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Showing 10 articles from July 5, 2011.


Brittany Marie Fitts, 24
LEBANON -- Graveside funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7 at the Wilson County Memorial gardens for Ms. Fitts, 24, of Lebanon.
She passed away Monday, July 4, 2011.
Visitation will be held at the Partlow Funeral Chapel 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 and 10 a.m. until service Thursday.
Survivors include: parents Mickey (Laura) Fitts of Illinois and Diane (Joseph) Johnston of Lebanon; paternal grandmother Gladys Fitts; maternal grandparents Marie and James McMahon; siblings Meghan Fitts, Briley Fitts, Jody Leech and Jarrod Williams; aunts Darlene (Kevin Douglas) Sawyer, Pamela Oakley, Sherry (Charlie) Spears, Melinda (Tim) Robertson and Melissa (Donald) Jackson; uncles Kenneth (Susie) Harris, Marshall (Kelly) Harris, Terry (Wynona) Harris and Michael (TA) Fitts; as well as numerous cousins and friends.
She is preceded in death by her paternal grandfather James Fitts; aunt Helen Faye Harris; uncle Ronnie Lee Harris.
Pallbearers: Jody Leech, Jarrod Williams, Joseph Johnston, Joshua Sawyer, Chad Robertson and Derek Robertson.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Charles F. 'Charlie' Craig, 73
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, July 3 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Craig, 73, of Mt. Juliet.
A renowned songwriter, Mr. Craig died Friday, July 1, 2011.
Known for hits such as "Wanted" by Alan Jackson, "Between an Old Memory and Me"  Travis Tritt & Keith Whitley, "She's Single Again" by Janie Fricke & Reba McIntyre and "I Would Like to See You Again" – Johnny Cash & Don Williams, he was a member of the Hermitage Hills Baptist Church and had served in the Tennessee National Guard.
Services were conducted by the Rev. Poly Rouse. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: daughter Dawn Craig; sisters Ruby Armstrong and Dot Sparks; sister-in-law Barbara Bolt; grandchildren Kyle Smith and Del Primm.
He was preceded in death by his parents John Benjamin and Clara Owens Craig; wife Betty Craig; brother Bill Craig.
Active pallbearers: Aaron Tippen, Rob Crosby, Lee Bach, Monty Allen, Chris Latham and Rob Arthur. Honorary: Donnie King, Jim McBride, Johnny Bulford, A.A. Young, Mark Duncan and members of the Nashville Songwriters Association.
Memorials may be made to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville 37240-7727.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
Chesta Ann Ford O'Neal, 84
GALLATIN -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, July 5 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Gallatin for Mrs. O'Neal, 84, of Gallatin.
Faithful in her service of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Mrs. O'Neal died Thursday, July 1, 2011.
She and her late husband served as missionaries in welfare missions, temple missions and in the Billings, Montana Mission. The couple was also heavily involved in community activities.
Survivors include: children Danny Ford (Joni) O'Neal of Tualatin, Ore., Deborah Lynn O'Neal of Woodstock, Ga., Kenneth Ross (Cindy) O'Neal of Valley Springs, Calif.; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Gilbert O'Neal, seven months prior to her death; and son Kerry Dale O'Neal.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 4205 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 216, Nashville, 37215 or online at
Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet was in charge of arrangements.
Gordon Richard Rogers, 61
NASHVILLE -- A celebration of life will be held 3 p.m. Friday, July 8 at Johnson’s Chapel United Methodist Church for Mr. Rogers, 61, of Lebanon.
A graduate of Hendersonville High School, Middle Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University, a fraternity brother of Pi Kappa Alpha and a Mortgage Banking Executive, he died Monday July 4, 2011.
Survivors include: his wife of 25 years Cathy Clark Rogers and mother Ann Huttner -- both of Lebanon; son Ensign Hunter Lane Rogers US Navy of San Diego, Ca.; daughter Logann Elizabeth Rogers of Savannah, Ga.; Matt Loux and Kevin Cunningham; cousin Morris Rogers of Winchester; as well as numerous loving family members and friends.
He is preceded in death by his father Charles Joel Rogers; uncle James Rogers; aunt Sarah Lane; step-father Dave Huttner.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations may be made in Mr. Rogers' memory to Franklin Road Academy, 4700 Franklin Pike, Nashville 37220.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Harold E. Zier, 41
LANARK, IL -- Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday morning, July 5 at the Lanark City Cemetery in Lanark, Illinois for Mr. Zier, 41, of Lebanon.
Mr. Zier died Thursday, June 30, 2011.
Born in Freeport, Ill., and was a 1988 graduate of Lebanon High School, he was a member of the Lanark United Methodist Church.
Survivors include: parents Thornton and Bettye Gossett Zier of Lebanon; brother Frank Zier of Nashville; sister Margaret (Anthony) Niemann of Salida, Colo.; and uncle William (Helen) Gossett of Vine Grove, Ky.
Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jack Hix Sr., 66
GAINESBORO -- Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home for Mr. Hix, 66, of Lebanon.
A branch manager for Southern Belle Dairy, he died Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Riverview Regional Medical Center.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. until the service Wednesday at the funeral home.
Services will be conducted by Brother Joe Johnson. Interment will follow in John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Brenda Hix; sons Jack (Cheryl) Hix Jr. of Shelbyville and Dewayne (Stephanie) Hix of Lebanon; daughter Angie (Frank) Sims of Lebanon; grandchildren Brett Stewart, Amanda Sims and Jacquline and Jackson Hix; and brother Roy (Betty) Hix of Murfreesboro.
He was preceded in death by parents Willard and Jewell Jenkins Hix; and brother Joe Hix.
Arrangements by Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home, Gainesboro.
Linda Faye Hampton, 60
MANCHESTER -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, July 5 at Cheatham County Funeral Home for Mrs. Hampton, 60, of Lebanon.
She passed away Friday, July 1, 2011 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Services were conducted by Brother Leon Edwards.
Burial followed in Nashville's Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.
Survivors include: her husband Millard Hampton, children: Timothy Edward (Tonya) Hampton, Henry Paul (Rhonda) Hampton, and Ethel (Mark) Reynolds.
Also surviving is her brother Dorris Woods, her sister Johnnie Marie Knight, 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John L. and Ethel M. Hollars Woods.
Arrangements by Cheatham County Funeral Home.
Maggie Pearl Neal, 80
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at the Maple Hill Church of Christ for Ms. Neal, 80, of Lebanon.
Born May 23, 1931, she died July 2, 2011 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
The family will receive friends Saturday beginning at 12 Noon with funeral service to follow at Maple Hill Church of Christ, 102 Maple Hill Road.
Services will be conducted by Brother Larry Elliott. Interment will follow at Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children Micheal (Annette) Neal, Wesley (Jetton) Neal, Tony (Lisa) Neal, Ester Bell and Janice (Robert) Hiles.
Also surviving is brother James (Christine) Beasley; sisters Josephine (Will) Ferrell, Betty (Ramsey) Malone; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services / arrangements are in the care of JC Hellum Home, 107 Stokes St., Lebanon.
Nealie Lorene Mitchell, 86
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Mitchell, 86, of Hendersonville.
Mrs. Mitchell passed away Friday, July 1, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon between the hours of 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 8 and from 12 Noon until the service on Saturday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Barry Davis. Interment will follow in Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: daughter Judie (Mark) Powers, grandchildren Chad (Krystie) Powers and Brittany (Nathan) Meyers, and great-grandchildren Slayden and Sophie Powers.
She is preceded in death by husband Edward Mitchell, parents Frank and Josephine Parker Bennett, five brothers and four sisters.
Pallbearers: Chad Powers, Nathan Meyers, Don Bennett, David Williams, Bill Ragsdale and Bob Bennett.
Memorial donations should be directed to: Alive Hospice (1718 Patterson St. Nashville 615-327-1085).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

General Sports

CU players ink pro deals

LEBANON -- Cumberland University baseball players Cory Farris and Tommy Winegardner have both signed professional contracts in the last two weeks – Farris with the Chicago White Sox and Winegarnder with the Baltimore Orioles.

Farris was drafted in the 45th round by the White Sox after batting .279 in 62 games this season for CU, starting 50 contests in rightfield and another eight at catcher. The Florence, Ky., native collected nine doubles, 12 home runs and 53 RBIs along with 50 runs scored while starting every contest in 2011. He ranked second on the club in home runs and RBIs and tied for the team-high with two triples.

Farris was also selected by the White Sox three years ago after high school. He was assigned to Bristol [TN] and the short-season Appalachian League and is currently hitting .167 through nine contests with one triple, one homer and five RBIs.

Winegardner inked a free agent contract with the Orioles after batting .341 and starting all 62 games at shortstop. The switch-hitter collected 12 doubles, eight home runs, 42 RBIs and scored a team-leading 58 runs while also drawing 31 walks.

Winegardner was assigned to the GCL Orioles in the Florida State League. The St. Leonard, Md., native is batting .333 in two contests with a double and a run scored.

Will Locante, selected in the 11th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, remains unsigned.

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