Funeral services will be held 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Maralescu, 45, of Old Hickory. She died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, Dec. 13 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Carman, 78, of Lebanon. Born in Trousdale County and the widow of the late Alfred N. Carman, Sr., she died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at University Medical Center.
Interment followed at Hartsville Memorial Gardens.
Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Funeral services will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Ragno, 71, of Hermitage. He died Dec. 10, 2012.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, Dec. 13 at Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Marlar, 62, of Alexandria. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at his residence.
Interment with military honors was held at Jones Hill Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at the J.C. Hellum Funeral Home for Ms. Hasting, 51, of Lebanon. She died Dec. 12, 2012 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Funeral services have been scheduled for 12 Noon Saturday, Dec. 15 at Lebanon's First Baptist Church for Mr. Waters, 79. Formerly employed with Carpenter's QualityAppliance, he died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at University Medical Center.
Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Bellwood House of Prayer for Ms. Johnson, 62, of Carthage. She died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Saturday, Dec. 15 at Neuble Monument Funeral Home, 1330 Bluebird Road, Lebanon for Mrs. Beard, 70, of Lebanon. Mrs. Beard died Dec. 7, 2012 at Skyline Alive Hospice in Madison.
Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for U.S. Army veteran Stanley C. Ruth, 91, of Lebanon. Mr. Ruth served both in World War II and in the Korean Conflict. He died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Elmcroft.
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Over a thousand gifts were wrapped and distributed to needy, lonely senior citizens yesterday as the annual Be a Santa to a Senior outreach program came to an end.
Volunteers were joined by third and fourth graders from Friendship Christian School at two Wilson County locations for a wrapping party, where items were organized and neatly packaged to be delivered. Maggie Julian, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Hermitage and Wilson and Smith Counties, said that 2012 was a very successful year for the project. The amount that our community gives is just outstanding, she said. In addition to 1,100 product donations from businesses and individuals, the Lebanon Fire Department supplied a substantial monetary donation.
Julian said that the program was supported by 48 local partners who donated to BASTAS and put up senior ornament trees in their businesses. The first tree was placed at CedarStone Bank in Lebanon, where the wrapping party also took place. Beginning in November, holiday shoppers were asked to select an ornament, purchase the items requested and return the gifts unwrapped to that location.
Item requests included inexpensive toiletries, socks, slippers and blankets, to name a few. They really wanted small, everyday items that most of us take for granted. These are all things that you could pick up at your local drugstore, Julian said.
All one senior man wanted this Christmas was a heater which Julian made sure he got. He had been using his stove to heat his home, she explained, adding that the program is about more than just physical gifts. All of our volunteers spend at least 30 minutes with a senior when they go to deliver gifts. Our program is not just for the financially challenged, it is for the lonely. We just talk with them and offer companionship.
This is the fourth year that Home Instead Senior Care has participated in the program. They have served over 3,500 seniors. We are very excited, Julian said. Be a Santa to a Senior is another way to say thank you to the many seniors who have made such important contributions to our community throughout the years.
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Manheim Nashville donated $110,000 to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital yesterday in memory of a very special little girl. Although she passed away after a battle with a rare form of brain cancer two years ago, Mary Jo Dietsch, the daughter of Manheim employee Dan Dietsch, continues to touch lives.
The funds were raised through the ninth annual Mary Jos Cure 4 Kids Golf Classic. Before she passed, Dietsch was heavily involved in the tournament to raise money for the worthy cause.
Manheim Assistant Controller David Pierce said that next years tournament, which has been set for Sept. 23, 2013, needs to raise $130,000 to meet their one million dollar goal. We hope to reach a million in our tenth year, he said, adding that those funds will continue to benefit St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.
The tournament was made possible thanks to key sponsors, Essen Motors, Wholesale, Inc. and Dex Imaging.
From Post Staff Reports
Mt. Juliet Christian Academy closed school Thursday and Friday this week due to illness. The school plans to reopen on Monday, Dec. 17.
Linda Melvin, a Ministry Assistant at First Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, where the school is located, said that both students and teachers have come down with a stomach virus; however, she does not know exactly how many children are sick at this time.
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Wilson County Christmas For All President Alan Ricketts said the program served 2,310 children and 217 senior citizens this holiday season. Applications for the program ended on Tuesday this week and he hopes to have distribution completed on Saturday.
Ricketts said the application process began in October at two locations in Lebanon and Watertown. Parents or guardians who were struggling financially were invited to complete an application and submit it to the program. We would go by there and start entering those into our database. We try to either place the family with a sponsor or provide the children presents ourselves, Ricketts said. The number of sponsors has declined, but monetary donations and gift giving has gone up this year. We have been very fortunate.
Families received a bag of gifts for the needy children. Ricketts said that Christmas For All budgets about $50 a bag but the contents are worth much more. We stretch our dollar. We buy all of our stuff locally and we have had merchants be very good to us and give us deals.
Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.