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George Gowan Payne, Jr., 84
LEBANON -- Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at the First Presbyterian Church for Mr. Payne, 84, of Lebanon and formerly of Nashville.
Born in Davidson County and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, he died Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at Southern Manor in Lebanon.
Mr. Payne was retired from Stephens Millwork & Lumber Co. after 50 years and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Bill Bryant.
Survivors include: daughters Helen (Jerry) Holt of Nashville and Emily D. Payne of Lebanon; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents, George Gowan and Emily Donelson Payne Sr.; his wife of 62 years Helen Nelson Payne; son George Gowan Payne III; and sisters Carolyn Medwedeff, Catherine Minton and Emily Cain.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 304 West Main Street, Lebanon 37087.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Grover C. Breedlove, 83
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Breedlove, 83, of Lebanon.
Retired from Precision Rubber and a member of Philadelphia Church of Christ, he died Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at his residence.
Services will be conducted by Brother Tom Watson. Interment will follow in Williams Cemetery.
Survivors include: son Bill (Sheila) Breedlove of Hampton; brother Lionel (Delores) Breedlove of Westmoreland; grandchildren Julie (Kevin) Griffin and Joseph (Steffaine) Breedlove; great-grandchildren Delaney Griffin and Jackson and Jena Breedlove.
He was preceded in death by wife Lena Breedlove; parents Grover and Annie Breedlove; brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers: Joseph Breedlove, Kevin Griffin, Ronnie Hobbs, Walter Lackey and Orbie and Tommy Eubanks.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Henry Lester Murray, 75
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Friday, June 10 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Murray, 75, of Lebanon.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he died Monday, June 6, 2011.
The son of the late Ward and Verdie Sweat Murray, he attended Immanuel Baptist Church.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the service Friday at the funeral home.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Barry Ellis.
Survivors include: wife Judy Murray; children Susan Murray West, Keith (Judy) Murray and Todd (Chris) Murray; brother Lawton (Patsy) Murray; grandchildren Raven (Joey) Petty, Zach West, Brad Trombley and Adam (Karen), Lauren, Tyler and Josh Murray; great-grandchildren Isaiah Petty and Eli, Catey and Emma Murray; mother-in-law Lucy Fuller; sisters-in-law Linda (John) Ritchie and Debbie (Don) Thomas; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Mt. Juliet's Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Hines Rucker, 71
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 10 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Rucker, 71, of Sarasota, Fla. and formerly of Wilson County.
A 1958 graduate of Watertown High School and a circus performer, he died Sunday, June 5, 2011 at Sunnyside Nursing Home in Sarasota, Fla.
Mr. Rucker was the ringmaster for Jim Nordmark's International All Star Circus in the mid-1980s.
Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. until service time.
Rev. Don Mathis will conduct the service with interment to follow at Jones Hill Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Lotie Tarpley Rucker; brother Clay Ricketts and sister-in-law Annie Ray George Ricketts.
Survivors include: nephew Ronnie (Gaylon) Ricketts of Panama City, Fla.; great-niece Amy Maynard of Elgin, Texas and friends Susan Zimmerman and Lee Ketchum -- both of Sarasota, Fla.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

General Sports

Pedigo out as MJ softball coach

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
A highly-successful seven-year run as head coach of the Mt. Juliet High softball program has come to an end for Kacey Pedigo.

“The decision has been made,” Mt. Juliet High principal Mel Brown said via telephone Thursday morning. “Ms. Pedigo will no longer be our softball coach. This will not impact her teaching position at Mt. Juliet High School.”

A 1993 graduate of Mt. Juliet and a former catcher for the Lady Bears, Pedigo compiled a record of 223-94 as head coach after leaving a coaching position at Nashville Overton to come home.

Three times she took her team to the TSSAA Spring Fling -- twice losing the in championship game to Soddy-Daisy and this season’s fifth-place state tourney finish. Her 2011 Mt. Juliet squad completed the season with a record of 30-10 and knocked off eventual state champion Beech High School in the Region 5AAA championship game.

She was voted the 2011 District 9AAA Coach of the Year, an honor she won on two other occasions. During her tenure at Mt. Juliet some 18 of her players have earned college scholarships.

When reached by telephone Thursday morning, Pedigo declined to go on the record regarding her situation. She presently serves as the head of Mt. Juliet High's Wellness & PE Department.

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