OLD HICKORY -- Graveside services will be conducted 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Hermitage Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Parker, 80, of Mt. Juliet.
The widow of the late Kenneth Ray Parker, she died Sept. 26, 2011.
Survivors include: daughters Teresa (Scott) Deathridge and Pamela Stewart Cooper; siblings James (Joyce) DeGlopper, Jr. and Martha DeGlopper (Joe) Griffin; grandchildren William David Cooper, Jr., Franklin Stewart Cooper, Jason Scott Deathridge and Katie Deathridge Etheridge; great-grandson William Gabriel Cooper.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by her parents, the late James Cornelus and Anna Gay Swift DeGlopper and her sister Jeannie Knowles.
Active pallbearers: Scott Deathridge, Jason Deathridge, Stewart Cooper, David Cooper, Jr., Mike Boyd, Fred Weston, Sr., Brandon Etheridge and Haywood Berry. Honorary: the Class of 1950 at Mt. Juliet High School, Bobby Eakes, David S. Cooper, Sr. and James DeGlopper, Jr.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Parkers sitter, Connie Hill.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC 27317.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.
LEBANON -- A funeral mass was held Wednesday morning, Sept. 28 at the Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church for Mr. Gemelli, 91, of Lebanon.
A retired printer and a native of New York City, Mr. Gemelli died
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 at The Pavilion in Lebanon.
The son of the late Raffaele and Luidnina Langelli Gemelli, he was a Roman Catholic and a veteran of the US Army Air Corps -- having served in World War II.
A Rosary was performed Tuesday evening. Services were conducted by Father Michael O'Bryan. Burial was at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: daughter Joanne (Ron) Eastridge of Lebanon and son Ralph (Janet) Gemelli of Glendale, NY. Also surviving are grandchildren Michael (Gabrielle) Nader, Matthew (Leigh) Nader, Andrew (Mara) Nader, Jason (Kelli) Schmolze, Keith Schmolze, Rachel Hamilton, Rebecca (Aaron) Henson and Ronnie Eastridge.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Gemelli was preceded in death by his wife Josephine Gemelli and daughter Barbara Nader.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
CARTHAGE -- Graveside services were conducted Monday afternoon, Sept. 26 at Mt. Zion Cemetery in the Sullivan's Bend Community for Mrs. Croslin, 63 of Lebanon.
Born Nov. 5, 1947 in Tampa, Florida, she passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 24, 2011 at her home.
Services were conducted by Brother Jimmy Gregory.
Survivors include: husband Buford O. Croslin of Lebanon; brother David L. Humphrey of Jacksonville, Florida; step-daughters Barbara Demoret of Brooksville, Kansas; Connie Carabasil of Salina, Kansas; Loretta McCall of Lebanon and Cindy (Frank) Gonzalez of Lakeland, Florida; step-sons Thomas Croslin of Cordell, Oklahoma; Michael Croslin of Brookville, Kansas and Timothy Young of Lebanon; brother David Lee Humphrey of Jacksonville, Florida; sister and brother-in-law Martha and Glenn croslin of Lebanon and brother-n-law Richard Croslin of Saginaw, Michigan; along with 23 step-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by daughter virginia Gail Plummer, father David D. Humphrey, mother Lettie L. Humphrey and sister marilyn Conner -- all of Florida.
Arrangements in the care of the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home.
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Sept. 27 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Weaver, 82, of Madisonville, KY.
Born in Wilson County to the late Lonnie B. and Fannie Mary Thompson Weaver, he died Sept. 23, 2011 at the regional Medical Center in Madisonville.
A graduate of Watertown, where he was captain of the basketball team, Mr. Weaver was a veteran of the US Army -- having served in the Korean War.
Following a 35-year career with Bell South, he returned to his love of farming.
Burial was at the Fairview Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Tonya Ann Piper of Madisonville, Ky; Hugh Vann Weaver, Jr. of Pittsbugh, PA and Thomas Blair Weaver of LaVergne; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Henrietta Sheriff Weaver; sisters Georgia Wooten and Edith Lea, brothers Reid and vivian Weaver.
Memorials may be directed to Parkinson's Disease research.
Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, Sept. 25 at Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Cherry, 98, of Lebanon.
Mrs. Cherry, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 at University Medical Center. She was a homemaker and a member of Highland Heights Church of Christ.
Services were conducted by Brother Wayne Miller. Interment followed in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children Tim (Diane) Cherry and Phyllis Cherry -- all of Lebanon; Marie Spicer, Buford (Mary Lee) Cherry and Mary Lou Walter -- all of Illinois; half-brothers H.J., Ricky, David and Roy Mahaffey; half-sisters Francis Alaniz, Gladys Mahaffey, Linda Russie and Janie Hearn; 21 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by parents Hiram and Simmie Mahaffey; husband Guy Cherry; brothers George, Ollie B., Ed and Ronnie Mahaffey; sisters Ethel Lasater and Willie Mae Comer; grandson, Ronnie Spicer; and granddaughter Jamie Walter.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
The country music community is mourning the passing of Mt. Juliet native Johnnie Robert Wright, 97. Born May 13, 1914, Mr. Wright died Tuesday morning, Sept. 27 at his Davidson County home in Madison following an extended illness. Mr. Wright was known as a solo artist, husband of the "Queen of Country Music" Kitty Wells, and as part of the duo Johnnie & Jack.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at the Madison Church of Christ, 106 Gallatin Rd. North, Madison, with Bro. Steve North officiating.
Burial followed in Spring Hill Cemetery, with his nephews serving as pallbearers.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were his former band members, The Tennessee Mountain Boys.
Wells and Wright married in 1937 when she was 18, and formed a trio with her sister Louise, known as Johnnie Wright and the Harmony Girls. Louise later married Johnnies duo partner Jack Anglin. Also, Wells sang with Johnnie & Jack in the early 40s. By 1947 Johnnie & Jack secured a regular spot on the Grand Ole Opry and went on to join the Louisiana Hayride.
Signing with RCA brought the duo its biggest hits in the 1950s including Poison Love, Cryin Heart Blues, Oh, Baby Mine (I Get So Lonely), and Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight.They were known for intertwining latin and calypso influences with their country sound. At one point Wright even hired a young Chet Atkins as a fiddler, prior to his rise to fame as a guitar player.
Switching to Decca Records in the 1960s resulted in changing the spelling of Johnnie to Johnny. Anglin passed in 1963, and by 1965 Wright was working as a solo artist and scored the No. 1 hit Hello Vietnam. He was a lifelong booster of his wifes career, encouraging her to go by the stage name Kitty Wells, and guiding her business endeavors. He also steered her toward her career-making hit It Wasnt God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.
Later they toured with their children the late Ruby, Carol Sue, and Bobby as The Kitty Wells-Johnnie Wright Family Show.
Austin & Bell Funeral Home of Springfield was in charge of arrangements.
photo provided by PATRICIA PRESLEY, Spring Hill
LEBANON -- A mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday morning, Sept. 27 at the Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church for Mr. Verdugo, 74, of Watertown.
A native of Los Angeles, California, he passed away Sept. 23, 2011, at Summit Medical Center.
He was the son of the late Raymond and Josephine Negrette Verdugo, was a retired truck driver and of the Roman Catholic faith.
Services were conducted by Father Michael OBryan. Interment followed in the Bethlehem Cemetery at Tuckers Cross Roads.
Survivors include: his wife of 26 years Consuelo Connie Cota Verdugo; children William Rodney (Wendy) Verdugo, Max Verdugo, Delicia (Robert) Holder and Johnny Gibson Verdugo; sisters Tina Davai and Gloria Chaiira; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Raymond, David and Nora.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
By KENNY HOWELL, Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- Mt. Juliet City Manager Randy Robertson has accepted the same position in Vestavia Hills, Ala. Robertson, who has been the City Manager for Mt. Juliet for four years, was voted in by Vestavia Hills Monday night, and he accepted the offer.
Ive done what I think I can do for the City of Mt. Juliet, Robertson said in a press conference Monday.
Vestavia Hills is transferring to a City Manger-based government, as opposed to Mayor-based, so Robertson would be the first for the city of nearly 38,000 people.
That should be exciting, said Robertson. He said he would be leaving around the new year if things work out like he expected.
Robertson said he usually only stays in cities three-four years before moving onto somewhere else. He says he has lived in 17 or 18 cities in the last 35 years. Im used to it, he said.
He noted his proudest accomplishment was helping change the culture in Mt. Juliet city government. He said when he took the job, someone at the Greater Nashville Regional Council meeting, who had been around Middle Tennessee for a long time, said Mt. Juliet was the poster boy for bad city government.
In the past three years, however, Mt. Juliet has won more GNRC awards than any community in the council.
He said making an effort to only hire people who had degrees to be department heads was one of the keys to that, and the department heads, many of whom he hired, were the reason Mt. Juliet was having so much success.
Robertson said one of the regrets he has was not getting the whole emergency services area up to where it needs to be.
We are not manned to meet the growing needs of this city, he said.
He said it wasnt just the fire department discussion, but the police department and ambulance services.
Im not convinced that the people that have moved here the last 5-10 years are content with what they see, he said about the growing city.
Robertson said even though he will be in another state, he will return to Mt. Juliet through the litigations that the City has faced before and during his time.
We are looking forward to telling the Citys side of the story, he said.
Robertson added that Mt. Juliet has been a terrific community to his family, and he has thoroughly enjoyed his time here.
I absolutely love this community. The people have embraced us from the beginning.
He said the move will be hard on him, but much harder on his wife, who has been very active in the community, and their church, Providence United Methodist Church.
That church is building something magical, he said.
Robertson told his staff that even though his leave is scheduled, things are going to keep going as usual.
I still have three months left, he said. We have lots of work to do.
Robertson officially announced his departure at the City Commission meeting Monday. He thanked the commission and staff for their hard work, and recommended Public Works Director
Marlin Keel to be his interim replacement. Keel consented, but no action was taken by the commission yet.
Editors Note: Kenny Howell is the managing editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. He may be contacted at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.
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