LEBANON -- Services have been scheduled for Lebanon’s Frank Albert Neal Jr. who died Monday, June 13 at the age of 90. Neal served as an Elder for 33 years as a member of College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon and previously was a member of Bethel Church of Christ in Greenwood.
He was a song leader at the church for many years and taught what was called the men’s downtown Sunday school class for several years. In Neal’s early career, he delivered milk from his family dairy in Lebanon during the 1930’s and went on to enter the service station business working for Bill Rose and McDowell Motor Company. He then worked for J.P. McDowell and P.F. Keats.
He and his wife, Georgia, then spent 24 years operating Neal’s Amoco while being a dairy and cattle farmer. Early in his life he was an active member of the Grange, and he spent several years working for Leonard Melton Sporting Goods in Nashville.
He retired from business in the city after some 45 years and settled into farming and church work. He was a Bible student all his life and very close to the church and what it stood for, his family said. He was a 1940 graduate of Lebanon High School.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Georgia Hudson Neal, three sons Frank Neal III (Suzanne), James “Jimmy” Neal (Linda), Terry Neal (Virginia) and a daughter Joy Rhodes. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, two sisters, Rose Baird (Wallis) and Callie Grissim, (Bill, deceased); brother-in law Robert Schott; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Family members said Neal will be missed by many loyal friends, of whom Steve Rector was like a special son.
Mr. Neal was preceded in death by his parents Frank A. Neal Sr. and mother Pauline Rogers Neal, sisters Pauline Schott and Virginia Pulliam.
Visitation with the family will be at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon on Thursday, June 16, from 2-8 p.m. and again on Friday, June 17, at College Hills Church of Christ from noon until the funeral service begins at 3 p.m. with Dr. Larry Locke and Brother Kevin Owen officiating. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Honorary pallbearers are Elders and Deacons of College Hills Church of Christ, Mr. Neal’s sons and Steve Rector. Pallbearers are Frank Neal IV, Ben Neal, David Neal, Tyler Davenport, Max Davenport, Brantly Cox, Dustin Murphy, Cameron Griffith, Elijah Neal and Frank Neal V.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Healing Hands International or College Hills Church of Christ, Lebanon, TN.
LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon in charge of arrangements.
By JOHN L. SLOAN, June 15, 2011
The use of bait for hunting deer is controversial and involves a complex set of biological, social, and ethical issues. Biologically, population influences related to baiting can be important in the dissemination and maintenance of disease and can affect the natural movement, distribution, and behavior of deer. Baiting can also influence survival and reproduction of deer, particularly when it moves towards supplemental feeding.
Finally, concentrations of deer at bait sites may lead to effects on other species, habitats, and ecosystems.
Just fish in the DAM SHADE
By JOHN L. SLOAN, June 8, 2011
It is a cool, 97 degrees. Even the trees are sweating. Not Judge Dave Durham, fishing guide Richard Simms and I. We are cool and comfortable bobbing gently in the shade of Chickamauga Dam. The dam rears high above us, providing plenty of cool shade. We are fishing for bluegill.
However, that is just temporary. The ‘gills are just for bait. We are cat fishing on a day that will approach record heat. Probably we will use chicken breasts, cut in strips. The ‘gills are just for insurance.
By ANGEL KANE,
Wilson Living Magazine
That is always the dreaded question, isn’t it?
Dear Ken: How many Oscars has Robert De Niro won? Where did he grow up and what was his first movie appearance?
The native New Yorker, 67, who grew up in the Little Italy section of Manhattan and later Greenwich Village, has been nominated for six Academy Awards and won two. His wins came in the films “Raging Bull” and “The Godfather: Part II.” The other nominations came for “Taxi Driver,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Awakenings” and “Cape Fear.” He first appeared onscreen in 1965’s “Three Rooms in Manhattan” but received no screen credit. His first credit came in “Greetings” in 1968, and his first boffo performance came in 1973’s “Bang the Drum Slowly.”
Dear Ken: What is Charlotte Rae of “Facts of Life” doing these days?
The actress, who portrayed Edna Garrett, the housekeeper/chaperone on “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Facts of Life,” most recently appeared in an episode of “Pretty Little Liars.” Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, Rae, 85, has done it all from cabaret and Broadway to film and TV. Of her best-known TV role she says, “We really worked very hard to give the shows quality and not go into things like sex as a sport, or things that are very misleading to young people. We had a social responsibility and we kept to it, which made me very happy.” Her first TV role came as Sylvia Schnauser on the 1961-63 sitcom “Car 54, Where Are You?” That show’s first season was recently released on DVD, and it is hilarious.
Dear Ken: Now starring in the new series “Body of Proof,” what other TV shows has Dana Delany starred in?
Delaney, 55, was a regular on “Desperate Housewives,” “Kidnapped,” “Presidio Med,” “Pasadena,” “China Beach” and “Sweet Surrender.” She also has provided the voice of Lois Lane in a couple of animated series. Several weeks back, she placed ninth in “People” magazine’s annual 100 Most Beautiful list.
Dear Ken: Who did the original voices of Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty on “The Flintstones”?
Yabba-dabba-do! So glad you asked. Alan Reed was Fred Flintstone, and Jean Vander Pyle was Wilma and Pebbles. Mel Blanc did Barney Rubble, and Bea Benaderet was Betty Rubble. As for Dino, that was Blanc again.
If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org
By ANGEL KANE
Summer is definitely upon us here in Middle Tennessee and we, at Wilson Living, are staying busier than ever.
We were thrilled to see so many of you at Cumberland University’s Symphony on the Lawn yesterday, as the event is always a crowd pleaser. This year was no different as families and friends enjoyed food, fellowship and an outstanding performance by the symphony right here in our own backyard!
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Louie Gasser’s children have no clue as to how many planes their father bought and sold over the decades.
“He bought an old Curtiss Jenny, an old World War I surplus plane, and he had J3s, J4s and J5s and two bamboo bombers/Cessna 78s, and there was a gold wing Stinson, a tri-motor Osprey and a Travel-Air,” recounted son Juan, mentioning some of the planes.
As for sharing his passion, Gasser taught more than 500 people to fly, including dozens of World War II aviation cadets.
“When the war started, they had a civilian pilot training program. Dad had his flight school, and he trained pilots on J3s for the military. After 15 hours then the military took over. He weeded out the troublemakers and those who couldn’t fly,” Juan said.
“Dad test flew a lot of planes, Stinsons for Vultee (today known as Avco Aerostructures Textron), during the years of World War II before the Army ran him out.”
Astonishingly, Gasser didn’t teach his children how to fly, but he did take them on numerous flights.
By RAY POPE
There are several birds here in town that really miss their dinner being right at their reach. It also seems strange not to have the constant drone of the male cicadas, now that they have done their thing and gave up their life in exchange for 13 years of quiet. Do you miss them already?
A couple of weeks ago, I told you the story of the lady that was going to ride her motorcycle to church only to find her helmet was being used by a Carolina Wren for a nursery. There are always strange things in my life and I find myself coming up full circle. The other day at the Lebanon library I had been talking to this nice lady when she spotted my motorcycle helmet in my hand.
She said that she was also a rider, but for the last few days she was unable to ride because some bird was using her helmet. My jaw dropped as I asked her what her name was and she said Suzy Scott! You could have knocked me over with a feather.
I had received an e-mail from her just two weeks earlier describing the helmet situation. It is so nice to be able to put a face to a name.
Saturday afternoon, I stopped by the Farmers Market to see what kinds of vegetables were coming in fresh off the farm. I have been lucky this spring by already picking some home-grown tomatoes from my garden.
By SAM HATCHER
Wilson County is the second wealthiest county in Tennessee. It is strategically located near the state capitol, has an incomparable network of major transportation thoroughfares, maintains a local airport that is capable of servicing corporate jet air traffic, is only minutes from Nashville’s International Airport and provides for its residents a lifestyle second to none.
Lebanon City Council will have work session on the proposed 2011-2012 budget at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. Council will also have a special called meeting at 5:30 p.m. to consider a resolution to hire one part time seasonal worker for mowing maintenance.
Wilson County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Monday, July 11, 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, Tuesday, June 21.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto elaborated Tuesday on the creation of a Reapportionment Committee and redistricting following the release of the 2010 U.S. Census as well as the final interview process of seven candidates for the position of Human Resources Director.
With the 2010 U.S. Census results now certified, the county commission is expected to elect members of the Reapportionment Committee during next Monday’s commission meeting.
“The sole responsibility of redistricting falls back on the commission,” Hutto said in a telephone interview.
On the commission’s June 20 agenda is a resolution to create a committee of five commissioners to work on the redistricting process. Hutto said the Steering Committee drafted the resolution, using the county school zones as a means of selecting which squires can be on the Reapportionment Committee.
From Post staff reports
What the State Fair Board giveth, it proved yesterday it can also take away. Tuesday the State Fair Board reversed an earlier action and voted on a 3-2 decision to award the operation of the 2011 State Fair to the Tennessee State Fair Association, an all-volunteer group. Katy Varney, chair of the State Fair Board, cast the tie-breaking vote.
The State Fair Board, a Metro Nashville appointed board, had previously awarded the State Fair contract to a West Tennessee company, Delta Agribusiness.
The issue has interest in Wilson County because of what might happen in the future to the State Fair. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has indicated a strong interest in seeing that the State Fairgrounds be vacated in order to make way for new business development on the site that may prove to be more valuable to the City of Nashville. If that happens at some point in the future, the State Fair will likely be looking for a new location.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
A semi-truck carrying 40,000 pounds of plywood overturned Tuesday morning on East High Street in Lebanon, fortunately causing no injuries to the driver or other motorists.
Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said the truck was driving westbound on West Baddour Parkway around 7 a.m., crossed over Carthage Highway before turning over at the left hand curve on East High Street. “When he took that curve, the weight shifted and it just tipped over,” Bowen said.
The truck’s trailer turned over onto its side, damaging several street signs and a fire hydrant in a parking lot. The truck’s cab remained upright and the driver suffered no injuries in the accident.
Bowen said the truck remained overturned for most of the day as police officers oversaw the cleanup efforts. Another truck arrived and the plywood was reloaded, and Bowen said the wreck was cleared around 3:30 p.m.
5TH HEAD COACH FIRED
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Last Friday’s firing of Blue Devil baseball coach Tracy Slone brings to five the number of Lebanon High head coaches dismissed by principal Myra Sloan since taking her job a year ago.
Tracy Slone’s seventh and final season as head coach of the LHS baseball program ended with a record of 13-21 -- including victories over TSSAA Sectional qualifiers Mt. Juliet, Beech and Dickson County.
“Coach Slone came to Lebanon High School as our baseball coach after Coach (Barry) Messer left in 2004,” Principal Sloan said. “I have known Tracy since he first moved to Lebanon and also when he taught at LHS as a Special Education and Physical Education teacher. I appreciate his dedication to LHS and the passion for the game itself and for the young men that have played under his direction.”
“At some point, I’ll have something to say about this,” Coach Slone said, “but not right now.”
Team parents and players attempted to meet with Principal Sloan Tuesday in support of Coach Slone, but that visit was delayed, then postponed when the gathering swelled to over 20. It is believed a spokesman for that group will have a face-to-face meeting with Director of Schools Mike Davis in the next several days.
LHS knocked off Hendersonville in the first round of the District 9AAA tournament, then lost to Gallatin 3-0 and eventual state qualifier Mt. Juliet 5-1 to close the 2011 season.
Slone’s 2009 Lebanon team went 23-13 and reached the Regional Tournament for the first time in over a decade -- losing to Coffee County in the semi-finals.
Slone is a native of Indiana and a graduate of Cumberland University where he pitched on the Bulldogs’ first World Series team in 1988. He played two seasons of minor league baseball in the New York Yankees and Oakland A’s organizations.
Prior to coaching at LHS he was the head coach at Lincoln County High School and at Lakeland High in LaGrange, Ind. During his prep coaching career, Sloan has seen 80 of his former players go on to play at the college level and three more sign pro contracts.
Slone now joins the ranks of football coach Bobby Brown, boy’s basketball coach Doug Keil, track coach David Glasscock and wrestling coach Darren Plumlee as having been dismissed under Principal Sloan’s tenure.
Brown has secured a position with the Lebanon Special Schools District as assistant principal at Baird Middle School. Within days of his firing, Keil was hired as assistant basketball coach and math teacher at Mt. Juliet High.
Glasscock has been named an assistant principal at Carroll-Oakland Elementary while Plumlee will teach and coach at Baird Middle School this fall.
The coaching vacancy at LHS was listed on the TSSAA’s online bulletin board Monday morning, June 13.