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Dr. Ray C. Phillips, 89

Dr. Ray Cook Phillips, 89, former president of Lebanon's Cumberland University died April 29 in Pensacola, Florida.

Born in Nashville, on September 17, 1922, he spent his early life in Watertown. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Robert and Alice Cook Phillips, and his brothers Charles Robert Whicher and Roy Wendell Phillips.

Survivors include: his wife of 64 years Phyllis Purnell Phillips; children Jim (MaryAnn); Gina (Bill) Murray, and Lisa (Bob) Ham; grandchildren David Whatley, Katherine Phillips, Will Murray and Jay Phillips; and great grandchildren Elizabeth and Jackson Whatley and Ava Phillips.

He received his education at Cumberland University, Millsaps College, Miami University (Ohio), Middle Tennessee State University, Peabody/Vanderbilt University, and Auburn University, where he received his doctorate.

He served as an officer in the Marine Corps during World War II and spent his adult life as an educator, serving as coach, principal, county school superintendent in Tennessee, and university professor at Auburn University, where he received numerous awards for his role in education throughout the state.

Upon retirement in 1982, he returned to Wilson County and became affiliated with Cumberland University, serving as Vice President for Academic Affairs 1983-86, Board of Trust 1986-91, and as President 1991-94.

Following his retirement as President, he was named President Emeritus and designated as Life Member of the Cumberland University Board of Trust. While still in good health, he made arrangements to donate his body to the Medical School of the University of South Alabama.

A memorial service in Lebanon will be announced at a later time. Memorial donations may be made to Cumberland University or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Rose Lawn Funeral Home of Gulf Breeze, Florida. You may offer condolences, share memories and sign the guestbook at:

Lucille Moore Caruth, 91

Funeral services for Mrs. Lucille Moore Caruth are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, May 4 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Cathey and Rev. W. L. Baker officiating.

Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation Thursday 2-8 p.m. and Friday after 10 a.m. at Ligon & Bobo.

Mrs. Caruth, 91, of Lebanon passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at the Life Care Center of Crossville. Born February 6, 1921, in Wilson County, she is the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Jennie Davis Moore. She was a homemaker and a member of Bartons Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Charlie Caruth on June 27, 2001; grandson, Bryan Caruth; and a brother, Glenn Moore.

She is survived by two sons James Caruth of Crossville and Mark (Dena) Caruth of Watertown; four grandchildren Shelton (Traci) Caruth of San Jose, CA, Alan (Tanya) Caruth of Anchorage, AK, Dallas (Kathryn) Caruth of Nashville, and Daniel Caruth of Watertown; brother, Johnnie Lee (Annie Mae) Moore of Lebanon.

Pallbearers: Dallas Caruth, Alan Caruth, Coleman Walker, John Walker, John Beal, and Guy Dockery

The family would like to pass on a very special thanks to the staff of Life Care Center of Crossville for their loving care given to Mrs. Lucille these last two plus years.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon.

William Bill Thomas Bryan, 68

Mr. Bryan, 68, of Bartlett, died April 28, 2012 at Saint Francis Hospital on Park Ave. He was a Millwork Specialist at Home Depot, retired from Fischer Lime & Cement after 25 years.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, May 1, at Faith Baptist Church, Bartlett. Mr. Bryan was a member of Faith Baptist Church, avid outdoorsman - member of Backlashers Bass Club, loved gardening and birds, former member of Air National Guard, and attended UT Martin.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Robbie Bryan; and one brother, Jack Bryan.

He is survived by his best friend and wife of 45 years, Norris Bryan; two daughters, Gina Lynn Deatherage (Mike) of Bartlett, and Ashley Domino (Keith) of Jasper, AL; one son, Bill Bryan of Belmont, MS; seven grandchildren, Mackenzie Bryan, Karsten Bryan, Wesley Deatherage, Jordan Deatherage, Gina Marie Domino, Chessey Domino, Nico Domino; one brother, Kenny Bryan (Marlene) of Louisville, KY; sister-in-law, Janie Bryan of Charlotte, NC. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Bartlett Funeral Home 901-372-5555


Ask Ken Beck

Brit Henry Cavill will fly as Superman in 2013

Dear Ken: What can you tell us about Henry Cavill, who will be the next Superman on film?

Cavill, who turns 29 May 5, will play Clark Kent/Superman in Man of Steel, set for release in June 2013. He is one of five sons born to a secretary and stockbroker on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands between England and France. He starred as Charles Brandon on the TV series The Tudors from 2007 to 2010 and made his film debut in 2002s The Count of Monte Cristo. Other movie credits include Red Riding Hood, Hellraiser: Hellworld, Tristan & Isolde, Blood Creek, Immortals and he will be in The Cold Light of Day this fall. Cavill was dubbed the most unlucky man in Hollywood after he supposedly lost the roles of Batman, an earlier Superman project, James Bond and the part of Edward in Twilight, plus his fans pushed him heavily for the role of Cedric Diggory in one of the Harry Potter films. For a fellow with such near-misses, he appears to be doing fine. He is engaged to British equestrian show jumper Ellen Whitaker.


Wilson Living

And then there were two

Wilson Living Magazine

So as many of our regular readers know, last summer, I issued a mandate that each of my children partake in a summer project. We have three children so there were three separate mandates. And as I sit here today, I cant even recall what two of them were.

So much for my mandates.

And the only reason I remember Zoes project is because as I sit here on my back porch typing this article, mandates number three are staring right at me.

Zoe was to raise chickens.

Zoe didnt want to raise chickens.

Zoe wanted a rabbit.


General Lifestyle

Blockbuster season opens this weekend

The Wilson Post

Its that time of year, when summer approaches and studios kick out the brightest, but not always their best, films to get moviegoers in the seats, and this summer may be one of the largest on record.

Lets take a look at the potential blockbusters slated for this summer starting with this weekends Marvels The Avengers.

I cant really say more about the film in addition to what I said in my most recent column, such a long time ago. But, the basic plot involves heroes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) against Thors mischievous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who wants to use a source of infinite power known as the Tesseract to rule the world, or destroy it, bring aliens to invade it, what have you.

The film opens Friday, May 4, and has already been demolishing international box offices, earning $218.2 million already since its international opening on April 26 in most areas of the world.

Xtreme Paintball hits the bulls-eye

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The Wilson Post

War games have been raging in living color in Lebanon for the past six months.

The color comes in the form of exploding paintballs, which fly through the air at 200 miles per hour before striking their human targets and marking them with bright orange or yellow splats, a sure sign that the combatant has been eliminated.

The relatively-harmless action takes place at Xtreme Paintball, where partners Andrew Jones and Trevor Mesnik have constructed two arenas of combat, an airball field and a war zone, each 180 feet long and 100 feet wide with black, see-through netting rising 20 feet above the perimeter.

The war zone contains plywood walls, railroad-tie barriers, black plastic pipes and two junked cars, while the airball, or speedball, field offers a variety of large, red and white inflatable bunkers for zigging and zagging marksmen to take cover behind.

On a Saturday morning in April, 14 friends, all members of Young Nashville Icebreakers, divide into two squads, load their markers (paintball guns), walk onto the battleground, pull on their facemasks and prepare to make war.

Everybody is scared to death before they go in, kind of nervous. It gets pretty intimidating. All those paintballs flying around, Jones said. He serves as a referee.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - May 2

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Its always nice to run into old friends from the Elsie Quarterman Glade Festival, formally known as the Wildflower Pilgramage. This was my 38th year of doing programs on birds and owls. Many of the people who worked on the first one are still active.

My friend Ron Zurawski, who is the State Geologist, has been to all of the geology programs but one, and that was when his wife Angie gave birth to their daughter Melody Zurawski. Melody is going to college in Utah, and I really miss her coming to my Owl Prowl. While having dinner with the Zurawski's, Melody called and asked me if I would give her an Owl hoot for old times sake, which I was happy to do.



Dr. Phillips served CU at a difficult time


Many in our community today are mourning the passing of Dr. Ray C. Phillips, a lifelong educator and native of Wilson County.

Among his many achievements, perhaps his most formidable, was his term of service as president of Cumberland University. He was Cumberlands president from 1991-1994. Dr. Phillips served as vice president of the school during former U.S. Rep. Bob Clements era as Cumberlands president.

Dr. Phillips was a classroom teacher, school principal and was elected superintendent of Wilson County Schools in 1957. Following his stint with public education in Wilson County, he served in key administrative positions in the department of education at Auburn University for some 20 years. He returned to Lebanon to work with Cumberland as the academic vice president.

It was a challenging time for Cumberland. The school was still in the process of transitioning from a junior college back to a fully accredited four-year university. There was a serious need for funding and much to do to get academic programs in line so that accreditation could be continued.


General News

35 vets to attend CU ceremony May 8

The Wilson Post

Cumberland University is expecting 35 veterans to attend the Remembrance and Respect ceremony to be held Tuesday, May 8, honoring veterans who participated in World War II maneuvers from 1941 to 1945 that took place in Wilson County.

Cumberland Executive Director of Communications Phillip Carter said there are also families of 18 deceased veterans attending the ceremony, all to receive honorary Master of Military Arts degrees.

That is an impressive turnout and we are just thrilled with the result, Carter said. He added the school received more than 200 applications to receive the honorary degrees.

In all, 26 divisions participated in the maneuvers in Wilson County, many seeing combat in Europe and some traveling to the Pacific. One such division, the 44th Tank Battalion, was crucial in the retaking of the Philippines in 1945 and the first troops to liberate American and Allied Prisoners of War at Santo Tomas prison camp in Manila, Philippines.

Council nods traffic improvements

The Wilson Post

Work will soon be under way to repair and improve several traffic signals across Lebanon, and this fall traffic flow could improve on West Main Street and Highway 231 after a detailed study.

Lebanon City Council voiced its approval of the traffic improvements at Tuesday nights regular meeting.

Council approved an ordinance on first reading for a capital project in the amount of $53,435 for S&W Contracting Co., Inc., to replace the support structure for the traffic signal at Cedar Street and East High Street. The contract also allows for the repair of eight traffic signal loops at other intersections.

Those are on wooden poles and theres a lot of sag in those lines, said Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines, referring to the Cedar Street intersection.

Baines said the signal has actually been struck by vehicles due to the sag in the lines. He pointed out the odd layout of that intersection, which does not line up with Hartsville Pike on the other side of East High Street, makes the traffic signal very important.

CU gears up for 170th Commencement

Preparations are well under way for Cumberland Universitys commencement exercises to be held Saturday, May 5.

Nearly 400 students are expected to don a cap and gown for the University wide celebration set to take place this weekend.

The Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on the lawn in front of Memorial Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Students from nine countries, including the United States, will walk across the platform to accept diplomas.

The University will be honoring Dr. and Mrs. Bert Coble by awarding them the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. The award is presented each year to individuals who have demonstrated distinctive spiritual qualities, leadership and service and have selflessly given to others.

IBC youth to raise money for homeless

The Wilson Post

Students from Immanuel Baptist Church are walking a mile in the shoes of the needy on Saturday, May 5, by taking part in a 30-hour fast as well as staying overnight in cardboard boxes to raise money and awareness for nearby charities.

Immanuel Student Minister Darrin Reynolds said the idea for the Homeless and Hungry fundraiser grew from the students past Sunday School lessons. While the students will fast and spend a day and night sleeping in makeshift shelters, they will also look to benefit local charities.

The early church found practical ways to reach the community, Reynolds said.

Reynolds explained the students would begin fasting at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, and spend the morning volunteering at the Wilson County Community Help Center and holding a free car wash from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church. Reynolds asked that anyone wishing to have their car washed donate canned goods.

Vietnam Vets give Silver Star to sister of late comrade

The Wilson Post

Sgt. John Thomas Burton enlisted in the Marine Corps fresh out of Mt. Juliet High School in 1964 and was killed in action in Vietnam, saving the lives of his friends and comrades on May 18, 1968.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=31|imageid=171|displayname=0|float=left}Wednesday afternoon, his friends Doug Holzhauer, Michael Ricci and Dan Dreger, along with Sis Butler, the wife of the late Charles Butler, who was also a friend and comrade of Burtons, visited the Wilson County Veterans Memorial outside the Wilson County Courthouse along with Burtons sister, Donna Burton Alexander.

Sgt. Burton served in the 3rd Battalion of the 27th Marines and grew up in the LaGuardo community in Wilson County. He and his battalion were sent to the Go Noi area of Vietnam on May 13, 1968.

On May 18, Sgt. Burton charged into heavy machine gun fire with only his rifle, allowing his friends to retreat unharmed. For his actions and bravery, Sgt. Burton was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.

John sacrificed himself to save five people, fortunately, I was one of those people, said Holzhauer, who served with Sgt. Burton and visited the memorial where Burtons name is inscribed.


General Sports

CU SOFTBALL -- Two earn 1st team All-TranSouth

Courtney Maynard and Allison Blackwood were each voted First Team All-TranSouth and Sydney Broderick and Emily Nicholson both earned Second Team honors in a vote of league coaches released Tuesday by the conference office in advance of the TranSouth Championships.

Maynard, a redshirt sophomore, posted a 17-8 record with a 2.06 earned-run-average in 33 appearances. She has tossed 18 complete games and three shutouts with two saves in 177.0 innings pitched, striking out 125. The Lancaster native leads the TranSouth in innings pitched, ranks fourth in strikeouts, tied for fourth in wins and sixth in ERA.

PREP BASEBALL -- Wilson Co. district tourney brackets

District 9AAA Baseball Tournament

Gallatin Municipal Park pairings:
Friday, May 4
Game 1
4 pm Hendersonville vs Station Camp
Game 2
7 pm Lebanon vs Gallatin

Saturday, May 5
12 Noon Gallatin (win or lose - prom)
3 pm Lebanon vs. Hendersonville or Station Camp

Mt. Juliet High pairings:
Friday, May 4
Game 1
4 pm Wilson Central vs. Beech
Game 2
7 pm Mt. Juliet vs. Portland

Saturday, May 5
1 pm Portland (win or lose prom)
7 pm Mt. Juliet vs. Wilson Central or Beech

District 8A Baseball Tournament
all games at Friendship Christian School

Friday, May 4
6:30 pmWatertown vs. Red Boiling Springs (play-in)

Monday, May 7
Game 1:4:30 pm No. 1 Friendship vs. WHS-RBS winner
Game 2:6:30 pm No. 2 Gordonsville vs. No. 3 Trousdale Co.

Tuesday, May 8
Game 3:4:30 pm Loser of G1 vs. Loser of G2 (loser out)
Game 4:6:30 pmWinner of G1 vs. Winner of G2

Wednesday, May 9
Game 5:4:30 pm Finals of losers' bracket (loser out)
Game 6:6:30 pm Tournament Finals

Thursday, May 10
Game 74:30 pm (if necessary)

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