LEBANON -- Mr. Stephens awoke in the arms of Jesus June 29, 2010 to begin his eternal life in Heaven. We praise God for John’s steadfast example and for the legacy of his beautiful family that he temporarily leaves behind him in this world, including Betty, the love of his life and wife of 61 years; his three sons: Tom (Shannon), Tim (Susie), and Terry (Sandi); eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by a sister, Patsy (Tommy) Wilson of Hendersonville and a host of nieces and nephews. John will be reunited with his parents, A.J. and Ellie Stephens, and his brother, Sonny Stephens, who have already experienced their Homecomings.
John loved his country, where he served in the Navy as an aviation storekeeper during World War II, supplying parts for planes used in the Berlin airlift. Upon discharge, he worked for DuPont in Beaumont, TX and Louisville, KY, where he eventually headed the Human Resources Department.
Because of his unquenchable work ethic, after retirement, John continued his employment as a manufacturer’s representative for Hartmann-Sanders, selling architectural columns.
He always demonstrated a heart for others, and he particularly enjoyed gardening and was proud of his family and their diverse accomplishments. John taught Sunday School for years and was active on personnel and finance committees as well as in church choirs in Louisville (where he was a charter member of Hurstbourne Baptist Church) and in Lebanon churches. Heaven’s choir will be a little more beautiful with the addition of his rich bass tones!
Four years ago, John became a charter member of West Haven Baptist Church, where he and many of his extended family members worshipped together, and John served as a trustee. We give thanks that he was healthy enough recently to be able to participate in the groundbreaking ceremonies there, and he will rest secure in the knowledge that God’s work will continue to touch people’s hearts from that location.
John supported Lebanon High School and Friendship Christian School with his frequent attendance at ball games and special events, and he was affectionately known as “G.P.” by his grandchildren and by many of the young people in this community who admired his character and appreciated the heartfelt attentions he showered upon them.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at SELLARS FUNERAL HOME in Lebanon, and a memorial service will be held there Thursday morning at 10:00.
To those whose lives John has touched as he walked upon this earth, he would request that in lieu of flowers, donations would be made to the Building Fund of West Haven Baptist Church (5860 Lebanon Rd., Lebanon) so that the church that is currently under construction on that site may rise, grow, and stand through time as a testimony to God’s love and grace in Wilson County. To God be the glory!
LEBANON -- Bill Reeve passed away on June 28, 2010 at age 88. He was a veteran of the US Army Air Force and was a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 12 Noon until the service.
The memorial service, conducted by Dr. John Cheetham, is 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 30.
Survivors include wife of 44 years Joan Repsher Reeve; sons: Christopher (Michelle) Reeve of Tennessee, William H. (Marie) Reeve III and James (Becky) Reeve of Florida and Brian (Ella) Reeve of Germany.
Also surviving: grandchildren William H. Reeve IV, David Reeve, Michael Reeve, April Reeve, Brian Reeve, Aaron Reeve, Terry “Bubba” Bell and Hunter Winningham; along with numerous great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by parents William Homer and Jean Gutridge Reeve Sr. and daughter Donna Bell Weir.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
MT. JULIET -- Talk about stepping up to the plate. The Nashville Sounds have done just that, provid- ing a fundraising mechanism that will allow the Mt. Juliet League to raise up to $15,000 to help offset the cost of field repairs.
The 13-field complex on US Highway 70 that is home to some 105 youth teams was severely damaged by the floods of May 1 and 2 -- destroying equipment and fencing while taking a good amount of infield dirt to who knows where.
The Sounds have made 1,500 tickets available to the league for a Sunday night, July 18 game at Greer Stadium. The league will keep 100 percent of the proceeds of the $10 tickets.
"This is a wonderful gesture by the Sounds," said League president Ray Justice, "they’ve put it in our hands. If we can sell these tickets, we’ll get a big boost. In addition, the Sounds have put us in touch with Major League Baseball’s ‘Baseball Tomorrow’ program. Grants are out there from MLB that could mean another big chunk of money for our efforts."
Youth baseball fields in Nashville’s Shelby Park, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Ashland City, and Bellevue were severely damaged in the flood and have been struggling to recover. The Project will assist up to 15,000 ballplayers and 40 baseball, softball, and soccer fields in the area.
"The flood has taken a serious toll on youth baseball in Middle Tennessee," said Brad Tammen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Sounds. Some of these facilities were just wiped out. The Nashville Sounds and others in this community want to help get these kids back out on the field."
Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket to the July 18 Mt. Juliet Night at Greer Stadium can go online at: www.mjleague.org.