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Ag. Hall of Famer Alvin McKee, 92

From Post staff reports
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 27 at the College Hills Church of Christ for Mr. Alvin McKee, 92, of Lebanon.

Owner and operator of the Wilson County Livestock Market for over 25 years and a member of the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame, Mr. McKee died Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.

The Sale Barn, as the Livestock Market was known, was started in Lebanon in 1935 by the late businessman Jim Johnson. McKee got involved when a new building was built on West Main Street between the Kroger Shopping Center and Rocky Road in 1950.

In the late 1950s, McKee began his lifetime career as a livestock dealer. He served as a livestock buyer for many livestock trading businesses where he earned a national reputation as an exemplary cattleman.

He has a lifetime membership in the Tennessee Cattlemens Association and has won the Tennessee Cattlemens Distinguished Service Award, Charolais Distinguished Service Award and an Outstanding Effort to the Livestock Trading Industry from Edwards Feed.
McKee was recognized by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2002 and 2006 for his outstanding career and commitment to the state. He and his family business have supported many agricultural related programs including 4-H, the FFA Foundation, Ag. in the Classroom, Block & Bridle and the Wilson County Fair.

He is preceded in death by parents, Garvey Wilson & Loron Carson McKee; infant brother, John Carson McKee; sisters, Mary Frances Crain, & Margaret Elizabeth Kieffer.

Survived by wife of 67 years, Billie Crook McKee; children Margaret Elaine (Dick) Anderson, Wanda Beth McKee Bates, Alvin Carson (Jennifer Bundy) McKee and William Neal Bill (Kristina Oldfield) McKee.

Also surviving are grandchildren Richard Alvin Anderson, Christopher Rowland (Chrissy) Anderson, Victoria Loron (Shannon) Clark, Jared Cleveland Wilson Bates, Dana Michelle( Ricky) Hudson, Joseph Ryan (Rene) McKee, Rachel Lynne (Roger) Upton and Emily Gail (Billy) Anderson; 12 great grandchildren; brothers James Garvey (Wiebena Hackett) McKee and Franklin Delano( Faye Wall) McKee; brother-in-law Durbon Crain and sister-in-law Lassie Lee Crook Tarkington.

Eulogy and remarks by Celebrant, Jack McCall. Interment followed at the Bethlehem Cemetery.

Active pallbearers: Mark Holder, Tim Edwards, Charles Ricketts, Sherry Thorne, Don Shipper, Josh Bryan, B.J. Comstock and Mike Watkins. Honorary: H.M. Eslick, Bob Eakes, Dawayne Boyce, Milton Tuggle, Garry Maxey, Doris Rosson, Jim Crowther, Doris L. Barrett, Jim Gilmore and the gang at Four Winds Restaurant.

The family request contributions may be made in Mr. McKees memory to the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame or Baddour Parkway Arboretum, located at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 925 East Baddour Parkway Suite 101, Lebanon, Tn 37087.

Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Bro. Javin Lee Lawson, 52

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 20 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Bro. Lawson, 52, of Watertown.
He died Dec. 17, 2011 at the DeKalb Community Hospital in Smithville.
Burial was at the Prosperity Cemetery.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Fred Lawrence Moser Jr., 61

Mr. Moser, 61, of Lebanon died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Interment followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Laura Maxine Sailors, 89

Mrs. Sailors, 89, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at the Pavilion in Lebanon.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 28 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Lemay, Missouri. Interment will follow at the Our Redeemer Cemetery in Afton, Missouri.
Lebanons Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home handled local arrangements.

Linda Lorraine McDivitt, 63

Mrs. McDivitt, 63, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the Shop Springs Baptist Church.
Burial will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Martha Lee Stanford, 73

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Dec. 19, at Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Ms. Stanford, 73, of Lebanon.
She died Dec. 14, 2011.
Interment was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Lebanon's Sellars Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Wharton, mother of Memphis mayor

From Post staff reports
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, Dec. 23 at the College Hills Church of Christ for Mrs. Mary Wharton, 94, of Lebanon.

Mother of Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr., and widow of the late local businessman AC Wharton, Sr., Mrs. Wharton died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.

Lebanon's J.C. Hellum Funeral Homewas in chargearrangements.

A livelong member of the Market Street Church of Christ, Mrs. Wharton and her husband worked a variety of jobs in order to provide a college education for each of their five children -- AC Wharton, Jr., Mary E. Davis of Memphis, Ruth Wharton of Hermitage, Dr. Kenneth Wharton, M.D. of Chicago, IL and the late Velma J. Lowe.

The Wharton family operated a small store, located at the corner of Trousdale Ferry Pike and Baddour Parkway.

Mayor Wharton often said his mother would walk across the street at four in the morning in the winter just to turn on the heat to warm the store and then come back and cook breakfast for the family.

He said they all worked in the store at one time or the other and that the store taught him and each of his siblings important lessons about lifes values.

That store is now located in historic Fiddlers Grove at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

Stefan M. Kowalczyk, 89

Mr. Kowalczyk, 89, formerly of Chicago, IL, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at the Gardens at Providence, Mt. Juliet.
A mass in his honor will be held at Lebanons St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23. Interment will be at St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Niles, IL this Spring.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2250 N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Tammy Denise Hall, 41

Ms. Hall, 41, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.
Services were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 20 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
Interment followed in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.


Telling Tales

A Christmas Interpretation

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house

Not a gift had been purchased without the click of a mouse.

The stockings sat upright on the living room floor,

No chimney meant Santa would be using the door.

The children complained about going to bed

And because the XBOX controller batteries were dead!

Mom and Dad in work clothes, trying to wrap

Not believing that once again, they bought all of this crap

Wilson Living

Wilson Living Today, December 20, 2011

What an exciting week for everyone! You can feel the spirit of the season in the air as kids, young and old, anticipate the arrival of Santa on Saturday. The Wilson Living Doppler shows that Santa should arrive in Wilson County by 5 a.m.

While everyone unwraps gifts and indulges in homemade goodies, the next issue of Wilson Living Magazine will be getting ready to hit your doorstep on Dec. 30. This issue is packed full of information on health, style, food, business and a very special interview with Wilson County resident and country music great, Tracy Lawrence.

We would also like to give a big shout out to the Airborne Travel Volleyball Team. The girls on this team were Santas little helpers at the first ever Breakfast with Santa at the 2011 Holiday Expo. Along with their parents and coach, John Stephens, they helped create some wonderful memories for area children. Because of their hard work, Wilson Living gave them more than $900 to use this season. The money will help offset the cost of travel, supplies and entry associated with travel team sports. Thank you ladies and John! We loved working with you, and we hope you have an incredible season.

Theres a lot going on in Wilson County in the next few days. The kids are out of school and ready for the jolly one to make his annual visit. Theres still time to donate time, toys or money to local charities. To find out how you can help, visit to get some ideas on how you can give back.

Wilson Living would like to wish you and yours a very blessed and safe Christmas. We would also like to thank our readers and advertisers for giving us the best gift of all, your support and your stories.

Until next time, keep reading!


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Stop with the excuses

Stop with the excuses

The theme running through the Titans locker room after laying a giant-sized omelet Sunday in Lucas Oil Stadium was all too familiar.

We just came out flat. No joke.

A lot of athletic teams use that as a flimsy excuse.

Tell me you stunk the joint up like a 24-hour cigar bar. I would buy that.


Power of One event deserves big thanks

Kudos are in order for a group of Leadership Wilson alumni who have taken it upon themselves to organize, promote and orchestrate an event planned for January 20, that will focus on bringing elected leaders countywide together for a conference on what they might do to help build a better Wilson County.

The day long conference, to be held on the Lipscomb University campus in Nashville, is the work of a small group that has built a branding around its effort on the theme Power of One.

Essentially the message to be disseminated is "look how powerful we can be if we act together as a Power of One."

Those producing the conference are quick to point out that it's not going to be a hand holding, hugging affair, but rather an opportunity for elected officials from one end of the county to the other to share with each other; discuss their individual visions for the county; what challenges they believe may exist in the future; and what they can do as government leaders to help ensure a bright and progressive future for the home community.

Those invited to the conference include members of the county commission and members of each of the three county municipal legislative bodies including the county mayor and city mayors. Also invited are a limited number of community leaders.

The day will begin with conferees boarding the Music City Star for an early morning ride into Nashville. From Riverfront Station the group will be transported to Lipscomb and returned late that afternoon to the downtown area for dinner and the return trip home via the commuter rail.

Many of those attending the workshop are taking a day off from work and in doing so are sacrificing a loss of pay. Others are obligating themselves to spending a day of their own time without compensation for the good of Wilson County.

You might say this is something they ought to do because of their roles as elected officials.

But the truth of the matter is that this is something that they really don't have to do and are doing this because they are dedicated public servants.

The response to the call to attend the conference has already been very good. A large majority of those who have been invited have replied that they will attend, others have said they're trying to make arrangements to attend, and a few, only a few, have registered themselves in the doubtful to attend column.

This is going to be a very good experience for those attending.

And no doubt the results will be very good for Wilson County.

Thank you Power of One for stepping forward and making this happen.


Guest Column

'Hometown' favorite son served in great fashion
Last week we published the obituary of Don Franklin, a Wilson County native who in every sense of theword was a "hometown" favorite son.

Educated in public schools here, hewas an outstanding football player at Lebanon High School and then later at Middle Tennessee State University


General Sports

Monday prep results

MT. JULIET -- Gordonsville needed a big fourth quarter to escape with a 39-33 win over the Mt. Juliet Christian Lady Saints Monday night.

MJCA had mounted a 25-20 lead after three periods, only to see Gordonsville close out the game on a 19-8 run.

MJ Christians Lynnze Ethridge led all scorers with 16 points. Shelby Leech drilled a pair of 3-pointers and finished with eight while Jessica Melvin had five. MJCA slipped to 5-6 with the loss.

The boys game found Gordonsville coming away with 58-47 victory in the nightcap. GHS led 17-9 after one and 30-17 at intermission.

Ben Wankel led MJCA with 23 points while Trevor West buried four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. MJCA fell to 6-5 overall. The teams will be idle until a Jan. 3 contest at Boyd Christian

On Saturday, MJCA swept a pair of games in Murfreesboro against Providence Christian Academy.

The Lady Saints got 24 points from Ethridge en route to an easy 51-19 win.

Wankel had 23 points in the nightcap as the Saints rolled to a 55-30 victory.

(girls) Ezell-Harding 54, Friendship 45
ANTIOCH -- Friendship Christians Lady Commanders slipped to 1-4 on the season following Mondays 54-45 loss at Ezell-Harding Academy. FCS trailed 18-10 after one period and 33-24 at halftime.

Friendships Andi Morrisett led all scorers with 18 points and Deja Jones added 13.The Lady Commanders are scheduled to play Montgomery Central this (Wednesday) morning in a classic at East Literature Magnet in Nashville.

(boys) Friendship 60, Ezell-Harding 46
ANTIOCH -- Senior Dalton Patterson knocked down six 3-pointers and finished with 24points to lead Friendship Christian to a 60-46 victory at Ezell-Harding Monday night.

The Commanders improved to 4-1 overall after overcoming a one-point Ezell-Harding lead with a 19-4 fourth quarter run. Allen Heaston added 13 points for FCS while Sam Lancaster added five points.

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