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Clara Bell Hamblen Graves, 98

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Graves, 98 of Mt. Juliet.
A lifelong resident of the Suggs Creek / Central Pike community, Mrs. Graves died Oct. 19, 2011.
She was a homemaker and an 84-year member of Center Chapel Church of Christ.
Services will be conducted by Bro. Darrell Duncan, Bro. Andy Connelly and Bro. John Brown. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children Gilbert (Mary Lou) Graves, Donna G. Ferrell, Mahlon (Elois) Graves, Eddie (Beverly) Graves, Susan (Steve) Davis of Mt. Juliet, and Brenda (Bob) Lannom of Gallatin.
Also surviving are 13 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by parents Charles Cason and Ada Bell Smith Hamblen. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 70 years Grafton L. Graves; brothers Oco Hamblen, Glen J. Hamblen, Horace H. Hamblen and William Benson Hamblen; son-in-law Donald E. Ferrell.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Center Chapel Church of Christ Building Fund, 9500 Central Pike, Mt. Juliet, 37122.
The children would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the caregivers, Virginia Helbert, Eugenia McDonald, Dorothy Carter, Mary Eden and nurse Judy Wright for their love and compassion for their mother.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Don Wayne Vantrease, 72

NASHVILLE -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 222 Belle Meade Blvd., for Mr. Vantrease, 72, of Nashville and formerly of Wilson County.
Born in Lebanon, Sept. 29, 1939, died suddenly Monday Oct. 17, 2011.
A graduate of Lebanon High School and Cumberland University, he attended Belmont University. A member of the National Guard during the Vietnam years, Mr. Vantrease was an active member of the American Legion Post 5, serving in various positions including as a board member and Vice-Commander.
He was also a life-time member of the National Republican Party. A longtime realtor in Nashville, Mr. Vantrease served for several years on the Legislative Committee and was principal broker/owner of State Realty.
He was a member of First Baptist Church, Nashville and a friend to Immanuel Baptist Church, Nashville. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but his favorite past time was exploring Americas back roads where he never met a stranger.
The family will receive friends Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.
Services will be conducted by Pastor Frank Lewis of First Baptist Church and Pastor Steven Meriwether of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Interment will follow in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery on Sparta Highway in White County.
Survivors include: his wife of 36 years Brenda Rickman Vantrease along with brothers Leon and Fred Vantrease of Lebanon.
Also surviving are many nieces and nephews, including grand nieces and nephews, all in whom he delighted.
He was preceded in death by his parents Fred Vantrease and Otelia Graves Vantrease -- also of Lebanon.
Family members will serve as pallbearers.
Memorial gifts may be made to: The Next Door Ministries (P.O. Box 23336, Nashville 37202, or The Fisher House Foundation Inc. (P.O. Box 774, Brentwood 37024,
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Goodall Martin, 94

LEBANON -- Graveside funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Martin, 94, of Lebanon.
Known as Dot to her family and friends, she died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at Elmcroft.
Born Oct. 21, 1917 in the Tuckers Cross Roads Community, she was the daughter of the late Earl Carson Goodall and Ada Purnell Goodall.
Mrs. began her teaching career in a one room school house in 1935 and married Paul J. Martin on Aug. 17, 1943.
She then became a stay-at-home wife and mother, started a pre-school and later returned to the classroom teaching fourth grade at Highland Heights Elementary in Lebanon until her retirement in 1980.
She loved all of her school children, playing bridge, baking, and after retiring -- her flower garden. Mrs. Martin was an active member of the Wilson County Retired Teachers and of College Hills Church of Christ until she became ill.
Visitation will be Friday between the hours of 3 8 p.m. at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
Services will be conducted by Dr. Larry Locke and Bro. Kenneth Head.
Survivors include: children Mike Martin and John Martin both of Lebanon and Pat (Billy) Fitts of Hendersonville.
Also surviving is granddaughter Renee (Greg) Hardwick and great granddaughter Kelsey Hardwick -- all of Hendersonville; siblings Ann Paty and Walter (Zuellma) Goodall all of Lebanon and Jack (Peggy) Goodall of Hartsville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Martin in 1980; two sisters, Martha Bobo and Era Earl Denton; and one brother, Will Edward Goodall.
Pallbearers will include: Greg Hardwick, Bill Bobo, Charles Edward Bobo, Bobby Denton, Bill Doak and Cliff Cozart.
The family would like to thank the staff at Elmcroft Heartland Village for the loving care given Ms. Dot these last two years.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Georgeaniah Almayna Clark, 50

LEBANON Gege Whitley Clark passed away on Oct. 17, 2011 at age 50.
The family will have visitation at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Saturday, Oct. 22 between the hours of 12 Noon and 2 p.m.
She was born on Dec. 2, 1960, to the late George Pappy Robertson and the late Luvenia Lambert Whitley.
Survivors include: loving daughter Sasha Brittaney Clark; sisters Mary Lambert, Yvonne Garrett, Savannah Lois Whitley, Teresa Crutchfield, and Darlene Varonica Jackson; special great-nephews Jalen and Kaleb Clark; nephew Isaiah Douglas; niece Bianca Douglas; and a host of other nieces and nephews; special in-laws Charles and Jenny Clark; niece and nephew Joanne (Reece) Davis and Jesse Gilliam; devoted sister-in-law Evon Douglas.
In addition to her parents, Ms. Clark is preceded in death by sisters Annie Whitley and Betty Crutchfield and infant Bernadine Whitley.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Joe Robert Bybee, 63

PEGRAM -- Graveside funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery for Mr. Bybee, 63, of Lebanon.
He died Oct. 18, 2011.
Survivors include: children Brian (Kristina) Dallas, Joseph Dallas and April (Jason) Pope; siblings Bernice (Leslie) Denson, Frances Reeves, Sue (Walter) Loftis, Harrell (Lillian) Bybee, Tommy (Mary) Bybee, James (Patricia) Bybee of Lebanon, Silas (Shelly) Bybee, Jr. of Whitleyville, and Billy (Virginia) of Castalian Springs; along with eight grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by Jim Bybee, Ruth Dickens, and Jerry Bybee.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


Telling Tales

Variety is the spice of life...

My children have very different personalities. The oldest is kind, considerate, extremely unorganized and forgiving to a fault. Some of these traits he inherited from his mama. The youngest is cautious, focused, type A and if hes wronged, he holds a grudge. Proof of this was when he played baseball this summer. A little boy from an opposing team ran on the field. My child turned to me and said,

Thats the boy who took the ball away from me when I played soccer!

He then walked past the kid, stared him down and gave him the universal sign for, Im watching you.

This may not seem like a big deal if Jackson wasnt referring to the 1 season he played soccer when he was 3!

He inherited these traits, especially the grudge thing, from his dad. My husband still talks about a friend from elementary school who tore his Bo Derek poster and even though he hasnt seen this person in more than 30 years he insists that kid should be punished.

Its those differences that can make my children the worst of enemies or the best of friends.

Last year, one of our cats died. Before we buried her, my husband asked the boys if they wanted to say anything. My oldest stood, fighting back tears and said, Im not going to cry. Shes in a better place. She shouldnt have to suffer. My husband then asked our youngest if he would like to say something. To which he replied, Yeah. Can you throw me the ball? Baseball practice starts in like an hour.


Ask Ken Beck

Movie star, veteran Jimmy Stewart was ordinary hero

Dear Ken: What year did Jimmy Stewart die and how old was he? How many military flights did he make during WWII?

The kind, soft-spoken Hollywood legend died from a pulmonary embolism at the age of 89 in 1997. A national treasure and one of the top male movie stars of all time, Stewart was a patriot. Drafted into the Army in 1940, he failed to meet weight limits and was rejected. Then he worked out with an MGM trainer to gain weight and enlisted as a private in March 1941 and soon began pilot training with the United States Army Air Corps. Stewart flew 20 missions into Nazi-occupied Europe. After the war, of which experiences he rarely discussed, he continued to serve in the United States Air Force Reserve. One of Stewarts two sons, Ronald, was killed in action in 1969 at age 24 while serving in the Marine Corps in Vietnam. Stewarts father, who operated a hardware store, served in the Spanish-American War and WWII. Fans of this ordinary hero would enjoy the Jimmy Stewart Museum in his hometown of Indiana, Pa.

Dear Ken: I just saw the Brad Pitt movie Money Ball, with Robin Wright. Where have I seen this actress before?

You may remember Wright, 45, a native of Dallas, Texas, as Kelly Capwell Conrad on Santa Barbara in the 1980s. But shes made a lot of movies since and starred as Tom Hanks girlfriend, Jenny, in Forrest Gump. Among her other film credits are Message in a Bottle, Beowulf, Toys, The Princess Bride and Unbreakable. She next appears in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in December. Once married to Sean Penn, she has two children by her ex.

Dear Ken: Whats Lee Majors of Big Valley and Six Million Dollar Man fame up to these days?

Majors, 72, who was born Harvey Lee Yeary in Michigan and grew up in Middlesboro, Ky., continues to act. He co-starred in the 2007-2009 TV series The Game and has been doing the voice of Gen. Abernathy on the cartoon series G.I. Joe: Renegades. He teams with Shirley Jones to play the parents of actor Garret Dillahunts Burt character in the Fox sitcom Raising Hope. Seen in the summer flick Jerusalem Countdown, Majors portrays Tom Barkley in the upcoming Big Valley feature film and co-stars in the movie Love Letters in the Sand.

Dear Ken: Where is the actress who plays Penny on The Big Band Theory from?

Kaley Cuoco, 25, was born in Camarillo, Calif. A topnotch tennis player, she co-starred in the previous TV series, 8 Simple Rules, Charmed, Monster Allergy and 6Teen, and provided the voice of Brandy in Brandy & Mr. Whiskers. She will star as Stacy Peterson opposite Rob Lowe next year in the Lifetime TV movie The Drew Peterson Story.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck at


Wilson Living

Wilson Living Today, October 19

by Angel Kane

Mark your calendars because November 17th through the 19th is the kick-off to the Holiday season!! This year Wilson Living Magazine is pleased to bring back the Third Annual Holiday Expo with all new events.

On Thursday, November 17th we will kick off the event with a Pre-Gala ticketed event. Tickets are on sale at The event will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will include complimentary food and beverages for all those in attendance. Its a great way to beat the rush and be the first in the door, the night before!!

On Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th, the event remains FREE to the public. Holiday Expo shopping bags will be available for those in attendance filled with goodies. And we are excited to announce that we are almost at capacity with vendors filling three large spaces at the Mill at Lebanon. This will be a shopping extravaganza so bring your best friend and be ready to eat, shop and have a fun filled weekend.


General Lifestyle

Catch your fill of Cajun cuisine


Longtime Gulf of Mexico shrimper Leland Rutherford, today a Mt. Juliet transplant, holds a hot Cajun meal of jambalaya, green beans and potato salad at his business, Cajun Seafoods, a concession stand across from West Elementary School on Highway 70. Plates start at $6.50

If your taste buds have been craving authentic Cajun cuisine, cast your net no further than the Cajun Seafood concession stand just east of the Mt. Juliet city limits on Highway 70.

The cook behind the jambalaya, boiled shrimp, gumbo, red beans, sausage and other larruping Louisiana delectibles is Cajun-born and reared Leland Rutherford.

Rutherford, 63, chased from his home state by Hurricane Rita, opened the business with his son-in-law, David Pinkston, on June 1. Speaking with a delicious Cajun accent, the man knows his way around seafood from beginning to scrumptious ending.

We buy the shrimp directly from the shrimp boats. These shrimp are frozen an hour after theyre caught. I go down and pick em up. Its a 12-hour drive, said Rutherford, who totes back more than a ton of shrimp each trip.

Rutherford testified that his wild caught American shrimp is superior in quality and taste to shrimp shipped to the U.S. from foreign countries. Not only does he sell it via hot plates, he also offers frozen shrimp by the pound in three sizes and varieties (headed, peeled and deveined).

We sell mostly shrimp. Hey, I know all the shrimpers. Im going to pick up some oysters, soft-shelled crabs and crab meat, he said, about his next run to the Gulf.

One who thrives on hard work, Rutherford spent close to 40 years in oil production on platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, seven days on and seven days off. On those off weeks, he fished for shrimp and occasionally went gator hunting.

Shrimping, I love it. Its exciting, waiting to pull up those nets. I shrimped all the time. First I fished oysters. I had several different shrimp boats. Im the type I cant sit down and watch TV. Ive got to be outside, said Rutherford, who has lived in Wilson County with his wife, Jean, for a year-and-a-half.

Born in Lake Charles, La., he was raised in Creole, La., which sits on the Gulf of Mexico, and worked from age 18 to 47 with Chevron. Then he signed on for 10 more years with a smaller oil company.

Duo brings vintage outboard motors back to life


TK Walker, left, and his partner, Sam Wearly, investigate a 1964 3-horsepower Evinrude Yacht Twin. In a Doaks Crossroads man cave/workshop, TK Walker and his pal Sam Wearlydo much more than bring old outboard motors back to life.

Smiles cross the faces of their clients when they discover that their vintage Mercury, Johnson or Evinrude once again will be able to propel their small boat across a lake or pond.

But there is also a nostalgia factor that stirs the hearts of men when they see and hear their old engine purr back to life.

These gasoline-powered water warriors evoke Technicolored memories of long-ago afternoons on a favorite body of water where a father and son fished for bass or resurrect true anecdotes and tall tales between aging sportsmen who went after the big one many a Saturday when their were young men in their prime.

These old motors in our opinions are better than those outside there today, said Walker, 65, who runs his business, Old Outboard Barn, with his buddy, Wearly.

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