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Gearldene Williams, 68
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Friday, April 3 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Williams, 68, of Mt. Juliet. Daughter of the late George and Verna Arp, she passed away March 30, 2009.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 2 from 4-8 p.m. and Friday, April 3 from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment follows at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens

She is survived by husband Walter Williams; children Sandra Nelson, Debbie (Don) Jackson, Eddie Williams, Billy Williams, David (Sandra) Williams and George Arp, III.

Also surviving are siblings Betty Deleon and George Arp, Jr.; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; niece Bobbie McDonald and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by sister Carol Schnelle. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Geneva Sue Ayers, 71

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, April 1 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Ayers, 71. She passed away on March 29, 2009.

The chapel service was conducted by Brother Doy Holman. Interment follows in Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include daughter Jennifer (Scott) Johnson of Lebanon; siblings Kathy Knight, Thelma Ford, Louise Allen, Irene Gore, Harold Kinnaird and Inell Edwards; and grandson Steven Johnson.

She is preceded in death by husband James H. Ayers, parents Gilbert and Claudie Flatt Kinnaird, sisters Elfrida Farley and Mary Young, and brothers Glen Kinnaird, James Kinnaird and Finnis Kinnaird.  Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Joyce C. Alberson Nelson, 69

LEBANON -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, March 31at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Nelson, 69, of Lebanon. The daughter of the late Roger C. Alberson Sr. and Cathryn Curtiss Alberson, she died March 29, 2009, at Summit Medical Center. 

Born August 29, 1939, in Memphis, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet.  She was a hairdresser for many years and was former co-owner of Wilson County Memorial Park with her husband, Kenneth Nelson. 

Services were conducted by Rev. Billie Friel.  Interment was in the Wilson County Memorial Park.

Survivors include: her husband of 51 years Kenneth W. Nelson, Sr.; children Kathy (Derrick) Cole, Karla (Bruce) Salsbury and Ken (Samantha) Nelson Jr. -- all of Lebanon and Karan Nelson of Grand Prairie, TX; grandchildren:  Jacob Schutt, Jerad Schutt, Adrianne Nelson, Tres Nelson, Jordan Salsbury, Kristin Salsbury, Kathryn Salsbury, Zachary Farmer and Britney Farmer; great-grandchildren: Gracie Schutt, Taryn Smith; brother Mike (Lynn) Alberson of Memphis; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Roger C. Alberson Jr. 

Grandsons and nephews served as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers was her Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet and the Wilson County Women’s Investment Club.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons International.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Paul Oakford Oakley, 88

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, March 31 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Oaklaey, 88, of Lebanon. The son of the late Horace and Bertha Oakley, he died March 29, 2009 at University Medical Center.

Mr. Oakley was a US Army veteran of World War II, a farmer, a creel clerk with The TWRA, an avid horseman and hunter, past director of The Wilson County Co-Op and Farm Bureau, past chairman of Wilson County Equalization Board, and a member of Highland Heights Church of Christ.

Services were by Brother Wayne Lankford Dr. George Robertson. Interment was in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Neal (Deborah) Oakley; grandchildren Chris (Sue) Oakley of Portland, CT, Beck Oakley of Crossville, Little Paul (Britney) Oakley of Cookeville; great-grandson Paul David Oakley.

Preceded in death by wife Dorothy Oakley; parents Horace & Bertha Oakley; siblings Ed and Ben Oakley, Howard Atwood and Bernice Nixon.

Pallbearers: Pal, Perry, Phil, Richard and Flynn Neal, Eddie Oakley. Honorary pallbearers: special caregivers Tracey Storch, Sandra Robinson, Geneva Reeves, The staff at McFarland Rehab, Tom Sanders, Dr. Hardie Sorrels, Jon Baker, Dr. Phil Kinslow, David Marlles, Tony Davis, Bo Reed, Wayne Drennon, Bob Harman and Clayton Hulse.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Theodore R. Lankford, 71

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at the J.C. Hellum Funeral Home for Mr. Lankford, 71, of Belleville, Michigan.

Born Sept. 24, 1937 in Jackson County (Gainesboro) to Mrs. Maggie L. Lankford and the late Bud Lankford, he died Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Ann Arbor, MI.

He received his primary education in Smith and Wilson Counties. Mr. Lankford served with the United States Air Froce, rising to the rank of Airman 2nd Class. He served for 25 years as a law enforcement officer.

The family will receive friends Saturday at 12 Noon with services to follow. Brother Issac Winfree will be the eulogist. Burial will be at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: mother Maggie Winfree Brown; brother Edward Brown; aunts Gradie Eddings and Marie Winfree; sister-in-law Thelma Carter as well as several other close relations and friends.

In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by brothers Terry Brown and Jermon Lee Carter, Sr.

J.C. Hellum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William Garrett Rigsby, 95

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, April 1 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Rigsby, 95, of Lebanon. Born February 9, 1914, in Smith County, he was the son of the late Hugh and Lucy Craighead and was a lifelong farmer.

Mr. Rigsby died March 30, 2009 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center Hospital.

Services were conducted by Brother Bobby Watts, Brother Ronnie Watts and Brother Dallas Ferrell.  Interment followed at the Ridgewood Cemetery in Carthage.

Survivors include: sisters Frances McDonald and Beatrice Jones -- both of Lebanon; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Bulah Wilkerson, Erline Goad, Linnie Watts, James and Jerry Rigsby. Pallbearers: John Murphy, J. R. Murphy, Billy Watts, Kenneth Watts, Ronnie Watts and Kevin Watts.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.


Telling Tales

Are you there God? Its me, Becky ....
My children, like most I suppose, do not know how to whisper. They demonstrate this best while in church. This is why we -- along with other parents whose children lack the ability to control their volume -- choose to sit in the balcony, where we can at least contain the noise.

Ask Ken Beck

Stuckeybowl owner moves into advertising career
Dear Ken: There was a TV show on about eight years ago called “Ed,” about a lawyer who moves back to his hometown and buys a bowling alley called the Stuckeybowl. What happened to the star? I thought he was good and had a bright future.

General News

Ag. HOF inducts 7


LEBANON -- Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame will induct seven people in a banquet to be held Tuesday, April 7 at the Ward Agricultural Center,

The inductees are Melvin Arnett, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Bilbro, Hugh "Buck" Evans, Edward F. "Pop" Geers, Ben T. Powell and Dan Smith.

In 2007, a group of concerned Wilson Countians established the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame. Agriculture has been a cornerstone of Wilson County from the day it was founded in 1799.

To recognize the contributions of the many folks involved in agriculture to our community, the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame was organized. Each year, at least four Wilson Countians are recognized at a banquet designed to bring attention to Agriculture’s prominent place in the county.

Area FFA and 4-H Members will serve as ushers for the banquet. These individuals are part of the third annual class of inductees into the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame:

CU hosts April 8 job fair


LEBANON -- In conjunction with the Tennessee Career Center, Cumberland University will host the Wilson County Job Fair on Wednesday, April 8 from 10 a.m. until noon in Baird Chapel.

Open to the general public as well as Cumberland University students, the Wilson County Job Fair will play host to a number of well-known companies and organizations, including Edward Jones, Wells Fargo, Verizon Wireless and the Nashville Technology Council.

"This event is for the entire Wilson County community, and we’re hopeful it will prove to be a valuable resource for those who find themselves in need of employment during these difficult economic times," said Brad Iftner, senior director of Cumberland’s ACE (Academic & Career Enrichment) Center. "We’d encourage anyone who plans to attend to wear business attire and to bring several copies of his or her resume to provide to potential employers."

For more information on the upcoming Wilson County Job Fair, contact Iftner at 547-1285 or via e-mail at

MJ's Wilmore gets his ride into space

By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson Post

Come October of this year, Mt. Juliet native Barry Wilmore will boldly go where we can safely say no Wilson Countian has gone before.

Navy Capt. "Butch" Wilmore, a NASA astronaut since 2000, will serve as pilot of the Space Shuttle "Discovery" on a 15-day mission to the International Space Station.

Marine Col. Charlie Hobaugh will command the mission. Mission Specialists include: Robert Satcher, Navy Capt. Michael Foreman, Marine Lt. Col. Randy Bresnik and Leland Melvin.

Col. Hobaugh will be making his third shuttle flight, Wilmore, Satcher and Bresnik will be making their first flights.

Discovery’s STS-129 mission will deliver two experiment racks and parts to the space station, including two spare gyroscopes. The mission will feature four spacewalks.

Mission specific training began in 2008, leaving little free time for the guy who grew up on West Wilson County’s Vanderbilt Road.

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