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Showing 10 articles from June 9, 2009.


Janeann Walburn Walker, 45

MT. JULIET – Graveside funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 10 at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens, for Mrs. Walker, 45, of Mt. Juliet. A member of the Living Springs Baptist Church, she died Saturday, June 6, 2009.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Caryl Strange.

Survivors include: husband Donald Walker of Mt. Juliet, mother Rebecca Wells Smith of Portsmouth, OH and son Dameon South of Colorado. Also surviving: brothers Tom Walburn of Milton, Scott Walburn and Jeff Walburn – both of Portsmouth, OH.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Edward Walburn, and her brother, Craig Walburn.

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

John Andrew Kinser

John Andrew Kinser, born prematurely on April 28, 2009, passed away on May 14, 2009 at his home in Texas.

He is survived and loved by his parents and former Lebanon residents Reagan and Kate Kinser, his twin sister Hallie Sara, his grandparents Russell and Mary Kinser and Rodney and Hallie Lemon, his great-grandparents Howard and Mamie Kinser, and two uncles and aunts, John (Denise) Lemon and Nathan (Brandy) Kinser.

In his short life, John Andrew impressed his family and caregivers with his energy wiggling around and his strong spirit in dealing with the illnesses he faced. His family is at peace that John is in heaven where he no longer has to fight but can wiggle all he wants in celebration with our Lord.

The family asks that all remember John by praying for his twin sister, Hallie Sara, who is showing a similar strong spirit in facing the challenges associated with premature birth. Please pray for her health and that she will be able to one day come home healthy with her parents and meet the many people who pray for her and love her.

The family has also decided to create a scholarship fund in honor of John’s memory at Friendship Christian School in Lebanon. The scholarship will go to a graduating senior who has dealt with overcoming adversity, just as John had to do much of his short life.

If you would like to honor John’s memory in this way (and in lieu of flowers), please send checks payable to "FCS" and note on the check that it is for the "John Kinser Memorial Scholarship" fund. Checks can be mailed to:


John Kinser Memorial Scholarship, c/o Friendship Christian School, 5400 Coles Ferry Pikem Lebanon, TN 37087.

Judith Lee Johnson Ochoa, 68

FT. PIERCE, Fla. – Funeral services have been scheduled for Sunday afternoon, June 14 at the Haisley -Hobbs Funeral Home for Judy Ochoa, 68, of Lebanon. She died June 6, 2009.

Survivors include children: Kim (John) Dickens, Lisa Blackmon, Terri Blackmon and Kline Blackmon Jr.; the father of her children Kline Blackmon Sr. and sister Perky (Jerry Don) Yarbrough. Also surviving are grandchildren: James Dickens and Jeffrey Dickens; and nephew: Layne Yarbrough.

She is preceded in death by parents Dewey and Frances Hughes Johnson and sister Tina Anderson.

Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, was in charge of local arrangements.

Kathleen Lasater Thompson, 87

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, June 6 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Thompson, 87, of Watertown. A homemaker and a graduate of Watertown High School, she died June 4, 2009 at her daughter’s home in Knoxville.

A member of the Round Lick Baptist Church, Mrs. Thompson was the daughter of the late Everett and Daisy Thorne Lasater.

Services were conducted by Rev. Donald Owens and Rev. Steve Mayle. Burial was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens in Lebanon.

Survivors include: children Beverly McKee of Knoxville and Ben Ray (Jackie) Thompson of Lebanon; grandchildren Bard (Carrie) Thompson of Murfreesboro, Kristi (Jake) Huckaby and Kaci Hunter – both of Lebanon.

Also surviving are great grandchildren Mason Edward Thompson, Taylor Renee Thompson, Hailey Rhea Hunter, Ethan Mark Hunter, Paige Allison Huckaby and Reise Avery Huckaby; nieces and nephews Kendra, William, Eddie and Tony Ricketts.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Melvin Haskell "Hack" Thompson, sister Mable Ruth Lynch and nephew Kenneth Ricketts.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

Lauralee South, 71

LEBANON – A celebration of life was held Saturday, June 6 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. South, 71, of Lebanon. Known as "Lolly" to her family and friends, she died Thursday, June 4, 2009 at the University Medical Center.

Survivors include: her husband Larry South of Lebanon; sons Bronc (Patti) Willoughbly of Texas, Mark (DeeDee) Willoughbly and Bruce Willoughbly — both of Indiana.

Also surviving are brother Herb Shoemaker and twin brother Larry Shoemaker — both of Nashville; sister Ann (Bob) Toth of Michigan; grandchildren Kisten(Levi) Jackson, Cassie (Dusty) Mitchell and Justin(Michelle) Willoughbly; great grandchildren Emma Jackson, Madison and Hunter Willoughbly.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Lena Rine Shoemaker.

Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Marvin Y. Baines

LEBANON – Memorial services were held Saturday, June 6 at the Wilson County Funeral Home for Mr. Baines, 83. He died June 3, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Jerry Cook. Burial was at the Rose Lawn Memorial Park in Murfreesboro.

Survivors include: wife Arbria Louise Baines, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Wilson County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Helen Boyd Burch, 89

TULLAHOMA – Private graveside services were held in Coffee County Tuesday, June 9 for Mrs. Burch, 89, of Lebanon. The widow of the late Billy P. Burch, to whom she was married for 66 years, Mrs. Burch died June 6, 2009 at home with her family in Lebanon.

Born in Tullahoma she was the daughter of the late James F. and Anne H Boyd.

Helen Burch went to Tennessee College for Women, where she excelled in academics, played on the sport teams and was a class officer; she later transferred to Middle Tennessee State College where she again excelled in academics and met her future husband, she received her undergraduate degree from MTSC with a teaching degree and taught school in the various cities she lived.

Once they settled in Lebanon the Burch family became involved the First United Methodist Church, the Lebanon County Club, Castle Heights Alumni Assoc, Cumberland University activities, big band dances over the Nashville area and Cracker Barrel Restaurant Corp. activities.

Mrs. Burch was a Christian woman and attended First United Methodist Church until she was unable to, then watched tapes of the services at home on Monday mornings. She did her Bible and prayer readings on a regular basis and always kept her family and friends in her prayers.

Survivors include: sons Richard L Burch of Hendersonville, William F. Burch (Jerry) of Birmingham, AL and James B. Burch (Therese) Leesburg, VA.

Also surviving are grandchildren Charles L Burch (Jennifer) of Atlanta, GA; W. Bradley Burch (Jody) of Richmond, VA; Ryan F Burch of Birmingham, AL; Jessica Burch of Leesburg, VA and Leigh Scott (Sean) Purcellville, VA along with seven great grandchildren and dear family friends Harold and Rose Pickel.

The Burch family would like to thank caregivers Edna Crawford, Jimmie Sue Johnson, Melony Cason, Mary Denson, Dawn Jordan and Julianna Reedy for the love and care they gave Helen and Billy Burch over the past five years.

Also grateful appreciation to the staff of Odyssey Health Care for their care and understanding.

In lieu of flowers the family would prefer a gift to First United Methodist Church of Lebanon.

Arrangements were handled by Sellers Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Patricia Ann Gross, 70

LEBANON — Patricia Gross passed away on June 3, 2009 at age 70. No services are scheduled.

Survivors include sons: Hewett Williams, Michael T. Williams, Anthony James Grimes and Charles Davis; and grandchildren Janecia Williams, Justin Williams and Michael Williams.

She is preceded in death by James F. Gross.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.


General Sports

MJ pair head to college

Two players from Mt. Juliet High's Class AAA runner-up baseball team will be continuing their academic and baseball careers at the next level.

Righthanded pitcher Matt Sedgwick will enroll at NCAA Division III institution Maryville College this fall while outfielder / first baseman Matt Owens signed with TranSouth Conference member Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.

The son of Chuck and Darlene Sedgwick from Old Hickory, Matt held opponents to a batting average of .095, while also averaging 1.55 strikeouts per inning.

Also, Matt helped open the new on-campus field at MJHS by throwing a no-hitter against McGavock High School.

"Matt has tremendous upside as pitcher in our program, and our coaching staff expects him to battle for innings from the outset of the fall," said Maryville head coach Daniel Washburn.

"If he develops the way that we expect, he has a chance to be an impact arm for our club for the next four years. Matt makes our program better not only next spring, but in the years to come. The entire Maryville College baseball program would like to welcome Matthew to our campus and our community."

Owens graduated with highest honors last week (16th of 377) and earned all-district 9AAA and 9AAA tournament team honors this year for the 31-13 Bears.

Owens batted .375 with 24 RBI’s. He lead the Golden Bears with 51 hits that included eight doubles, three triples and two HR’s.

"Matt is a great local high school sign for us," said Trevecca head coach Jonathan Burton.

"He is still maturing and developing into a great player, and we feel that his best days are ahead of him. The one thing that makes Matt stands out is that he is not only a great player but a great teammate and student as well.

"We just hope that his next four years at Trevecca will be as good as the ones he just had at Mt. Juliet for Coach Purvis."


Robert promoted at CU


LEBANON -- Cumberland football coach Dewayne Alexander announced the hiring of Jake Roberts as an assistant coach for the 2009 season.  Roberts has served the last two seasons as a graduate assistant for the Bulldogs and takes the place of Wayne Dabbs, who left the program after last season.

Roberts served as the tight ends coach last season at Cumberland and was an assistant running backs coach in 2007. He was also the specialist coach for kickers, punters, snappers and holders and served as the assistant special teams coach.

He helped with strength and conditioning, field maintenance and recruiting and was also the team’s video coordinator. Roberts helped mentor CU punter Michael Hinson, who earned Victory Sports Network Second Team All-American honors in 2008, leading the nation in punting.

Hinson was also a First Team All-Mid-South Conference West Division punter last season, as well as Mitch Reynolds, a Second Team All-West Division pick at tight end.

He served as an assistant defensive backs coach at Cass High School in Cartersville, Ga., during the 2006-07 school year, a Class 3A school in Georgia. The Colonels made the state playoffs during his season at CHS.

Roberts lettered four years at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., kicking the second longest field goal, 47 yards, in program history in 2003 versus Washington & Lee.

The Phenix City, Ala., native attended Central High School in Phenix City, earning First Team All-East Alabama honors as a sophomore and junior and Second Team All-Bi City accolades from the Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer as a sophomore.

Roberts earned his bachelor’s in Russian with a minor in History in 2006 from the University of the South and earned a master’s in Arts in Education from Cumberland this past May.

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