASHVILLE -- Funeral services will be conducted 12 Noon, Friday, February 13 at the Baha’i Faith Community Center, 1556 Bell Road, for Mrs. Thorson, 92, of Mt. Juliet.

The daughter of the late Walker and Opal Boroughs Morgan, she died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, following an extended illness.

Mrs. Thorson graduated Sherwood School of Music and later, Seattle Pacific College. She lived a full and productive life as a wife, mother, classroom teacher and active member of the Baha’i Faith. She devoted her life to education, whether in a public school, tutoring neighborhood children or teaching Baha’i children’s classes.  The burial will be private.

Survivors include: her husband of 62 years Theodore Thorson; daughter Janine (Wayne) Ray; granddaughters Lily Ray and Lea (Tracy Feldman) Ray; sister Dorothea (Wells) Brocklehurst; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by brothers Keith, Max, Roger and Gilbert Morgan, and sister Rhea Shorts.

Memorials may be made to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038. The family wishes to thank the staff of Donelson Place and Alive Hospice.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

William Doyle Bilbrey, 72

JAMESTOWN -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 14 at the Mundy Funeral Home in Pickett County for Mr. Bilbrey, 72, of Mt. Juliet.

Retired from the U.S. Navy and Wright Industries after 25 years of employment, he died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009 at the home of his daughter in Lenoir City.

The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Mundy Funeral Home.

Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Pritchard West Cemetery, with military honors conferred by the Pickett County VFW.

Survivors include: daughter Denisa Dayle (David) Matlock Lenoir City and Kimberly Jo Bilbrey Finchum of Mt. Juliet. Also surviving is brother James Bilbrey of Hermitage; grandchildren Maddison Emily Matlock, Jonathan Cole Matlock and Jason Lane Matlock -- all of Lenoir City and Landon West Finchum of Mt. Juliet; as well as several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews; and special mother-in-law, Stella West.

Mr. Bilbrey is preceded in death by his wife of 37 years Joretta West Bilbrey; parents Ina Jane Crisp Bilbrey Wilson and Joe Landon Bilbrey; and stepfather Sam Wilson.

Pallbearers: Johnny Dwight West, Evan West, Cole Matlock, Lane Matlock, Jimmy Bilbrey, Kenny West and Landon West Finchum.

Mundy Funeral Home, Jamestown, is in charge of arrangements.

William Dumas Boles, 95

GORDONSVILLE -- Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, February 13 at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes for Mr. Boles, 95, of New Middleton.

Retired from Ross Gear Division of TRW Industries, Lebanon, he died Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at Smith County Health Care Center, Carthage.

Mr. Boles was born January 31, 1914 in Overton County, the son of the late Myrtle Pigg and William Perry Boles. He was a farmer and was a member of the Flat Rock Church of Christ.

The family will receive friends Friday from 10 a.m. until service time.

Services will conducted by Wayne Hunt and Edward L. Anderson. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include children: T. S. (Barbara) Boles of Hawaii, Roger (Phyllis) Boles of Lebanon, Gail (Robert) Hall, Sherry Gentry and Doyle (Freda) Boles -- all of Watertown and Beverly (Dale) White of New Middleton.

Also surviving is daughter-in-law Jan Boles, son-in-law, James Shrum, 16 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, two great, great grandchildren and brothers Robert Boles of Livingston and James Boles of Brush Creek.

Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.


General News

Catch a Chevy Feb. 19-21

LEBANON -- Cedar City Bass Anglers and Wilson County Chevrolet will join forces to create the "Catch a Chevy" event for Fishing Enthusiasts the weekend of Feb. 19-21.

The event will kick-off Thursday, Feb. 19 with the Cedar City Bass season informational meeting and sign-ups at 5:30 pm at the dealership in Lebanon.

The event will reach its peak on Saturday, February 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with Space Walk of Nashville inflatables and slides, Moe Better BBQ & Fish on hand serving food, Dick’s Sporting Goods providing a display of the latest and greatest fishing accessories and Phoenix Boats with the newest B-Line and Phoenix Bass Boats.

Cedar City Bass will also host a casting contest at 1 p.m. for kids and adults to win trophies and gift certificates from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Special pricing will be available on towing accessories as well as tow trucks and SUV’s during the "Catch a Chevy" event.

Visit for more details.

TN National Guard team to train Afghan farmers

Assistant Editor Tennessee Cooperator

Late this month, Tennessee will send a National Guard unit composed of 64 citizen-soldiers to Afghanistan for a year-long tour of duty.

Among those in this unit with somewhat of an unusual mission with be a West Wilson County National Guardsman, Dustin Rottero.

Rottero and others in this unit will complete training in the next few weeks and deploy to Afghanistan the same as hundreds of other U.S. military service personnel have done before them.

But unlike others the objective of his unit's mission is not to militarily engage the Taliban or chase Osama Bin Laden through the snowy peaks of Tora Bora.


General Sports

CU wrestlers ranked 15th

MARSHALL, MO -- Corey Bleaken, James Casadaban and BJ Stewart all posted three victories and redshirt freshman Ryan McKenzie upset Cal-Baptist’s seventh-ranked Andrew Collins, highlighting Cumberland’s wrestling efforts this past weekend at the Missouri Valley Open in Marshall, Mo.

The Bulldogs also moved up to 15th in this week’s NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll.

Bleaken and Casadaban both registered 3-2 marks at 157 and Stewart was 3-2 at 285 for the Bulldogs. McKenzie went 2-2 with his upset win at 133.

Bleaken defeated Missouri Valley’s DW Bradshaw by Fall at 4:30 in the first round and won 7-6 over Lindenwood’s Jeremy Powell. Bleaken lost to Missouri’s Patrick Wright, 4-1, but rebounded with a 13-7 triumph against Central Oklahoma’s Ed Jackson. He also dropped a 4-3 decision to Cal-Poly’s Travis Rasmussen.

Casadaban won his first two matches as well at 157, defeating Cal-Baptist’s Nadim Batshon by Fall at 1:15 and then winning 10-4 against McKendree’s Matt Beasley. Casadaban lost 7-2 to Lindenwood’s third-seeded Brian Oeshner but then defeated LU’s Brian Sanquinet, 11-3, before falling to Powell, 5-3.

In the heavyweight division, Stewart defeated Missouri Valley’s Jake Hanley, 7-2, before dropping a 7-5 decision to UCO’s top-seeded Dustin Finn. Stewart came back with a victory over Pratt Community College’s Kyle Jones by Fall at 2:29 and then Pratt’s James Sparks by Fall at 1:49. He lost to Truman State’s Loyde Briadlow, 2-1.

McKenzie defeated Team Spartan’s DJ Rainey, 2-1, but dropped a 4-0 decision to Newman’s Isaac Wall. He then posted an 11-5 win over No. 7 Collins before falling in the next round, 7-3, to Cal-Poly’s Jake Tanenbaum.

Cumberland heads to the Ed South Tournament hosted by Carson Newman this weekend in Jefferson City, Tenn. The Bulldogs then compete in the NAIA East Qualifier on Saturday, February 21, in St. Charles, Mo.

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