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Bettye Jean Ashe Dies, 71

LEBANON — Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 at the Adams Ave. Church of Christ for Mrs. Dies, 71 of Lebanon. Retired from Toshiba, Mrs. Dies died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at her residence.

Born September 27, 1938, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Annie Gay Ashe and was a member of Adams Avenue Church of Christ.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 p.m. until service time at Adams Ave. Church of Christ.

Services will be conducted by Brother Bob Knox, Brother Bill Hayes and Brother Jim Byrd. Interment will be in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: husband Kirby Franklin Dies; children Charles L. Lawrence Jr. of Riddleton, Joyce Lee Lawrence, Anthony R. (Lisa) Lawrence and Michelle (David) Chambers – all of Lebanon; step-children Kirby W. Dies of Watertown, Kenneth P. Dies of Loving, NM, Kimberly C. Dies of Hartsville and Christopher (Leatha) Dies of Hermitage.

Also surviving are siblings Jo Ann Mynatt, Linda Austin and John Ashe – all of Lebanon; three grandchildren and 12 step-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Dies was preceded in death by siblings Lucille Johnson, Jerry and James Ashe.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Toshiba Girls; active grandson Houston Aranjo and church friends.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cynthia Ann Hay, 48

MT. JULIET — Funeral services were conducted Tuesday evening, October 20 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Ms. Hay, 48, of Nashville.

She died Monday, October 19, 2009. Services were conducted by Rev. Chuck Groover officiating. Interment will be in Providence Cemetery at Crockett Mills.  

Survivors include: parents Aubrey D. and Nancy Canada Hay of Mt. Juliet; sister Deborah (David) Ford of Marietta, GA and nephews Jared and Austin Ford.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at Open Arms Cares and especially the Miller Street Group.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to The Open Arms Care Foundation, P.O. Box 280540, Nashville, 37228.

Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, was in charge of arrangements,

Deborah Clay Tripp, 72

MT. JULIET – Mrs. Tripp, 72, of Nashville died Saturday, October 17, 2009.  Mrs. Tripp was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. James Isaac Tripp and daughter, Josette Sands Taylor.

Mrs. Tripp will be laid to rest in Jacksonville, FL beside her late husband.

Survivors include: son Earl Matthew (Anna Marie) Sands; son-in-law Kirk Taylor; sister Mildred Shearer; sister-in-law Anne Nicholson along with grandchildren Maddie Sands, Haly Taylor and Dylan Burke.

Memorials may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Tennessee Chapter, 404 BNA Drive, Suite 102, Nashville, 37217-2571.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet.

Dillard Jackson Gannon Jr.

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, October 22 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Gannon, 88, of Lebanon.

A US Army veteran and retired from Aerostructures, "D.J." died Oct. 18, 2009. Mr. Gannon was a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral between the hours of 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, and 11 a.m. until service on Thursday.

Services will be conducted by Brother Terry Fessler. Interment will follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include daughters Shirley (Owen) Armstrong and Darlene (John) McCulloch — both of Lebanon; sisters Mary Sanders of Gladeville and Mattie B. Blair of Missouri; grandchildren Dwayne Grissim, Sherry Edwards, Tonya Stone, Paula Heird, Pam Kelly, Tracy Henry and Dusty Henry; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers: Lebanon Senior Citizens.

Mr. Gannon is preceded in death by mother Mamie Gannon, father Dillard J. Gannon Sr., step-mother Onie May Gannon, step-brother Thomas Gannon — all of Murfreesboro.

Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald Lee Gray, 76

LEBANON – Mr. Gray, 76, Lebanon, died October 16, 2009 at Alive Hospice in Madison. He was born March 11, 1933 in Rock Falls, Illinois.  Services will be held at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon IL with burial taking place in Polo, IL.

Survivors include: wife Margo Louise Farster Gray; children Karen (Allen) Barnes of Lebanon, Jan (Jim) Valliere of Fairfax VA, Cindy (Joe) Mackey of Bolivar WV and Jeff (Lisa) Gray of Manassas VA; grandchildren Sarah (Joshua) Moffitt, Rachael (Juan) Ramos, Christina Jackson, Ronnie Long, Keegan Leonard, Kelly Leonard, Matthew Gray, Michelle Stanley and Jessica Stanley; nine great-grandchildren; and brother Bill (Noralee) Gray of Polo, IL.

He was preceded in death by parents and one brother.

Memorials to the family c/o: Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Local arrangements made by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


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General Lifestyle

Cumberland University announces Great Performers Series

Cumberland University, in conjunction with Friends of Music and the Arts, announces the inaugural season of the “Great Performers Series” – concerts that bring internationally recognized performers to the campus. 

This series is designed to provide world class musical experiences for the entire CU community and the surrounding area.

Lebanon pro wrestling goes Saturday nights live

Promoter Mike Sircy moves mat action to new venue  

Special to The Wilson Post

If Mike Sircy’s grandmother hadn’t flipped over professional wrestling three decades ago, the wild and wooly sport just might not be slapping the mat in Lebanon today.

Seventy-Plus Luncheon to honor community seniors

Each year, the Wilson County Black History Committee celebrates the seniors – men and women in the community age 70 and older – at a luncheon that honors their achievements and accomplishments.

“Their work and their lives continue to inspire us all,” said Mary Harris, WCBHC president. “We want to give our seniors the recognition they deserve.”

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Witches and Spirits and Spells – Oh My!! As this wonderfully told story unfolds you will become acquainted with all of these. Connie Goodwin is a graduate student at Harvard University, doing summer research to determine the topic for her doctoral dissertation on American Colonial Life. She sits for her oral qualifying exam being chaired by her graduate advisor, the terrifying Professor Chilton. Their last request for her is to provide the committee with “a succinct and considered history of witchcraft in North America.” And so the scene is set.



Valor Urged with Conjunctions



I called you abut this and suggested then that you use this for a column. My son’s homework involved these, so what are “coordinating conjunctions”?

- Helpful Mother


Guest Column

Cracker Barrel workers support food ministry
Volunteers encourage all to get involved
Director of Communications
Cracker Barrel

About 20 employees from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., will be volunteering at Joseph Storehouse in Lebanon Saturday, and they are inviting others in the community to share in the experience of giving.

Letters to the Editor

How much goes to future construction?

To the Editor:

I just now took the opportunity to read the letters to the editor in the Oct. 14 edition of The Wilson Post. It was nice to see both sides of the school funding issue reported fairly and without bias. Good job, Wilson Post, news that we can use to form an educated opinion with.



36th Annual Gospel Music Festival set

The Mid-South Gospel Music Association will present a night of gospel music featuring some of the area’s best gospel groups and soloists at the 36th Annual Wilson County Gospel Music Festival.

The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the June & Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center at Cumberland University.

Fiddlers Grove to host Punkin Chunkin, Antique Fair

The Wilson Post

Fiddler’s Grove at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center is the place to be this Saturday if you have antiques you want appraised and/or if you want to see pumpkins flying through the air and going splat on the ground.

The second annual Antiques Appraisal Fair and Sale will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17. Antiques appraisers will be on hand to assess any heirlooms, antiques and treasures. A $10 fee will be charged per item appraised.


General News

City Council to buy trucks locally, denies Emergency Chipper Service

The Wilson Post

With the City of Lebanon and Wilson County struggling to find revenue, Lebanon City Council decided to start buying local at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath brought up the point that the city was in the process of buying three pickup trucks for the gas and sewer departments. The bids that were to be accepted were from a dealership in Nashville.

Cookseys remains exhumed

The Wilson Post

The vault and casket containing the remains of a man now believed to have been murdered 40 years ago was exhumed from Wilson County Memorial Park on Wednesday for an autopsy using more up-to-date technology to determine the actual cause of death.

Local church to hold VBS for Timberline children

The Wilson Post

Many of the physical needs of children and their parents living at a local campground as they try to get back on their feet financially are being met, but members of a local church want to help with the spiritual needs of the families and have found a way to try and do that.

Sorey challenges Budget Committee, wife wins husbands vacated commission seat

The Wilson Post

How to fund a new Lebanon High School was once again a topic of discussion at Monday night’s Wilson County Commission meeting with one commissioner telling a committee chair to figure out how to pay for a new school.

Wilson County voters went to the polls on Oct. 1 to vote on whether to raise the wheel tax by $25 to fund the construction and purchase land for a new Watertown High School. Voters turned down the increase.

Swedens Permobil breaks ground in Wilson County

Permobil, Inc., an international company that is the world’s leading manufacturer of custom-made powered wheelchairs, will build its new $12 million North American Operations Center in Lebanon on a 17-acre site located in Park 840.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the project were held Tuesday at the site.

Wilson County Health Department to offer H1N1 vaccine

Wilson County Health Department will offer H1N1 injectable vaccine during clinics on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22 from 4 to 8:00 p.m. 

To make an appointment, call 444-5325. The H1N1 flu vaccine will be provided at no charge.


General Sports

Central wins Region 5AAA title


GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central won two clutch matches Tuesday night to clinch the Region 5AAA tournament championship and with it -- a home berth Thursday in the TSSAA Sectionals.

Coach Tammy Serbin’s squad opened play Tuesday with a 3-0 semifinal win over Clarksville Northeast (25-13, 25-13 and 25-23) before disposing of rugged Dickson County 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 25-18 and 27-25) in the finals.

Central advances to Thursday’s 7 p.m. sectional game 47-9 on the season and will take on Independence High with a berth to the state tournament at stake.

"I was not happy at all with our play," Serbin said after her team ousted Northeast. "We didn’t play our tempo of the game and Northeast did a good job of keeping us out of that tempo. We’re used to a much faster paced game."

Most of Wilson Central’s damage was being handled by a core of four girls. Amanda Wiseman, Kristin Cook, Sydney Vanlandingham and Grace Locke had the majority of kills and aces for the Lady Wildcats in all three sets.

But it was District 9 MVP Chelsea Ferron who pushed Wilson Central past Northeast with her ace in the final point of the first set.

"Our two big girls (Sydney and Kristin) are hard to handle when they’re on and we were passing the ball well and Kristin really took advantage of her aces," Serbin said. "That was one of the few things we were doing well."

The second set was all Wilson Central. Wiseman’s ace gave the Lady Wildcats an early 6-0 lead before Northeast earned its first point off a Lady Wildcat error. The Lady Eagles didn’t get its first kill shot of the set until Alexis Poythress’s shot cut Central’s lead to 11-5.

Northeast got to within 17-9 before the Lady Wildcats finished off the set with a 25-13 victory.

The third set saw Northeast come alive as Mykesha Lakes and Poythress found holes in Central’s defense.

The Lady Eagles held a 5-2 lead early as Gloria Billingsley pumped in a pair of aces. After Central cut the score to 8-7, Lakes and Poythress had scored back-to-back points to push the advantage to 10-7 and forcing a Wilson Central timeout.

The Lady Wildcats responded and tied the game twice (at 14 and 15) before Northeast held a 20-16 lead late.

It looked as though the Lady Eagles would force a fourth set, but Wilson Central rallied to tie it at 23 before Kendall Roberts’ ace gave the Lady Wildcats a 24-23 lead. Ferron finished off the match with a kill that Northeast couldn’t return.

Ferron had 33 assists, three kills and two aces against Dickson County in the finals.

Wiseman had 10 kills and 10 digs while Cook finished with nine kills and three blocks.

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