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Bobby Kenneth Hamlett, 78

BERLIN, MD -- A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Faith Baptist Church in Berlin for Mr. Hamlett, 78, of Ocean City, Maryland.

Born in Lebanon to the late Herman and Gerogia C. (Stout) Hamlett, he died Oct. 5, 2011.

Mr. Hamlett had been a heavy equipment operator for many years. He was passionate about getting feral cats spayed and neutered and was a big part of Ocean City Town Cats.

He was a devoted, loving and caring husband and father and was a US Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Colleen K. Hamlett of Ocean City; four sons and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by daughter Barbara; brother Ed Hamlett of Lebanon and sister Ky Gann of Winder, Georgia.

Memorial donations may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 591, Lebanon, TN 37088.

Arrangements by Hastings Funeral Home, Selbyville, DE.

Charles N. Williams, 80

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Williams, 80, of Lebanon.
A member of the Calvary Baptist Church, he died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 at his residence.
Mr. Williams was a US Army veteran and was retired from American Plumbing and Electrical Supply.
Visitation 9 - 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Services will conducted by Brother Donald Owens and Brother Joe Johnson. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of 53 years Jalene Fiveash Williams of Lebanon; son Tony (Gipsy) Williams of Antioch; daughter Sheila (Billy) Anderson of Mt. Juliet; grandson Evin Shamblin; sisters Maude Davis and Mary Eubanks; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by parents Newt and Annie Eades Williams; son Terry Newton Williams; sisters Maggie Hobbs and Lena Breedlove.
Active pallbearers: Billy Breedlove, Orbie Eubanks, Ronnie Hobbs, Tommy Eubanks, Walter Lackey, Bryson Eubanks. Honorary: Lee Eubanks, Eugene Murray, Ed Lee, Donnie Winfree, Michael Eubanks, Marvin Medlin, William Vanatta, Barry Woody and Dave Shelley.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Dr. Joe F. Bryant, 78

LEBANON -- Skilled surgeon, business man, TV broadcaster, real estate investor, published author and family man, Lebanons Dr. Joe F. Bryant was a man with many interests and countless devoted friends.

Dr. Bryant, 78, died Monday, Oct. 10 at his Lebanon residence following an extended illness.

I was always deeply impressed with his profound medical knowledge and compassion, said his longtime friend and colleague Dr. Robert Carver Bone. I know the people of Lebanon and Wilson County, Cumberland University and the entire medical community will greatly miss him as much as I will.

A member of Lebanons First United Methodist Church, he served two years in the U.S. Navy as a medical officer/physician.

Raised in Newbern, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee Martin. He continued his education at the University of Tennessee Memphis where he graduated from Medical School in 1955.

Ella Mae Burleigh, 76

LEBANON -- Funeral services were conducted Monday evening, Oct. 10 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Miss Burleigh, 76, of Lebanon.
She passed away Oct. 8, 2011.
Services were conducted by Brother Daniel Stirnemann. Interment was in Cortland, New York.
Survivors include: brothers Marion (Roxanne) Burleigh of Lebanon and Richard (Karen) Burleigh of Syracuse, NY; sister Patricia (Stewart) Foster of Groton, NY; niece Nancy (Bob) Slater of Lebanon as well as several nieces and nephews; great nephews Scott Slater of Murfreesboro and Kyle Burleigh of Knoxville; a host of friends including special friend Robert Droste and loving companion Taz.
She is preceded in death by parents Robert and Frances Cherchio Burleigh and brothers Robert Burleigh and Raymond Burleigh.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Elmer Jack Amburn, 94

LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Amburn, 94, of Lebanon.
Retired from the United States Air Force, he passed away Oct. 8, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends from 12 p.m. until the service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Kevin Dye with interment in Sumner Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of 71 years Effie Ellen Amburn; children Mable Ellen Babbitt, Alvis Lee Amburn and James David Amburn; grandchildren Jack Babbitt Jr., Rebecca Hatley, Kimberly Dawn Amburn, Alvis Kieth AHearn, Kevin AHearn, Chrystal Amburn, Heather Amburn, Jennifer Amburn, Joshua Amburn, Sean Kyle Amburn and Shawn Danial Amburn; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Family and friends will serve as Pallbearers.
He is preceded in death by daughter Shirley Ann Amburn.
Lebanon's Sellars Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harold J. Barnett, 86

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Oct. 11 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Barnett, 86, of Lebanon.
Born Nov. 11, 1924 in Romance, AR to the late Hermon and Nancy Rodgers Barnett, he died Oct. 8, 2011.
A proud U.S. Navy Veteran who served on the U.S.S. Louisville in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, Mr. Barnett was a Deacon of the 1st Assembly of God Church.
He enjoyed volunteering at churches and food banks.
Burial was at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include: the love of his life Naomi Barnett of Lebanon; daughters Diane (James) Heath of Mt. Juliet and Robin G. Barnett of Memphis; sister Lorene Barnett of Searcy, AR and grandchildren Corey M. (Amy N.) Barnes of Mt. Juliet, April D. (Woodrow) Barnett Graves of Lebanon, Sunny N. (Kindell) Barnett Stephens of Mt. Juliet, Mackenzie Morgan Roberts of Memphis, Lori M. Gill of Mt. Juliet and Kelley J. Robinson of Cromwell, CT.
Also surviving are 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Active pallbearers: great-grandsons Chase Chambers, Jonathan Wallace, Ryan Allen, Dustin Graves, Joseph Stephens and Isaac Stephens.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son, Gary Mitchell and siblings, Ervin Barnett and Lucille Barnett Stroud.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

J. G. Crips, 94

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Oct. 9 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Crips, 94, of Lebanon.
Born March 3, 1917, in DeKalb County, he died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011.
The son of the late Jim and Dora Hildreth Crips, he was a lifelong farmer and a carpenter as well as a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church.
Services were conducted by Rev. Terry Fesler. Interment followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: daughter Doris Ann (Paul) Robinson of Lebanon; grandchildren Pamela Faye (John Lee) Thompson of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; Beth Robinson of Clarksville and John Paul (Alicia) Robinson of Lebanon; great grandchildren Faith Robinson, Brandi Davenport, Matthew Robinson, Paige Robinson and Tiffany Gill; great great grandchildren Tristen and McKenzie; sister Edith Davidson of Nashville; sister in law Bertha Crips; step daughter Doris (Ray) Shacklett of Nashville; step grandchildren Michael (Louise) Shacklett of Nashville and Susan (Keith) Free of Owensboro, KY; and step great grandchildren David Michael Christian, Emily and Sarah Free, and Jackson and Allison Shacklett.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives Mildred Bingham Crips and Julia Mae Ford Crips; grandson Phillip Wayne Robinson; siblings Pauline Murphy, Virgil Jones and James Crips.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon was in charge of arrangements.

John Thomas Phillips, 83

WATERTOWN -- A memorial service was held Monday afternoon, Oct. 10 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Phillips, 83, of Watertown.
Born Jan. 9, 1928 in Little Rock, Arkansas, he died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 at Alive Hospice in Nashville.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was a leasing manager and the son of the late John Thomas Phillips, Sr. and Dorothy Maxwell Conner Phillips.
Services were conducted by Rev. Kenneth Tramel with burial at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
Survivors include: son Bill (Sherry) Phillips of Potomac, MD; daughter-in-law Vickie Phillips of Hermitage; grandchildren Stephanie Phillips and Brett Phillips along with sister Liz (Johnny) Walker of Baton Rouge, LA.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Nancy Jane Phillips (Sept. 5, 2011), son Mike Phillips, siblings Blake Phillips and Dorothy Phillips.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The Alzheimer's Association.
Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

Lurline Hazelwood Davis, 88

GIBSON Graveside funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 12 at the White Rose Cemetery in Gibson County for Mrs. Davis, 88, of Nashville.
A member of Arlington United Methodist Church and retired from Tennessee Telco Credit Union, she
died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Joe Hunt Davis.
Survivors include: sons Joe Wayne (Shirley) Davis and John T. (Courtney) Davis; brother James Thomas Hazelwood; grandchildren Mark (Jessica) Davis, Joanne (John) Morgan and John T. Davis, Jr.; step great grandson Cyrus Morgan.
Memorial contributions may be made to Arlington United Methodist Church, 1360 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, 37127.
Condolences may be offered at
Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


John Sloan - Outdoors

Elk again & memories of other hunts

A Memory -- He is 75 yards out in the big meadow. He has been in the almost dry wallow for ten minutes with his harem of nearly a dozen cows gathered close by. I have tried everything from challenging bugles to plaintive cow calls. He has ignored them all with equal disdain. I cannot shoot 75-yards with the 65-pound Jennings. The camera clicks as he gathers his ladies and heads for Steamboat Springs.

Memories of an elk hunt.

I am going again. I am returning to the mountains. It wont be long now and Ill board the plane for Durango, Colorado. Ill be met at the airport by Bo Pitman, a friend of many years with access to over 7,000 acres of private ranch that is loaded with elk. Robert Pitman, Bos father, age 75, will join us. He has not elk hunted in several years, either. Quite likely this will be his last hunt, too. Mostly he is just going for the company. Truth told, so am I.

Bos land is just outside Mancos, CO, halfway between Durango and Cortez. It is beautiful country. Robert, and I, despite various ages and infirmities believe we can handle it. The terrain and altitude are moderate and we are shooting rifles. For me, it will be aged and favorite Parker-Hale .308 with 150 grain, Winchester Supreme, silver tips or the venerable savage Model 99 with 165 grain ballistic tips. They are both tack drivers, plenty big enough for elk and I am ready.


Telling Tales

Mea culpa

There are three things that I HATE-HATE to do. (And yes, I know hate is a strong word.)

Camping, as you know, is one of the top 3 on the list. I dislike sleeping on the ground, in a tent, after a night spent around a campfire (with no television), eating food wrapped in foil. I dont intend to ever do this again unless a natural disaster hits and the Red Cross forcibly makes me sleep in a tent. And then I assure you, my mournful sobs and cries of why have you deserted me, oh Lord will keep the whole camp awake, until a collection is raised and I am moved to indoor accommodations (with cable).

Swimming in any water that is not heavily chlorinated is #2 on the list. Knowing me as you do, you probably think it has to do with germs, but germs are just the beginning. Chlorine kills two things: germs and sharks. Like many people my age, I directly attribute my intense hatred of sharks to the movie Jaws. Followed, by my cousin George whispering in my ear, just prior to his pushing me off the float in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, you better swim fast, there are sharks all over this place. Ever since that fateful day, sharks have been on my hit list. As such, unless my water is heavily chlorinated and I can clearly see the bottom, count me out.

Top Ten Ways to Spot a Working Mother
This past week, Becky and I had the pleasure of being guest speakers for Wilson O.N.E. Wilson O.N.E. is a local organization that fosters the enablement of working individuals, paid and non-paid, within Wilson County. The organization was celebrating their 10 year anniversary. We were honored to be part of the event and enjoyed sharing our "Telling Tales" columns with these lovely ladies.

As part of our presentation, we prepared the following:

"Top Ten Ways to Spot a Working Mother."

1. Her car is so dirty, a small animal can live in it for a week.

2. Her purse is so heavy, it can be used as a deadly weapon (and if she has more than one child then it already has been!)

3. Dinner most nights consists of chicken nuggets (a protein wrapped in a carb otherwise know as a twofer in MOM world.)

Ketchup which any good mother knows is a vegetable.

And if she is one of those "healthy" moms a Flintstone vitamin for dessert.


Ask Ken Beck

DiCaprio plays Hoover in Eastwoods J. Edgar

Dear Ken: What is Clint Eastwoods next project? Is he through with acting?

Eastwood, 81, seems to be satisfied with simply directing these days and hasnt acted since his 2008 film Gran Torino. His next project as director is J. Edgar which opens in November with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. Other cast members include Josh Lucas, Naomi Watts, Armi Hammer, Judi Dench, Lea Thompson and Dermot Mulroney.

Dear Ken: Is Jean Stapleton, who starred as Archie Bunkers wife, Edith, on All in the Family, still living?

Yes. Born Jeanne Murray in New York City, Stapleton, 88, lives in Manhattan and is retired. The three-time Emmy Award winner and her late husband have two children. Stapleton worked on Broadway and was in such movies as Up the Down Staircase, Klute, The Buddy System and Michael and played FDRs wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, in the TV movie Eleanor, First Lady of the World. Stapleton was a guest on numerous TV shows from the 1950s through the 1990s and co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg in the 1990 TV series Bagdad Caf.


Wilson Living

Wilson Living Today, October 12

Hungry? Save that appetite for Thursday night at the 3rd Annual Taste of Wilson County. Sponsored by Wilson Banks and Trust, Taste features some of best restaurants in the area and a few independent caterers that you might not know. This year Taste will be held on the west lawn of Wilson Bank and Trusts' main branch. Attendees to the 2011 event will enjoy the "Taste Marketplace," where vendors will display and sell their signature sauces, gift baskets and other food-related items. This years entertainment line-up will include ice carving and fruit carving demonstrations. And dont forget the kids! Scott Harris with the Art Mill will be on hand to help your little artist create a masterpiece while you enjoy the delicious fare.

Over $9,000 from last years event went to fund various Chamber Education Programs, including Wilson Books from Birth, TN Scholars, and the Teacher Grant Program and area scholarships.

Check us out on Facebook today and tomorrow. Well be giving away tickets for Taste of Wilson County. For more information visit, or visit any branch of Wilson Bank and Trust.

Wilson Living Today, September 28

Whew! What a week! We are in full throttle EXPO MODE. The phone is ringing off the hook and each and every day we are getting closer to capacity. There are some fabulous finds some of you have probably never heard of that will be filling space at this years show. Seriously, it doesnt matter if youre into fashion, furnishings, or fabulousness, weve got you covered. If you havent made your reservations call 615-969-6751 today!

But before the expo theres plenty going on around town. We have two special events coming up in the coming weeks. Gardens on Main will be hosting an open house on Saturday, October 1st. You can eat, drink and win prizes including an Apple IPad. Dont miss this event. For more information, call 615-547-4900.

We are so excited to about the Womens Health Expo we will be hosting the event with Summit Medical Center on Saturday, October 1st from 8am-Noon at Summit campus. The event is specifically designed to offer women valuable information about the latest in health information in addition to fun activities such as massages, fitness demonstrations, door prizes and more! Our friends at The Mall at Green Hills will also be sponsoring a fashion show.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - October 12

By Ray Pope

Believe it or not, I still have some Hummers hitting the juice here at home. There has been at least one each day. I have been busy doing other things, so my next door neighbor's niece was able to help me refill the feeders. Peggy Carver, who lives next door, has a sister, Kinnie Long, whose daughter Kelly Long was more than happy to fill my Hummingbird feeders for me. I enjoy some of the neighborhood children taking an interest in my avian friends. Kelly is an 11-year-old student at Carroll Oakland Elementary School on Highway 231 and has a soft spot in her heart for our feathered friends.

Many thanks to Karen Franklin for taking time out of her busy schedule to write an article for me as I was out of town, visiting old friends up in Seymour, Indiana. Dotty Kim went up with me, and I believe she might have a touch of German in her as Dotty really enjoyed the Oktoberfest celebration there. We had ringside seats for the annual parade up the main street of the town. Right in the middle of the parade, there came these four dudes with Alpenhorns, the big long horns, maybe 15 feet long, you see in movies about the Alps. I didn't realize how such good sounds could come from something that I had feared since a little child. Anyway, I have to be different from everyone else, so as they got through playing in front of us, I holler out, "Ricola," like in the commercial. The gentleman on the left, hollered back, "who said that?" I held my hand up and said that it was me. He reached into his pocket and tossed me a Ricola. I guess he gets that a lot.

In last weeks article, Karen mentioned the Yellow-rumped Warbler as one of her favorites. Most of all the other Warblers are here on a part time basic, spending the summer months here where they breed and then heading back south, mostly to South America. The Yellow-rump's are just the opposite, spending its winter months in the south while breeding way up into northern Canada.

The Yellow-rump Warbler (Dendroica coronata) are actually four closely-related bird forms that in the western area are known as the Audubon's Warbler and in the eastern part of the United States are known as the Myrtle Warbler. The other two are Mexican Black-fronted Warbler and the Guatemalan Goldman's Warbler. To see the former two, you would have to travel south of the Mexican border, but remember, don't drink the water.

As in most instances, the male of most species are more brightly colored than the females. The breeding males wear streaked backs of black on slate blue, with white wing patches and conspicuous yellow patches on the crown, flank and the rump. Audubon's Warbler also has a yellow throat patch, while the Myrtle has a white throat and eye stripe and a contrasting black cheek patch. The females of both forms are dull and have brown streaking, back and front, but still have a noticeable yellow rump.

The birds are mostly insect eaters, but during the winter here, they also have a taste for wax-myrtle berries, which gives the bird its name.

I would love to hear from you as to what's lurking about in your neighborhood and at your feeders. Can write me at 606 Fariview Ave., Lebanon, TN, call me at 547-7371, or e-mail me at

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