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Atwell Maynard, 86

GORDONSVILLE -- Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 25 at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home for Mr. Maynard, 86, of Mt. Juliet. A US Navy veteran of World War II and owner of United Coach Service for 29 years, he died Nov. 22, 2009 at his residence.

Born May 26, 1923 in Overton County to the late Audie Greer and Audon Montieville Maynard, he sang with serveral gospel quartets for more than 10 years. He was a member of the Caney Fork Missionary Baptist Church in Smith County. 

Services will be conducted by Bro. Danny Raines and Bro. Kenneth Massey. Interment will follow in Gordonsville Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife of 59 years Ethelene Vanderpool Maynard; son Allan (Jean) Maynard and granddaughter Allison Maynard Noel -- all of Mt. Juliet. Also surviving is great grandson Graysen Ingram of Hermitage. sisters Alta (Herbert) Vanderpool of Hendersonville and Alvilee (Paul ) Clark of Athens.

He was preceded in death by a sister Alene Johnson and grandson Jason Maynard, who died on May 5, 2003.

Memorials may be made to Willowbrook Hospice, 381 Riverside Dr., Suite 440, Franklin 37064.

BassFuneral Homes, Gordonsville, in charge of arrangements.





David A. Miller, 62

LEBANON -- A memorial service was held Tuesday evening, Nov.  24 at the Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mr. Miller, 62, of Lebanon. He died Nov. 21, 2009.

Mr. Miller was a member of the GWRRA TN Chapter A. He was instrumental in bringing the ride for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to Nashville. Survivors include wife of 36 years Nancy Myers Miller; son Scott (Angela) Miller; grandchildren: Kelsey and Kyle Miller; and brother Terry (Ellen) Miller.


He is preceded in death by parents James and Dorothy Sowell Miller.


Memorial contributions are requested to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States Inc (302 Ridgefield Ct., Asheville NC 28806).

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home.






Dorothy Evans Lee, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, Nov.  25, at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mrs. Dorothy Evans Lee, 83, of Lebanon. Born in England, Arkansas, she passed away November 23, 2009.

Mrs. Lee attended Tennessee College for Women where she was a member of the Wandering Minstrels and served as the president of her Sophomore Class. She also attended Cumberland University until her marriage in 1947. Mrs. Lee was Secretary to the Dean of Admissions at Cumberland for 20 years.

She was a member of West Haven Baptist Church and former member of First Baptist Church. 
Services were conducted by Dr. Jonathan Richerson. Interment followed in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include sons: Robert Evans (Lucy) Lee and John Mark Lee of Lebanon; grandchildren: Susan (Greg) Bennett of Ft. Myers FL, Rebecca (Scott) Walker of Lebanon, David Lee, Michael Lee and Robert Lee -- all of Lebanon; and sister Marjorie Mann of Nacogdoches, TX.

She is preceded in death by her parents Rev. Fred T. and Stella Evans, husband Robert Ewell Lee and son David Allen Lee.

Active pallbearers include:  David Lee, Michael Lee, Robert Lee, Scott Walker, Jimmy Harper, Greg Bennett, Elmer Richerson. Honorary pallbearers include:  members of the Joy Sunday School Class of West Haven Baptist Church, The Donnell Class of First Baptist Church, friends and neighbors of Summer Place Community and Attorneys and Staff of Lee and Lee Attorneys at Law.

Memorials may be made to West Haven Baptist Church Building Fund.

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

Martin Burke, 50

LEBANON -- A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 at at the St.Frances Cabrini Catholic Church for Mr. Burke, 50, of Lebanon. A foreman with Installation Services and a Roman Catholic, he died Nov. 24, 2009 at his residence.

Services will be conducted by Father Michael O’Bryan. Survivors include: his wife Evelyn Carmody Burke and children Joseph Burke and Brandi Burke -- all of Lebanon. Also surviving is father Michael (Kathleen) Burke, siblings Rita Leocata, Maureen (Brian) Shea and Michael (Diane) Burke -- all of NY, Jarlath Burk of Lebanon, Bill (Roni) Burke of Mt.Juliet, Sharon (Paul) Gretza of Ohio and  Judy (Lloyd) Whittle of FLorida along with special nieces and nephews.

Mr. Burke was preceded in death by his mother Bridget O’Brien.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Raymond J. Glassford, 72

HERMITAGE -- Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning November 25 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church for Mr. Glassford, 72, of Mt. Juliet. Retired from the U.S. Navy, he died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009.

Mr. Glassford was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church where he taught Sunday School and was a Elder for many years. He enjoyed fishing, was a former Girl Scout Leader, a square dancer and a volunteer fireman in many of the communities where he lived. He was the son of the late Herbert R. and Beatrice Bade Glassford.

Services were conducted by Pastor Keith Enko. Interment with full military honors followed at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughters Dianne (Rick) McNeese, Debbie (Michael) Freeman, Denise Smith, Dee (Jeff) Brock and Darlene (Anthony) Windsor; grandchildren -- Ricky and Crystal McNeese, Tracy Mayhew, Raymond, Michael, Joseph and Katherine Freeman, Joshua and Parker Smith, Chris and Logan Brock and Amanda and Aidan Windsor, four great grandchildren and brother Earl W. Glassford.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Jane E. Glassford and sister Ruth Glassford McCloud.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mid South Chapter, 4205 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 216, Nashville, 37215. Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Richard L. Thompson, 82

LEBANON -- Graveside services for Mr. Richard L. Thompson are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Rev. Ken Edwards officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the graveside service.

Mr. Thompson, age 82 of Franklin and formerly of Lebanon passed away Sunday, Nov.  22, 2009, at the Williamson Medical Center in Franklin. Born Jan. 2, 1927, in Sioux City, Iowa, he was the son of the late William Henry & Edna Evelyn Hunt Thompson.

He was a member of the Christian Life Chapel in Lebanon and was Municipal Court Clerk in Sioux City, Iowa for many years.  He was preceded in death by his wife Edna Elmerna Gaskins Thompson on November 26, 1999.

Survivors include: son Richard (Pamela) Thompson of Franklin; grandchildren Miriam (Jonathan) Edwards of Spring Hill, Jordan & Jared Thompson -- both of Franklin; siblings Barbara Jenkinson of Fullerton, CA; William R. Thompson of Sioux City, Iowa; and Wallace E. Thompson of Longmonte, Colorado.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra Faye Hunt, 56

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 25 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Ms. Hunt, 56, of Watertown.

Born in Davidson County to the late Kenneth and Pauline Haynes, she died Nov. 23, 2009 at the University Medical Center. She was a member of the Round Lick Baptist Church. Services were conducted by Rev. Ronnie Smith and Robert Fleming. Burial was at the Jones Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: children Jamie (Robert) Fleming of Portland and David Hunt of Watertown; four grandchildren; siblings Diane Abney, Janice (Ascuncion) Castro, Randy Gammons and Michael (Jennifer) Haynes; uncle Jim Hilton and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by grandparents Florence Gibbons and Charles Bridges, Cordell and Daisy Gammons.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William T. Vantrease, 91

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, November 24 at the JC Hellum Funeral Chapel for Mr. Vantrease, 91. A career educator, Mr. Vantrease died Nov. 20, 2009 at Skyline Medical Center.

Services were conducted by Rev. Andray Clemons. A musical celebration and Masonic services were held prior to the funeral. Burial was in the Vantrease Cemetery in Watertown


Survivors include children: Glenda (Rev. Robert) Popwell, Ernest Vantrease and Earl (Cheryl) Vantrease, Pearl (Bobby) Carter, Theresa (Danny) Lyles and Chartise Vantrease. Also surviving is brother-in-law William C. Bates; 16 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren as well as many other relatives and friends


Arrangements were in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.         


Telling Tales

Its Thanksgiving Yall
I do it every year. The week leading up to Thanksgiving I cram. Every night after the kids and husband go to bed, I sit with pen and paper in hand, staring at the TV, taking detailed notes. The Food Network becomes my CNN news feed.  Tyler Florence, Paula Deen and Ina Garten bring me updates on all things Thanksgiving like Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Brian Williams keep viewers abreast of all the latest news.

Ask Ken Beck

Shatner hails from Montreal, Canada
Dear Ken: Where is William Shatner from and what was his first film or TV appearance?
Shatner, 78, was born in Montreal, Canada. His first credit was as a crook in an otherwise indistinguishable 1951 Canadian film, “The Butler’s Night Off.” He is an expert horseman and also speaks French. 

General Lifestyle

Bring your pet to Garrs for photograph with Santa Claus

Event set during Annual Open House; benefits New Leash on Life

Garr’s Rental & Feed in Mt. Juliet invites the community to its annual Open House on Saturday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19 where pets (and families) can have their photos taken with Santa from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Due to the wonderful response and interest last year, we’ve added another Saturday when you can bring your pet for a photo,” said Roy Garr, president and owner of Garr’s Rental and Feed. "It’s great fun for everyone. Many families use this picture on their holiday greeting cards.”

Elvis impersonator writes book to strengthen marriages

Author has performed at Wilson County Fair

After reading New York Times best-selling author Richard Paul Evans’ The Christmas Box, Charles Michael Baril said he was inspired to be an author.

Ironically, Evans, who Baril called his favorite author, along with his company BookWise published Baril’s book The Wedding Present.

Baril is to sign copies of his book at Sherlock’s Books in Lebanon from 1 until 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28.

Turkey day meal starts with the bird

Special to The Wilson Post

Can we talk turkey?

I know, you’d rather eat it, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow when about 88% of Americans will gobble turkey.

Oh, and by the way, the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal this year, including turkey and trimmings to feed 10, will come in at $42.91.



Some Tennessee Thanksgiving


If I needed reminding of the glory of this imperfect nation I found it recently in a remarkable article from the Memphis Daily News (October 23, 2009) depicting, in Andy Meek’s words, “a pivotal moment” in the life of the newest occupant of the Memphis mayor’s penthouse office, our hometown native, A.C. Wharton, Jr.  Memphis is listed as 41st in city size in the United States, and its population was estimated last year as being almost 1,300,000.  Mayor Wharton was elected in a landslide vote on October 15 this year; 24 other candidates were in the race.


Guest Column

Pastor thankful for being in Lebanon

Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church

I am so thankful to be celebrating Thanksgiving back in Lebanon, Tennessee. 

I came to Lebanon from Ohio in 1982 as a confused young man hoping to make something of my life, but unsure if I really could. 

Vietnam Veterans continue to serve needy vets and their families

By Richard “Doc” Kraft
Vietnam Veterans of America

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1004 of Lebanon, has been busy during the month of November.

We started by giving our annual talk to the students of Southside Elementary School of “What is a Veteran,” and asking the students to bring canned goods which would be used to feed needy veterans and their families a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The food they brought us was staged in the building on West Main Street donated for this purchase by Crye Lyke.


General News

Curves of Lebanon shares giving spirit this Thanksgiving

Local women’s fitness center hosts turkey drive

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Traditionally, this is a time to collectively give thanks. And most celebrate this holiday by gathering for a meal with family and friends. The traditional meals vary from turkey and wild rice dressing in northern U.S. and Canada to turkey and cornbread dressing in the south. Very different traditions, with one commonality -- turkey.

Hartmann Drive improvements finished before holiday
Mayor Philip Craighead announced the Hartmann Drive improvement is now “Open For Traffic.”  This project was designed to correct a traffic bottle-neck at the City’s most busy intersection. The estimated car counts are near 60,000 per day making this a much needed project, as well as, a difficult project to construct while maintaining traffic flow of this magnitude.
Lawrence & friends fry turkeys for homeless
Special to The Wilson Post

The skies were gray but the smiles were sunny Tuesday morning as country music star and Wilson County resident Tracy Lawrence along with a hundred volunteers deep fried about 400 turkeys in downtown Nashville.

The occasion was Lawrence’s fourth Mission Possible Turkey Fry, a benefit for Nashville Rescue Mission. The Mission will serve the turkeys with all the trimmings to 5,000 homeless men, women and children wednesday and Thursday as it marks the Mission’s 55th annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet.

LSSD to purchase 60+ acres

The Lebanon Special School District Board of Education voted Monday night to approve the plans to purchase 60 acres located behind one of the district’s existing elementary schools.

According to LSSD Board Chairman Steve Jones, the district approved the purchase of the property for $1.8 million dollars. He expects to close on the property by year end.

“We have been working on this for quite some time and are excited about planning for our future growth,” Jones said who has served on the board of the special school district for over 22 years.

Jones said the district expects growth in the coming years and a plan is in place to handle the growth and that the purchase of this property is a step in the right direction.

LSSD Toy Drive to benefit local families in need

The Lebanon Special School District would like to invite all their families to participate in a new recycling venture. Our goal is to collect new and gently used toys and books at Coles Ferry Elementary and distribute them to families in our school district community just in time for Christmas.

TDOT paves the way for travel plans

No lane-closures on Tennessee highways during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving travelers will enjoy a smooth drive through Tennessee during the busy travel holiday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.  
Construction crews will pack up their tool belts and all lane closures will be removed beginning at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25 until 6 a.m. Monday, Nov.  30.


General Sports

3 named to LHS Hall of Fame


Three more former Blue Devil standouts will be enshrined in the Lebanon High School Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies planned for Friday, Dec. 11. Inductees into the third class of the Hall of Fame include: Billy Sellars, LHS Class of 1966; Rubye Wood Guethlein, LHS Class of 1949 and Carl "Kip" Puryear, LHS Class of 1973.

Plans call for a reception to honor the inductees and their families to be held at 5 p.m. prior to the LHS basketball doubleheader with Hendersonville High, Friday, Dec. 11. The trio will be introduced between games of the doubleheader.

Perhaps no single name is more familiar to longtime Blue Devil football fans than Sellars. As a senior, quarterback Billy Sellars was named the Midstate Most Valuable Player by both the Nashville Banner and The Tennessean.

He was named first team all-state by the Associated Press and was a three-time All North Central Conference selection.

Sellars helped lead the Blue Devils of Coach Clifton Tribble to a No. 1-ranking in the state in 1965. LHS wound up the 1965 season 9-2 overall with a loss in the Clinic Bowl.

As a junior tailback in 1964, he led the state of Tennessee in scoring. He was voted Most Athletic at LHS as a junior and a senior, was a team captain — one of four Sellars brothers who would become captains at Lebanon High.

Sellars was also considered one of the top amateur boxers in the Southeastern United States. He was a five-time Southeastern Golden Gloves champion and a six-time Midstate Golden Gloves champ. Retired from Bridgestone, he and his wife are the parents of three sons; they have seven grandchildren.

Carl "Kip" Puryear was a true two-sport star at Lebanon High — playing basketball for Coach Hester Gibbs and baseball for Coach Brent Foster.

He was voted first team all-state and All-Midstate in both sports as a junior and senior; was voted All District in both sports for three seasons.

A skilled jump shooter, Puryear was nominated for McDonald’s All-America and helped the Blue Devils reach the TSSAA state tournament in 1972 — where he was voted to the All-State Tournament team as a junior -- scoring 35 and 28 points in two games. The 1972 LHS team finished the season 31-3.

In baseball, he racked up a career pitching record of 28-1 and was the Blue Devil batting champion his senior season in 1973 — splitting time at first base and on the pitching mound. He played college basketball at Middle Tennessee State University under Coach Jimmy Earle and was a member of two NCAA tournament teams.

Retired after 31 years as an educator, he served stints as principal at Lebanon High and as Superintendent of Wilson County Schools. He and his wife of 34 years Patty are the parents of two children.

Rubye Wood Guethlein, LHS Class of 1949, was a standout basketball player for former Coach Billy Beard. Mrs. Guethlein played varsity basketball for LHS 1945-1949 and was voted Team Captain as a senior and served as co-captain as a junior.

She was also voted Most Athletic Girl as a senior; was a two-time All-District selection; a two-time All-Region pick and a two-time All-Conference selection. She went on to play basketball at Lebanon’s Cumberland University where she was voted team captain.

A retired homemaker who still enjoys the game, Mrs. Guethlein is one of the all-time great contributors to Blue Devil athletics, having seen all five of her children earn athletic letters at LHS — four in girls basketball and one in baseball

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