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Billy Eugene Conatser, 81
LEBANON – A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 2, at 10 a.m. at the Conatser Cemetery in Lebanon for Mr. Conatser, 81, of Lebanon.
Mr. Conatser passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2011, he owned an operated Conatser’s Service Station on Coles Ferry Pike for 45 years.
Mr. Conatser was a long time member and former deacon of Highland Heights Church of Christ. He was a board member of Friendship Christian School, Civitan Club member, and belonged to the Wilson County Sportsman’s Club.
An avid fisherman, Mr. Conatser enjoyed spending time at his family’s cabin on Center Hill Lake, and friends and family always enjoyed Pop’s Fish Fry. He was a 1948 graduate of Lebanon High School.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Buford and Mary Davis Conatser.
Family will receive friends at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon on Friday, July 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will be officiated by Brother Myron Keith and Brother Barry Keene.
Survivors include: his wife of 63 years, Dovie Jean Jenkins Conatser; his sister, Jewell Conatser Beal of Lebanon; his son, Michael A. Conatser and daughter-in-law Kathy Conatser; his daughter, Pat Conatser of Lebanon; and his daughter Cindy Eatherly and son-in-law Jerry Eatherly of Lebanon; grandchildren, Andy Conatser, Judd Conatser and wife, Zack Conatser, Eddie Doss Eatherly, and Rachel Eatherly; great grandson Jack Conatser, and by extended family and close friends of whom he loved.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Conatser Cemetery, c/o Larry Conatser.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral
Eugene R. Stafford, 70

MT. JULIET – Services will be held Friday, July 1, at Hermitage Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. for Mr. Stafford, 70, of Mt. Juliet.
Mr. Stafford died on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. He was preceded in death by his father, Hall Ricketts.
There will be visitation two hours prior to the service on Friday, July 1 at 9 a.m.
Dr. Bruce Grubbs will officiate the service with interment to follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife, Wynell Stafford; daughter, Telena (Keith) Martin; granddaughters, Alecia Martin, Makayla Martin; mother, Louise Ricketts; brothers, Johnnie (Gayla) Ricketts, Clifton (Nancy) Ricketts, and Doug (Peggy) Stafford; sisters, Marion Jones and Gatie McCoy.
Active Pallbearers: Bob Wright, Ricky Smith, Doug Pfeffer, Randy Johnson, John Stavinoha, David Liddle, Gene Jones, Jimmy Lackey and Tommy Jones.
Honorary Pallbearers: the Sunday School Class of Gladeville Baptist Church.
Hermitage Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Fannie Groves, 80
MURFREESBORO – Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 2 at 11 a.m. at Sellars Funeral Home in Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Groves, 80, of Murfressboro.
Mrs. Groves passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, she is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Ray Groves; and sons, Bruce Ray Groves and Tommy Gene Groves.
Survivors include: children, Linda Taylor, Lannie Groves, Debbie Byrd, Jerry Groves, Terry Groves, Janice Thomas and Joseph Groves; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be Friday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. until time of service, Brother Tim Sharp officiating.
Interment will follow the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Sellars Funeral Home in Mt. Juliet in charge of arrangements.
Hugh Goolsby, 72

LEEVILLE – Funeral services were held Thursday, June 30 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Goolsby, 72, of the Leeville community.
Mr. Goolsby passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at University Medical Center in Lebanon, he attended Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.
He was a farmer and worked for the Wilson Farmer Co-Op for 28 years.
Brother Kenneth Bowen officiated the services and interment followed at the Leeville Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his parents Chambler Herman and Ciola Beulah Brown Goolsby; daughter, Wanda Smith; son, Otis Wayne Goolsby; two brothers, Morrison and Eugene Goolsby; two sisters, Ina Lackey and Lillian Goolsby; and a grandson, Mark Wooden.
Survivors include: five children, Kenny (Robert Breon) Goolsby, Tony (Beth) Goolsby, Carl (B.J.) Goolsby, Scotty (Donna) Goolsby, and Timmy (Jennifer) Goolsby; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
James Rufus Pursley II, 60
MT. JULIET – Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, July 1 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Pursley, 60, of Mt. Juliet.
Mr. Pursley passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, he was a farmer and paramedic at the Metro Airport.
He is preceded in death by his father, James Rufus “Jack” Pursley Sr. and two half-brothers, Robert and Andrew Pursley.
Survivors include: mother, Mary Frances Oakley Pursley; wife of 30 years, Brenda Finley Pursley; son, James Dale (Tina) Pursley; two grandsons, Taylor and Dalton Pursley and several nieces and nephews, all of Mt. Juliet.
Brother Oran Collins officiating services with interment to follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 1, after 11 a.m. at Ligon & Bobo.
Honorary pallbearers: Dr. Aaron Esbenshade, Dr. Michael Ramos, Pharmacists Gary Dorris and Donnie Eidson and Mt. Juliet High School classes of 1968 and 1969.
Active pallbearers: Dale Pursley, Robin Hudgens, Donnie Odum, Dennis Dungy, Willi Dimitroff, Clay Harrell, Ricky Prince and Jim Harkreader.
Memorials may be made to New Leash on Life of Lebanon.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Patricia Susan Patty Shoaf, 52
MILTON – Mrs. Shoaf, 52, of Milton, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011.
She is survived by her husband, Tim Shoaf; parents, Bob and Loraine Gregor Downhour; children, Shawn Weaver, April Silva and Kelly Long; sisters, Gwenda Downhour, Linda McMunn and Charlene Williams; grandchildren, Hunter Wilson, Caleb Silva, Jackson Coyle, Dakota Cornett, Aiden Cornett and Christian Long.
Funeral services will be private.
Memorials may be made to the Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America.
Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet in charge of arrangements.
Randall Corley,47


WATERTOWN – A chapel service will be held Friday, July 1 at 4 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mr. Corley, 47, of Watertown.
Mr. Corley passed away Monday, June 27, 2011. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home on Friday from 9 a.m. until the service.
The chapel service will be conducted by Pastor Daniel Stirnemann.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Ann McIntire Corley.
Survivors include: three sons, Cody Corley, Dewight Corley, and Randy Corley; siblings, Sheila Hodge, Lynn Carey, Diane Dunn, Floyd Corley Jr., and Donald Corley; and two grandchildren, Madison Corley and Lindsey Corley.
Sellars Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.



Calender- July 1st

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.

Hunters Point Celebration Center will sponsor a Summer Fun Kid’s Camp on Wednesday nights at 7 during June and July for ages 3-11. There will be games, prizes, music, crafts and more with guest appearances by Forgiveness Man and Dr. Cut It Out. Adults are welcomed to attend the mid-week service. HPCC Is at 2232 Hunters Point Pike, Lebanon. For information, visit or email

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.

Music in the Cedars will be at 6 p.m., Friday, July 1. There will be no music on Saturday, July 2. Elliott Bro’s Band and Pa Pa will pick and sing on Friday. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available for 50 cents. Bring your chairs, and come to Cedars of Lebanon State Park Camper check-in stage for the concert.

American Red Cross Blood Drive will be at the Lebanon Post Office from noon until 5 p.m., Friday, July 1. The event is titled, “Country in My Blood,” and all donors will be entered into a drawing for a two-night stay at the Opryland Hotel, tickets to the Ryman, a backstage tour of the Ryman and a $300 Visa card. Schedule your appointment at and use sponsor code USPSLebanon or contact Betsy Snyder at or call 453-4758.

Wilson County Conservative Republicans will meet on Saturday, July 2, at Logan’s at Providence MarketPlace, Mt. Juliet. District 17 State Sen. Mae Beavers will give a legislative update on this year’s session of the Tennessee General Assembly.

Rocky Valley Baptist Church will have its first Free Movie Night at 8 on Saturday, July 2, at the church at 5745 Old Murfreesboro Road, East, Lebanon. Free drinks and popcorn will be provided. Everyone is urged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on. There are also plans to have fireworks after the movie for this first such event.

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.

Hailey-Fisher Reunion will be Monday, July 4, at Lock Seven. Bring a covered dish for the noon meal. Family and friends are invited.

Lebanon City Council will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.

Lady Liberty Live, also known as Rachael Rainwater, will be at the Lebanon Library at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 5. She delights and educates audiences of all ages as Lady Liberty. All ages are welcome. The program is free. For information, contact Nancy Fowler at 444-0632 or visit the website at

Wilson County Commission Ag Extension Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, at the Ag Extension Office.

Development & Tourism Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in the county commission courtroom, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Back Tax Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in the commission courtroom.

Animal Control Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.

Health & Welfare Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.

Education Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.

Minutes Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.

Steering Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.

Budget Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.
Lebanon Airport Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7, at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, 760 Franklin Road.

Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, July 7, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.

Senior Citizens Program and Caregivers will be the first Thursday of the month, July 7, at 11:30 a.m., at the Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon. Door prizes will be given. For information, call 444-1383.

Wilson County Road Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, July 8, in the Road Commission office where a Road Superintendent will be appointed, and it will be followed by the Urban Type Public

Facilities Board.

Fear, Frenzy & Faith with Kim Bolton – Rocky Valley Baptist Church is hosting a Ladies Night at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 9. Tickets are $15 which includes dinner. Contact Jennifer at 218-5701 or Candy at 944-9407 for tickets. Deadline to purchase tickets is Saturday, July 2.

Wilson County Republican Party will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 9, at the WCRP Headquarters at 500 South Cumberland Street (next to Kevin’s Automotive and directly behind 231 Car Sales), Lebanon. Guest speaker will be Trecia Dillingham, president of the Wilson County Chapter of Tennessee Right to Life. For information, contact Kevin Foushee, chairman of the WCRP, at 444-5732, or go to

Second Annual Tojo Creek Gourd Gala will be from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday, July 9, at the East/West Building of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds. Come and see a wide variety of gourd arts and crafts. Admission is free. For information, email or call John Swendiman at 449-0335. The event is co-sponsored by UT Extension.

Wilson County Commission Public Works Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Wilson County Democratic Women will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, at Gondola (in front of Walmart) in Lebanon. Members are encouraged to bring toothpaste to assist the Mt. Juliet Help Center. Guest speaker will be Dr. Bill McKee, professor of Education and Public Service Management at Cumberland University. The first place scholarship winner will also be in attendance. The Democratic Women sponsor scholarships for Wilson County senior high school students. There were three winners this year.

University of Tennessee Extension will offer the 4-H Babysitter’s Training Program from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, July 12-14, at the UT Extension Office at 925 E. Baddour Pkwy., Suite 100, Lebanon. The age range for this class is 5th through 12th grade. Participants must attend all three days. Cost will be $30 to cover materials each participant will receive. Space is limited, and slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. All participants must pre-register to attend. If you would like to register your child, or have questions or concerns, contact Marietta Sanford at 444-9584 or by email at

Tennessee Gesneriad Society will meet at Cheekwood in Botanic Hall at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 17. The program will be slideshow of the National Convention flower show. For information, contact Julie at or call 364-8459.

Long-Term Ombudsman Program volunteers are needed to visit and advocate for the elderly residents of long-term care facilities in the Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson and Robertson County areas. Requirements include patience, persistence, the ability to be objective and a genuine concern for the vulnerable elderly population in the area. The next 16-hour, two-day volunteer certification training will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 23-24. For information or to register for training, call 452-1687 or 452-5259.

Calling all Wilson County High School graduates and teachers, the Class of 1964 invites you to take a cruise to the Bahamas, Nassau, leaving out of Florida on April 30, 2012 and returning on May 4, 2012. For information, contact Emma Tapley Stafford at 453-1402 or Bob Lowe at Travel World at 444-0533.

To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 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

Blooming rose a Knock Out

The Wilson Post

If you’re looking for a hobby this summer that will not only get you working in the sunlight, but also require little maintenance, former UT Extension Home Economist Emma Stafford recommends growing Knock Out roses at your home.

The Knock Out is a compact shrub rose that is resistant to disease and requires minimal time and effort to maintain. With a tough, dark purple and green foliage that turns burgundy in the fall, the Knock Out roses bloom fire engine-red in cool weather and cherry red in the summer months.

“This is the perfect hobby for flower lovers who just can’t grow plants or think they don’t have a green thumb,” Stafford said.

County tabs bite victim to create vicious dog policy

The Wilson Post

It’s been a long and arduous road for Nancy Andrews, a member of the Wilson County Animal Control Committee, to have a policy that holds owners responsible for dogs that may attack people, like the one that bit her two years ago.

The Animal Control Committee met June 9, where Andrews presented the members with the department’s new vicious and dangerous dogs policy, receiving unanimous votes for the policy’s approval.

“We’re trying to make our county safer for everyone,” Andrews said of the policy.

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