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Showing 11 articles from December 2, 2010.


Christy Jo Passage Walden, 50
OLD HICKORY -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at the Hermitage Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Walden, 50, of Mt. Juliet.
Born May 15, 1960 in Oak Ridge, she died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010.
Visitation with the family will be two hours prior to the service on Friday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Jeff Lake. Interment will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: husband Vester Ray Walden, Sr.; mother Joann Grubisic; step-father Goran Grubisic; step-son Vester Ray Walden, Jr.; step-sister Zeljana Grubisic; many aunts, uncles and cousins -- as well as her special wolfdogs, Yukon and Juneau.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Passage.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
The family would like to give special thanks to the Alive Hospice Team for their care. Arrangements by Hermitage Funeral Home.
Clarence D. Overstreet, 76
OLD HICKORY -- Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at Hermitage Memorial Gardens for Mr. Overstreet, 76 of Mt. Juliet.
An employee of AH Johnson Management Co, LLC for 51 years, he passed away Nov. 30, 2010.
Services will be conducted by Brother Lloyd Gale, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years Mary E. Overstreet; son Kelly Overstreet; daughter Betty Parnell; grandchildren Michael Overstreet, Daniel Overstreet, Bristol Walker and Brittney Dalious; great-grandchildren Landon Harper and Brandie Walker; sister, Dorothy Mendenhall of Burns, TN; and brother Sam Overstreet of Franklin.
Pallbearers: Brittney Dalious, Bristol Walker, Samantha Adams, Mike Helton, Gary Helton, David Nipper and Gary Mendenhall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Powell Grove church of Christ, 46 Powell Grove Rd, Lebanon, 37087.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
John Robert Grandt, 74
LEBANON -- A memorial service has been planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 105 Peyton Road, for Mr. Grandt, 74, of Lebanon.
Born Dec. 3, 1935 in Bassett, NE, the brick mason died Nov. 27, 2010. 
Survivors include: wife Sharon Grandt; daughter Carla Harris; grandchildren Brian L Barnum, Matthew Barnum, Joy Lynne Barnum, Marchael James, Elizabeth Barnum and Dennis Barnum; great-grandchildren Kayla Barnum and Nathan Barnum.
John was previously married and through this union children were born. He is also survived by wife Shirley Earnest; children Kenneth Grandt, Doug Grandt, David Grandt and Penny Noscroy; grandchildren John R. Grandt, Robert Grandt, Shelby Grandt, Tammy Noscroy, Tara Noscroy, Tracy Trujillo, Tisha Noscroy, Tori Grandt, Tanya Weaver, Mikaylyn Grandt and Marissa Grandt; great-grandchildren Austen,  Alexzandria, and Anika. Also surviving are sisters Deloris Myers and Dorothy Schoonover.
He is preceded in death by father John Robert Grandt; mother Elizabeth Grandt; daughter Barbara Jo Grandt, brothers Frederick “Fritz” Grandt and Don Grandt.
In lieu of flowers, please send them or make donations to the Lebanon Senior Citizen Center.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Linda D. Bragg, 66
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL -- No public funeral services are planned at this time for Ms. Bragg, 66, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, formerly of Middle Tennessee.
Born May 27, 1944 in Hartsville, she died Dec. 1, 2010 at her home.
Ms. Bragg had lived in Florida for the last 12 years. She was a gifted homemaker, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include: daughters Cynthia Dillon of Old Hickory, Jennifer Akins of Lebanon and Valerie Burleigh of Port St. Lucie, FL.
Also surviving is sister Martha Crawley of Lebanon; grandchildren Amanda Litton, Jeremy Cox, Monica Dillon, Megan Akins, Julia Akins, Genessi Burleigh, Noah Burleigh, Meadow Burleigh and William Burleigh; great grandchildren Chelsae Litton, Jaison Litton, Dillon Crutchfield and Cason Chrisman; niece Jami Green; great niece Ashley Green; and great nephew Zach Green.
Ms. Bragg was preceded in death by her parents William B. (Jake) Dies and Mary C. Swaffer Dies.
Please post condolences in the family guest book at
Arrangements by Yates Funeral Home, Port St. Lucie, FL.
Margaret Thurley, 82
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. at Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Thurley, 82, of Lebanon.
Born in Dundee, Scotland, she died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 at University Medical Center.
A member of the First Presbyterian Church, she was an accomplished seamstress -- having served an apprenticeship as a tailoress.
She was a veteran of the British Army where she met her husband, Douglas.
She came to America in 1957 and became involved in sewing and embroidery guilds.
Visitation Friday from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years Douglas Thurley; children Sheila (Carl) Schmaedig, Diane (Ed) Roddey and Rod (Dawn) Thurley.
Also surviving are grandchildren Jennifer, Hunter and Hannah Thurley and Joshua Crosslin; great-grandchildren Trenton, Isley and Ronan Cross; sister Anna Smith; and brother James (Moyra) Smith.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Steven Anderson, 51
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Anderson, 51 of Bowling Green, KY formerly of Lebanon.
A maintenance supervisor and a member of Southside Baptist Church, he died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 at his residence.
Visitation is Friday from 4 – 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. 
Services will be conducted by Brother Bob Curtis. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: father Shelton ”Andy” (Willette) Anderson of Lebanon; mother Jo Ann Harwood of Bowling Green, KY and son Justin of Wisconsin.
Also surviving are siblings: Chris Anderson of Nashville, Randy Harwood of Bowling Green and Felicia (David) Cole of Florida; niece Christi Cole and nephews Tim and Scottie Cole -- all of Florida. 
He is preceded in death by grandmother Lillie Anderson and step-father Charles Harwood.        Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Warren Kirbo, 64
NASHVILLE -- A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at Benton Chapel at Vanderbilt University for Mr. Kirbo, 64, of Mt. Juliet.
Born Jan. 12, 1946 in Camilla, GA, to the late Thomas Levi Kirbo, Jr. and Ellen Hall Kirbo, Mr. Kirbo died Nov. 12, 2010 at his home.
He was a 1967 graduate of North Georgia College and dearly loved his college classmates.
Please join Warren's family and friends in the chapel before and/or after the services.
Survivors include: siblings Helen V. Kirbo and Glenn A. Kirbo -- both of Albany, GA and Thomas Levi Kirbo III of Moultrie, GA.
Arrangements by Nashville Funeral and Cremation Service.


A story of courage

(Editor’s note: The Wilson Post contacted two very good friends of the late Johnny Keel, a Lebanon businessman and community servant who died last week after battling cancer for many years, to ask if they would write a column for publication about Mr. Keel and the courage he demonstrated while enduring his fight for life. The following is their contribution.)

We hear many stories of people finding the strength to fight the circumstances that are presented to them.

Those who face these issues with the brightest attitude make those around them better for knowing them. Our friend Johnny Keel was one such person. 


General News

Train victim identified

From Post staff reports
Authorities have ruled the death of 18 year-old Jordan Jair Rashan Turner, struck by the Music City Star near Mt. Juliet Elementary School Thursday afternoon, as a suicide.

Turner, a 2010 graduate of Mt. Juliet High and a freshman at Middle Tennessee State University, died instantly when he walked into the path of the East-bound commuter train.

The train was bringing commuters back to stops in Mt. Juliet and Lebanon from Nashville when the incident occurred. None of the passengers on board were injured, a Mt. Juliet Police official said. They caught buses which took them to the train stations where their vehicles were parked.

A second train had to stop at the Hermitage Station where commuters were also put on buses to be taken to other stations where their vehicles were.


General Sports

CU 65, Bryan 45 (women)

DAYTON -- Yalonda Davis scored 15 points and Stephanie Martin added 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench, as Cumberland cruised to a 65-45 road triumph over Bryan College on Thursday night.

Davis led four players in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs, going 6-for-8 at the foul line. Cumberland (6-3) made 18-of-24 free throws in the contest, including 12-for-17 in the second half.

Martin enjoyed her best game of the year, making 4-of-5 shots and grabbing five offensive boards.

Jessica Pace scored 13 points with six rebounds in just 15-plus minutes, as the sophomore has been battling illness all week and missed practice. Casie Cowan hit a pair of 3-pointers and also scored 10 points.

CU forced 21 turnovers by the Lions (5-5), who did not have a player in double figures, though Morgan Burnette grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Cumberland jumped out with the first seven points of the game and led 18-5 eight minutes into the game after a Davis field goal. The Lady Bulldogs put together a 13-0 spurt late in the half, including six points from Pace, for a 31-14 advantage at intermission.

A Kristi Landers 3-pointer five minutes into the second half gave CU a 24-point edge. Cumberland pushed the lead to 53-23 after a Tranisha Benton bucket with 9:26 remaining in the contest.

Cumberland returns to action as the Lady Bulldogs host St. Catharine College (KY) Saturday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Friday basketball in Wilson Co.


Mt. Juliet’s Lady Bears will be facing a tough opponent tonight as Nashville Hillsboro comes to town for a 6:30 p.m. tip-off. Coach Chris Fryer’s team stands 5-0 on the season after smashing Antioch 62-18 Tuesday night on the road. Caya Williams had 20 points while ninth grader Sally McCabe added 15.

Hillsboro comes in 1-3 on the season, but fresh from a 52-40 win over Glencliff on Tuesday. The Lady Burros are led by 6-3 Tennessee signee Isabelle Harrison, who had 17 points vs. Glencliff.

Mt. Juliet’s boys are a perfect 5-0 as they host Hillsboro in tonight’s 8 p.m. nightcap. Coach Troy Allen’s Bears held off Antioch 45-39 Tuesday night. Brandon Shepard and Caleb Chowbay led the way with 12 points each.

Friendship Christian School will entertain District 8A rival Gordonsville High tonight at the Bay Family Sportsplex. The girls game will tip-off at 6 p.m. FCS is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Middle Tennessee Christian School Tuesday night in Murfreesboro. The Lady Commanders improved to 2-1 with a 43-28 win over MTCS -- overcoming a huge discrepancy at the free throw line. Andi Morrisett led FCS with 15 points and Laurel Burroughs added 11 while Kaity Woodall chipped in with seven points.

In the nightcap, the Commanders held off the Cougars 47-32 -- improving to 2-0 on the season. Drew Hutchinson and Cameron Hill each had 11 points -- as Hill knocked down three 3-pointers. Mark Sandoval chipped in with eight points.

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