MT. JULIET -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, May 29 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Cripps, 23, of Mt. Juliet.
He passed away May 25, 2010.
The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Survivors include: parents David & Alice Cripps; wife Ashley Cripps; brother Joshua Grettenberg; sister Alason (Dustin) Braun; grandfather D. D. Cripps; grandmothers Margaret Cripps and Edith Clavette; aunt Sue Ann (Mark) Espizito; cousins Rebecca Stillwell and Robbie Jennings; niece Alyssa Braun; and many friends.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted 4 p.m. Friday, May 28 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Staggs, 56, of Lebanon.
Retired from the US Army as a Master Sergeant and a member of the New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church, he died May 25, 2010.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 12 Noon until service on Friday.
Services will be conducted by Reverend Denny Sheperd. Interment with full military honors follows in New Hope Cemetery.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include: wife Rhonda Dudley Staggs of Lebanon; children Becky (Nick) Richey, Linda (Chris) Ausbrooks and Elaine Staggs; step-daughter Nikole Dudley; and sister Rita Hayden. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
STRAWBERRY PLAINS -- Graveside services will be held Friday afternoon, May 28 at the Eastview Memorial Gardens in Strawberry Plains for Mr. McCurry, 95, of Lebanon.
A member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church and a US Navy veteran of World War II, he died at his residence on Wednesday May 26, 2010.
The son of the late Jerome J. & Dovie Davis McCurry, Mr. McCurry was a a construction heavy equipment operator, serving Local 917 for 65 years.
Services will be conducted by Pastor Bruce Martin.
Survivors include: children James Edward (Peggy) McCoury of Knoxville, Wanda Loudermilk of Lebanon and Lorraine Chambers of Jefferson City.
Also surviving is sister Pansy Woody of Green Mountain, N.C.; grandchildren Mike (Chris) Slover, Kathy (John) Hensley, Julie Duff, Donald (Donna) Loudermilk and Carol Ballinger; great grandchildren Megan Loudermilk, Amanda Ballinger, Zac Slover, John Hensley V and Laura Hensley; and great great grandson Colton James Ballinger.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by wife Vera Elizabeth Randolph McCurry; three brothers and one sister.
Family to serve as pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. McCurry’s memory to Lebanon’s Cumberland Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 522 Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon, 37087.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, May 28 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Bush, 54, of Lebanon.
An employee of LoJac and known as “Bushwacker” to his friends and family, he passed away May 25, 2010.
The family will be receiving friends from 11 a.m. until service on Friday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Glenn Denton. Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife of 20 years Rhonda Jones Bush of Lebanon; children Michelle Bush, Renee Bush, Gidget Carter, Jennifer (Todd) Linville and Lori (Joe) Brown.
Also surviving is father Junior Davis; siblings Debbie Jean Morris, Floyd (Sadie) Barnes, Steve (Vivian) Bush, Ronnie (Connie) Davis and Tommy (Patty) Davis; as well as 14 grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by mother Dorothy Jean Barnes.
Pallbearers: Ernest “Hollywood” Harper, Kenny Black, Scott “Stinky” Revor, David Barnes, Tommy “Tumbleweed” Davis, Ronnie “Groundhog” Davis, Tommy Lee “Little Bubba” Davis and Steve “Cannonball” Bush.
Honorary: James “Tater” Davis, Greg Jones, Eddy Jones, Ryan Barnes, Jack Lowery and J.D. Lowery.
The family extends a special thank you to Odyssey Hospice, LoJac and Bikeriders.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
By JENNIFER HORTON
It’s election time, again, and races will begin to heat up as the summer progresses.
Evidence of that has already been seen here at our newspaper office with the arrival of some letters to the editor regarding different issues of concern this election and why voters should favor one candidate as opposed to another one.
The policy of this newspaper is to not publish letters that are essentially endorsements of one candidate over another, nor is it the policy of this newspaper to publish letters that pick a topic or two to highlight one candidate’s stance on the issues versus another candidate’s.
By SAM HATCHER
Memorial Day is the day that has been designated to recognize, commemorate and praise the literally thousands of men and women who have died for our country while serving and wearing the uniform of the American military.
Originally known as Decoration Day, this special day of recognition was established shortly after the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
As we celebrate this day of honor on Monday, we must surely not fail to also recognize those who are serving our country today.
By JUAN A. MORALES, RN, MSN
Health System Director
Memorial Day, every year, gives the chance to reflect and honor those who served and died for the freedoms of the United States. Through parades and pageantry, it represents the best of our country in how we are aware of the real price of our democracy and our way of life. But it also allows us a time to ask ourselves are we “keeping the promise” made by President Lincoln generations ago during his second inaugural speech.
The high price of freedom is not always paid by loss of life. This price is not always paid immediately; the debt we owe for service often comes later in life for those brave souls who wore the uniform of our military. And for us at the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA TVHS), we do our duty to honor those who have fallen by paying the debt to their comrades by providing high quality healthcare.
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor:
Needless to say, Eula and I were surprised to make the May 19 edition of The Wilson Post!
How nice to be remembered after such a long time. We're both well. Eula is actively involved with her "butterfly garden" (I, in trying to avoid it!), and both participants in the Sun City Center Security Patrol. (By the way, it's Sun City Center, not just Sun City, another nearby community). In addition, we take two- and three-day trips around the state, rarely going more than a couple hundred miles from SCC.
To the Editor:
Many Americans fear the loss of their liberties, and are struggling to save and restore them. But I worry that in their fervor they are losing sight of justice. Many speak of corroding liberties, but who speaks of injustice? Justice is the foundation of liberty: to forsake justice is to forfeit liberty.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
A suspect in a double homicide that occurred Tuesday in southwest Wilson County has been charged with counts of first-degree murder and remains in jail under $500,000 bond for each count.
Johnathan Michael Bousquet, 26, of Mt. Juliet, was arrested early Wednesday morning at his sister’s home in LaVergne by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department.
The suspect is expected to be arraigned soon on the charges in General Sessions Court.
By CHELSEA BURNETT
The Wilson Post
Mack Ed Tucker has high hopes for his future as a professional golfer.
The 40-year-old Lebanon native is attempting to qualify for the PGA Tournament and become a full-time professional player.
Tucker, who was introduced to the game of golf by his father, began playing at the age of 5 and has not set the clubs down since. Noting his past, he said it has always revolved around golf and striving to be the best he can be.
Night Hike: Friday, May 28, 7 p.m.
Owls, bats, and spiders...oh my! Join us for a hike around the Inland Trail and discover what creatures are stirring after hours. Meet at Area 4 parking lot.
Reptilian Rebuttal: Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m.
Come learn about the different types of snakes in our park and learn how to distinguish between venomous and non-venomous snakes. You may even discover their unique personalities along the way.
By KALYN SHELLY
The Wilson Post
Mayors, public officials and others interested in how 10 Middle Tennessee counties are going to deal with issues impacted by future growth participated in a special Summit yesterday in Nashville.
Several from Lebanon and Wilson County attended the event including Mayor Philip Craighead, City of Lebanon Planner Maggie Tilton and others.
The Power of 10 Summit was hosted by Cumberland Region Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization comprised of community leaders from Davidson County and the nine counties adjacent to Nashville. The Power of 10 title represents the 10 participating counties.
From Post staff reports
Wilson County’s unemployment rate for April dropped 0.4 percent from 9.5 to 9.1 percent.
That was the word Thursday from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development as it released county jobless rates for April.
The department showed a labor force of 58,030 for the month past with 52,740 of those employed. That left 5,290 unemployed.
LEWISTON, Idaho – Cumberland rode the strong right arm of Aaron Wilkerson Saturday afternoon in a 9-1 win over No. 7 Embry-Riddle in the 54th annual Avista-NAIA World Series at Lewis-Clark State College’s Harris Field.
The junior right-hander was nearly unhittable, allowing just four hits though eight innings and striking out 13. He dominated from the beginning, hurling a perfect game through three innings, including seven strikeouts during that span.
The Bulldogs (54-9) move on to face No. 6 Oklahoma City on Monday at 5 p.m. CT. while Embrya-Riddle falls into the losers' bracket.
Wilkerson improved to 13-1 and tied the school record for wins in a season.