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Annie Strader, 70

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Strader, 70, of Mt. Juliet. The daughter of the late Thomas & Stella Eddins, Mrs. Strader passed away April 5, 2009.

Visitation with the family will be Wednesday one hour prior to the service. Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens

Survivors include: her husband of 40 years Don B. Strader; children Donna Strader, Michael Strader, Me’chel Whitaker, Matthew Strader and Marc Strader.

Also surviving are siblings Thomas, Perry, James and Eugene Eddinsm Elizabeth Wix, and Dorothy Huffines; 9 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by brothers Milton, David and Charles Eddins; sisters Ruby Laney and Lula Mai Crowder.

Pallbearers will include: Christopher Strader, Lee Strader, Eddie Crowder, Steve Carr, Billy Laney, Keith Eddins, Truman Whitaker and Boo Hoyt. Arrangements Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Barbara Jennings Johnson, 87

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, April 7 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Barbara Jennings Johnson, 87, of Lebanon.

Mrs. Johnson, the widow of the late Ernest Johnson who died in April 2002, she passed away Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the Cedars Health Care in Lebanon.

Born September 12, 1921, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Early Erby and Ella Mae Hobbs Jennings.  Along with her late husband, she owned and operated Barbara’s Dress Shop in Lebanon for 45 years.  Mrs. Johnson a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church where she had taught Sunday School and had sang in the choir. She also was the first recipient of the Mike Baker Award that was presented at the Wilson County Fair.

Services were conducted by Rev. Donald Owens. Interment followed at the Bartons Creek Cemetery.

Survivors include sons Dr. Wayne (Linda) Johnson and Randy (Jamie) Johnson -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren Ashlie (Dr. John) Gallaher, Dr. Rick (Melissa) Johnson, Lisa (Randy) Newman and Dr. Linda (Stan) Durham; great grandchildren Grace, Anna Belle and Lofton Gallaher, John and Jim Newman, Lindsay and Elizabeth Durham, Jordyn and Isaiah Johnson; sisters Joann Jennings Stewart of Nashville and Joy Jennings Phillips of Lebanon.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she is preceded in death by brothers Wallace, Kenneth and Harold Jennings.

Active pallbearers: Dr. Rick Johnson, Dr. John Gallaher, Stan Durham, Randy Newman, John Newman and Jim Newman. Honorary pallbearers: nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Blanche Bradshaw Vantrease, 85

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, April 7 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Vantrease, 85, of Lebanon.

A native of Wilson County and a 1943 graduate of Lebanon High School, the retired educator died Sunday, April 5, 2009 at her residence.

She was the daughter of the late Elliott Vaughn and Ruby Woodliff Bradshaw Sr. Mrs. Vantrease was graduated from George Peabody College and was a member of the Laguardo Baptist Church where she was a member of the the Ruth Sunday School Class.

She was very active in the Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Vantrease taught for 38 years, including tenures at Pearl Academy; Oakland; Laguardo and retired from West Elementary where she had taught fifth grade from 1971-1983.

Services were conducted by Rev. Carl Price. Interment followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Charles Vaughn Vantrease; daughter-in-law, Liz Vantrease -- both of Lebanon; grandchildren Kelley (Scot) Crook, Brad (Jessica) Vantrease and Landon Vantrease; great grandchildren Hayden and Ava Crook; nephews James (Teresa) Bradshaw and Mike (Jamie) Bradshaw; and special life time friends Sarah Jennings, Dorothy Jennings, Mary Lena Price, May Stewart and Christine McDaniel.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Henry Vantrrease in 1964; and a brother Elliott Vaughn (Oler Belle) Bradshaw.

Honorary pallbearers: Trey Guess, Joseph Williams, Hayden Crook, Peyton Williams, Jacob Davidson, and Calob Davidson.

Active pallbearers: Brad Vantrease, Landon Vantrease, Scot Crook, James Bradshaw, Mike Bradshaw, Jason Bradshaw, Christopher Bradshw, David Wilholt, Shane Williams and Tim Davidson.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Charles Bundy, 78

LEBANON -- Mr. Bundy, 78, of Lebanon passed away Sunday, April 5, 2009 at St. Thomas Hospice in Nashville. Known as "C.D." to his family and friends, Mr. Bundy was self-employed and a member of the Church of Christ.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 8 between the hours of 4 - 6 p.m. at Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Survivors include: wife Tuby Bundy; children William Burke Bundy, Charles R. (Susan) Bundy and Betty (Sam) Balentine of Virginia and special child Shane William Bundy.

Also surviving are grandchildren Krissa (Ryan) Stephens, Shana Bundy, Jesse Bundy, Lauren and Graham Balentine; great grandchild Adelyn Kate Stephens.

He is preceded in death by parents Edgar and Mattie Bundy; brother Raymond Bundy; and sister Bobbie Howard.  Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Gary Wayne Davis, 62

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Davis, 62, of Mt. Juliet.

A member of the Green Hill Church of Christ and a teacher / coach in the Sumner County School System, Mr. Davis died Sunday, April 5, 2009. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and loved being on or around the water.

Visitation will be 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bond Memorial Chapel. Services will be conducted by Brother August Ruff. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 35 years Linda Davis and mother Doris Davis. He was preceded in death by his father Teddy Rex Davis and his grandparents Joe and Minnie Belle Fathera and Bedford and Sylvia Davis.

Active pallbearers will be Jim Wiseman, Rick Davis, Bob Sorey, Jackie Hayes, Flyn Jennings, Donnie Odom, Lynn McCulloch and Ronnie Green. Honorary pallbearers will be Ira L. Davis, Bobby Fathera, Danny Ray Fathera, Kenneth Shrum, Stan Force and the 1982 girls basketball team of Gallatin Junior High School.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville 37203 or The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, 2410 Patterson Street, Suite 110, Nashville 37203.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

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Glen R. Geesaman, 68

LEBANON -- Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 in the Cedar Grove Cemetery for Mr. Geesaman, 68, of Lebanon. Born in Redkey, Indiana and raised in North Liberty, IN, he passed away Saturday, April 4, 2009 at University Medical Center.

Mr. Geesaman was a buyer for GF Manufacturing, a Baptist, and a U.S. Navy Veteran who loved his country. He also loved basketball, golf, and bowling.

The family will receive friends at Partlow Funeral Chapel Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the service.

Survivors include: wife Edith Geesaman; children David (Joan) Geesaman, Laurie (Kevin) Klingerman and Janet (Rob) Meyer. Also surviving are siblings Vic (Virginia) Geesaman and Helen (Larry) Merkel; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by parents Louis & Edna Guyse and infant brother Johnny Geesaman. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Infant Cody Elijah Dean

MT. JULIET -- Cody Elijah Dean, age 4 months, of Mt. Juliet, died Sunday, April 5, 2009. Cody is the infant son of Craig and Stacey Dean.

Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Bond Memorial Chapel with graveside services to follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: parents and brothers Connor, Chandler and Caden Dean; maternal grandparents Stan and Cheryl Barnett and Cliff and Julianne Buttons; paternal grandparents Clarence and Doris Dean.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

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John Frank Fertig. 82

LEBANON -- Memorial services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Fertig, 82, of Lebanon.

Born May 16, 1926, in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Frank and Margarethea Mueller Fertig, he died Thursday, April 2, 2009, at Pavillion CPC in Lebanon. A U.S. Navy veteran, he retired as Vice President of Operations at Temtex.  He also was a private pilot. 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Services will be conducted by Rev. Robert Canterbury. 

He is survived by children Susan (Rev. Robert) Canterbury of Lebanon; and J. D. (Bonnie) Fertig of Gallatin. Also surviving are brothers Frank Fertig of Napomo, CA and Walter Fertig of North Grandby, MA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Jacquelyn S. "Jackie" Cummings Fertig on January 5, 2004; son Steven Fertig; sister Margaret Stone; and brother Albert Fertig. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4205 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 216, Nashville   37215.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Joyce M. Gummo, 69

BELOIT, WI -- Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday April 9 in Beloit, Wisconsin for Ms. Gummo, 69, of Mt. Juliet. Retired from the Lebanon Woolen Mills, she died Saturday, April 4, 2009 at her residence in Mt. Juliet.

Survivors include her brother James E.(Hellen) Gummo of Lebanon.

She is preceded in death by her parents Andrew & Violet Newman Gummo; companion Larry Neil Duncan; siblings Billy Gummo, Andrew Gummo, Junior Gummo and Maryann Gummo.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Kate Etta OGieglo, 94

LEBANON -- Etta O’Gieglo passed away on April 3, 2009 at age 94.  Graveside services will be held in Oak Ridge at a later date.

Survivors include nephews Raymond (Emma Jean) Tomlinson from Lebanon and Charles (Ann) Tomlinson of Gallatin; niece Dorothy (Earl) Ashley from Lebanon; as well as several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by husband William Anthony O’Gieglo, parents Hardy Petway and Martha Ann Dill Wilkinson, brother Charlie Wilkinson and sister Thelma Tomlinson.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Velvia Webster Cantrell, 82

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Cantrell, 82, of Madison. A native of Alexandria and a graduate of Gordonsville High School, Mrs. Cantrell died Saturday, April 4, 2009.

A homemaker, she had worked as a seamstress for Turner Manufacturing and was an avid flower / vegetable gardener.

Graveside services will follow at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery with Bro. David Royalty officiating

Survivors include children Alfred N. (Zelma) Cantrell, Jr. of Joelton, David (Kari) Cantrell of Knoxville and Sylvia (Evan) Carter of Madison.

Also surviving: siblings Jimmy Webster of Clinton Township, MI; Ruby Agnew of Hendersonville and Earlene Baker of Madison Heights, MI; grandchildren Kenneth Carter, Keith Carter, Justin Cantrell, Melissa Merritt, Kayci Cantrell and Reid Cantrell; great grandchildren Anna Merritt, Brooke Carter, Ella Merritt and Aiden Carter.

Mrs. Cantrell was the daughter of the late, Thomas B. and Bonnie Lee Grandstaff Webster. She was also preceded in death by her husband Alfred Cantrell in 2003.

Active pallbearers will be Ken Carter, Keith Carter, Justin Cantrell, Reid Cantrell, James Merritt and Alfred Dean Agnew. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Alive Hospice.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet.

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General News

BOE postpones action on Davis extension

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

LEBANON -- Wilson County Board of Education approved Director of School Mike Davis’s evaluation, but postponed approving his contract until its May 4 meeting.

The board, which met in regular session on Monday, agreed to wait so Zone 3 member Don Weathers and Zone 2 member Lisa McMillin could have additional time to study the contract before voting. Zone 1 member Vikki Adkins and Zone 5 member Greg Lasater opposed the postponement.

The board agreed to allow Wilson Central High Principal Travis Mayfield to start a fund raising campaign and feasibility study to build tennis courts at the school.

The six or possibly eight courts would be available for physical education classes as well as the boys’ and girls’ tennis matches. Travis said community members could also use the courts at times when students didn’t need them.

Davis recommended 98 teachers for tenure and the board unanimously agreed. The tenure is for teaching status only and does not include administrative or coaching status.

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Former cop gets 10-months

By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post

NASHVILLE -- A U.S. District Court judge sentenced a former police officer who once served in the Mt. Juliet Police Department to a term of 10 months in prison for breaking into a children’s camp in Wilson County to install cameras to call into question the actions of members of a rival union.

Calvin Hullet, who also served as a Metro Nashville police officer and union organizer, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy by embezzling from a labor union and identity theft charges in federal court.

Hullett, 45, was arrested in summer 2007 by authorities after they discovered that he installed cameras at a Fraternal Order of Police Camp located here in Wilson County. The camp is operated by the FOP for disadvantaged children.

During that time frame, Hullett’s employer, the Teamsters, and the FOP were each seeking the right to represent Nashville police officers. Hullett once served as a leader in the Nashville chapter of the FOP.

He was charged with identity theft because he purchased cell phones for others involved in the matter with him but used the name of a police officer who is still on the force.

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