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Billy Jewel Winfree, 76
LEBANON – Funeral services were held Saturday, June 25 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Winfree, 76, of Lebanon.
Mr. Winfree passed away June 23, 2011, at University Medical Center in Lebanon. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Born in DeKalb County on Feb. 5, 1935 to the late Robert Lee Winfree and Minnie Winnard Winfree.
Mr. Winfree retired from Precision Rubber with 38 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his son, Ricky Troy Winfree; three brothers Jamie, Auburn and Nelson Winfree and sister, Athlene Barnes.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elsie Moss Winfree; four children, Billy D. Winfree, Patty (Mike) Lackey, Bobby Winfree and Terry (Angie) Winfree; two brothers Jack (Margie) Winfree, H.L. Winfree; sister Ruth Minchey; three grandchildren, Heather, Brittney and Jeremy Winfree and three great-grandchildren.
Services were officiated by Brother Jackie Lackey and interment was held at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers: Joe Chaffin, Bob Williams, Dick Bennett, Tony Murray, Gene Atnip and Bobby Lax.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Charlene Charley White, 54


WINCHESTER – Funeral services will be held Friday, July 1 at 6 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home in Mt. Juliet for Mrs. White, 54, of Winchester.
Mrs. White passed away on Monday, June 27, 2011. Visitation with the family will be Friday, July 1 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home.
Survivors include: mother, Lottie Merritt; son, Teddy White; brother, James “Jim” (Kim) Merritt; and other family members, Juanita Joyce Brodie, Cecil W. Endeman, Carolyn Sells, Charlie Wardwhite, Larry Brodie, Melissa Salinas and Helen Doxstater.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home of Mt. Juliet.

Charles W. Miles,

Charles W. Miles
LEBANON – Mr. Miles passed away on Monday, June 27, 2011, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
He is preceded in death by parents, Gerald and Marjorie Henemier Miles and two sisters.
Survivors include: wife, Carolyn Kruse Miles; step-son, Scott (Jodi) Stearnes; grandchildren, Selma Stearns and Kempler Stearns and many nieces and nephews.
Sellars Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Charlie Bissinger, 67

Services for Mr. Charlie Thomas Bissinger will be 10 a.m., Thursday, June 30, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Brother Mark Stinnett, Pastor John Hunn and Brother Barry Ellis officiating.

Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 until 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, and after 9 a.m., Thursday, June 30, at Ligon & Bobo.

Evelyn Mary DAndria, 61


LEBANON – Funeral Mass was held Monday, June 27 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church for Mrs. D’Andria, 61, of Lebanon.
Interment was held in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. D’Andria passed away on June 20, 2011. She was a member of The Legion of Mary at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents George and Mary Rogers and biological father James Scaringi. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Alfred D’Andria Sr.
Survivors include: children Tina (John) Hamilton, Mary Ann (Rodney) Smith, John (Allison) D’Andria and Alfred D’Andria Jr.; siblings: Danny Scaringi, George (Cynthia) Rogers and David (Barbara) Rogers; grandchildren Jeff Wills, Julia Hamilton, John Thomas Hamilton, Ryan Smith, Devin Smith and Evie Clare D’Andria; aunts and uncles Mary and Tony Scaringi and Rocco Scaringi.
Pallbearers: John D’Andria, Al D’Andria Sr., Al D’Andria Jr., Rodney Smith, Jeff Willis and George Rogers. Special thanks are extended to Sue Ellen Simpson, Jean Barker, and Eddie D’Andria.
Sellars Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Frances Lecornu Bates, 77
LEBANON -- Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at the Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Bates, 77, of Lebanon.
Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Services are to be officiated by Brother Bill Speight and Dr. Larry Locke.
Mrs. Bates passed away on Monday, June 27, 2011 at her home. She was a member of Gladeville Church of Christ. She is the daughter of the late Lawton and Gertie Midgett Lecornu.
She was a 1951 graduate of Lebanon High School and had worked at Texas Boot and was a cook at Southside Elementary School.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Dougie Bates and a brother, Glenn Lecornu.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Douglas Bates; three children, Judy (Charles) Dillon; Jerry (JoAnn) Bates and Houston (Lori) Cohea; five grandchildren, David Bilbrey, Wendy Thompson, Austin Cohea, Joey Bates and Amber Cohea; sister Carolyn (Kenneth) Moss; sister-in-law Jean Lecornu all of Lebanon.
Honorary pallbearers: Elders & Deacons of Gladeville Church of Christ.
Active pallbearers: Wyatt Foust, Austin Cohea, Joey Bates, Shane Helton, Kevin Hunt, Johnny Bates, Michael Carpenter and Darrel Johnson.
Memorials may be made to the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon was in charge of the arrangements.
Garmelia B. Crawford, 88
MT. JULIET – Funeral services were held Monday, June 27 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Crawford, 88, of Mt. Juliet.
Mrs. Crawford died Friday, June 24, 2011. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet.
The daughter of the late Arthur and Virgie Grisham Anderson, she was also preceded in death by her husband Wayne Crawford and eight brothers and sisters.
Survivors include: children Gwenda Underwood, Sharron Reed, Freda Poindexter and Darrell (Paula) Crawford; brother Corbett Anderson; sister Juanita (T.C.) Mauney; brother-in-law Billy (Verlon) Crawford; sisters-in-law Marie Crawford, Eva Crawford and Christine Anderson; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were officiated by Brother Billie Friel with interment following at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society or Alive Hospice.
Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Juanita Hargrove,73


HERMITAGE – Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 29, at 1 p.m. at Grace Place Church for Mrs. Hargrove, 73, of Hermitage.
Mrs. Hargrove died Monday, June 27, 2011 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, she was a member of Grace Place Church in Hermitage.
Pastors Tommy Dove, Paul Shields and Ted Clay presided over the ceremony. Interment followed at Spring Hill Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Alexander “PeeWee” Hargrove; parents, Eddie and Sarah Clay; brothers, Eddie and Jerry Clay and sister, Frances Henry.
Survivors include: children, Larry Kimble, Dudley Blankenship of Hermitage, Debbie Blankenship, Rita (Ken) Sweeney, Janie (Charlie) Newby of Lebanon, Tom (Penny) Hargrove and Gina Sanders; brother, Ted (Pauline) Clay; sisters, Judy (Roy) Nichols, Barbara Fields and Patsy (Frankie) Addison; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Martha Walraven, 92

Services for Mrs. Martha Neal Walraven, 92, of Watertown, were held Monday, June 27, at Hunter Funeral Home.
Interment was at Neal Cemetery.

Mrs. Walraven died Friday, June 24, 2011 at her residence.

A native of Watertown, she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Home Economics from A&I College in Kingsville, Texas, in 1941. Mrs. Walraven was a member of Watertown First Baptist Church and was a member of the choir for 25 years.

Mary Baskin Jordan, 92


LEBANON – A memorial service will be held at Leeville Methodist Church on Thursday, June 30, at 3 p.m. for Mrs. Jordan, 92, of Lebanon.
She passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at University Medical Center in Lebanon. She was a member of Lebanon’s First United Methodist Church and a homemaker.
The services will be officiated by Brother Larry Pedigo.
Visitation will be held Thursday, June 30 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Leeville Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by parents Thomas Wilson Baskin and Maude Moser Baskin; husband, F.D. “Joe” Jordan and two infant grandchildren.
Survivors include: son, Chester (Freda) Jordan of Lebanon; granddaughter, Kristy (Jerry) Rizbi; step-granddaughters, Lisa (David) LaGrange of Lebanon and April Bradley and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Jordan to New Leash on Life or to a charity of choice.
Partlow Funeral Chapel in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.

Nathan B. Henry, Sr., 49
LEBANON – Mr. Henry, 49, of Lebanon passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2011. No services are scheduled at this time.
He is preceded in death by parents, Herbert James and Erna Virginia Marler Henry Sr. and sister Joyce Laux.
Survivors include: six sons, William Henry, Christopher Henry, Nathan Henry Jr., James Henry, Leonard Henry and Ulysses Henry; siblings, Melinda (Thomas) Harrison, Joe Marlar, Marie (Johnny) Smith and Herbert “Jim” (Kimberly) Henry.
Sellars Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Robert Lee Forris Neal, 75
LEBANON -- Funeral services are to be held Wednesday, June 29 at J.C. Hellum Funeral Chapel immediately following the family receiving friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Mr. Neal, 75.
Mr. Neal died Saturday, June 25, 2011 at University Medical Center in Lebanon.
Interment will be held at Gladeville Cemetary.
Bishop Robert H. McFarland, eulogist, and Pastor Bobby Sanders officiating.
Survivors include: a loving wife Hazel Lee Jennett Neal; children Terry Wayne Neal, Tracy Warren Neal, Stephanie Nichole (Clarence) Nabaa and Angela Racquel Neal; devoted daughter-in-law Mary Lou Arms; brothers Frank (Joyce) Neal, Melvin (Freddie) Neal and Try Kenneth Neal; sisters Carrie (Lester) Word and Linda Shannon; brothers-in-law Henry Jennett and Robert Martin; sisters-in-law Gladys Neal, Ann Wharton, Janice Stevenson, Beverly Jennett, Carlene (Charles) Hancock and Mildred Winters; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Special friends Claude Harrison, Garland Allen and James McFarland.
Funeral service in the care of J.C. Hellum Funeral Home.
Sarah Ann Reese Lane, 84
WATERTOWN – Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 30 at 10 a.m. at Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Lane, 84, of Watertown.
Mrs. Lane died on Monday, June 27, 2011 at University Medical Center in Lebanon, she was a member of Watertown First Baptist Church.
The Rev. Don Mathis will conduct the ceremony with interment at Wilson County Memorial Park.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard H. Lane; son, Robert Harold Lane; parents, Albert E. and Oma Lula Comer Reese; sister, Mary Elizabeth Walden and brother, Ellie Hugh Reese.
Survivors include: sons, Tommy Lane of Watertown and Ray (Ernestine) Lane; grandchildren, Lorrie Ann Lane Cummings of Watertown, Misty (Ted) Reed and Andrea (Freddie) Mofield both of Lebanon; great-grandchildren, Dustin Coe Cummings, Tiffany Dunkin, Justin Mofield and Alec Reed; great great-grandson Rylan Dee Cummings; brothers Noel Reese of Gladeville and Joel (Shirley) Reese of Lebanon; sisters Christine Lane of Lebanon and Evelyn Graham; nieces and nephews.
Hunter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Virginia Ruth Layne Milliken, 80

LEBANON – Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 27 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Milliken, 80, of Lebanon.
A member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet and of Teamsters Local 745 in Dallas, Texas, she died Thursday, June 23, 2011.
Services were officiated by Brother Fred Vantrease. A graveside committal service was held Monday, June 27 at Algood Cemetery in Algood.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Milliken and grandson, Anthony Sullivan.
Survivors include: children, Dennis Milliken of Los Angeles, California, Dianna (Jackie Ratliff of Mt. Juliet, Debra (Marshall) Hood of Kemp, Texas and Donna (Colby) Kelly of Seven Points, Texas; brothers-in-law Alvin (Ruth) Milliken of Cookeville and Jerry (Patty) Pemberton of Algood; sister Lynda Bennett of Ashdown, Arkansas; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.Pallbearers: Matthew Ratliff, Chris Ratliff, Chuck Cawthorn, Robin Thomas, Buddy Davis, Chet Melvin and Brian Ratliff.
Bond Memorial Chapel of Mt. Juliet, in charge of arrangements.


Today's Blastout - Wednesday June 29, 2011

John Sloan - Outdoors

The birthday


Many years ago in Wyoming, I spent my birthday fishing on the Powder River in the land of Butch and Sundance. I remember it as being a great birthday. That memory spawned this story. JLS

It had been a pleasant night. He had actually slept well, something he did not often do anymore. Usually he would be up every 90 minutes for one reason or another. Last night he had only gotten up once. Maybe he should try sleeping in a tent and on a foam pad at home.

The woods had been noisy last night. A variety of animals, especially the peepers, had carried on a conversation the whole time. Maybe that white noise had allowed him to sleep so well. It was slowly coming daylight now. He could feel it seeping in. He stretched making both his back and his hip pop. He shook his left arm and got the feeling going in it. Eventually he would have to have something done about the pinched nerve.


Ask Ken Beck

Cicadas no match for hordes of giant hoppers
Dear Ken: With the recent invasion of the noisy cicadas, I seem to remember a late 1950s horror film that had giant locust crawling up skyscrapers in a big city. What is the title of that movie and who starred in it?
That was 1957’s “Beginning of the End.” It starred Peter Graves as the entomologist trying to dig up the dirt on grasshoppers that had been radiated during tests by the Illinois State experimental farm and turned into big bugs. Filmed in New Horrorscope, it was reportedly the first full-length science-fiction thriller made with real live creatures, 200 of them. Of course, the hoppers were superimposed on images of Chicago. It was pretty scary, if you were 8 years old.   

General Lifestyle

Birds of all feathers flock to Poultry Hollow

Special to The Wilson Post

WILKERSON HOLLOW -- About 6,000 live poultry—chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, guinea hens, quail, pheasant and peacocks—rule the roost in Poultry Hollow.

These fine-feathered friends fill brooders in the barn as well as pens and coops beside the barn, while others just meander around the grassy hillside or beside the creek and pond. The noises they make range from cackles, squawks, clucks and chirps to quacking, cooing and crowing.

The hatchery began two years ago, but its origin flies back to 1980 when owner Todd Rutigliano, then 17, bought his first chicken from Edwards Hatchery in Lebanon.

Our Feathered Friends, June 29

Another Sunday and another great dinner at my Mother’s house. I pulled up the driveway and was met by my excited brother, Don. He said be quiet and let’s slip over toward the Hackberry tree at Mom's house in the front yard. It seems that a couple of Vultures were also having Sunday dinner with the guest of honor, a dead possum. All the trees around were in full foliage with little room for spotting their lunch from the air. There are many times that Vultures will fly at a lower altitude in hopes of smelling their way to dinner.

The Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) is a bird found throughout most of North America. Some people refer to it as a Turkey Buzzard and in some areas as a Carrion Crow. They are scavengers and feed exclusively on carrion. It locates its meal using its keen eyesight and sense of smell, flying low enough to detect the gasses given off in the process of decomposition of the unlucky animal and in rare instances, humans. Most everyone has watched some of the old westerns where the "Buzzards" would circle around some poor lost soul, waiting for him or her to take that last breath



Improvement to major artery will help keep traffic moving


On today’s front page there is a story about the scheduled opening of the new five-lane portion of Highway 109.

This state route has become in recent years one of the county’s most important thoroughfares as it enables traffic to move from Sumner County and west Lebanon to I-40 and on south to State Route 840.


Guest Column

Lets join Einstein

Why do we have to listen to so much elaborate gobbledygook? Why can’t medical experts, legal experts, scientists, scholars, and any one else who gets a microphone stuck in front of him or her just speak plainly? 

  -Tired of all the UNNECESSARY Verbiage


General News

5 lanes to open in July

 By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
After nearly three years of orange barrels, construction crews and snarled traffic, a portion of Highway 109 is finally expected to open up to five full lanes next month according to Glenn Chambers, vice president of operations for LoJac Enterprises, Inc.

Begun in October 2008, Chambers said the crew working on Hwy. 109 is in the final stages of construction and will soon be ready to open the road, making the highway safer and easier to travel.

“It’ll be a lot safer, and it’ll ease congestion, too,” Chamber said.

Cancer-stricken grandmother flies to New Mexico for rodeo

Special to The Wilson Post

Watertown freshman Ramsey Goolsby, 14, the reigning Tennessee Junior High All-Around Cowboy, is competing this week in Gallop, N.M., at the world’s largest junior high rodeo.

But he’s had more on his mind than roping and tying calves.

Among the spectators in the crowd of thousands has been his grandmother, Pat Ricketts, also of Watertown, who suffers from liver failure. Watching her grandson compete in six different events here may be the last item on her bucket list as doctors have given her but a few more months to live.

Chief asks action against sale, use of synthetic drugs

The Wilson Post

In response to what he perceives as a growing threat to local youth, Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen is proposing a change to the Lebanon Municipal Code that will prohibit the possession, sale, delivery or transfer of synthetic drugs.

While the ordinance was deferred at the Lebanon City Council’s June 21 meeting, Bowen has since sent a wealth of information about the controlled substances to members of the council to bring them up to speed on their effects.

“There are stories everywhere about this stuff,” Bowen said, referring to products such as K2, Sprinkles, Diesel and more.

Orlando Steverson captured in Smyrna

A Lebanon man placed on the TBI Top Ten Most Wanted List was captured last week and booked into the Wilson County Jail without bond until a court hearing.

Orlando Steverson, 28, was arrested and charged with one count of first degree murder on a warrant out of Lebanon after he was found hiding in a back bedroom of his girlfriend’s residence at Village Place Apartments Wednesday, June 29.

He was located and taken into custody by TBI, U.S. Marshals, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department and Lebanon Police Department.

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