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Doug Thurley, 83

LEBANON -- Douglas P. Thurley passed away on Jan. 12, 2012 at age 83. The memorial service was held Tuesday morning, Jan. 17 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.

Honorary pallbearers: Vic McDonald, Vince Barry, Kaye Denton, Julia McFarland, Glynn Young, Bill Westerbeck and the Wilson County Election Commission.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Southern Manor for their excellent care. Memorial Donations: American Lung Association (One Vantage Way, Suite B-130, Nashville TN 37228).

Born April 10, 1928 in Edmonton England, Mr. Thurley graduated from Christs Hospital in December 1944 and then began an engineering apprenticeship at Vickers-Armstrong in Kent, England. In March 1946 he joined the Royal British Army Tank Regiment. He served 7 years in the Royal Army then returned to England and worked for Austin Motor Company. He immigrated to the United States in 1956.

In 1960 he went to work for Gemmer Gears and moved to Tennessee in 1961 with Ross Gear as Chief Product Engineer. He was promoted to Plant Manager in January 1966 and stayed in that position until August 1976. He left Lebanon for six years, but returned in 1982 as Plant Manager and remained in that position until his retirement from TRW in October 1988.

He joined the Wilson County Election Commission in 1994 and worked with them until his retirement in 2011.

Survivors include three children: Sheila (Carl) Schmaedig, Diane (Ed) Roddey, and Rod (Dawn) Thurley; siblings: Reg Thurley, Paul Thurley, and John Thurley; four grandchildren: Jennifer, Hunter, and Hannah Thurley, and Joshua Crosslin; three great-grandchildren: Trenton, Ronan, and Isley Cross; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by wife of 59 years, Margaret Thurley, parents Reginald H. and Mabel Morris Thurley, and sisters Bettie Smart, Anne Belton, and Janet Davey.

Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon TN, 615.444.9393. Obits 615.758.8818.


General Sports

CU sweeps Blue Mountain

LEBANON -- Simone Ryan posted her 10th career double-double and second of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds, leading six Cumberland players in double figures in an 81-41 victory over Blue Mountain College in womens basketball action Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (4-9, 1-2 TranSouth) ended the first half on a 15-2 run and netted 11 of the first 12 points of the second half to take a 28-point advantage three minutes into the period. CU pushed the lead to 30 with a Madison Pavan jumper just over six minutes into the half and never looked back.

Courtney Atkinson and Casie Cowan both netted 12 points, Pavan and Katie Smith each posted 11 points and Jessica Pace posted 10 points in the victory for Cumberland, which ended a three-game losing streak with the win.

Kyesha Clark led the Toppers (3-11, 0-3) with 10 points and Amber Johnson added nine with a trio of 3-pointers.

The Bulldogs raced out to a 13-5 advantage behind four points each from Pace and Atkinson and pushed the lead to 12 just seven minutes into the contest after another Pace bucket. The Toppers used an 11-4 spurt to cut the deficit to five, led by a pair of 3-pointers from Johnson.

But BMC went scoreless for the next five-plus minutes and CU netted nine consecutive points, including a 3-pointer by Pavan. In all Cumberland outscored the visitors, 15-2, the rest of the half with a Tamara Gonzalez layup with eight seconds to play giving the Bulldogs a 39-21 lead at intermission.

Atkinson and Tasia Blue scored quick baskets for the Bulldogs in the first minute of the second half, forcing a timeout by the Toppers, and the race was on.

Cumberland takes on long-time rival Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville on Saturday at 2 p.m. and travels to McKenzie to face Bethel University on Monday at 6 p.m.

Bulldogs beat Blue Mtn. 61-48
LEBANON -- Lamar Brinkley scored 11 points and Daniel McFadden added 10 off the bench as Cumberland bested Blue Mountain College 61-48 in mens basketball action Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (11-3, 3-0 TranSouth) remained perfect at home this season, improving to 7-0 at the DFRC, but it was perhaps the teams most uninspired effort of the year. Cumberland shot just 36 percent from the field and 11-for-20 at the foul line.

CU did limit the Toppers (7-8, 0-3) to just 35 percent shooting from the field and 3-of-15 from behind the arc as well as forcing 15 turnovers, but the Bulldogs could never put away BMC, which closed within seven points three times in the second half. Tyler Shavers jumper with 3:14 remaining cut the Cumberland lead to 50-43, but Johnny Williams answered with a basket and Adam Barnett added a 3-pointer for the Bulldogs to push the advantage back to 12.

Brinkley also led CU with eight rebounds while Terry Williams posted a career-best six blocks, five in the first half. Cumberland played almost the entire game without leading scorer Michael Sweat, who was a bit under the weather and logged just four minutes in the contest.

Shaver, Jarvis Fisher and DeVante Pulliam led the Toppers with nine points apiece.

The Bulldogs used a 14-3 run late in the first half to break a tie contest. A jumper from Charles Stewart at the 6:55 mark started the spurt that included a 3-pointer by Jerret Towns and five points Brinkley, including an old-fashioned 3-point play with 48 seconds left in the period. CU took a 30-22 advantage at the break.

Cumberland takes on long-time rival Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville on Saturday at 4 p.m. and travels to McKenzie to face Bethel University on Monday at 8 p.m.

Friday games will go on as scheduled

All games involving Wilson County basketball teams will be played tonight AS SCHEDULED. HOWEVER - the Wilson Central vs. Portland doubleheader has been moved up to 5 p.m. Here's a look at what's on tap

Mt. Juliet High will bring two of Middle Tennessees top basketball teams to Campbell Brandon Gym tonight for a District 9AAA doubleheader with Lebanon.

Girls action cranks up at 6:30 p.m. as the 17-2 Lady Bears and the 11-7 Devilettes square off.

Mt. Juliet stands a perfect 5-0 in the district following a 63-25 win Tuesday at Hendersonville High. Four Lady Bears cracked double figures, led by 16 from Sally McCabe.

Lebanon enters tonights game winners of seven straight after dusting Gallatin 56-24 Tuesday.

Mt. Juliets boys opened the season 0-2, but have been on a 15-1 streak since, winning seven games in a row. Tuesday night, Mt. Juliet limited Hendersonville to just 18 points in the second half of a 48-32 road win. Coach Troy Allens team was led by senior Caleb Chowbay with 13 points and C.J. McEwen with 10.

Lebanon came from behind to notch a 53-43 victory over Gallatin Tuesday -- marking the first district win of the season for the team. The Blue Devils moved to 6-11 overall / 1-4 as Cameron High had 19 points.

Other games scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13 include:

Portland at Wilson Central 5 p.m.
Watertown at Gordonsville
Friendship at Trousdale County
MJ Christian at Kings Academy

LHS trainer McKinney to receive state honor Saturday

Lebanon Highs Justin McKinney will be the recipient of the Sandy Sandlin High School Athletic Trainer of the Year Award during the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society annual meeting Saturday at Nashville's Baptist Hospital.

McKinney, MS, ATC, and a product of Lebanons Cumberland University, is an employee of Health Management Associates -- the parent company of UMC hospital.

During the 2011 football season McKinney is credited with saving the life of football player D'Shaun Jones who collapsed after leaving practice with difficulty breathing.

McKinney initiated his emergency action plan, and used CPR and an AED to get Jones breathing again. McKinney's quick reactions helped avoid a tragedy.

Friendship Christian trainer Nathan Johnson received the 2010 Sandy Sandlin Award.

WCHS boys won't overlook Portland

All games involving Wilson County prep basketball teams scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13 will go on as scheduled. Here's a look at tonight's District 9AAA games between Portland and Wilson Central. -- HOWEVER, the Central - Portland doubleheader will start at 5 p.m.

Its human nature to look ahead, especially for 16 and 17 year-old basketball players. But Wilson Central boys basketball coach Troy Bond says his troops with be focused on the task at hand -- tonights home game with Portland -- and not on Tuesdays District 9AAA showdown at Mt. Juliet.

We obviously take every game one at a time, Bond said. Portland has a new coach in Bill Duncan who took Greeneville to the state several years ago, so we are definitely concerned about them first and foremost. The (Tyrone) Harrison kid for Portland is a really good player.

Wilson Central (13-2) has not lost to a team from Tennessee so far this season.

Overall, we have played pretty solid defensively but still have some things to get
better at to be able to do anything in the tourney on down the road, Bond said. Our focus is to work hard everyday and continue to progress as a team -- to never be satisfied with where we are as a team.

Malcolm St. Louis recorded a double-double (19 points and 12 rebounds) to help power the Widcats to a 54-41 victory over Station Camp Tuesday night. Dee Oldham had 16 and Connor Brandon six as Wilson Central remained undefeated in 9AAA at 5-0.

Portland enters tonights game losers of four games in a row -- including a 75-42 home loss Tuesday night to Beech.

Tonights girls game will tip-off at5 p.m. Wilson Centrals Lady Wildcats needed a late free throw by senior Sydney Vanlandingham Tuesday to hold off a determined Station Camp team 42-41.

Bud Brandons team improved to 11-4 overall and 4-1 in the league with the win. Vanlandingham led the way for WCHS with 16 points while Taylor Peterson chipped in with 12.

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