Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Victory Baptist Church, Tate Lane, Mt. Juliet, for decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Max Lankes, 76, of Mt. Juliet. Retired after 22 years with Nationwide Insurance, Mr. Lankes died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.
Former professional football standout John Manning LoVetere, 76, of Watertown, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Born in Waltham, MA, to the late Samuel Alfred LoVetere and Irene Estelle Devlin LoVetere, Mr. LoVetere had a seven year career in the NFL (1959-1966) as a defensive lineman with the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants.
A US Army Paratrooper, he served with the 187th Airborne Infantry. He was retired from Yellow Freight and for a time operated Scottie's Restaurant on Highway 70 in Watertown.
Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 Watertown's at Hunter Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.
Survivors include: his wife Deanie "Debbie" LoVetere of Watertown; daughter Denise Jones of Watertown; grandchildren, Amber Vaughn, Kaise Adams, Jonathan Jones, Argus Vanderbilt LoVetere; five great grandchildren; brothers Ken, Greg, Richard, Joe, Ron and Sam LoVetere, Jr.
In addition to his parents, Mr. LoVetere is preceded in death by his son, John Jeffrey LoVetere and a brother, Raymond LoVetere.
Ken Beck profiled Mr. LoVetere in the Sept. 5, 2012 edition of The Wilson Post. That story is archived online at www.wilsonpost.com
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.
The annual Wilson County Concerned Citizens for Veterans Banquet will be Saturday, Nov. 3, in the East-West Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds, celebrating the organizations 22nd year.
The WCCC has been in existence since 1988 and has a banquet every year for the Veterans and their families of Wilson County. We honor the Veterans with a little bit of joy, comfort and pride and recognition who have served these United States of America so faithfully, courageously and honorably, said Betty Cantrell, a member of the WCCC.