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Showing 12 articles from May 22, 2009.


Aikita M. Odom, 35

LEBANON – Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 24 at 12:30 p.m. at the Garden of Prayer Tabernacle for Evangelist Aikita M. Odom, 35, of Lebanon. She passed away May 20, 2009 at University Medical Center.

Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. Sunday with services to follow.  Bishop Alfred Howard will officiate. Interment will be at the Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: mother Martha Seay; sisters Veronda Seay, Christina Sea and Sabrina Seay, LyShuniqua Odom; brothers Marlow Seay and LaByron Seay.

Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jason R. Joyner, 33

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23 at the Lebanon Church of God for Mr. Joyner, 33. He died May 15, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 22 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Disyal Funeral Home, 400 East Market Street and Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Services will be conducted by Bishop A.J. Valentine with burial at Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Ja-Shawn Kenneth Joyner, mother Audrey Audrey Joyner, brothers Alfred Joyner Jr. and Michael (Tinesha) Joyner as well as a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and other relations.

Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ann Swafford, 74

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, May 22 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Swafford, 74, of Akron, Indiana.

Born in the Leeville Community of Wilson County, Mrs. Swafford died May 18, 2009 at the Parkview Whitley Cemetery in Columbia City, Indiana. A homemaker, she was the daughter of the late Gladys Drennan Willard and Lloyd Willard.

The family will receive friends Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Bowen. Burial will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon.

Survivors include: children Patricia Ann (Cordell) Hull, Ricky Lee Swafford and Michael (Debbie) Swafford – all of Indiana; grandchildren Damon Prater, Adam Hull and Matthew, Daniel, Whitney and Morgan Swafford; sister June (James) Dillard of Lebanon and brothers Danny (Lou) Willard and Charles Willard – both of Indiana.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Swafford is preceded in death by husband Claude Swafford, two sisters and six brothers.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Paul Hamblen Wright, 77

ATLANTA, GA – Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, May 12 at the Oglethorpe Hill Chapel for Mr. Wright, 77, of Atlanta. Professor emeritus at Georgia Tech where he taught Civil Engineering for 32 years, Mr. Wright died May 10, 2009.

A native of Wilson County and a 1949 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, Mr. Wright was a member of the North Atlanta Church of Christ where he served as an Elder and a Deacon.

Services were conducted by ministers Don McLaughlin and Bill Long. Burial was at the Arlington Memorial Park.

Survivors include: wife Joyce Sparkman Wright and sons Jeff (Katherine) Wright of Nashville and Jon (Kristen) Wright of Lawrenceville, GA.  Also surviving are grandchildren Michael, Carter, Taylor and Garrett; sisters Foy Dell Harding and Jean Jackson – both of Mt. Juliet and France McDonald of Murfreesboro.

Mr. Wright is preceded in death by his parents John E. and Maxie Wright and brothers Milton, Edd and Wayne.

H.M. Patterson & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Tony Ray McGowan

LEBANON — A graveside memorial service was held Thursday morning, May 28 at the Wilson County Memorial Park for Mr. McGowan of Lebanon.

He died May 19, 2009 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.

Survivors include: his parents Margie M. and Willie Gene McGowan of Lebanon; daughter Jessica Rae McGowan and grand-daughter Cameron Annabelle Davenport of Hardin, Kentucky.

Also surviving is brother Willie B. McGowan (Patty) of Watertown, sisters Linda Jean Chappell (Anthony) and Barbara M. Andrews — both of Lebanon, seven nieces and nephews and nine great nieces and nephews, as well as special friends Rich and Adam Davis.

Arrangements by Wilson County Funeral Home.


General Lifestyle

Annual Patrons Party set for May 28

Event to serve as precursor to 26th Annual Phoenix Ball

With tickets for Cumberland University’s 26th Annual Phoenix Ball nearly sold out, the University shifts its attention to the annual Patron’s Party, an evening of camaraderie, cuisine and conversation scheduled for Thursday, May 28.

To be held from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., the event offers friends of the University and the Cumberland University family an opportunity to socialize as they look ahead to the Ball. The Patron’s Party will be held at the Winstead Paine Bone House (the President’s Residence), located at 516 West Spring Street in Lebanon.


Guest Column

Time for Wilson Co. to join discussion on regional transit
On Wednesday, May 27, business, governmental and community leaders from Wilson County will join their colleagues from throughout Middle Tennessee to focus the development of a regional transportation system. Cumberland Region Tomorrow, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will harness the “Power of Ten” – the 10 counties that comprise our region – at the annual “Convening the Region” Summit.

Letters to the Editor

Life going bankrupt, and not just monetarily, either, writer says

To the Editor:

Recently, talk radio host Phil Valentine and some others protesting in front of the State Capitol seemed to be forgetting it’s the ruling corporacy that’s running the show.

Thanks to Sheriff's Department for heavy lifting at county Archives

To the Editor:

Many hours have been put into the Wilson County Archives to make it one of the best anywhere in the state. With all of the heavy record books and loose records to move during the last 10 years (11 in September), this has been a very hard job. But with the help of the Sheriff’s Department allowing the use of the inmates, this task has been a lot easier, even though there are many other jobs the Sheriff’s Department requires the inmates to do. The officers who bring the inmates have worked alongside the inmates to get the work done.


General News

Lebanons 74-year-old sale barn bids adieu

 Changing times force McKee family to shut down Wilson County Livestock Market

Special to The Wilson Post

Progress will knock another institution off of West Main Street in two weeks when the Wilson County Livestock Market, aka “the sale barn,” shutters its doors after a final cattle auction June 3.

“Expenses got more than the income. That’ll close anybody down, won’t it?” said Alvin McKee, 89, a member of the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame. His sons, Bill and Carson McKee, and daughter, Wanda Bates, run the livestock market but claim their father is the guiding force behind it.

Slammin' & Jammin' returns for 16th year

The Wilson Post

Slammin’ & Jammin’, the auto show that features various car competitions, entertainment and a bikini contest, returns to Lebanon beginning today for its 16th annual event at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

The event will continue on Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

A larger crowd is expected this year versus those who attended the 2008 show, said Charlie Cobble, president of Autoshows Motorsport Events, the company that presents Slammin’ & Jammin’ each year.


General Sports

Bears fall 2-1 in AAA finals


MURFREESBORO -- Having an ace up you sleeve in a poker game just might get you killed.

However, Mt. Juliet High coach Mark Purvis used an extra ace to almost pull off one of the most storied upsets in Tennessee prep history last week in the Class AAA finals of the BlueCross Spring Fling at MTSU’s Reese Smith Field.

Staring down nationally-ranked Knoxville Farragut in Friday’s winner-take-all finals with his top two pitchers Taylor Haydel (11-0) and Jake Harper (9-1) pretty much spent, Purvis handed the ball to junior shortstop Ethan Gross who turned in a masterful performance against the mighty Admirals.

Gross, in just his third pitching appearance of the season, certainly pitched well enough to win, but came out on the short end of a 2-1 decision.

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