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Brittany Lee Bates Tatum, 23
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Tatum, 23, of Lebanon.
Born in Greenfield, Indiana, the homemaker died May 9, 2011 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
The family will receive friends prior to the service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Steve Mayle. Burial will follow at the Bates Cemetery.
Survivors include: husband Justin Tatum, son David Clay Trammel Bates, parents Doyle and Jackie Bates and brothers Nick, Joshua and Adam Bates -- all of Lebanon.
Also surviving are grandparents Fred and Bobbie Bates of Watertown and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.
Cecelia Annette Gilliam, 57
LEBANON -- Family visitation is set for 12 Noon - 1 p.m. Friday, May 13 at the JC Hellum Funeral Home for Ms. Gilliam, 57, of Lebanon.
Born Nov. 9, 1953, she died May 7, 2011 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Services will follow the visitation as Bishop A.J. Valentine will serve as eulogist.
Survivors include: husband Jesse R. Gilliam, children Tammy Gilliam and Jesse R. (Sheree) Gilliam, II; sisters Sharon Shannon and Velda Shannon (Eric) Walker as well as a host of grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Arrangements by JC Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Deborah Perry Meyers, 61
MT. JULIET -- Deborah Meyers passed away May 2, 2011 at age 61. She worked at JoAnn’s fabric in Mt. Juliet and loved sewing, crocheting, and knitting.
No services scheduled at this time.
Survivors include: husband Eric Meyers of Mt. Juliet and children Ross Meyers, Robert Meyers, Richard Meyers and Sherry Meyers.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Diana Lee Lathan, 57
WATERTOWN -- Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Jones Hill Cemetery for Ms. Lathan, 57, of Gallatin.
Born Sept. 16, 1953 in Lebanon, the secretary passed away Monday, May 9, 2011, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin.
Affiliated with the Church of Christ, she was the daughter of the late Arnold Lathan and Dorothy Ann Hudson Lathan Cramner.
Services will be conducted by Brother Larry Locke.
Survivors include: aunts and uncles Katherine and James Corley of Donelson, Shirley and Bill Robinson of Watertown and Jack Bobo of Florence, Ala.; cousins Julie Robinson and Kelli Webster -- both of Watertown, Stacey Barrett of Centerville, Mike Corley of Huntsville, Ala., Jackie Bobo of Florence, Ala. and Betty Bobo of Florence, Ala. as well as friends and caregivers Art Durden and Joanne Bass.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by step-father John Douglas Cramner; grandparents John Hollis and Leone Hudson and Clarence and Ida Lathan and aunt Johnnie Bobo.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rochelle, McCulloch & Aulds Relay for Life Team for the American Cancer Society.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Floyd Harvey, 85
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, May 11 at the Watertown First Baptist Church for Mrs. Harvey, 85, of Watertown.
A retired teacher and a member of Lebanon's First Baptist Church, she died May 9, 2009 at her residence.
She attended Cumberland College and Mississippi College.
The family will receive friends Wednesday between the hours of 2-9 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Mike Headrick with burial at the Wilson County Memorial Park.
Survivors include: children John (Jeanette) Harvey and Susan (Mike) Headrick -- all of Lebanon.
Also surviving: grandchildren Jahnna (Josh Groft) Harvey of St. Louis, MO; Dani (William) See of Oklahoma and Angie (Troy) Devoy of Panama City, FL; great granddaughter Ellie Devoy; siblings Gwendolyn Patton, Paulette Dorris, Edsel (Margie) Floyd and Kenneth Floyd; many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by parents Elroy and Macon Anderson Floyd.
Pallbearers: Josh Groft, terry Booth, Steve Vincent, Hugh Patton, William Dorris and Keith Swafford.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.
Nellie Sue Whitfield, 67
LEBANON -- Funeral services for Miss Nellie Sue Whitfield, 67, were held Saturday afternoon, May 7 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Brother Billy Devasher officiating.
Interment followed at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Miss Whitfield passed away Friday, May 6, 2011, at the home of her niece.
Born October 8, 1943, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Eva Jernigan Whitfield.
She worked at Lux Time for 27 years and later at Cedars Nursing Home. She was a member of the Barton’s Creek Baptist Church.
She loved bowling, reading, hiking, embroidering, and listening to classical and gospel music.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters Mary Halbert and Louise Mathis.
Survivors include: her brother Ben Whitfield of Lebanon; and nieces Connie (Ralph) Bowen, Sherri (Keith) Einsmann, Cathy Jones and Tina Snyder as well as several great nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Robert Kenneth Stovall, 74
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Stovall, 74, of Mt. Juliet.
A veteran of the US Air Force, he died Sunday, May 8, 2011.
Mr. Stovall was a member of Donelson Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a member of PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays) and the Tennessee Equality Project.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until service Wednesday at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Chris Sanders, Rev. Alicia Burton and Rev. Donald Shockley. Interment with military honors will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at Bells Run Cemetery, Whitesville, KY.
Survivors include: wife Gayle Stovall of Mt. Juliet; sons H.G. Stovall and his partner Harry Longfellow of Nashville and Shawn Stovall of Owensboro, KY; daughter Elizabeth Ann Smith of Calhoun, KY; siblings: Teddy A. (Katie) Stovall and Anthony (Jaynie) Stovall -- both of Kuttawa, KY and sister Mary E. (Jim) Doom of Utica, KY. 
Mr. Stovall was preceded in death by his parents Robert L. and Elizabeth Oliver Stovall.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Donelson Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 2319 Lebanon Rd., Nashville, 37214; Tennessee Equality Project, P.O. Box 330895, Nashville, 37203 or PFLAG Nashville, P.O. Box 2105, Antioch, 37011.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
Theresa Graul Brown, 79
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Brown, 79.
Mrs. Brown passed on May 8, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars, Lebanon between the hours of 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Thursday.
Services will be conducted by Reverend Michael O’Bryan.
Survivors include: children Coleen (Bruce) Quinn-Cooil of Nashville and Jerry (Terri) Quinn of Lebanon; sister Carol Wentzel of New Jersey; and grandchildren Cara, Quinn, Leighanne, Adam and Brandi.
She is preceded in death by husband Robert K. Brown, parents George and Theresa McCrone Graul, and brothers George Graul and Albert Graul.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to: American Cancer Society (2000 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville 37203, 615.327.0991).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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He lay there in the exam chair, feet hanging off the end, a fluorescent light shining down, watching the Discovery Channel playing on the ceiling. We were at the dentist. It was an ordinary Monday for me, an extraordinary Monday for my oldest since he was getting to miss a half-day of school to get his teeth cleaned.


Ask Ken Beck

Rod Stewart a dad for the 8th time at 66

Dear Ken: I saw rock singer Rod Stewart doing a TV interview recently and he looked great. How old is he? What were his biggest hits?

Roderick David Stewart, who has sold more than 100 million records, looks fabulous for 66 years of age. He dropped out of school at 15 hoping to become a professional soccer player and eventually got into music, singing in a variety of bands, but his big break came in 1967 when he became lead singer of the Jeff Beck Group. It was 1971 when he struck gold as a solo singer with his huge hit “Maggie May.” His other top tunes include “Reason to Believe,” “You Wear It Well,” “Sailing,” “Tonight’s the Night,” “I Don’t Want To Talk About It, “The First Cut Is the Deepest,”  “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy,“ “Baby Jane” and “All for Love.” The singer has eight children, including a 3-month-old.  


Wilson Living

Wilson Living Today - May 11

Wilson Living Magazine
Finally! Who is happy about the sunshine? At Wilson Living we sure are! There’s a lot going on in Wilson County this week. Here’s the scoop on what we’ll be into.

Saturday is packed full of fun activities. On May 14 fitness enthusiasts from all over will unite to run or walk in the Go Johnny Go Memorial 5k/10k and Fun Run.  Proceeds from this event will go to the Johnny Keel Wellness Foundation, a tax exempt 501c, which partners with local organizations to promote healthy living through exercise, diet, screenings and education. We knew Johnny Keel and are proud to be a sponsor of this event. Please join Wilson Living and many others Saturday morning.


General Lifestyle

Our Feathered Friends - May 11

They’re here! You may ask what am I talking about? You will find out very soon as the noise level around your house might just become unbearable in the back yard. I’m talking about the 13-year Cicada, which at my house came out this past Saturday. These red-eyed bugs will delight the birds and just in time for the larger species which will have young ready to eat whatever comes their way. The smaller ones might have a harder time swallowing a bug which is almost half their size.

You might compare them to the Children of Israel complaining about not having meat to eat. After a while they had more than they could handle and were tired of it. I’m not sure if our feathered friends will get tired of the Cicadas, but I’m sure that we will.

Spring is the time for planting flowers and also vegetables. I plan on planting at least 50 Better Boy tomatoes with a few odds and ends thrown in for good measure. I was lucky last season as my Roma tomatoes won a blue ribbon at the Wilson County Fair. When planting flowers remember to plant some that will attract Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and/or Butterflies. Any type of a trumpet-shaped flower works best for our little Hummers.

In a well know supercenter store I was taking a short-cut through the shoe department when I ran into Natalie Janney, the young lady in charge of the Dixon Merrit Nature Center at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park. We talked about how well things went last week and have plans for me to come out and do a few more bird programs and the Owl prowl. Of course I will keep you all posted about future bird happenings at the park. I don’t like to toot my own horn, but it’s a shame that more people don’t take advantage of a great state park right in our own back yard with nature programs every week of the summer.



Calendar - May 11

Government Meetings
Wilson County Commission’s Planning & Zoning Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 16, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Lebanon City Council will meet in regular session at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. Prior to the meeting, council will hold a public hearing at 5:55 p.m. in the same location.

Wilson County Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m., Monday, June 6, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Monday, May 23.

Community Calendar
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.

AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.

HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.

“Southern Fried Funeral,” a comedy by Osborne & Eppler presented by the SunnySide Performing Arts Ministry at Westland United Methodist Church, will be Thursdays, May 5 and 12, at 7:30 p.m., cost is $8 for the show only; Fridays, May 6, 13 and 30, dessert theatre, at 7:30 p.m., cost is $12; Saturdays, May 7, 14 and 21, dinner theatre (fried chicken), cost is $18, dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.; Sundays, May 8 and 15, dessert theatre, at 2:30 p.m., cost is $12. For reservations or information, call 444-1447. Leave your name, phone number and number in party, or any questions. Cash or check at the door.

Public Records Committee will meet at 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, at the Wilson County Archives.
Health & Welfare Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 12, in the commission courtroom at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Wilson County Tea Party will attend the first ever “Tennessee Freedom Coalition at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at Cornerstone Church in Madison. Guest speaker will be Geert Wilders, the spokesperson against the encroachment of Islam in Western Europe. For information, visit

Annual Spring “Reaching for the STARRS” Benefit Trail Ride for Southern STARRS, Inc., will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, May 14, at Cedars of Lebanon Stables, Highway 231 South. It is a 10-mile ride. The entry fee is $25. Entry fee will be waived with $75 or more in pledges. Door prizes will also be awarded for $75 or more in pledges. Each paid participant will receive a gift bag ($25 value). First prize is worth more than $200. You must turn in pledges to be eligible for prizes. For pre-registration and pledge sheets, contact Southern STARRS at 453-2592, email or visit There will be a cookout after the ride.

Wilson County Republican Party will take its May meeting on the road to Mt. Juliet. The WCRP will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 14, at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 5001 Crossings Circle (across from Providence MarketPlace). Guest speaker will be new Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty. For information, contact Kevin Foushee, WCRP chairman, at 444-5732 or visit
Watertown High School Class of 1960 will hold a reunion on Saturday, May 14 at 5 p.m. at Ryan’s in Lebanon. For more information you may contact Lynda Sue Simpson at 237-3801.

Greenvale Cemetery Memorial Service will be at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 15. In case of rain, the service will be held at Greenvale Church.

Wilson County Schools Pre-Kindergarten Round-Up will be from noon until 5 p.m., Friday, May 20, in the East/West Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Open to any 3-5 year old in Wilson County, the event is free and will include food, games and prizes. Speech/language, developmental, vision and hearing screenings will be offered. For information, call Denise McMillan, Pre-K coordinator, at 453-7302, or Cindy Johnson, program assistant, at 547-7751, ext. 2032.

Antique Tractor, Antique Truck and Gas Engine Show, hosted by Wilson County Antique Power Association, will be Saturday, May 21, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Gates open at 8 a.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For information, contact Johnny/Debbie Mitchell at 444-6944.

PHOEBE Ministries, a ministry of widows reaching widows, will meet at The Art Mill in Lebanon at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21. Participants will paint a blue iris, the symbol of PHOEBE Ministries. Cost is $35 plus tax, and all materials are included. Members are also collecting drink cans and soup and vegetable cans for Miracle Power, a ministry that is building a home for widows and orphans in Africa. Bring empty cans to the meeting where someone will be on hand to collect them.

Gladeville Community Center holds Zumba Classes every Wednesday at the GCC from 7 until 8 p.m. For information, call Brandie Reshe at 668-2758. Bluegrass at the GCC will be Saturday, May 28. Doors open at 6 p.m. Hands of Time will perform. For information call Beazley at 243-2664.

Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.

Lebanon High School Class of 1981 will hold its 30-year reunion on Saturday, June 25 at Five Oaks. Get your address to Gary Ligon on Facebook or call Amy Gregory at 417-1313 or Beverly Hurd at 444-3904 for details.

Wilson County Retired Teachers’ Association will award two scholarships for the fall semester. Applications are now available at the Office of Student Financial Service at Cumberland University, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The WCRTA Scholarship is available to any junior or senior majoring in education. All parts of the application must be completed to be accepted. Deadline for applying is Friday, July 1.

Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at or, or call 308-0034. For information, go to or Facebook.

To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon. 37087, or e-mail them to Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.


General News

Davis touts Wilson Co. as "The Place To Be"

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
The quality of local education and its role in attracting new residents helps Wilson County to be The Place to Be, said Wilson County Schools Director Mike Davis on Tuesday.

Davis offered his thoughts on education during the Wilson County Place to Be initiative meeting held yesterday at the Wilson County Courthouse in Lebanon. 

Davis said Wilson offers opportunities for education at all levels from 3 months of age to post-graduate. From daycares with formal classroom atmospheres at each county school to Cumberland University, there are opportunities for students of all ages.

Dreams of flying, nightmares of World War II

Special to The Wilson Post
It’s been almost a year since we assembled at the Wilson County Courthouse on Memorial Day 2010. Leon Vantrease was the guest speaker that beautiful morning, and many of you may remember Mr. Vantrease as your postman.  We usually remember our mailman or rural carrier, but the question is:  “Will they remember us?”

Recently, we stood outside admiring Mr. Vantrease’s freshly mowed lawn and I mentioned that my first house, in 1965, was on the corner of West Spring and Castle Heights Avenue. As quickly as a contestant on “Jeopardy,” Mr. Vantrease came back with the answer, “134 Castle Heights Avenue.” 

He was correct and I found that he possesses a natural ability to remember important facts and convey them effortlessly. We met specifically to remember the days of World War II and this is his story…

Habitat to dedicate construction site for Women Build house

Women are digging in to help Wilson County Habitat for Humanity make homeownership a reality for the Moore family. 

The women crew will help the Moore’s build their home as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program. This house will add to the more than 1,500 Habitat homes built by women throughout the United States. It is the fifth Women Build undertaken by Wilson County Habitat for Humanity. 

MJ OK's fire tax

Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET – Mt. Juliet City Commission approved a fee, or tax, of 20 cents per $100 0f assessed value to property owners inside the city limits and also approved an interlocal agreement with Wilson County for emergency medical services and fire protection at Monday night’s regular meeting.

The 20-cent tax will fund fire protection and ambulance service in Mt. Juliet, an issue discussed between city and county officials for a number of years.
City commissioners did a roll call vote to explain why they were voting yes for the property tax.

“I don’t want to impose a tax, but we got to do something,” said District 4 Commissioner Jim Bradshaw regarding his yes vote.

Mayor Ed Hagerty voiced his displeasure also with the agreement.


General Sports

Tee It Up for Sean golf tourney set June 13

One of the largest charity golf events in Wilson County is now in its sixth year and is set for play on Monday, June 13, at Lebanon’s Five Oaks Golf and Country Club.

The tournament, which has been tagged, “Tee it Up for Sean,” has enjoyed a huge following in memory of Sean Putman. Sean, who loved the game of golf, battled cancer for several years and passed away Aug. 20, 2005 at the age of 8. His parents are Troy and Beth Putman of Lebanon.

The Sean Putman Memorial Scholarship Fund was formed in his memory later the same year Sean passed away. Sean’s mother, Beth, serves as a member of the committee responsible for organizing the annual event.

“We continue to be amazed each day at the local response in support of Sean’s scholarship fund by this wonderful community we live in,” she said. “Our partnership with Cumberland to assist local high school seniors entering college has been so well received. The golf tournament is an important part of our lives and directly affects others in a special way while honoring Sean’s memory.”

Currently there are six Wilson County high school graduates receiving scholarship funds directly from tournament proceeds and other fund raising efforts to attend Cumberland University. That number will increase to nine students beginning with the fall term at CU. 

“The Sean Putman Scholarship was a great help for me while I pursued my degree at Cumberland. I really appreciated the scholarship funds I received and it really meant a lot since I personally knew Sean Putman and his family,” said Meleia Montgomery, a registered nurse now employed at University Medical Center in Lebanon.

A number of area students have benefited from the scholarship fund, and details of the scholarship are available online at Applications are now being accepted and the scholarship funds will be awarded this fall.

This year’s event is set to begin at 1 p.m., Monday, June 13. The tournament format is a four-man scramble with a shotgun start. Golfers are encouraged to register early as organizers anticipate a full field of golfers once again. LoJac Materials, a local road contractor, will be providing lunch for the golfers beginning at 11:30 a.m. Golfers will also have the opportunity during the lunch hour to bid on items donated for silent auction.

In addition to the main afternoon event, a recreational nine-hole round of golf is planned for younger golfers. Information is now being distributed to area schools so they can register and participate. This has proved to be an exciting time for many youngsters as they experience golf on this area’s premier golf course for the first time. This event gets underway at 8 a.m. 

Primary sponsors and underwriters of this year’s event include: Friends of College Hills Church of Christ, LoJac Materials, Partlow Funeral Chapel, PFG/Lester, THW Insurance Services, Wilson Bank & Trust, MediaMail and The Wilson Post.

Registration to play and sponsorship forms can be downloaded at For information, visit the website, or you can phone Troy Putman at 547-5629 or Stephanie Walker at 547-1387.

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